COMMUNICATION DEVELOPMENT

Researcher Development Programme 2018 – 2019

Communicating your research and ideas in an appropriate way to different audiences is a vital skill, and one you will use throughout your research studies. These workshops help you develop your communication in writing, poster formats, presentations and public speaking as well as effective networking.

Workshops

Build a Research Website in Under 3 Hours

Facilitator: Dr Joanna Young A2A3C2D2D3

About the Workshop

A website of your own is a good way to make your research more visible, whether this is a website for you as an individual researcher or a site to showcase your whole research group. You can use your website to explain your research, list your publications, point out your collaborations, blog, link to social media and note your awards and achievements. The increased visibility that a website brings can be useful when job searching, attracting applications from prospective students and postdocs, and finding potential collaborators. A researcher can use their own website to publish a preprint of their research article (depending on the copyright policies of the journal), allowing them to pre-publish their research in one place.

This workshop requires no coding skills or programming experience. Participants will be introduced to the principles of web design, usability and a few different platforms for building websites free of charge. The workshop will focus on the free WordPress platform and participants will be taken through the website building process; by the end they will each have a functional research website that they can update and manage themselves.

Benefits
  • Gain transferable web development skills
  • Increase your research visibility
  • Organise & share your research work/contributions
  • Develop a useful research platform when it comes to bid/job applications

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Workshop Dates

Wednesday 21 November 2018, 09:30 – 12:30 Book Now

Giving a Paper at a Conference

Facilitator: Kevin Byron A3B1B3D2D3

About the Workshop

While doing research, many Ph.D students will be in a position to write an academic paper for publication at conference, or in a journal based on their findings. Whilst such publications are not a compulsory requirement for gaining a Ph.D in the UK, there are both immediate and longer term benefits to the prospective Ph.D student in doing so. Preparing and presenting a paper at a conference provides a unique opportunity for becoming more widely known in the research community, and for meeting other researchers working in the same field. It is also a great opportunity to practice communication and presentation skills, and this can help greatly when it comes to writing the thesis, and performing well in the Viva in the final year.

This workshop will first provide students with information on academic conferences, how they are organised, and the logistics in preparing and submitting a conference paper after it has undergone approval within the institution. Working in groups, and after some guided preparation, the attendees will each have a chance to present their research in the style of a conference presentation.

Benefits
  • see how conferences are organised, and the key milestones in preparing a conference paper
  • structure a paper, and design it as an effective presentation in PowerPoint format
  • learn how to mentally prepare on the day of the presentation, and right up to starting the presentation
  • identify different types of question, and how to address them
  • discover how to make the most out of being at the conference
  • optimise the benefits of presenting at a conference when it’s over

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Workshop Dates

Tuesday 15 January 2019, 09:30 – 12:30 Book Now

Pitch Perfect: Public Speaking, Networking & Engaging

Facilitator: Dr Joanna Young B2D1D2D3

About the Workshop

Researchers are frequently under pressure to communicate their information verbally, whether it is an oral presentation, in a meeting or an interaction at a conference. Performing well in a keynote presentation or impressing at a chance meeting is key to facilitating collaborations, building relationships with future employers and boosting your career. Public speaking and networking are key components to a successful career, both within academia and beyond.

This workshop will cover various situations that researchers are faced with regularly with regard to verbal interaction. We will cover oral presentations, how to get the most from your poster session at a conference, how to pitch your research, and how to network effectively. Participants will be introduced to various techniques that they can use and adapt to a variety of situations: how do you respond to difficult questions or effectively engage with senior academics?

Effective verbal delivery and engagement takes practice and this workshop will introduce participants to concepts and techniques that they can use to their advantage. We take a step by step approach to presentations, building up from initial short research pitches to longer conference talks so participants can gain confidence.

