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Workshop Descriptions

Man Met Graduate School workshop descriptions and times can be found below, they are grouped according to skill sets.  

  • Workshops are listed in chronological order on Skills Forge (S Fhttps://skillsforge.mmu.ac.uk - for guidance on making bookings, have a look HERE
  • Tip: Using the 'Search' function in Skills Forge - workshop codes beginning in 'CHE' take place in Cheshire - codes beginning with 'GS' take place in Manchester. Exact venues will be communicated shortly before the event takes place.
  • The Research Student Skills Programme 2017‌-18 will be available for download shortly.

When possible please book a place via Skills Forge (S F), if you have any difficulty, please email Maddie Hickman@mmu.ac.uk 


THIS MONTH:

Date Workshop                     S F 
Ref.
Mon, 11 Dec.

Introduction to QDA with NVivo 

GS37
Mon, 11 Dec.

Interviews for Research Students                        

GS22
Friday, 15 Dec.

Reliability Tests and Factor Analysis with SPSS      

GS48

 

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Induction

Induction
Mandatory for all new Research Students

General Information

This online resource introduces you to the research journey, the role and responsibilities of the student and the supervisor, the pre-registration and registration processes. It also includes key information on the support available from the Graduate School and the Library and signposts you to other University services and the online research student communities.

Course Link: https://moodle.mmu.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=77922

 

Getting Started

10 Things I Wish I'd Known Before Starting My PhD

General Information

Level Introductory -  no prior knowledge assumed
Target Audience New research students
Facilitated by Professor Cathy Urquhart, Business School                                                  
Dates and Duration

Mon 2nd October 2017 (10:00-10:45)

Thurs 15th February 2018 (14:00-14:45)

Skills Forge Ref.

 

Workshop Aims and Description

Doing a PhD takes time, effort, and money. It can be a wonderful, rewarding and transforming experience, but it can also be a difficult one.  This is often because we fail to understand that the PhD is as much a socially constructed endeavour as well as an intellectual one. This short talk considers ten things I wish I’d known before I embarked on my PhD, and the idea is to pass on some tips to make the journey smoother. It covers such issues as collaborating with your supervisor for publication, managing your PhD as a project, and why you don’t have to be a genius to do a PhD.

Book via Skills Forge http://skillsforge.mmu.ac.uk.  

For help booking please see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing

General Information

Level
Introductory -  no prior knowledge assumed
Target Audience All research students
Facilitated by Ben Edwards, Student Support worker
Dates and Duration

Mon 4th December 2017 (13:00-15:00)

Tuesday, 6th February 2018 (14:00-16:00)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS2

Workshop Aims and Description

The aim is the workshop is to help you to develop your understanding of critical thinking, reading and writing and to help you to develop these skills to apply in your field of research.
 

The workshop is a taught, face to face session involving individual and group activities, with the opportunity for informal student discussion about individual research.This is a three hour long, interactive workshop. The activities build progressively towards the students designing their own critical strategies. Students should be prepared to contribute to group discussion and engage with other people’s work. Students should come to the session with the materials specified (an article they are reading in their own field).

 

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of the session you should be able to:
  • identify the main features of critical thinking
  • apply these in your own research, reading and writing.
  • approach texts in a critical manner
  • apply the skills to all research activities which involve engaging with and evaluating your research

Book via Skills Forge http://skillsforge.mmu.ac.uk. For help booking please see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

 

Getting Started in the Library

General Information

Level
Introductory -  no prior knowledge assumed
Target Audience All research students
Facilitated by Subject Librarian
Dates and Duration

Ongoing

As you embark on your research, you will be working more independently to discover literature and resources to inform your research.  As a starting point, you should contact your subject librarian.

Your Subject Librarian

The Subject Librarians have an in-depth knowledge of a wide range of resources for all of the major disciplines in which Manchester Met is involved.  They will be happy to arrange a taiored, one-to-one session with you. Find your subject librarian

Guides for Researchers

You will also find it helpful to explore the Library website with its links to databases and e-journals, and Guides for Researchers

Research Support Librarian - Mary Pickstone

Mary delivers a general introduction to the Library's services, as part of the Graduate School induction day and delivers the workshops in the library skills section of the workshop programme.

Introduction to Ethical Issues

General Information

Level New research students
Target Audience All research students
Facilitated by Dr Peter Goodwin, HPSC
Dates and Duration

Tues 24th October 2017 (10:00-11:30)

Tues 10th April 2018 (13:00-14:30)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS19

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

The aim of the session is to provide you with a broad understanding of ethics in research so that you will be able to apply fundamental ethical principles and know how to appy for ethical approval.  The workshop will be a mixture of lecture and group/individual activities and there will be opportunities for questions and answers.

At the end of the session you will be able to:
  • Define research ethics and describe example of unethical research
  • Apply fundamental ethical principles
  • Know how to apply for ethical approval

To book email Maddie Hickman m.hickman@mmu.ac.uk 

Research IntegrityOnline Workshop

General Information

Level
Introductory -  no prior knowledge assumed
Target Audience All research students
Dates and Duration

TBC

This course is mandatory for all research students. You should complete it prior to formally registering for your degree (RD1). The course provides practical advice on dealing with complex issues that can arise while planning, conducting and reporting research.

Log in to https://moodle.mmu.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=77795 with your student network and password and then scroll down to the Research Integrity section 

Using Sources Effectively

General Information

Level
Introductory -  no prior knowledge assumed
Target Audience New research students
Facilitated by
Stephanie Aldred, Language Centre                                                  
Dates and Duration

 Mon 27th November 2017 (10:00-12:00)

Thurs 1st March 2018 (14:00-16:00)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS21

Workshop Aims and Description

Analysis of texts will help you identify how prior work is acknowledged, and you will explore how source material is most often used as background and support for your own ideas.  You will look at how you can criticise and recombine existing sources to help present your own point of view, and the subtleties of choosing particular language forms to introduce or comment on your sources.

 

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session you should be able to:
  •  Effectively critique and recombine existing source to present your own point of view
  •  Use appropriate language to introduce and comment on the sources

Book via Skills Forge http://skillsforge.mmu.ac.uk.  For help booking please see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

Conference Preparation

Chairing a Conference session - Science, Engineering and Healthcare

General Information

Target Audience

Mid to late stage research students                             
Facilitated by Dr Hans Degens, Faculty of Science and Engineering 
Date and Duration Tuesday, 13th February 2018 (10:00-12:00)
RDF Areas D2 (Communication & Dissemination), D3 (Engagement & Impact),
B3 (Professional & Career Development)
Skills Forge Ref. GS71

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

 In this short workshop you will consider what you need to do to prepare for a chairing a conference session.  You will consider how to introduce the session and the speaker, how to manage the time, field questions and answers and close the session.  This is a practical session with which you will be working with conference abstracts.  If you will be chairing at the 9th MMU PGR Research conference you should bring the abstracts to the session, otherwise abstracts will be provided.

 

Book via Skills Forge or email m.hickman@mmu.ac.uk 

For help with Skills Forge see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

Chairing a Conference session - Arts & Humanities

General Information

Target Audience

Mid to late stage research students                             
Facilitated by

Dr Phoebe Apeagyei Apparel/Fashion Technology

19th February 2018 (10:00-11:00)

Date and Duration TBC
RDF Areas D2 (Communication & Dissemination), D3 (Engagement & Impact),
B3 (Professional & Career Development)
Skills Forge Ref. GS71

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

 In this short workshop you will consider what you need to do to prepare for a chairing a conference session.  You will consider how to introduce the session and the speaker, how to manage the time, field questions and answers and close the session.  This is a practical session with which you will be working with conference abstracts.  If you will be chairing at the 9th MMU PGR Research conference you should bring the abstracts to the session, otherwise abstracts will be provided.

 

Book via Skills Forge or email m.hickman@mmu.ac.uk 

For help with Skills Forge see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

Conference Paper Presentation

General Information

Target Audience Suitable for all the research students                                                               
Facilitated by

 Dr Julie Marshall, HPSC

Dates and Duration

Wed 25th October 2017 (13:00-15:30)

Mon 26th February 2018 (9:30-12:30)

RDF Areas

D2 (Communication & Dissemination), D3 (Engagement & Impact),
B1 (Personal Qualities), B3 (Professional & Career Development)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS17

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

The workshop aims to introduce students to preparing and presenting a conference paper at a research or practitioner conference.

