Researcher Development Programme 2017- 2018

This theme focuses on the skills and knowledge needed in sharing and disseminating your research at all stages, from the conception of your writing to the findings and conclusions. The practical elements of writing and the opportunity to actually write are also covered.


Publish or Peril: Academic Publishing in a Nutshell

Facilitator: Joanna Young

About the Workshop

Publishing your work and sharing your findings is a key component of a successful research career. A significant time investment is required to successfully publish a paper and several skills are used during the process including collaborative writing, figure design, analysis and concise written communication. With 30,000 journals and various publishing models to consider, researchers need to be aware of which option will work best for them. Academic publishing is currently undergoing a revolution and there have been several new developments in recent years, including the rise of open access journals, the requirement to share data, and new regulations. Participants will be introduced to the editorial process, various publishing models, open access publishing, legal considerations and how to navigate the process. This workshop is designed to cover the key actions and issues behind publishing a research paper, including manuscript preparation, choosing the appropriate journal and peer review. In addition it will include an introduction to the controversial subject of metrics. The instructor’s own publishing experience will be used to illustrate key points.

  • Get a preliminary insight into academic publishing
  • Understand editorial process
  • Explore the steps of publishing your own paper

Workshop Dates

Tuesday 30 January 2018, 13:30 – 16:30 Book now

Fear of the Blank Page! Boosting Productivity & Writing

Facilitator: Joanna Young

About the Workshop

Effective written communication is an essential part of academia and researchers have to write a variety of documents including proposals, theses, papers for publication, grant proposals and books. Every writing project involves planning, setting deadlines and collaborative writing and must be written in a clear and concise manner that is appropriate for that particular style of document.

This workshop will focus on how to start writing, how to keep going and how to finish. We will cover different styles of documents, language and the academic writing style, in addition to how to plan your writing and a short introduction to new collaborative writing tools.The workshop will include writing exercises, advice on making writing part of your life and a short section on dealing with and providing feedback. Finally, we will discuss the academic publishing process, with a focus on research papers.

All participants are required to bring an abstract of no more than 200 words with them.

  • Improve your writing style
  • Gain writing motivation and share practice
  • Actually get some words onto the page!

Workshop Dates

Tuesday 30 January 2018, 09:30 – 12:30 Book now
Thursday 17 May 2018, 09:30 – 12:30 Book now

Critical Reading and Writing for Research Students

Facilitator: Anne Rixom

About the Workshop

This session is aimed at you as a student at the beginning of your PhD or Research Master’s degree, as you begin to develop your academic reading and writing skills and experience. The ability to critically analyse academic papers and journals is fundamental to postgraduate research students so that you can understand what the literature is telling you about your research topic. In addition, you need to also be able to express your own arguments clearly and concisely, so good academic writing is a necessary skill to develop as you progress through your degree.

The session will provide general pointers on how you might approach the literature, and offer suggestions and techniques on managing large amounts of complex information in a meaningful way. Discussion will cover how you interpret the key arguments in the papers or journals, how you annotate the main themes from the authors for your references, and then how you use this evidence to support your own academic writing. Guidance on structuring strong academic writing and referencing will also be covered, including writing abstracts, outlines and papers.

  • Increase your understanding of what the term ‘criticality’ means in academic reading and writing, and why it is fundamental
  • Provide guidance on how you can manage your reading resources and references, so you store and use them appropriately and effectively
  • Develop an approach to clear and concise academic writing, and how it can be structured to support your argument

Workshop Dates

Thursday 15 February 2018, 11:00 – 13:00 Book now

Doctoral Writing and the Thesis

Facilitator: Anne Rixom

About the Workshop

This session is aimed at you as a student towards the end of your PhD, as you have completed your research and are approaching the ‘Writing Up’ phase of your thesis. Discussion will focus on how you can express yourself concisely and with clarity in your narrative, and how you reflect your research in the thesis. Guidance will be offered on what constitutes strong academic writing and will link this specifically to your thesis, by offering approaches to take your reader through the logical narrative of your argument and how it is supported by the evidence.

Discussion will also cover a typical thesis structure in terms of the chapters and how they link together into a single piece of work. Guidance will be given on strong academic writing and how it contributes to the thesis, so that your reader is clear on what you are trying to say. This will be linked to the criteria for Doctoral degrees which will be used by the examiners to assess your thesis. The session will also include the key research regulations you need to know, and how the thesis links ahead to the Viva.

  • Increase your understanding of how a Thesis is structured and its primary purpose in supporting your hypothesis
  • Outline the academic criteria the examiners will use to judge the thesis in terms of its core research question, structure and logical narrative
  • Offer guidance on how you might develop strategies for ‘Writing Up’ and how you can draft chapters in the most effective way

Workshop Dates

Thursday 15 February 2018, 14:00 – 16:00 Book now

Writing a Great Conference Abstract

Facilitator: Neil Raven

About the Workshop

Whilst much academic writing, including the PhD itself, is associated with long pieces of work comprising many thousands of words, there is value in being able to complement this skill with more concise writing. This ability is required in preparing abstracts, providing a concise overview of a larger study. Whilst they often accompany articles, abstracts are increasingly used in the selection of conference and seminar papers. Consequently, there is much value in being able to master the skill of writing abstracts.

