Researcher Development Programme 2018 – 2019

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.


Figures, Images & Visualising Information

Facilitator: Dr Joanna Young A2A3D2D3

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

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Workshop Dates

Wednesday 27 Feb 2019, 09:30 – 12:30 Book Now

Your First Conference Paper

Facilitator: College of Arts  A2A3D2D3

About the Workshop

Giving your first conference paper can be the most daunting part of PhD study, but also the most rewarding. In this session we’ll demystify the process, think about conferences in general, discuss content and delivery, and share practical tips not only to help with nerves, but to get the most out of the whole experience. The session is suitable for Arts and Humanities PGR students who have not yet presented a conference paper as well as for those who have a small amount of experience.

  • demystify the process
  • think about conferences in general
  • discuss content and delivery
  • share practical tips

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Workshop Dates

Wednesday 20 March 2019, 12:30 – 14:00 Book Now

Social Media Boot camp: Sharing, Connecting & Metrics

Facilitator: Joanna Young

About the Workshop

This workshop is designed for researchers who are looking to develop their online presence and boost their career prospects through social media. There are now numerous channels available that can be used to amplify your research, promote an enterprising project and attract future employers. Each individual can now build their own online “brand” that friends, colleagues, collaborators and future employers can engage with. In addition, social networks can act as a valuable source of information and a personally tailored news feed.

The workshop is designed to cover a selection of mainstream social media tools that can be used to build your online brand. Short group exercises, case studies and the instructor’s personal experience will be included to illustrate key points.

  • Explore different types of content that researchers can experiment with
  • Learn what engages people online
  • Attract attention to your research
  • Understand what you post and what should you avoid
  • Manage your time on social media and optimise your engagement

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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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