The workshop will cover:

  • Thinking about presenting a conference paper, including why this is a useful process, and choosing a conference
  • Preparing an abstract, including the role of abstracts in the conference paper process, and abstract content.
  • Writing and submitting a paper, including the types of conference papers, typical sections, relevance to tracks, adhering to guidelines, and submission deadlines.
  • Responding to peer review, including purpose of review, timescales, review criteria, and revision
  • Preparing a presentation, including time limits, content, and advice on PowerPoint presentations
  • Presenting your paper, including preparation, keeping on track, answering questions, and learning from the experience.

At the end of this you should be able to:

  • Evaluate potential conferences
  • Understand the different characteristics of conference papers and abstract for different conferences.
  • Appreciate the stages and purpose of the reviewing process.
  • Consider the structuring and design of a conference paper presentation
You should have developed your skills in
  • Writing a conference abstract
  • Planning a conference paper
  • Preparing for presenting a conference paper

Book via Skills Forge or email m.hickman@mmu.ac.uk 

For help with Skills Forge see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

 

Poster Design and Presentation

General Information

Target Audience All research students
Facilitated by

Manchester session
Dr Peter Goodwin HPSC & Suzanne Gough

Mon 11th December 2017 (10:00-13:00) (CANCELLED)

Wed 17th January 2018 (10:00-13:00)

Cheshire session
Professor Paul Holmes, Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange                                                                                 

Dates and Duration

TBC

RDF Areas

D2 (Communication & Dissemination), D3 (Engagement & Impact),
B1 (Personal Qualities), B3 (Professional & Career Development)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS59

You should bring your own PowerPoint presentation to work on during the session

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

  • To be able to submit an abstract for a poster
  • To be able to design and create a poster
  • To be able to present a poster

The first part of the workshop will be delivered as an interactive tutorial, following which is a practical session designing a poster.

By the end of the workshop you should be able to:
  • Discuss what posters are for
  • Describe the process of presenting a poster
  • Discuss what is required to present a poster
  • Design and create a poster using PowerPoint
  • Discuss the negatives and positives about poster design
  • Describe the criteria academics use to judge a poster

Book via Skills Forge or email m.hickman@mmu.ac.uk 

For help with Skills Forge see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

 

Writing a Conference Abstract

General Information

Target Audience All research students
Facilitated by Stephanie Aldred, Language Centre
Dates and Duration

Wed 1st November 2017 (10:00-12:00)

Tues 15th May 2018 (14:00-16:00)

RDF Areas

D2 (Communication & Dissemination), D3 (Engagement & Impact)
B3 (Professional & Career Development)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS29

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

Develop your skills for sourcing conferences, and preparing and writing appropriate abstracts, including the title, keywords and main body. The workshop will refer to the MMU Postgraduate Research Conference and by the end of the workshop you will have written an abstract that you can choose to submit to the conference.

 

Book via Skills Forge or email m.hickman@mmu.ac.uk 

For help with Skills Forge see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

Library Services

Advanced Searching: Techniques for Improving Your Literature Searches

General Information

Target Audience New research students
Facilitated by Mary Pickstone, Library
Dates and Duration

Mon 16th October 2017 (16:00-18:00)

Wed 21st March 2018 (10:00-12:00)

RDF Categories

A1 (Knowledge Base)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS23

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

This workshop will teach you how to run more effective literature searches using electronic resources.You will be shown how to identify keywords, create search statements using Boolean operators, and improve your results through the use of field searching, controlled language and limiters such as date of publication. The workshop will concentrate on two multidisciplinary databases, Scopus and the Web of Science, but the techniques that you learn can be applied to all electronic resources including electronic journal collections and Google.  
 
This will be a practical workshop ran in a computer/IT lab with exercises for you to practice the skills.
 
At the end of the session you should be able to
  • understand what makes a more effective literature search
  • identify keywords; create search statements using Boolean operators
  • improve results through the use of field searching and limiters such as date of publication
  • use thesauri and other controlled language search tools
  • apply advanced searching skills across a range of databases and other electronic resources

Citation Searching: How to track down more references

General Information

Level Introductory. Able to search for journal articles in an online database.
Target Audience New research students
Facilitated by Mary Pickstone, Library
Dates and Duration

Thurs 12th October 2017 (13:00-15:00)

Tues 13th March 2018 (10:00-12:00)

RDF Categories

A1 (Knowledge Base)

Skills Forge Ref.

G591

Workshop Aims and  Learning Outcomes

This workshop will:

  • explain the concept of cited reference searching
  • teach you how to run cited reference searches in the Web of Science and Scopus
  • show you the cited reference search feature in a range of other databases
Cited reference searching is a technique that will help you locate additional articles for your research.  Previously published articles relevant to your research appear in the list of references at the end of a journal article. A citation search, however, brings you forward in time to identify more recent articles which cite the original article that you found. You can also set up citation alerts so that whenever an article of interest to you is cited in the future, you will receive notification by email.  The workshop will be run in IT/computer lab and will give you practical exercises to try out this type of search.
 
By the end of the workshop you should:
  • have an understanding of the concept of Cited Reference searching
  • be able to run cited reference searches in Web of Science and Scopus
  • be able to identify Cited References searching capacity in other databases

Endnote: Taking the pain out of organising your references

 General Information

Target Audience New research students
Facilitated by Mary Pickstone, Library
Dates and Duration

Wed 18th October 2017 (14:00-16:00)

Mon 5th March 2018 (10:00-12:00)

RDF Categories

A1 (Knowledge Base)

Skills Forge Ref.

G526

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

The workshop will:
  • introduce you to Endnote, Manchester Met’s preferred bibliographic management software
  • show you how to create bibliographies in Endnote by inputting references manually and by importing references from Library Search, catalogues, databases and other resources
  • show you how to use Endnote with Word so that you can ‘Cite while you write’
EndNote, simplifies the task of creating bibliographies and citing references. You can create lists of your references, both manually and automatically by transferring records from sources such as Library Search, the Web of Science and other databases, and then use these references within a Word document to create citations and bibliographies. There will be practical exercises in the workshop for you to try out these skills. The workshop consisting of lecture/demonstration interspersed with practical exercises and is run in a computer/IT lab.
 
By the end of the workshop you should:
  • have an understanding of the concept of Cited Reference searching
  • be able to run cited reference searches in Web of Science and Scopus
  • be able to identify Cited References searching capacity in other databases

Book via Skills Forge

For help with Skills Forge see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

Online Library GuidesOnline

Personal and Professional Development

Finding Funding Opportunities with Research Professional

General Information

Target Audience Late stage research students                                     
Facilitated by Gareth Cantello, Research Development Manager, Research Knowledge & Exchange
Dates and Duration

Mon 15th January 2018 (10:00-10:45)

Wed 23rd May 2018 (14:00 - 14:45)

Bookings will open on 11th September 2017

RDF Categories

C3 (Finance, Funding & Resources)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS32

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

The Research Professional funding opportunities database is the key source for funding opportunities worldwide.  It enables you to search (for free) for research funding in all disciplines from a wide range of funders in the UK and beyond.

The workshop will demonstrate the key features of Research Professional to enable you to carry out effective searches, there will also be time for discussion and Q&A's with Gareth.