Benefits
  • Improve your oral/poster presentation skills
  • Learn professional communication conduct transferable throughout your career
  • Practice pitching your research
  • Actively engage in good networking practice

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Workshop Dates

Wednesday 16 January 2019, 09:30 – 12:30 Book Now

Posters: Designing, Creating & Presenting

Facilitator: Dr Joanna Young C2D1D2D3

About the Workshop

Communicating your research via a poster is an excellent way to
engage your peers, attract attention to your work and network
with senior colleagues. Effective poster presentations require
the researcher to consider several aspects such as design, data
visualisation, image quality, key messages, concise written
communication, public speaking and networking; it is therefore
important to start planning your poster well in advance of the event.
How can you display your research in an engaging visual format
using accurate and clear visual representations? How should you
present and discuss it during a poster session at an event? How can you use your poster to engage senior colleagues and expand your network? This workshop is designed to introduce participants to effective poster design and networking strategy, it will also touch on some online tools and technologies that may be of helpful for poster presentations.

Benefits
  • get an overview of various poster designs and structures including examples;
  • design your own poster and have tips on how to present the
    poster at conferences;
  • appreciate the advantages of poster sessions and how to
    network effectively in these situations;
  • be introduced to ways to make your poster visible online and
    how to reuse it after conferences.

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Workshop Dates

Thursday 17 Jan 2019, 1:30 – 4:30pm Book Now

Professional Networking for Researchers

 Facilitator: Dr Joanna Young B2D1D2D3

About the Workshop

Building a network and using it effectively is key for all professionals, whether it is in an academic research setting, industry engagement or a conference. This workshop will focus on how to establish a network and build it to support your career and aims.

We will cover networking strategies, engagement methods and how to “pitch” yourself and/or your ideas. Participants will be introduced to various techniques that they can use in a variety of situations with a range of different audiences. How can we turn conversations to our advantage? How do we approach and engage with senior academics? When and how should we follow up with people? Each individual will be encouraged create a personal strategy that they can use after the workshop and build on in the future.

Benefits
  • Discover how to establish a network & harness it to support your research
  • Gain networking strategies & engagement methods for professional use
  • Understand how to appropriately pitch yourself & your research

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Workshop Dates

Friday 1 February 2019, 09:30 – 12:30 Book Now

Figures, Images & Visualising Information

Facilitator: Dr Joanna Young A2A3D2D3

About the Workshop

Displaying information in a visual format is an excellent way to communicate research work.

Enhance your research papers, thesis, conference posters, presentations and public engagement activities with accurate and clear visual representations. This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the various visual formats including standard graphs, information visualisations and graphics for publication. How to display your data or ideas visually depends on who you are aiming to engage and what you want to tell them. There are a number of digital tools available, many of which are free, that allow you to build engaging graphics. Building excellent graphics and summary figures takes time, practice and a willingness to learn the appropriate software. This workshop will provide an overview of information visualisation and further resources for participants to explore in their own time.

Data and information visualisation is a vast and rapidly growing field. This workshop covers the principles of visualising data, examples of excellent/ poor visualisations, and case studies including examples from the instructor’s own publications and experience. This workshop is suitable for students and early career researchers.

Benefits
  • Decide which format is best for your research
  • Discover what story your data can tell
  • Explore the style of image suitable for particular publications

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Workshop Dates

Wednesday 27 Feb 2019, 09:30 – 12:30 Book Now

Social Media Boot camp: Sharing, Connecting & Metrics

B2D1D2D3
Facilitator: Joanna Young

About the Workshop

This workshop is designed for researchers who are looking to develop their online presence and boost their career prospects through social media. There are now numerous channels available that can be used to amplify your research, promote an enterprising project and attract future employers. Each individual can now build their own online “brand” that friends, colleagues, collaborators and future employers can engage with. In addition, social networks can act as a valuable source of information and a personally tailored news feed.

The workshop is designed to cover a selection of mainstream social media tools that can be used to build your online brand. Short group exercises, case studies and the instructor’s personal experience will be included to illustrate key points.

Benefits
  • Explore different types of content that researchers can experiment with
  • Learn what engages people online
  • Attract attention to your research
  • Understand what you post and what should you avoid
  • Manage your time on social media and optimise your engagement

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Introduction to Photoshop

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Facilitator: Jordan Watson

About the Workshop

Get a basic awareness and learn the functions of Adobe Photoshop CS6 and on wards for design purposes.

Benefits
  • Consider aesthetic when designing
  • Gain basic (and some advanced) Adobe
  • Photoshop CS6 understanding
  • Create, edit and manipulate research imagery
  • Design for print and online purposes

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