Researcher Development Programme 2017 – 2018

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.


Spectacular Images and Visualising Information

Facilitator: Joanna Young

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.

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

Workshop Dates

Wednesday 31 January 2018, 09:30 – 12:30 Book Now
Friday 18 May 2018, 09:30 – 12:30 Book Now

Professional Networking for Researchers: Strategy & Engaging

Facilitator: Joanna Young

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.

  • 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

Workshop Dates

Wednesday 31 January 2018, 13:30 – 16:30 Book Now
Wednesday 28 February 2018, 09:30 – 12:30  Book Now

Build a Research Website in Under 3 Hours

Facilitator: Joanna Young

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.

  • 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

Workshop Dates

Thursday 1 March 2018, 13:30 – 16:30 Book Now

Communication Skills for Researchers

Facilitator: Caroline Broad

About the Workshop

For individuals and teams who need to impart or receive knowledge regularly, motivate people or create positive working relationships. This is an involving, enlightening course practising skills that are valuable in all interactions, providing an introduction to the full breadth of communication skills. It will harness an understanding of what the recipient of your information needs, with a focus on creating clarity and engaging those you speak to.

  • Improved rapport
  • More effective meetings
  • Better decision making
  • Reduce misunderstandings
  • Improve co-operation and collaboration skills

Workshop Dates

Thursday 15 March 2018, 09:30 – 13:30 Book Now

Introduction to Photoshop

Facilitator: Jordan Watson

About the Workshop

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

  • 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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Five Slides in Five Minutes


5 slides 5 minutes

About Five Slides in Five Minutes

The 5 Slides in 5 Minutes event is designed to provide you with the perfect opportunity to present your research in a relaxed, informal environment and receive feedback from your peers.

Presenters are asked to present their research in just 5 minutes with only 5 slides to a lay audience of your peers, and after each presentation there will be an opportunity for questions and answers. The audience are asked to give constructive feedback to the presenter which will allow you to fine tune your presentation skills, disseminate your research and even find new ideas and insights into what you are researching.

Get Involved

You can register for this session as an audience member and also as a presenter. If you would like to present at any of our upcoming 5 Slides in 5 minutes events, please contact us or visit the 5 Slides in 5 minutes web page


Wednesday 7 February 2018, 12:00 – 14:00 Book now
Wednesday 9 May 2018, 17:00 – 19:00 Book Now

Three Minute Thesis (National Competition)



About the 3MT Competition

The Three Minute Thesis is a national competition challenging postgraduate researchers to present a thesis in just 3 minutes.

  • Come together with other students to talk about their research
  • Develop your oral communication and presentation skills
  • Partake in an internationally recognised competition
  • Win a £100 Amazon Voucher

For further information visit our Three Minute Thesis web page


Email us to register your interest!
University of Lincoln Final, Wednesday 2 May 2018
National 3MT Competition Final, September 2018