 By the end of the workshop, you should be able to:

  • Set up your Research Professional account
  • Find appropriate funding opportunities
  • Create and save tailored searches
  • Set up email alerts

 

Book via Skills Forge 

For help booking with Skills Forge see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

Making an Impact with your ResearchOnline Workshop

General Information

Target Audience Mid and late stage research students
Resource Link 
Login with your normal network login and password. Any problems contact our E-Learning Development Officer - research.students@mmu.ac.uk
Duration

1.5 - 2 hours

Please note you will be able to receive a Certificate for Online Participation after completing this workshop

 

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

The aim of this online resource is to help you determine and articulate the impact (or potential) impact of your research
Impact is a key element of academic research, it is currently 20% of the scoring for the REF (Research Excellence Framework) and there is a strong correlation between impact and research funding.  Your research needs to show impact, as this will help you secure research bids,  greatly enhance your academic profile and help you make a difference!
The workshop includes:
  • What impact is and why it's important
  • The Research Excellence Framework and Impact
  • Introduction to impact measurement tools
  • Case studies from Profs Cathy Parker, Rebecca Lawthom and Dr Erinma Ochu
  • Case studies from MMU research students (winners of Impact competition 2014)
  • Guidelines for determining the impact of your research

By the end of the worskhop you should:
  • understand why impact is important 
  • understand the areas or domains that impact covers as defined by the Research Excellence Framework
  • be able to articulate the impact or potential impact of your research

Managing your Research Project

General Information

Target Audience  Early stage research students
Facilited by  Stephanie Barker, Graduate School
Dates and Duration

Thursday, 25th January 2018 (10:00-12:00)

Friday, 18th May 2018 (14:00-16:00)

Bookings will open on 11th September 2017

RDF Categories

C2 (Research Management), B2 (Self-Management)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS18

 

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

This workshop aims to support you in developing project management skills so that they to achieve their research project goals and objectives. It will cover elements of time management, objective settings, managing your supervision and achieving a work-life balance so that you can get the most out of your postgraduate studies. You will have the opportunity to work on Gantt Chart examples by using specific software such as Microsoft Excel and Tom’s planner.

The workshop will cover:

  • Time Management – hints and tips to help research students achieve their goals
  • Objective setting – how to work SMARTER not HARDER by setting realistic goals and objectives
  • Work-life balance – how research students prioritize their work and fit their research around a busy lifestyle
  • Planning and monitoring – provide research students with useful advice and guidance on project management principles and how to draw up a Gantt Chart to monitor their project deadlines
  • Risk Assessment – how research students categorise the possible risks for their project.
At the end of this workshop research students you should be able to:
  • Understand the purpose of a Gantt Chart and the various options available to help with  designing a chart;
  • Practical tips to help you manage your research project effectively;
  • Know how to write SMART objectives; and
  • Categorise your  risks and prioritise tasks
  • Understand the importance or work-life balance and how to achieve goals in a timely manner;

Book via Skills Forge 

For help booking with Skills Forge see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

 

Patents and Patenting for Scientists and Engineers

General Information

Target Audience All research students                                     
Facilitated by Mike Dempsey, Head of Centre for Science & Engineering
Dates and Duration

Thurs 26th October 2017 (10:00-13:00)

Tues 29th May 2018 (10:00-13:00)

Bookings will open on 11th September 2017

RDF Categories

A3 (creativity), B3 (Professional & Career Development)

D3 (Engagement and Impact), C3 (Finance, Funding & Resources)

Skills Forge Ref.

 

Workshop Aims and Description

The workshop will encourage you to think about the opportunities for patenting any inventions you may make during your research studies and also how to protect your intellectual property.  It will introduce you to searching the patent literature for technical information as well as providing ideas for commercial exploitation.

Planning Your Research Data Management & Considering Open Access

General Information

Target Audience All research students                                     
Facilitated by Mary Pickstone, Library
Dates and Duration

Mon 4th December 2017 (14:00-15:00)

Thurs 14th June 2018 (14:00-15:00)

Bookings will open on 11th September 2017

RDF Categories

A1 (Knowledge Base), C2 (Research Management)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS75

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

Good data management is a necessary skill for all researchers. This workshop will equip you with the practical skills to manage your data (whatever form that this take, e.g. spreadsheets, images, recording, survey results etc). You will also consider open scholarship and how it can help you maximise the impact of your research by increasing the number of citations and creating future collaborations

 

Book via Skills Forge 

For help booking with Skills Forge see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

Professional Development Planning for ResearchersOnline Workshop

 General Information

Target Audience All research students
Resource Link

https://www.vitae.ac.uk/researchers-professional-development/professional-development-planning-for-researchers-online-course-pdp-roc

Any issues with access please contact our E-Learning Development Officer - research.students@mmu.ac.uk

Duration 1-2 hours

Workshop Aims and Description

Professional development planning (PDP) is a key component of career progression.  This online course, developed by Vitae for researchers at any stage, who want to make the most of opportunities and create new ones, covers all stages in the process.
The workshop covers:
  • Introducing PDP for researchers
  • The Vitae Researcher Development Framework
  • Analysing your experiences and expertise
  • Gathering and organising evidence of achievements
  • Select and Prioritise areas for further development
  • Plan and achieve your development goal

TALE Teaching and Learning Essentials

General Information

Target Audience

Anyone who is teaching at MMU

Open to Research Student who may be teaching or wanting training in readiness for teaching

Resource Link  Facilitated by CELT (Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning)

This is a comprehensive programme for anyone who is teaching at the University. It covers the full range of teaching and related activities in flexible and 'bite-sized' opportunities. There are also TALE routes to gain academic and professional recognition. If you are looking to gain training in preparation for teaching a good starting point would be to attend the 3P's and Microteaching sessions. 

For more information on the programme and to book sessions see http://www.celt.mmu.ac.uk/tale/index.php

The Brilliant Club: Teaching Opportunities Information Session

 General Information

Target Audience All  research students                                     
Facilitated by Katrina Williams, North West Area Manager Brilliant Club 
Dates and Duration

Wed 17th January 2018 (10:00-11:00)

The aim of the Brilliant Club is to widen access to University for underrepresented groups by enabling researcher to bring academic expertise into state schools. It is an opportunity for research students to deliver programmes of university-style tutorials to small groups of pupils.

See http://www.thebrilliantclub.org/

Led by the Brilliant Club's North Wed Director, Leanne Adamson, this session is an opportunity for you to find out about teaching placements and the recuitment processes. The session is open to all PhD students.

Book via Skills Forge

For help booking with Skills Forge see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

The Engaging Researcher

General Information

Target Audience Mid and later stage research students                                   
Facilitated by Jenna Ashton and Veronica Strain, Research and Knowledge Exchange
Dates and Duration

Art and Humanities
TBC

Science & Engineering & HPSC
TBC

RDF Categories

D2 (Communication & Dissemination), D3 (Engagement & Impact), B1 (Personal Qualities)
B3 (Professional & Career Development), C3 (Finance, Funding & Resources)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS38 (A&H) / GS84 (S&E/HPSC)

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

A highly interactive workshop where you will explore how public engagement can benefit you, your research, research funders and the public with whom you engage.

This workshop will explore the potential of public engagement activities in research for reaching new audiences, involving participants and impacting beyond academia. The workshop will support researchers to consider the opportunities for public engagement activity in their discipline. The workshop is useful for researchers with little or no public engagement activity, and those also wishing to continue into post-doc research.  

 

Book via Skills Forge 

For help booking with Skills Forge see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

Presentation Skills

Effectively Communicating Your Research to Any Audience

General Information

Target Audience All research students
Facilitated by

Dr Sam Illingworth, School of Science & The Environment

Dates and Duration

Tues 24th April 2018 (14:00-15:30)

Bookings will open on 11th September 2017

RDF Categories D2 (Communication & Dissemination), D3 (Engagement & Impact)
Skills Forge Ref. GS28

Workshop Aims and  Learning Outcomes

The aim of the workshop is to help you deliver effective presentations about your research that are appropriate to your audience's interests and expertise, including those from a non-academic background.