This workshop begins by identifying the characteristics that distinguish a conference abstract from one that would accompany an article, and the purposes it serves. It then considers the typical format and key components of a conference abstract, before exploring what makes a great abstract, and providing a range of tips for writing a successful conference abstract. In the final part of the workshop, focus will turn to supporting participants in planning and preparing their own abstract.

Workshop Dates

Wednesday 14 March 2018, 13:30 – 16:30 Book now

Getting Your Work Recognised and Gaining Feedback: Planning and Preparing a Think Piece

Facilitator: Neil Raven

About the Workshop

Think pieces, sometimes also referred to as opinion or viewpoint pieces, represent a form of writing that is gaining academic recognition and is now used across a number of disciplines. While exact definitions vary, the views of the author will, typically, be at the forefront of what is expressed, with the aim of provoking thought and encouraging debate and discussion. Think pieces also tend to be shorter in length than conventional academic articles. Yet, whilst they might appear in journals and conference publications, think pieces have a potentially broader application, since they can also be found in newsletters, e-bulletins and blogs, with the aim of reaching a wide audience. They therefore offer the opportunity to acquire an early publication and to generate valuable feedback.

This workshop begins by exploring the character, purpose and value of the think piece, before considering the structure and preparation associated with the writing process. The workshop’s focus will then turn to supporting participants in planning and preparing their own think piece.

Those wishing to attend this workshop are expected to have given some initial consideration to a subject associated with their research that would be suitable for developing into a short paper.

  • Gain an understanding of the nature and character of a think piece
  • Explore the think piece as a form of academic writing
  • Consider the role and value of the think piece to your development as a researcher
  • Appreciate how to plan and structure a short article of this nature
  • Prepare an outline for a think piece of your own

Workshop Dates

Tuesday 27 March 2018, 09:30 – 12:30 Book now

Open Access & Sharing Research Information

Facilitator: Bev Jones

About the Workshop

Researchers are being required more and more to share and disseminate their work to a wider audience in the world of academic publishing. Academic publishing is currently changing dramatically and there has been increasing focus in recent years on opening up research beyond paywalls: including the rise of open access journals, the requirement to share data, and new regulations. Participants of this workshops will be introduced to the editorial processes, legal considerations and various publishing models relating to open access publishing, and how to navigate these.

  • Gain an understanding of Open Access processes & publishing
  • Discover tools to help OA publication & access
  • Find out more about gaining access to published work & promoting access to your own publications

Workshop Dates

Wednesday 28 March 2018, 11:00 – 12:30 Book now

Getting your first Article Published

Facilitator: Neil Raven

About the Workshop

Much importance is now attached to getting published. This session offers some practical guidance for publishing your research.

The workshop begins by asking: why publish – what are the reasons for publishing and what are the benefits of doing so? Attention will then turn to journal selection and where to publish, before the question of how to get published is addressed. Here consideration will be given to the writing stage – the steps involved and the need to think about the journal’s readership. The subjects of article structuring and referencing, as well as preparing the final manuscript, will also be examined.

The session will then turn to the submission process, including the writing of covering letters, before consideration is given to dealing with feedback, including handling revisions and managing possible rejections. The session will finish with some recommendations from those ‘in the know’, amongst them journal editors, as well as suggestions on the intermediate steps that can be taken to support the successful submission of your first article, including writing for newsletters and contributing to blogs and e-bulletins.

  • Explore the reasons/motivations for publishing
  • Learn the stages of preparing a paper for publication
  • Consider how to structure an academic article
  • Explore submission process and handling feedback
  • Consider a range of recommendations for success in getting published

Workshop Dates

Thursday 10 May 2018, 13:30 – 16:30 Book now

Academic Writing for Postgraduates

Facilitator: Academic Subject Librarian

About the Workshop

This workshop provides advice around all areas of academic writing, from analysing the question; developing an argument; engaging in critical analysis; and constructing introductions and conclusions.

  • Refresh yourself on academic writing at postgraduate level
  • Get advice on different forms of essay writing
  • Practice your writing in an functional sense
  • Discuss writing techniques with your interdisciplinary peers

Workshop Dates

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Shut Up and Write!


About Shut Up and Write!

shut up and write

The concept is simple – this session is to help you set aside dedicated quiet space for you to write.  So if you have a thesis chapter, journal article, conference abstract, poster to design or funding bid to write, this is the place for you.  Turn up, shut up and write!

Workshop Dates

Friday 26 January 2018, 13:00 – 16:00 Book Online 
Tuesday 27 February 2018, 10:00 – 13:00 Book Online
Thursday 22 March 2018, 10:00 – 13:00 Book Online
Thursday 19 April 2018, 13:00 – 16:00 Book Online
Wednesday 23 May 2018, 10:00 – 13:00 Book Online
Thursday 28 June 2018, 13:00 – 16:00 Book Online


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