Communication Development

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.

Pitch Perfect: Public Speaking, Networking & Engaging

Facilitator: Joanna Young          B2 – D1 – D2 – D3

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. Effective verbal delivery and engagement takes practice and this workshop will introduce participants to concepts and techniques that they can use to their advantage.

Academic Posters: Designing, Creating & Presenting

Facilitator: Joanna Young         A3 – D1 – D2 – D3

Communicating your research on a poster is an excellent way to engage your peers, attract attention to your work and network with senior colleagues. Effective poster presentations require researchers 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. 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. Discover new avenues for creating/desiging a poster and ways to display your research in an engaging visual format. Then investigate presenting/discussing at a poster session event and using your poster to engage senior colleagues & expand your network

Build a Research Website in Under 3 Hours

Facilitator: Joanna Young    A2 – A3 – C2 – D2 – D3

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. 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.

Giving a Paper at a Conference

Facilitator: Kevin Byron        A3 – B1 – B3 – D2 – D3

While doing research, you will be in a position to write an academic paper for publication at a conference. There are both immediate and longer term benefits for research students 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.

Managing Your Supervisor

Facilitator: Kevin Byron          B1 – B3 – C1 – D1

To maintain an effective working relationship with their supervisor, Ph.D students need to be aware of a number of factors that affect the dynamics of this relationship over time. Initially the student is dependent on the supervisor for acquiring the skills to transition from being a consumer of knowledge, as in their undergraduate studies, to someone who is creating new knowledge through their research. In the longer term the student acquires more autonomy in this respect, and is able to exert more influence in the relationship with a supervisor. To manage this changing relationship and its dynamics requires time and effort on both sides, though students can benefit greatly in the early stages by equipping themselves with listening skills, assertiveness (and when to apply it), and the science of influence and negotiation.

Introduction to Photoshop for Researchers

Facilitator: Jason Maddison            A3 – D2 – D3

This session is intended for researcher who wish to gain a basic understanding of Photoshop in order to create effective graphic communications, such as posters, flyers and social media graphics, within University’s corporate branding guidelines. Focusing on both the theory and practical application of Photoshop, along with some key design principles. This session will be tailored to assist postgraduate students with conference poster presentations in particular. Be equipped to utilise a range of Photoshop tools and understand the basic concepts of the software. By gaining a basic understanding of design theory and aesthetic considerations, you can then apply this understanding to aid requirements of research presentions

Public Engagement with Research

Facilitator: Sarah Harris                   A3 – D2  – D3

A new module of training sessions for carrying out effective public engagement with research has been developed by the University of Lincoln, grant-funded by UKRI. University of Lincoln staff and postgraduate students are welcome to register for the new Public Engagement with Research (PER) training module featuring four training episodes. Each Episode is comprised of Online Activities (1 hour) followed by Face-to-Face session (3 hours). Through these sessions you will develop your skills in engaging people in research, including coming up with ideas, planning, communication and evaluation, and discover a range of resources and tools you can use to help you do this.

  • Introduction to Public Engagement with Research
  • Audiences & Publics
  • Activity Planning
  • Evaluation

Three Minute Thesis

Facilitator: University of Lincoln       B1 – D2 – D3

Three Minute Thesis is a national competition that challenges doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes. Researchers at the University of Lincoln can apply for the university’s final, which will take place at the PGR Showcase 2020. The voted winner of this competition will then be entered into the National Competition and have the chance to present at both the Vitae and East Midlands Doctoral Network conferences. The competition provides researchers with an opportunity to:

  • Share research with the public and your peers
  • Represent the University at the UK Semi-Final
  • Better oral communication & presentation skills
  • Partake in an competition recognised worldwide
  • Win a £100 Amazon voucher

Postgraduate Conferences

Facilitators: Various                  B1 – B3 – D2 – D3

In addition to our various researcher development workshops focused on improving your communication skills, there are also multiple opportunities to take part in postgraduate conferences throughout the year. These can include local symposiums or showcases within your school/college, the Doctoral School’s annual interdisciplinary showcase, or other external opportunities to present at separate institutions’ conferences. All of these platforms are perfect opportunities to harness and develop skills in communicating your research.

To find out more about these opportunities, including further details of how to get involved in them, please visit the page linked below.

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