CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Researcher Development Programme 2018 – 2019

These workshops are designed to help you develop relevant career orientated skills and help you with every aspect of your career management.

Workshops

Inclusive Research Environments: A PGR Guide to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Facilitator: Professor Belinda Colston, Eleanor Glanville Centre C1

About this Workshop

Aimed at those starting postgraduate study, this workshop will introduce key concepts around equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), and the importance of fully inclusive research environments both to society and to the future of the UK economy.

The workshop will specifically raise awareness (to both men and women) of gender (and other)-related issues and provide the training to mitigate the issues widely held responsible for imbalances in career pipelines (e.g. unconscious bias, confidence, assertiveness, work-life balance, stress management, etc.), and will develop a keen understanding of how a gender dimension can enhance excellence and impact in research (e.g. taking into account both equal participation in research teams, and integrating gender dimension in research and innovation content).

Although many research programmes will not have an explicit gender dimension, it is recognised that gender (and other) issues may influence the forms of networks and collaborations that grow throughout the students’ studies. The workshop will raise awareness of these biases and mitigation strategies will be explored.

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Workshop Dates

Tuesday 23 October 2018, 2 – 4pm Book Now
Wednesday 24 October 2018, 2 – 4pm Book Now
Tuesday 12 February 2019, 2 – 4pm Book Now
Wednesday 13 February 2019, 2 – 4pm Book Now

About this Workshop

With REF and the competitive funding environment, impact forms an important part of the research landscape. However it can be a challenge to work out how to connect your research to changes, benefits and influence in the ‘real world’. This session is designed to help you understand what impact is, who may benefit from your research, how you can generate and capture impact and how you can meaningfully connect impact with own your research.

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Workshop Dates

Tuesday 20 November 2018, 10 – 12 Book Now
Wednesday 8 May 2019, 1 – 3pm Book Now

An Introduction to Research Ethics & Integrity for PGRs

Facilitator: Sam Lewis A1B3C1D3

About this Workshop

This session will introduce research ethics, integrity and misconduct – along with the associated university policies – to PGRs at a level appropriate to their research. This will include an insight into the ethics application and approval process at the University of Lincoln.

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Workshop Dates

Tuesday 20 November 2018, 2 – 4pm Book Now
Wednesday 22 May 2019, 10:00 – 12:00 Book Now

On the Job: Securing a First Academic Post

Facilitator: Simon Watts, UEA   

About this Workshop

In a highly competitive world, securing any academic post is difficult. Getting a foot on the ladder and securing a first academic post in this context can seem especially daunting. Excellent subject knowledge, research and teaching skills are a good place to start, but a lack of know-how and experience in the application
process often leads to ‘all being lost’ in the paperwork. Followed carefully, the advice given in this session will stop that happening. Delivered by an academic of 20 years standing – eight of which were spent (very successfully) advising PGT/R relative to academic job applications – the session will focus on a number of
relevant issues, including the need to establish an academic identity, how to recognise a ‘gettable’ post, and particularly the generation of effective and job tailored application paperwork (including CV’s, personal statements, and covering letters). The structure and nature of academic interviews will also be discussed. Will attending this session secure you a first academic post? No. But it should improve your chances of being interviewed, and that’s a very big step in the right direction.

This course is not only suitable [for] people who want to apply for…academic work…it is also useful for everyone who wants to apply for a job effectively. Simon…focuses on how to prepare the CV and personal statement in a systematic way. If you come to this class, you won’t feel disappointed because you are already one step ahead of other people (Canterbury Christchurch).

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Workshop Dates

Tuesday 4 December 2018, 7 – 9pm Book Now

Preparing Impactful Research Proposals & Grant Applications

Facilitator: Simon Watts, UEA B3 C3 

About this Workshop

In a highly competitive world, securing any academic post is difficult. Getting a foot on the ladder and securing a first academic post in this context can seem especially daunting. Excellent subject knowledge, research and teaching skills are a good place to start, but a lack of know-how and experience in the application
process often leads to ‘all being lost’ in the paperwork. Followed carefully, the advice given in this session will stop that happening. Delivered by an academic of 20 years standing – eight of which were spent (very successfully) advising PGT/R relative to academic job applications – the session will focus on a number of
relevant issues, including the need to establish an academic identity, how to recognise a ‘gettable’ post, and particularly the generation of effective and job tailored application paperwork (including CV’s, personal statements, and covering letters). The structure and nature of academic interviews will also be discussed. Will attending this session secure you a first academic post? No. But it should improve your chances of being interviewed, and that’s a very big step in the right direction.