Topics include:
  • Developing a presentation narrative that is appropriate for any audience
  • Developing a physical presence e.g considering stance, use of voice, eye contact
  • Developing confidence in articulating your research
By the end of the workshop you should
  • Understand the importance of ensuring your presentation is appropriate for the audience
  • Have practised tailoring content to meet different audiences
  • Have strategies and tips for developing your physical presence and learning to cope with nerves

Book via Skills Forge 

For help booking with Skills Forge see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

To access the online version of this workshop any time, just go to https://moodle.mmu.ac.uk/mod/page/view.php?id=1128395

 

Effectively Communicating Your Research to Any Audience Digital WorkshopOnline Workshop

 General Information

Target Audience All research students, particularly those presenting their research at the 3 Minute thesis competition, conferences, research seminars etc
Facilitated by E-Learning Development Officer, Graduate School
Dates and Duration

Ongoing - Online Version of this course available at: https://moodle.mmu.ac.uk/mod/page/view.php?id=1128395

RDF Categories

D2 (Communication & Dissemination), D3 (Engagement & Impact)

 

 Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

The aim of the online resource is to help you deliver effective presentations about your research that are appropriate to you audience's background and interests. The workshop was developed to support the 3 Minute Thesis Competition where you have 3 minutes to present your thesis to a non-specialist audience. However the content of the workshop is such as to appeal to those that are presenting their research more generally.
Topics include:
  • The 3 Minute Thesis Competition: Rules and Criteria
  • Developing a presentation narrative that is appropriate for the audience
  • Developing a physical presence e.g considering stance, use of voice, eye contact
  • Developing confidence in articulating your research
By the end of the workshop you should
  • understand the importance of ensuring your presentation is appropriate for the audience
  • have practised tailoring content to meet differeng audiences
  • have strategies and tips for developing your physical presence and confidence

 

To access the online version of this workshop any time, just go to https://moodle.mmu.ac.uk/mod/page/view.php?id=1128395

 

Presentation Skills

General Information

Target Audience Suitable for all research students
Facilitated by Rochelle Morris and Lisa McDonagh, Student Support Officers
Dates and Duration

Tues 17th October 2017 (10:00-13:00)

Thurs 19th April 2018 (10:00-16:00)

Bookings will open on 11th September 2017

RDF Categories

D2 (Communication & Dissemination)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS30

 Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

The workshop aims to you to develop new presentation skills, to enhance your existing skills and to develop confidence in preparing and delivering effective presentations.

The workshop will cover:

  • Perceived barriers and anxieties: identifying these and how to overcome them.
  • Structure: planning, selection of material and creating ‘flow’.
  • Visual aids: effectiveness, appropriateness and number.
  • Delivery: pacing, tone, physical presence – becoming a confident speaker.
The session will include opportunities to reflect on previous experience and how to apply what you have learned within the session and in the past. To support this, participants will prepare and deliver presentations within the session, and help the development of all group members by participating in peer feedback. This session will include group discussion on a range of areas related to presentation skills, preparation of group or individual presentations, delivery of presentations and participation in peer feedback.
 
Please note, this session will not provide specific training on using PowerPoint for presentations.

By the end of the workshop you should have:
  • Developed skills in structuring a presentation through group work
  • Gained confidence in delivering an effective presentation
  • Developed skills in giving and receiving constructive criticism
  • Developed an understand of techniques that manage stress and anxiety related to delivering presentations

Book via Skills Forge

For help booking with Skills Forge see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

Research Methodology

Advances in Case Study Research: Ten things you need to know

General Information

Target Audience Research students who are considering or conducting case research
Facilitated by Professor Tony Hines, Business School
Dates and Duration

Wed 29th November 2017 (9:30-16:00)

Thurs 17th May 2018 (9:30-16:00)

Bookings will open on 11th September 2017

RDF Categories

A1 (Knowledge Base)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS85

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

The workshop provides a walk through of the 10 key areas you need to consider when considering case research and conducting case studies. It includes a consideration of the types of case research, planning case designs, ontological & epistemological considerations, data sources, sampling strategies, benefits and risks, analysis of case evidence, and writing case reports.

Ethics in Digital Research

General Information

Target Audience Research students researching in humanities or social sciences
Facilitated by Dr Adi Kuntsman, Languages, Information and Communication
Dates and Duration

Thursday, 17th May 2018 (9:30-12:30)

RDF Categories

A1 (Knowledge Base), C1 (Professional Conduct)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS86

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

Do you use social  media and the Internet for your research? Have you thought about ethical issues? This workshop explores ethics and how it relates to your current (and potential future) digital research activities. It will cover

  • types of online social research
  • public verses private materials
  • access and permission
  • consent and data ownership

Ethnography

General Information

Target Audience Early to mid-stage research students
Facilitated by Professor Tony Hines, Business School
Dates and Duration

Tues 5th December 2017 (10:00-12:00)

Thurs 7th June 2018 (14:00-16:00)

Bookings will open on 11th September 2017

RDF Categories

A1 (Knowledge Base)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS80

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

'Ethnography' is a method of studying ‘intact cultural or social groups’ or an individual or individuals within the group. It involves the study of people and cultures to determine why and how people act, think and feel in a particular way. In the first half of the workshop, the concepts, approaches, applications and limitations of the method for Qualitative research will be explored. In the second half, the focus will be on your research project through Q&A’s and group discussions.

Introduction to Grounded Theory

General Information

Target Audience Early to mid-stage research students
Facilitated by Professor Tony Hines, Business School
Dates and Duration

Mon 4th October 2017 (10:00-12:00)

Tues 13th February 2018 (14:00-16:00)

Bookings will open on 11th September 2017

RDF Categories

A1 (Knowledge Base)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS79

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

‘Grounded Theory’ research is a method of developing theory from data grounded in the views of participants. It does not concern itself with testing theory. In the first half of the workshop you will explore the principles, techniques, practical applications and implications of this theory including a critique of its strengths and weaknesses. The second half of the workshop will focus on your research project, and there will be opportunity to work with your research data through Q&A’s and group discussions.

 

Introduction to Qualitative Research

General Information

Target Audience

Early stage research degree students who are considering using or are starting to use a qualitative
approach in their research

Facilitated by Professor Tony Hines, Business School
Dates and Duration

Mon 13th November 2017 (9:30-16:00)

Fri 16th February 2018 (9:30-16:00)

Bookings will open on 11th September 2017

RDF Categories

A1 (Knowledge Base), C2 (Research Management)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS36

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

This is a highly participative workshop with activities and discussions. There will be time during the day to consider any specific questions you might have with regard to your own research.

During the day we will look at developing your research plan, developing the research question, choosing specific methods that fit with your methodological approach. Consideration is given to different paradigms and how they affect choice and justification of methods. Research ethics and normal social science protocols are considered. We will also provide an overview of things to consider in relation to the organization and analysis of your data.

By the end of the session you should :
  • Be aware of issues that you will need to priority to in planning and designing your own qualitative study
  • Develop your skills to plan your research effectively
  • Demonstrate awareness of tools that can help you plan effectively and support you in your research

There are a number of readings which will help futher your study

Book via Skills Forge

For help booking with Skills Forge see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

Introduction to Qualitative ResearchOnline Workshop

General Information

Target Audience

Early stage research degree students who are considering using or are starting to use a qualitative 
approach in their research

Facilitated by Professor Tony Hines, Business School
Resource Link https://moodle.mmu.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=77795 login with your normal network login and password. Any problems please contact our E-Learning Development Officer - research.students@mmu.ac.uk or Maddie Hickman - m.hickman@mmu.ac.uk
Duration

3 hours

RDF Categories

A1 (Knowledge Base), C2 (Research Management)

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

The online course will look at developing your research plan, developing the research question, choosing specific methods that fit with your methodological approach. Consideration is given to different paradigms and how they affect choice and justification of methods. Research ethics and normal social science protocols are considered. We will also provide an overview of things to consider in relation to the organization and analysis of your data.

By the end of the session you should:
  • Be aware of issues that you will need to priority to in planning and designing your own qualitative study.
  • Develop your skills to plan your research effectively
  • Demonstrate awareness of tools that can help you plan effectively and support you in your research

There are a number of readings which will help futher your study.

 

Introduction to Quantitative Research

General Information

Target Audience Early stage research students
Facilitated by Professor Carol Haigh, Health, Psychology and Social Care
Dates and Duration

Wed 22nd November 2017 (9:30-12:30)

Thurs 15th March 2018 (13:30-16:00)

Bookings will open on 11th September 2017

RDF Categories

A1 (Knowledge Base)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS34

2. Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

The aim of the workshop is to provide an introduction into the basics of quantitative data use, providing an introduction into some of the more common statistical approaches to data analysis and evaluation that students may encounter in publications.

