Questionnaires: Theory into Practice

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This interactive, follow-up session is aimed at those planning to deploy questionnaires in their research. Drawing on examples of questionnaires used in the field, participants will work on developing their own questionnaires (either from scratch or from designs they already have). Continue reading “Questionnaires: Theory into Practice”

Open Access Week: Storing & Sharing Research Data

Storing&Sharing Research Data 24-10

This workshop is an introduction to some of the requirements, benefits, issues and problems involved in storing your research data. Students will be asked to consider funding requirements, institutional policies, technical, legal and ethical issues, and appropriate licences for sharing data, along with some of the tools that can be used to store, share and publish research data. This course is aimed at postgraduate research students in the later stages of their research degree (e.g. final year). Continue reading “Open Access Week: Storing & Sharing Research Data”

Questionnaires: An Introduction & Overview

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Questionnaires – whether administered electronically or by more traditional means – are a widely used research method, including in the collection of qualitative data. This workshop considers the questionnaire, its context, and the kinds of data the questionnaire is capable of capturing. We will then explore the questionnaire structure: its layout and appearance; the ordering and types of question posed; as well as approaches to maximising response rates and ensuring validity in the data collected. In addition, consideration will be given to sampling techniques and guidance of questionnaire deployment. Continue reading “Questionnaires: An Introduction & Overview”

Getting Your First Article Published

Getting your first article published 17-10

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.
In the second part of the session the focus will 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.

By the end of the workshop, participants will have:

  • Explored the reasons and motivations for publishing
  • Gained an understanding of the stages involved in preparing a paper for publication
  • Considered how to structure an academic article
  • Acquired an understanding of the submission process and how to handle feedback
  • Considered a range of recommendations for success in getting published.

Getting Your First Article Published

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 from 09:30 to 12:30

Village Hall: Room VH0002

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Writing a Great Conference Abstract

Writing a Great Conference Abstract 10-10

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.

Writing a Great Conference Abstract

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 from 13:30 to 16:30

Village Hall: Room VH0003

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