This course is not only suitable [for] people who want to apply for…academic work…it is also useful for everyone who wants to apply for a job effectively. Simon…focuses on how to prepare the CV and personal statement in a systematic way. If you come to this class, you won’t feel disappointed because you are already one step ahead of other people (Canterbury Christchurch).

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Workshop Dates

Tuesday 11 December 2018, 7 – 9pm Book Now

Planning & Managing your Research Career

Facilitator: Joanna Young B2B3C2C3

About this Workshop

If you are interested in continuing in research then it is never too early to start planning your career trajectory and thinking about what direction you want to go. Research is an exciting, competitive and challenging career choice that requires strategic planning, seeking out opportunities that are relevant, networking and expanding your skill set. As you progress, your daily activities will evolve and change and you will need to adapt accordingly.

This workshop will give an overview of academic careers, including case studies and examples from the instructor’s own experience. Participants will be asked to consider their career strategy going forward, regarding their research field, their accomplishments to date and their next steps. They will be introduced to fellowship opportunities, tips on how to network and make their research outputs visible to a wide audience. In addition, participants will be asked to evaluate their skill set using the ElementsTM skills evaluation and consider which skills they want to develop further.

Benefits
  • consider an overview of research careers and what is expected of early career researchers;
  • understand the next steps that you need to take to
    enhance your career prospects;
  • identify the skills you have and those that you would like to develop further

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Workshop Dates

Wednesday 16 January 2018, 1:30 – 4:30pm Book Now

Careers Beyond Research: Applying Your Skills Outside Academia

Facilitator: Dr Joanna Young B1B2B3D1

About this Workshop

There are a number of options outside of academia that are open to PhD graduates and postdoctoral researchers. Not everyone chooses to climb the academic ladder and many researchers are unaware of the variety of other options that are available. During their career, researchers develop a number of skills that they can utilise in a variety of other positions, whether these are related to their research or not. A key component to finding a job outside academia is presenting yourself well at interviews, writing an engaging C.V. and explaining your academic experience in a way that appeals to certain employers.

This workshop aims to highlight a number of these careers and to explore what particular options might be compatible with individuals. We will include overviews of a variety of different job types, case studies of researchers who have moved into different careers and provide resources to help participants explore their options. In addition, participants will be invited to complete an individual Elements skills analysis to help them with future job applications and interviews.

Benefits
  • Consider the professional routes outside academia
  • Reflect on your own skills and experience thus far
  • Communicate your skills and experience effectively in written applications and interviews

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Workshop Dates

Thursday 31 January 2019, 1:30 – 4:30pm Book Now

Attracting Your Own Research Funding: Writing & Applying for Fellowships

Facilitator: Dr Joanna Young B3C3

About this Workshop

A career in research is exciting, varied and gives you the opportunity to be at the cutting edge of discovery in your chosen field, but it is a highly competitive environment and researchers from all over the world aspire to reach the top of their profession. If you are aiming for a career in academic research, it is crucial to publish regularly, be independent, and attract your own funding. You can start to do this early in your research career: if you are awarded a postdoctoral fellowship, not only will you stand out from the crowd, but you will demonstrate that you can propose innovative projects that attract research funding – this is a key requirement for a successful academic career.

How do you go about the process of applying for your own postdoctoral research fellowship? There is more to it than filling in an application form: you will have to propose and design an innovative project, identify a senior researcher to advise you and approach them about being involved in your project, convince the application reviewers that you are the right person, name referees and more. To be successful requires planning and preparation and you will need to use your network and be proactive. In this workshop you will find out what steps you should take, time frames, what a fellowship involves, international options, how to apply, the different types of fellowships available and how to use your connections to your advantage.