The event will cover:

  • Underlying philosophy and theoretical concepts
  • Approaches to design - Questionnaire design (principles and administration)
  • Different types of quantitative data and their uses
  • How to choose a statistical test
  • How to report data
  • Interpreting reported data
At the end of the workshop the students will
  • Understand the different types of quantitative data
  • Be aware of the elements of questionnaire design
  • Be aware of different statistical tests and their application
  • Understand how to report and interpret data

Book via Skills Forge

For help booking with Skills Forge see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

Introduction to Quantitative ResearchOnline Workshop

General Information

Target Audience Early stage research students
Facilitated by Professor Carol Haigh, Health, Psychology and Social Care
Resource Link 

http://moodle.mmu.ac.uk/mod/lesson/view.php?id=1128397 login with your normal network login and password
Any problems please contact our E-Learning Development Officer - research.students@mmu.ac.uk
or Maddie Hickman m.hickman@mmu.ac.uk

Duration

2.5 hours

RDF Categories

A1 (Knowledge Base)

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

The online workshop will provide an introduction into the basics of quantitative data use, and to the more common statistical approaches to data analysis and evaluation that students may encounter in publications.

The workshop covers:

  • Underlying philosophy and theoretical concepts
  • Approaches to design - Questionnaire design (principles and administration)
  • Different types of quantitative data and their uses
  • How to choose a statistical test
  • How to report data
  • Interpreting reported data
At the end of the workshop the students will
  • Understand the different types of quantitative data
  • Be aware of the elements of questionnaire design
  • Be aware of different statistical tests and their application
  • Understand how to report and interpret data

 

Learning NVivoOnline Workshop

General Information

Learn to use NVivo Starter 11 for qualitative data analysis. Find out how to import, organise, analyse and visualise text based research data. 

Link: https://www.lynda.com/search?q=nvivo

For free access and instructions: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/itservices/help-and-support/lynda/

NVivo Q& A: Work with the Experts

General Information

Target Audience Early to mid stage research students
Facilitated by

Professor Tony Hines, Business School

Dates and Duration 

Wed 13th December 2017 (10:00-12:00)

Mon 16th April 2018 (10:00-12:00)

Bookings will open on 11th September 2017

Skills Forge Ref.

GS73

This is an opportunity for you to explore a particular area of challenge when working with NVivo, There will be opportunities for discussion, Q & A with the faciliatators . These are not introductory level and you should have attended or have a good work knowledge of the topic covered in the ‘Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods workshop

The workshops will be very practical, with you working on your own data with guidance from the facilitators.  To ensure that the facilitators are appropriately informed, participants will be required to submit a brief outline of their particular area of interest/challenge a week before the session.

Book via Skills Forge

For help booking with Skills Forge see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

Qualitative Research Q & A: Working with Your Data

General Information

Target Audience Early to mid stage research students
Facilitated by

Professor Tony Hines, Business School

Dates and Duration 

Thurs 7th December 2017 (10:00-12:00)

Thurs 8th March 2018 (10:00-12:00)

Bookings will open on 11th September 2017

RDF Categories

A1 (Knowledge Base)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS68

This is an opportunity for you to explore a particular area of challenge or interest in facilitated problem-solving sessions. These are not introductory level and you should have attended or have a good work knowledge of the topic covered in the ‘Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods workshop

The workshops will be very practical, with you working on your own data with guidance from the facilitators.  To ensure that the facilitators are appropriately informed, participants will be required to submit a brief outline of their particular area of interest/challenge a week before the session.

Book via Skills Forge

For help booking with Skills Forge see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

Quantitative Research Methods Q & A: Working with Your Data

General Information 

Target Audience Early to mid stage research students
Facilitated by

Professor Carol Haigh, HSPC
Professor Franics Fatoye, HSPC
Tracey Clay, HSPC

Dates and Duration 

Thurs 11th May 2017 (10:00-11:30)

RDF Categories

A1 (Knowledge Base)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS70

This is an opportunity for you to explore a particular area of challenge or interest in facilitated problem-solving sessions. These are not introductory level sessions and you should have attended the classroom session or reviewed the online 'Quantitative Research Methods’ workshop (http://moodle.mmu.ac.uk/mod/lesson/view.php?id=912655)  before attending these sessions.

The workshops will be very practical, with you working on your own data with guidance from the facilitators.  To ensure that the facilitators are appropriately informed, participants will be required to submit a brief outline of their particular area of interest/challenge a week before the session.

 

Book via Skills Forge

For help booking with Skills Forge see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

Understanding and Using Grounded Theory

General Information

Target Audience Early to mid-stage research students
Facilitated by Professor Cathy Urquhart, Business School
Dates and Duration

Tues 10th October 2017 (10:00-16:00)

Mon 21st May 2018 (10:00-16:00)

Bookings will open on 11th September 2017

RDF Categories

A1 (Knowledge Base)

Skills Forge Ref.

TBC

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

Grounded theory method (GTM) is a well-established qualitative research method that helps us analyse data and build theory from that data.  This It produces strong theory ‘grounded’ in the data. This workshop will introduce grounded theory, give you a chance to try your hand at coding through a number of worked examples and consider the role of GTM in research design. We will also consider how to write up a GTM study.

The course is based on Cathy’s book Grounded Theory for Qualitative Analysis; A Practical Guide, Sage Publications, November 2012, http://www.uk.sagepub.com/books/Book232280

Research Tools

Comparing Groups

General Information

Target Audience Early - mid stage research students
Facilitated by Dr Qi Cao, Business School
Dates and Duration

Mon 20th November 2017 (10:00-12:30)

Mon 4th June 2018 (14:00-16:00)

Bookings will open on 11th September 2017

RDF Categories

A1 (Knowledge Base)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS46

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

Learn how to quantitatively compare groups using SPSS. Tests will include t-tests, Chi square tests, and Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). 

Hypothesis Testing and Regression Models

General Information

Target Audience Al Research Students
Facilitated by Dr Qi Cao, Business School
Dates and Duration

Mon 23rd October 2017 (10:00-12:30)

Wed 30th May 2018 (14:00-16:30)

Bookings will open on 11th September 2017

RDF Categories

A1 (Knowledge Base)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS47

Workshop Aims and  Learning Outcomes 

This workshop will introduce you to Hypothesis tests and Regression models using SPSS and STATA. 

Book via Skills Forge 

For help booking with Skills Forge see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

Introduction to Qualitative Data Analysis with Nvivo

General Information

Pre-requisite workshops Introduction to Qualitative Research
Target Audience Early stage research students
Facilitated by Professor Tony Hines, Business School
Dates and Duration

Mon 11 December 2017 (9:30-16:00)

Wed 14th March 2017 (9:30-16:00)

Bookings will open on 11th September 2017

RDF Categories

A1 (Knowledge Base)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS37

  • NVivo is currently licensed and freely available to all research students working within the university. 

Workshop Aims and  Learning Outcomes 

You will be introduced to some common approaches to analysing qualitative data. You will also have the opportunity to practice completing some analysis before participating in discussions about the QDA process. You will also have the opportunity to learn what Computer Aided Qualitative Data Analysis Systems such as NVIVO offer to support your analysis. After a demonstration of NVIVO you will have time to practice and learn for yourself the possibilities that NVIVO offers the qualitative researcher.

