COVID-19: Professional Development Programme Delivery

Please note that the Professional Development Programme will be delivered remotely for the remainder of the 2019/20 academic session. Wherever possible, we will be sticking to previously timetabled courses, however, please check programme/individual course pages for up-to-date information. Courses being delivered remotely will be clearly signposted on the website and should be booked in the usual way, using the online form.

It should be noted that not all courses on the programme are suitable for remote delivery, please contact the Graduate School if a course you are interested in is not currently available.


 

Research Effectiveness

Boosting your Productivity (Webinar)

Tutor: Dr Helal Ahmed
Course Level: Level 1

Managing time successfully will enable you to become more efficient and effective in completing tasks and reducing stress and anxiety.  As part of this webinar you will learn how to schedule and prioritise tasks, and manage procrastination and distractions.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify your time management issues and apply appropriate solutions
  • Create schedules with SMART objectives
  • Assess and prioritise tasks based on importance and urgency
  • Employ techniques to manage procrastination and distractions

Dates

  • There are no further sessions of this course taking place this academic year

Creative Thinking (Webinar)

Tutor: Dr Helal Ahmed
Course Level: 
Level 1

Creative thinking is something which everyone possesses.  However, sometimes it is difficult to think creatively when you are so focused in trying to complete a task. To overcome this, we can try different approaches to tackling a problem or generating new ideas.  In this workshop you will learn how you can use different tools and techniques to solve problems and generate ideas.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify attributes of creative people and what you can do to be more creative.
  • Recognise beliefs/behaviours/environments that can block creativity.
  • Identify approaches to overcome your creative block
  • Employ different creative tools/techniques to generate ideas and solve problems

Dates

There are no further sessions of this course taking place this academic year

Critical Thinking (Webinar)

Tutor: Dr Elena Forasacco
Course Level: 
Level 2

Critical thinking involves a wide range of skills and attitudes including being analytical and evaluative. In this workshop participants will discuss together to identify and share techniques to be critical in reading and writing. 

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Define the meaning of “critical thinking”
  • Identify techniques to critique when reading
  • Employ strategies to demonstrate critique when writing 
  • Evaluate your work through self-critique

Dates

There are no further sessions of this course taking place this academic year

How to Prepare for a Master’s Viva (Webinar)

Tutors: Dr Stefano Sandrone
Course Level: Level 1

The viva is an important oral examination that majority of Master’s students will sit at the end of their study. This workshop will empower Master’s students, by providing them with key information and useful strategies on how to prepare for their viva and make the most out of the experience. Students shall learn how to ‘defend’ their research and better handle questions from the examiners.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify the expectations of the viva and explain its principal aims
  • Recognise how the viva is structured
  • Evaluate your research project
  • Recognise how to ‘defend’ your research through Q & A

Dates

  • There are no further sessions of this course taking place this academic year

How to Enjoy the Master’s Lab Experience

Tutors: Dr Stefano Sandrone
Course Level: Level 1

The lab-based Master’s research project greatly differs in length and scope. This workshop will empower Master’s students, providing them with key advice and strategies on how to make the most of their time in a lab, and how to orient themselves between lab-notebooks, experiments, lab-meetings, group dynamics, and research papers.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify the expectations of working in a Master’s laboratory
  • Compare and contrast your expectations and/or your previous lab experience with the Master’s laboratory experience
  • Summarise the common milestones of the lab experience
  • Identify effective strategies to solve potential lab-related challenges and key priorities

Dates

There are no further sessions of this course taking place this academic year

Managing your Research Project using the Agile Approach (Webinar)

Tutors: Helal Ahmed
Course Level: Level 1

Research project planning requires a flexible approach to adapt to early research outcomes. Agile project management techniques can be applied to manage executing deliverables in an incremental manner. This workshop allows students to apply the agile project management approach to break down their project into manageable tasks, analyse and prioritise deliverables, and successfully complete their project on time.  N.B. As part of this workshop students will need to bring along their research projects.  (This workshop will probably not suit students from the Department of Computing who already have Agile technology in place to support their project development.) 

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Recognise key components in Agile project management
  • Apply the Work Breakdown Structure method to plan your research project
  • Analyse and prioritise deliverables using the MoSCoW method
  • Use the Agile approach to review and complete tasks on time

Dates

There are no further sessions of this course taking place this academic year

 

Research Ethics for Masters students (Webinar)

Tutor: Dr Greg Artus
Course Level: Level 1

The session will be discussion based, and you will be encouraged to express your views and explore your work through the issues we discuss. It will explore the moral pitfalls, implications and obligations of scientific research. Within scientific research there are many questions surrounding scientific misconduct, such as fraud and plagiarism, which are a minefield for researchers to navigate.  The number of fraud cases and major retractions in academic journals has risen dramatically in recent years, so we will ask why this is so, why people do it and how to avoid it. We will also look at the place of science within the community of which it is a part, asking questions such as whether pure researchers have any obligation to think about the moral implications of how their work may be applied in practice, or whether science as a whole is bound by any moral obligations to society. The overall aim of the session will be to give you a basic understanding of the moral structure of the scientific world, with a view to arming you with some of the critical tools you will need when faced with difficult moral choices during your career.

This course will help you:

  • Clearly define what counts as scientific fraud in its various forms
  • Critically evaluate the relationship between the demands of professional research and the motivation to commit fraud
  • Describe the moral structure of the world of scientific research, in terms of the web of obligations within which researchers have to work.
  • Evaluate the moral structure of specific dilemmas you may encounter during your research career
  • Recognise some basic distinctions between differing approaches and theories of ethics, such as consequentialist, duty-based, virtue based or care ethics.

Dates

  • There are no further sessions of this course taking place this academic year

Research Skills & Reference Management

Tutor: Ann Brew & Coco Nijhoff (Library Services)

Research skills are a key skill to develop throughout your studies. You will be expected to use a variety of search tools during the research process. This course will introduce key research tools including bibliographic databases, web-based information, books and journal articles. This course will highlight the importance of building up an effective search strategy to find the best quality information and how you manage the results using reference management software. 

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Recognise the importance of using research tools
  • Identify how to find key research tools in your subject area
  • Employ search strategies in various search tools
  • Evaluation of the quality of research resources you find
  • Develop an understanding of the key reference management tools available 

Dates

There are no further sessions of this course taking place this academic year

Time Management (Webinar)

Tutor: Dr Helal Ahmed
Course Level: Level 1
Important Course Notice:  This face-to-face session has been replaced with a webinar version

Managing time successfully will enable you to become more efficient and effective in completing tasks and reducing stress and anxiety.  As part of this workshop will need to bring with you a to-do list and then you will explore various ways how you can successfully accomplish these tasks. You will also learn how to prioritise tasks, manage procrastination and distractions.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify your time management issues and apply appropriate solutions
  • Create schedules with SMART objectives
  • Assess and prioritise tasks based on value and urgency
  • Employ techniques to manage procrastination and distractions

Dates

  • There are no further sessions of this course taking place this academic year