Benefits
  • Understand the process of applying for research funding
  • Fully investigate the funding avenues available for you
  • Gain context for the need to attract funding

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Workshop Dates

Friday 1 February 2019, 09.30 – 12.30 Book Now

Professional Networking for Researchers

Facilitator: Dr Joanna Young B1B3D1D2

About this Workshop

Building a network and using it effectively is a key requirement 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 networking
strategy that they can use after the workshop and build on in
future. The workshop will comprise a mixture of group work, class
discussion and individual exercises. This workshop is ideal for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers who are looking to engage with people beyond the bench or the office, to set up collaborations, engage with industry and enhance their career prospects.

Benefits
  • develop a networking strategy that you can implement directly after the workshop;
  • be introduced to a range of networking techniques;
  • understand how you can use online networking to
    support your offline efforts.

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Workshop Dates

Wednesday 27 February 2019, 1.30 – 4.30pm Book Now

Teacher Training

Graduate Teacher Education Programme (GTEP)

 Facilitator: The Doctoral SchoolB3C3

About this Workshop

The aim of the Graduate Teacher Education Programme is to provide postgraduates who teach with the knowledge and skills needed to perform effectively in their roles.

Benefits
  • Plan effectively for active learning in large and small group teaching
  • Confidently deal with challenging situations in the classroom
  • Participate in the assessment of students and provide constructive feedback to help them learn successfully
  • Make appropriate use of inclusive learning resources and the virtual learning environment to support student learning
  • Understand the requirements for making an application for Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

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Please note this is a programme over 1.5 days. You must be able to attend the full programme.

Workshop Dates

Monday 25 February 2019, 9:00 – 4:30pm

Tuesday 26 February 2019, 9:00 – 2:30pm

 

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Preparing & Delivering Seminars

Facilitator: Simon Watts, UEA B3 D2D3 

About this Workshop

In a highly competitive world, securing any academic post is difficult. Getting a foot on the ladder and securing a first academic post in this context can seem especially daunting. Excellent subject knowledge, research and teaching skills are a good place to start, but a lack of know-how and experience in the application
process often leads to ‘all being lost’ in the paperwork. Followed carefully, the advice given in this session will stop that happening. Delivered by an academic of 20 years standing – eight of which were spent (very successfully) advising PGT/R relative to academic job applications – the session will focus on a number of
relevant issues, including the need to establish an academic identity, how to recognise a ‘gettable’ post, and particularly the generation of effective and job tailored application paperwork (including CV’s, personal statements, and covering letters). The structure and nature of academic interviews will also be discussed. Will attending this session secure you a first academic post? No. But it should improve your chances of being interviewed, and that’s a very big step in the right direction.

This course is not only suitable [for] people who want to apply for…academic work…it is also useful for everyone who wants to apply for a job effectively. Simon…focuses on how to prepare the CV and personal statement in a systematic way. If you come to this class, you won’t feel disappointed because you are already one step ahead of other people (Canterbury Christchurch).

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Workshop Dates

Tuesday 8 January 2019, 7 – 9pm Book Now

Preparing & Delivering Lectures

Facilitator: Simon Watts, UEA B3 D2D3 

About this Workshop

It has become commonplace for the lecture to be derided as an outmoded and inefficient vehicle for teaching/delivering information. More often than not, however, it is the lecturer, rather than the lecture, that is the cause of the problem. Lectures require careful preparation and a premium is placed on effective and dynamic delivery. This session will consider the main functions of a lecture and what makes a lecture excellent, before providing a step-by-step guide to preparation and delivery, including slide preparation and style, the commentary style and its relationship to the slides, and preparing the lecture theatre to maximise your impact.

I gained significant knowledge from this session, especially tips…such as be yourself, relax, and be natural – also [to aim for] good preparation but not [to] over prepare. Many thanks – this was great. The way you delivered this session makes you think that lecturing is pretty easy and it is not (West of Scotland).