At the end of the workshop you should 
  • know how to conduct an analysis of your qualitative data
  • be able to justify your approaches and choices for the analysis of qualitative data
  • be aware of the possibilities for analysis that CAQDAS tool such as NVivo offer
  • be confident and able to further develop your skills

A number of reading to follow up after the session will be given during the workshop

Book via Skills Forge

For help booking with Skills Forge see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods with SPSS

General Information

Target Audience Early stage research students
Facilitated by Dr Qi Cao, Business School
Dates and Duration

Mon 6th November 2017 (10:00-12:30)

Mon 21st May 2018 (14:00-16:30)

Bookings will open on 11th September 2017

RDF Categories

A1 (Knowledge Base)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS43

Workshop Aims and  Learning Outcomes 

This workshop aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to enter and format data into SPSS from a variety of different source

At the end of the workshop you should:

  • Have the knowledge and skills to enter and format data into SPSS from a variety of different sources.
  • Be able to select appropriate graphical displays to illustrate the essential features of a data set.
  • Be able to carry out a summary analysis of data and interpret summary statistics.
  • Have the knowledge and skills to run simple statistical test (listed above) and interpret the results obtained
  • Have an awareness of power and sample size calculations

Book via Skills Forge

For help booking with Skills Forge see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

Online Statistics TrainingOnline Workshop

SPSS Statistics Essential Training:


https://www.lynda.com/SPSS-training-tutorials/ (for free access, sign in via the institutional portal)

Learn how to use SPSS to calculate descriptive and inferential statistics, create data visualizations like scatterplots and other charts, perform multiple-regression analysis, and more.

Reliability Testing and Factor Analysis

General Information

Target Audience Al Research Students
Facilitated by Dr Qi Cao, Business School
Dates and Duration

Friday, 15th December 2017 (15:30-17:30)

Mon 14th May 2018 (14:00-16:30)

Bookings will open on 11th September 2017

RDF Categories

A1 (Knowledge Base)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS48

Workshop Aims

This workshop introduces reliability testing and factor analysis with SPSS. 

 Book via Skills Forge 

For help booking with Skills Forge see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

Technology, Media and Literacy

Increasing Your Productivity: Evernote for Researchers

General Information

Target Audience All research students
Facilited by Dee Vyas, Learning Innovations
Dates and Duration

Thurs 15th February 2018 (15:00-16:00)

Tuesday 12th June 2018 (10:00-11:00)

Bookings will open on 11th September 2017

RDF Categories

C2 (Research Management)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS39

About Evernote

Evernote is a productivity app that you use to store anything and everything online! You can upload and access the online information from multiple devices e.g. laptop, tablet and smartphone, and it is all synchronised.

Academics are increasingly using Evernote for their research e.g.
• Clipping journal articles for reading later
• Tagging articles, webpages and notes to pull together related ideas and concepts
• Searching for information across multiple documents - including text in pdf's and images
• Record impromptu interviews with audio notes

For examples of how research students use Evernote see: Using Evernote for Research and Writing

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes 

The aim of the workshop is to introduce you to Evernote and its additional features that you can use in your research (or teaching). The workshop will consist of a mixture of demonstrations and practical activities to enable you to get started with Evernote.

By the end of the session, you will have created your free Evernote account and should be able to:
• Create and organise notes using notebooks and tags
• Capture and organise papers, articles and web pages
• Take photos and record audio from within Evernote
• Create and save searches
• Sharing notebooks and notes

 Book via Skills Forge

 For help with booking see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

Podcasting for Researchers

General Information

Target Audience Postgraduate Research Students and Staff                                                 
Facilited by

Dr Sam Illingworth and Dr James Redfern, MMU and producers of 

'The Neutrino's are Mutating' podcast https://tnampodcast.wsordpress.com/

Dates and Duration          

Tues 22nd May 2018 (14:00-16:00)

Bookings will open on 11th September 2017

RDF Areas

D3 (Engagement & Impact)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS38

Workshop Aims and  Learning Outcomes

Podcasting is a fresh, dynamic and fun way to engage the general public with your research and create impact.  The aim of the workshop is to enable you to create your own podcasts via a series of hands-on activities and interactive discussions.

By the end of the session, you will have:

  • Discussed what it is that makes an interesting podcast
  • Practiced describing things for audio purposes
  • Experimented with writing and recording a podcast
  • Been introduced to editing software and podcast hosting sites 

 Book via Skills Forge

 For help with booking see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

Technologies for Smarter Research 2.0

General Information

Target Audience All Research Students                               
Facilited by

Dee Vyas, Learning Innovation

Dates and Duration          

Wed 6th December 2017 (10:00-11:00)

Wed 13th June 2018 (15:00-16:00)

Bookings will open on 11th September 2017

RDF Areas

D3 (Engagement & Impact)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS49

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

This session will introduce you to a range of technologies that you can use in your research and there will be a mixture of demonstrations and practical activities. 

 Book via Skills Forge

 For help with booking see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

The Online Researcher

General Information

Target Audience All Research Students                               
Facilited by

Professor Carol Haigh, HPSC

Dates and Duration          

Mon 12th February 2018 (9:30-12:30)

Fri 15th June 2018 (13:30-16:00)

Bookings will open on 11th September 2017

RDF Areas

D2 (Communication & Dissemination), B3 (Professional & Career Development)
D1 (Working with Others), D3 (Engagement & Impact)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS40

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

Increasingly researchers are expected to have an up-to-date online presence.  The workshop provides an opportunity for you to consider what a 'good academic profile' is and to develop a strategy for enhancing and maintaining your profile.  Effective global collaborations can be created and managed online and the workshop will introduce a range of common tools and services.  To be an effective researcher it is vital to keep informed, however the potential source of, and flow of information can be overwhelming and the workshop will look at tools for effectively keeping research informed.

By the end of the session, you will have:

  • understood the importance of having an effective online academic profile
  • have considered strategies, service and tool that can be used to enhance your profile
  • have considered tools for academic collaboration e.g. managing projects, collaborative writing, sharing files and links and meeting online
  • have considered tools for keeping up-to-date with research in your area

 Book via Skills Forge

 For help with booking see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

Writing Skills

Coaching for Academic English

General Information

Designed specifically for students with English as a second or additional language, the Language Centre run free 3-week courses and short workshops on key academic English skills. https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/languagecentre/courses-for-our-students/coaching-for-academic-english/

The Language Centre also run face-to-face and online 1-2-1 writing consultations. https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/languagecentre/courses-for-our-students/coaching-for-academic-english/writing-consultations/

How To Write A Literature Review

General Information

Target Audience Research Students
Facilitated by Professor Cathy Urquhart, Business & Law

Dates and Duration

Thurs 9th November 2017 (15:00-17:30)

Fri 2nd March 2018 (14:00-16:00)

Bookings will open on 11th September 2017

RDF Areas

A2 (Cognitive Abilities), A3 (Creativity)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS41

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

This workshop aims to provide an overview of a good literature review in your research and part of your thesis. In the workshop we will examine how to write a literature review, including:

  • What is a literature review
  • The purpose of a literature review
  • Stages in writing a literature review
  • Requirements of a good literature review
The workshop will be delivered by PowerPoint presentation interspersed with group work activity. Participants will have opportunities to critically discuss every aspect of the workshop in relation to their own research project/thesis.
 
By the end of the session you should be able to 
  • Demonstrate greater knowledge and understanding of the underpinning qualities of a good literature review
  • Have a greater understanding of a literature review in relation to a research project/thesis
  • Critically apply the learning to justify decision making as a research degree student

Book via Skills Forge.  

If you need help with booking see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

How To Write A Literature ReviewOnline Workshop

 General Information

Target Audience Research Students
Facilitated by Dr Francis Fatoye, Health, Psychology & Social Change
Resource link

http://moodle.mmu.ac.uk/mod/lesson/view.php?id=892046
Login with your normal network login and password - any problems please contact our E-Learning Development Officer research.students@mmu.ac.uk or Maddie Hickman m.hickman@mmu.ac.uk 

Duration

1 hour 15 minutes

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

This online workshop aims to provide an overview of a good literature review in your research and part of your thesis. In the workshop we will examine how to write a literature review, including:

  • What is a literature review
  • The purpose of a literature review
  • Stages in writing a literature review
  • Requirements of a good literature review
By the end of the session you should be able to 
  • Demonstrate greater knowledge and understanding of the underpinning qualities of a good literature review
  • Have a greater understanding of a literature review in relation to a research project/thesis
  • Critically apply the learning to justify decision making as a research degree student

Introduction to Academic Writing

General Information

Target Audience International students, new researchers, anyone returning to study after a break
Facilitated by Kate Haley (Student Support Officer)
Dates and Duration

Fri 8th December 2017 (14:00-16:00)

Tues 6th March 2018 (11:00-13:00)

RDF Areas

A2 (Cognitive Abilities), A3 (Creativity)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS50

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

  • Explore your current writing skills
  • Identify areas for development
  • Identify resources that might help you with your writing
This workshop will give provide an opportunity for you  to discuss writing skills and strategies for improvement. This is ideal for students looking to build confidence in their academic writing ability, or those who want to ‘refresh’ their knowledge of academic writing conventions. Participants will discuss examples of writing and identify techniques or specific resources to help then with their studies.
 

By the end of the session you should:

  • be able to identify your writing needs and areas for improvement
  • be familiar with a range of resources to support writing development
  • be able to work with others to discuss and critique examples of academic writing

Book via Skills Forge.  

If you need help with booking see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

The Writing Project

General Information

This free 10-week course from the Language Centre, is for any student (undergraduate and postgraduate) who would like to improve their written English. The course covers academic and non-academic writing styles and focuses mainly on style, punctuation, grammatical accuracy, organisation and how to paraphrase and summarise effectively. http://www.writingproject.mmu.ac.uk/.

If English is your second or additional language, then you should first consider the Coaching for Academic English course https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/languagecentre/courses-for-our-students/coaching-for-academic-english/

Using MS Word to Format Your ThesisOnline Workshop

 General Information

Target Audience Research Students
Facilitated by The Graduate School
Resource link

https://moodle.mmu.ac.uk/mod/book/view.php?id=1128400
Login with your normal network login and password - any problems please contact our E-Learning Development Officer research.students@mmu.ac.uk  or Maddie Hickman m.hickman@mmu.ac.uk 

Duration

Drop In Book - Each section takes around 5 minutes to complete and apply to your thesis

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

This online workshop aims to provide an overview of the advanced Microsoft Word tools needed to produce a well-formatted thesis document. In the workshop we will examine your thesis formatting including:
  • The standard formatting requirements from the Student Handbook
  • Basic formatting principles
  • Automated tables of contents, figures and tables
  • Styles and style sets for faster formatting
  • Page Layouts
  • Tables, Equations and Captions
  • Track Changes
  • Reviewing with Turnitin
By the end of the session you should be able to 
  • Format your thesis using the standard gudielines for printing
  • Use styles and automated tables for easier formatting
  • Easily add equations, images, and tables with captions
  • Check your work in Turnitin

Writing For Publication

General Information

Target Audience Mid and Later-Stage Research Students
Facilitated by

Mary Pickstone, Library
Professor Cathy Urquhart, Marketing, Business, Operations & Digital Business

Dates and Duration

Tues 21st November 2017 (10:00-13:00)

Wed 8th March 2018 (13:00-16:00)

Bookings will open September 2017

RDF Areas

A2 (Cognitive Abilities), A3 (Creativity), D2 (Communication & Dissemination)
B3 (Professional & Career Development)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS42

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

The workshop aims to introduce students to writing for publication and to the library resources that will support them in their endeavours towards becoming published.

The workshop will cover: 
  • Thinking about writing for publication such as considering why research students need to consider publication and what they might publish
  • Getting your manuscript written, including being clear about your topic and developing your argument and presenting 
  • your evidence
  • Choosing and working with academic journals, including choosing a journal, work with a journal, and understanding peer review.
By the end of the session you should be able to:
  • Understand what constitutes publishable research output
  • Evaluate the suitability of journals for submission
  • Recognise that the review process can be supportive and creative
  • Use library resources to find outlets for publication and dissemination of research
  • Be aware of the issues around different models of publications
  • Locating and evaluating academic journals and other resources to support your progress towards publication

Book via Skills Forge.  

If you need help with booking see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

Your Thesis

Preparing for Your VivaOnline Workshop

General Information

Target Audience
Research students preparing for their Viva or Transfer Interview
Resource Link 
http://moodle.mmu.ac.uk/mod/page/view.php?id=892047
Login with your normal network login and password - any problems please contact our E-Learning Development Officer research.students@mmu.ac.uk
Duration
30 minutes

Please note you will be able to receive a Certificate for Online Participation after completing this workshop

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

The aim of the online resource is to help you prepare for your Viva or Transfer interview
              
In a short series of videos Dr Sheree McCormick, a recent Manchester Met PhD graduate and Professor Paul Holmes (Chair of the Research Degrees Committee and Sheree's Director of Studies) offer strategies and practical tips to help you prepare.  The interviews include video excerpts from Sheree's Viva to illustrate key points.
   
Topics include:
  • role of the chair
  • typical and difficult questions
  • engaging your examiners
  • posing alternative points of view
  • showcasing your knowledge and expertise
  • importance of creating your academic profile
  • Viva preparation checklist
By the end of the session you should:
  • understand the role of the chairs and examiners 
  • have strategies and tips to prepare efficiently and effectively
  • have strategies and tips to help you with examination/interview technique

Using MS Word to Format Your Thesis

 General Information

Target Audience Mid to late stage research students
Facilited by  Stephanie Barker, Graduate School
Dates and Duration

Thursday, 15th February 2017 (10:00-12:00)

Wednesday, 16th May 2018 (14:00-16:00)

ONGOING - This course is also available as an online course throughout the year here: https://moodle.mmu.ac.uk/mod/book/view.php?id=1128400

RDF Areas

A1 (Knowledge Base), D2 (Communication & Dissemination)

Skills Forge ref.

GS44

The workshop will be delivered using Microsoft Word 2013. If you are member of the university, you can download your free copy of Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus (which includes Microsoft Word 2013) here:

http://www.mmu.ac.uk/itservices/procure/msofficeproplus.php


Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

The workshop aims to provide the research students with knowledge and skills on advanced features of Microsoft Word for formatting their thesis and/or preparing a document for publication.

The workshop will cover:

  • Page Layout such as how to set margins, page numbers, page and section breaks, cover page, headers and footers.
  • Styles such as fonts, font size and font colour, line spacing, quotations.
  • Tables such as how to add, update and delete a table of contents, insert and customise a table inside the text.
  • Footnotes, Bibliography and Index such as how to insert footnotes and endnotes, citations and bibliography and add an index and update an index.
  • Review and collaboration on a Document e.g. using  comments and tracked changes
This is a practical workshop based with the emphasis on demonstrations and individual working on exercises

By the end of the workshop you should be able to 
  • format your document according to a given specification.   
  • review and apply changes individually and collaboratively

Book via Skills Forge

For help with booking see: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

This course is also available year-round as an online course, which you can find here: https://moodle.mmu.ac.uk/mod/book/view.php?id=1128400

 

Using Turnitin to Get Feedback on your Thesis

General Information

Target Audience All research students
Resource Link 
Matthew Thorpe, Learning Innovation
Duration

Tues 7th November 2017 (10:00-11:00)

Wed 25th April 2018 (14:00-15:00)

Bookings will open on 11th September 2017

RDF Areas

A1 (Knowledge Base), D2 (Communication & Dissemination)

Skills Forge ref.

GS51

Workshop Description

Turnitin is known as a plagiarism detection tool, however it can enable you to improve your academic writing by helping you to analyse your use of references and quotations, and your ability to summarise and paraphrase. The session will help you interpret the Turnitin reports from your submission of your thesis (either full or part of ) for feedback on your writing. 

Book via Skills Forge 

For help with booking see: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

Your Thesis & The Oral Examination

General Information

Target Audience Late stage research students
Facilited by 
Kellie Morrissey, Research Degrees Officer, Graduate School.
Dr Peter Goodwin,  Research Institute for Health and Social Change
Dates and Duration

Thurs 11th January 2018 (13:00-15:00)

Wed 23rd May 2018 (9:30-12:30)

Bookings will open on 11th September 2017

RDF Areas

C2 (Research Management), D2 (Communication & Dissemination)

Skills Forge ref.

GS45

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

This workshop provides you with information on the structure of the thesis and hints and tips on how to plan and prepare for your viva.

A lecture style workshop with opportunities for question and answers which provides you with an understanding of the various thesis styles, the examination process and what to expect at the viva and beyond.