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Workshop Dates

Tuesday 15 January 2019, 7 – 9pm Book Now

Assessment, Feedback & Module Design

Facilitator: Simon Watts, UEA RDF Domain A: Knowledge and intellectual abilitiesB3 D3 

About this Workshop

Typically, when a PGR student takes on the role of ‘teacher’, they are also asked to assess, mark, and provide feedback to students, often with comparatively little guidance or preparation. This session is designed to provide that guidance. It will first consider the act of marking and the writing and delivery of feedback, along with consideration of how best to discuss and justify comments made and marks awarded. It will then move on to the more advanced issue of setting assessments – the different types and what each can/might achieve – before concluding with a discussion of the basics of module design, how to go about it, and what is generally required to design a strong module that is both interesting and intellectually challenging for the students.

The three sessions on teaching that I have attended have been great – very helpful in terms of practical tips, which no-one ever tells you. I will look out for more sessions in the future (Bournemouth).

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Workshop Dates

Tuesday 22 January 2019, 7 – 9pm Book Now

Introduction to Pedagogy

brilliant club Facilitator: The Brilliant Club B3C3

About this Workshop

In this session we will work on how to communicate complex concepts to a non-specialist or younger audience. We will also look at how to give clear instructions and present tasks most effectively.

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Workshop Dates

Tuesday 22 January 2019, 7 – 9pm Book Now

Classroom Management, Lesson Plans & Accelerating Learning

brilliant club Facilitator: The Brilliant Club B3C3

About this Workshop

Have you ever delivered a session and felt that you did not have everyone’s full attention and engagement? This session, facilitated by The Brilliant Club, will suggest some top tips and strategies for developing an excellent atmosphere for learning.

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Workshop Dates

Tuesday 22 January 2019, 7 – 9pm Book Now

Life Beyond your PhD

College of Science: Life Beyond your PhD

Facilitator: College of Science B3

Event Programme

9.00 am – 9.25 am  – Registration

9.25 am – 9.30 am – Welcome from Prof Jon Whitehead

9.30 am– 10.00 am – Unconscious Bias Talk (Q&A) w/ Eleanor Glanville Centre

10.00 am – 10.45 am – Speaker Session 1

  • Dr Joanna Young – Scientific Editing Company
  • Dr Terence Makanyire – GSA Environment Ltd

10.45 am – 11.00 am – Break

11.00 am – 11.45 am – Speaker Session 2

  • Prof Stephen Bevan – School of Life Sciences
  • Prof Belinda Colston – School of Computer Science

11. 45 – 12.30 am – Speaker Session 3

  • Dr Karolina Korzycka, – Scientist Procter & Gamble
  • Victoria Sanderson – Siemens

12.30 pm – 1.30 pm – Lunch & Networking

1.30 pm –  Conference Close

Event Date

Wednesday 16 January 2019, 9.00am – 1.30pm Book Now

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logo-whiteCareers and Employability

You can find Careers and Employability on the Ground Floor of the University. Opening times: Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm. Call: 01522 837 828 Email: careers@lincoln.ac.uk Visit: www.uolcareers.co.uk

Careers Clinic 13:00-16:00 Mon-Fri

Our Skills Advisers are available to support you with your job search whether it be for a career in academia or industry. They can also support you with any stage of the recruitment process including help with your academic CV.

Careers Guidance

For specific help relating to your research area and career planning; arrange a confidential appointment with one of our Careers & Employability Advisers: http://uolcareers.co.uk/contact/ 

Careers Events

We have daily events running to support your development including information sessions and skills workshops. These can help increase your skill set going forward into any role: http://uolcareers.co.uk/events/

Lincoln Award

Take part in our employability award, where you can use a variety of postgraduate activities, to develop and learn how to demonstrate your employability skills: http://uolcareers.co.uk/students-graduates/lincoln-award/

Vacancy Postings

Visit uolcareers.co.uk/students-graduates/jobs-employment-options/graudate-student-vacancies for our graduate vacancy system or uolcareers.co.uk/jobshop for local, part-time vacancy listings on the Job Shop.

Campus Jobs

Come and see the University’s Student Employment Agency to learn all about on-campus paid opportunities including School Ambassadors and Student Ambassadors: http://uolcareers.co.uk/students-graduates/jobs-employment-options/campus-jobs/ 

Career Information Resources

Find more information on vacancies and useful advice to build your career in our Centre, on our website and through the My Careers tab on Blackboard. http://uolcareers.co.uk/help-and-advice/

Careers Planning

Psychometric Tests

Global Careers

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