By the end of the workshop you should be able to:
  • describe the examination procedures for research degrees and have an understanding of the viva process
  • have an understanding of the various thesis styles and structures
  • have practical tips and to help you prepare for the examination
     

Book via Skills Forge

For help with booking see: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

Your Career Development

CVs and Applications for Research Students

 General Information

Target Audience Mid and later stage research students
Facilitated by Nicola Critchlow, Careers and Employability 
Dates and Duration

Thurs 11th January 2018 (10:00-11:00)

Tues 12th June 2018 (14:00-15:00)

Bookings will open on 11th September 2017

RDF Areas

B3 (Professional & Career Development)

Skills Forge ref.

GS20

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

This workshop explores different CV formats (including academic CVs) and covering letters, and the key qualities employers look for that will make you stand out from the crowd and secure an interview.  We will look at different types of application forms and the different processes used by employers. Get insider know-how on how applications are assessed and tips to ensure you sell yourself to secure that interview.

Book via Skills Forge http://skillsforge.mmu.ac.uk.  

For help booking please see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

Interviews for Research Students

 General Information

Target Audience Mid and later stage research students
Facilitated by Nicola Critchlow, Careers and Employability 
Dates and Duration

Mon 11th December 2017 (10:00-11:00)

Tues 19th June 2018 (14:00-15:00)

Bookings will open on 11th September 2017

RDF Areas

B3 (Professional & Career Development)

Skills Forge ref.

GS22

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

This workshop explores the interview experience from start to finish - get advice to maximise your performance and boost your confidence, learn how to prepare and hear tips for handling difficult questions.  We will look at the different formats you may come across in interviews, for both academic and industry positions.

Book via Skills Forge http://skillsforge.mmu.ac.uk.  

For help booking please see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

Options with your PhD and Job Seeking Strategies

 General Information

Target Audience Mid and later stage research students
Facilitated by Nicola Critchlow, Careers and Employability 
Dates and Duration

Wed 8th November 2017 (10:00-11:00)

Wed 20th June 2018 (14:00-15:00)

Bookings will open on 11th September 2017

RDF Areas

B3 (Professional & Career Development)

Skills Forge ref.

GS25

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

Your research degree will give you in-depth knowledge of your discipline and also many transferable skills.  In this workshop we will think about those skills, consider your career choices and learn how to sell what you have gained from your postgraduate studies.  We will also explore a variety of approaches to job seeking.

Book via Skills Forge http://skillsforge.mmu.ac.uk.  

For help booking please see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

Using LinkedIn to Kick Start your Career

 General Information

Target Audience Mid and later stage research students
Facilitated by Nicola Critchlow, Careers and Employability 
Dates and Duration

Fri 20th October 2017 (10:00-11:00)

Tues 8th May 2018 (14:00-15:00)

Bookings will open on 11th September 2017

RDF Areas

B3 (Professional & Career Development)

Skills Forge ref.

GS27

Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

This interactive session shows you how to develop and improve your own LinkedIn profile, whether you are an active user or new to the site; as well as offering tips on using LinkedIn to network effectively, increase your connections and link to employers and academics. 

Book via Skills Forge http://skillsforge.mmu.ac.uk or email m.hickman@mmu.ac.uk  

For help booking via Skills Forge,  see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

External Providers of Online Courses

Elsevier Publishing Campus

General Information

The Elsevier Publishing Campus offers free online courses.  Although some have a science bias, the Scholarly PublishingResearch Funding and Research Writing Skills courses are particularly relevant for all students. 

There are 6 areas to explore: Skills Training. Research Solutions. Big Ideas, Career Planning, Networking and Recommended Organisations.

lynda.com

General Information

The University has subscribed to lynda.com, a video tutorials resource for developing your software, creativity and business skills. Tutorials are grouped by theme: Developer, Design, Web, Photography, 3D + Animation, Video, Audio, Business and Education. Whilst you are a student or a member of staff at the University you have free, unlimited access to these courses

For free access and instructions: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/itservices/help-and-support/lynda/ 

 

IT Training

MS Excel: Graphs & Charts

General Information

Target Audience New research students*
Please note that these sessions will also be attended by members of staff
Facilitated by Business Support IT Training team
Dates and Duration

TBC

RDF Areas

A1 (Knowledge Base)

Workshop Aims and Description

This short session will teach you how to display data from within Excel in the form of a graph or chart.

MS Excel: Summarising Data

General Information

Target Audience New research students*
Please note that these sessions will also be attended by members of staff
Facilitated by Business Support IT Training team
Dates and Duration

TBC

RDF Areas

A1 (Knowledge Base)

Workshop Aims and Description

Filtering through large sets of data can be very difficult and time consuming. Using Excel Pivot tables can make this much easier and more accurate.

Online MS Excel Training

General Information

Learn how to to enter and organize data, create formulas and functions, build charts and Pivot Tables, and use other powerful Excel features.

Link: https://www.lynda.com/Excel-tutorials/Excel-Office-365-Essential-Training/

For free access and instructions: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/itservices/help-and-support/lynda/

Teaching

Classroom Technology at Manchester Met

General Information

Target Audience

Research student who are or will be teaching*

*Please note that these sessions will be attended by members of staff

Facilitated by Business Support IT Training Team
Dates and Duration

TBC

RDF Categories

D3 (Engagement & Impact), B3 (Professional & Career Development)

Skills Forge Ref.

GS81


Workshop Aims and Learning Outcomes

This session will teach you about the various forms of classroom technology that we have at Manchester Met. You will learn to make the most of AV technology in our lecture theatres and classrooms, inducing the projectors, document camera and more. 

Book via Skills Forge

For help booking with Skills Forge see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/skills-forge/

 

 

TALE: Teaching & Learning Essentials

General Information

This is a comprehensive workshop programme by the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is for anyone who is teaching.  It covers the full range of teaching and related activities in flexible and practical ‘bite-sized’ opportunities. If you are looking to gain training in preparation for teaching you should start with the 3Ps and Microteaching workshops. See http://www.celt.mmu.ac.uk/tale/index.php

 

TALENT: Teaching & Learning Essentials for New Teachers

General Information

TALENT is a 15-credit masters-level unit offered by CELT that provides opportunities to plan, deliver and observe teaching with peer and tutor support. There are two workshops:  Microteaching and 3Ps (Planning, Preparation & Purpose) with additional online and face-to-face support. See http://www.celt.mmu.ac.uk/cpd/accredited/unit_details.php?unit_id=153

The Brilliant Club

General Information

The aim of the Brilliant Club is to widen access to University for underrepresented groups by enabling researcher to bring academic expertise into state schools. It is an opportunity for research students to deliver programmes of university-style tutorials to small groups of pupils. http://www.thebrilliantclub.org/

Opportunities to apply for a place on the scheme will be announced on the Graduate School website and via social media.

Led the Brilliant Club’s North West Director Leanne Adamson, this session is an opportunity for you to find out more about the Brilliant Club, the teaching placements and the recruitment processes.

Your Wellbeing

Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service

The Counselling, Health and Wellbeing service are a team of professionally qualified counsellors and a mental health advisor who can offer you confidential support. See http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/counselling/contact-us/ for contact details.

They also a programme of courses and workshops, some of which you do not need to book in advance.
Topics include:

  • Assertiveness
  • Mindfulness
  • Managing anxiety
  • Nervous about presenting
  • Overcoming sleep problems

For the full programme see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/counselling/courses-and-workshops/

Free Sport and Fitness Classes

We want you to be able to try new activities and rely on old favourites. So we've scheduled a range of free sports, activities and classes on and around campus.
You can simply turn up to - no booking, no fee, no kit needed - just turn up in the right clothes and frame of mind!

For a full list of everything on offer each week, take a look at the link below

http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/sport/get-involved/

Meditation Sessions

Take time out of your day to relax and remove stress. The session covers the essential aspects of Buddhist meditation including posture, mindfulness, developing positivity and how meditation can help in daily life.

Mediation sessions are run every Thursday lunchtime (12:30 -13:30) from September 29th in the Studio, Student Union. Mats are provided but wear comfortable clothing and wear or bring socks, as shoes will be removed.

For more information contact Tom Llewellyn t.llewellyn@mmu.ac.uk