RESEARCH SKILLS

Researcher  Development Programme 2018 – 2019

The workshops listed under this theme provide a wide range of skills and knowledge in becoming an effective researcher. They will allow you to directly apply new learning to your individual research project as well as refresh your skills in areas you are familiar.

Workshops

Doctoral School Induction - Beginning Your Research: Getting off to a Flying Start

Facilitator: Neil Raven    A1RDF Domain A: Knowledge and intellectual abilitiesA3B2

About the Workshop

Aimed at those starting their PhD, this session focuses on the early phase of the PhD process with the objective of ensuring participants get off to a good start.

The workshop will consider: the selection of a topic; identifying an argument and hypothesis; examining the role of the literature; the phases associated with undertaking a PhD; and how to plan and approach the thesis. The purpose of the PhD, and the range of skills required, will also be explored.

The session will then address participants’ training needs and identify sources of advice and guidance, including activities that can help ensure participants are able to make the most of their PhD experience: participating in conferences and research seminars, contributing to newsletters, e-bulletins, blogs, etc. The workshop will conclude with a set of recommendations for successful completion made by supervisors and examiners as well as recent PhDs, including the importance of having the right mind-set and an effective record keeping system.  Lastly, the session will contain information about the Doctoral School and the services we provide for PhD students, with added introductions from key services such as the Library and Student Wellbeing.

‘Lots of discussion opportunity’ – Hayley Robinson, Lincoln Institute of Health 

 

Benefits
  • Develop a clear understanding of the PhD process
  • Gain insights into approaches to planning your PhD
  • Appreciate the skills required and gained by a PhD
  • Consider the training needs and support sources
  • Ensure success in your PhD

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Workshop Dates

Wednesday 8th May 2019, 09:30 – 12:30 Book now 

Mindfulness Based Strengths Practice for PhD students

Facilitators: Rebecca Park, Kelly Sisson, Roger Bretherton  B1

About the Workshop

This 8-week workshop/program is about engaging more deeply with life. The crux is self-awareness and self-discovery. It combines two powerful and popular approaches that are being used in schools, clinics, universities, scientific labs, and businesses worldwide: mindfulness meditation and character strengths. Emphasis is placed on exercises that are discussed and practiced each week. This course teaches the basics of mindfulness and of character strengths, and offers more advanced, practical ways to integrate the two. It presents a unique angle to living one’s best life, re-discovering happiness, and achieving goals, finding deeper meaning and life engagement, and coping with problems.

Book onto one of the information sessions below to find out more and get involved in the programme.

Benefits
  • Build a deeper knowledge of the best qualities in people
  • Cultivate your strengths awareness and strengths use.
  • Boost mindfulness as an always-available approach to use in your life
  • Offers several concrete practices to boost happiness & manage stress/difficulties.
  • Increase your happiness, engagement, meaning, purpose whilst researching
  • Build better relationships, and improved stress/problem management

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Workshop Dates

Tuesday 2nd April 2019, 10 am – 12 pm

Wednesday 8th April 2019, 1 – 3 pm

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College of Arts: ‘The Viva – A Participatory Masterclass’

Facilitator: Prof Jane Chapman A1RDF Domain A: Knowledge and intellectual abilitiesC2

About the Workshop

This one-hour session provides essential information, tips, and recent reactions– from the viewpoint of an external examiner and supervisor, plus two students who have undergone the experience recently. At least half the time will be given over to questions. This participatory workshop, aimed at all PGR students who face a viva, will comprise:

  1. Fear and Loathing in Lincoln?Professor Jane Chapman will ask whether you should feel trepidation about, or welcome the help of the external?  Jane will talk about expectations and reality from her experiences as both examiner and supervisor, and the learning points these personal thoughts may provoke (whilst preserving anonymity at all times).
  2. Remembrance of Things Past?Once it’s over, is it best forgotten? Two Lincoln PhDs, in conversation, discuss their own memories and thoughts after the event.
  3. Speakeasy Q and A(“I hope she’ll be a speakeasy attendee – that’s the best thing a girl can be in the world”- Gatsby.) Pick up tips and voice concerns about the inevitable event to come.

 

Prof. Jane Chapman has examined PhDs at 8 different universities in England, Wales and Europe since 2009, in a variety of departments, including American Studies, Media, English, History, Journalism, and European Studies. She currently supervises a range of MRes., PhD and PhD by Practice students.

This session is suitable for Arts and Humanities PGR students.

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Workshop Dates

Tuesday 7th May 2019, 1 – 2pm Book now

About the 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

Wednesday 8th May 2019, 1 – 3pm Book now

Time Management, Motivation & Prioritisation

Facilitator: Joanna Young A2B2C3

About the Workshop

Time management and motivation is not about working more,
it’s about working smarter. This half day workshop is designed
specifically for researchers who are interested in developing their
time management skills and optimising their working hours. With
research activities, keeping up with the literature, publishing, tutoring and writing to consider, it can be challenging for researchers to fit everything in. How do you finish everything when you’re under pressure? Why is there never enough time to do what you want to do?

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to techniques
to optimise their time and discuss working patterns with others.
Participants will evaluate what they currently spend their time on,
what they would like to prioritise, how to measure their progress and how to keep motivated by considering what works best for them. The workshop will include individual exercises, short presentations from the instructor, group discussions and examples of good practice.

Benefits
  • knowledge of how to apply these techniques to their own
    personal working style;
  • an understanding of their priorities and how to optimise their time;
  • a time management strategy that can be adapted on a regular basis to suit their workload

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Workshop Dates

Tuesday 14th May 2019, 09.30 – 12.30 Book now

Quantitative Research: A Basic Guide

Facilitator: Kimberly Bartholomew, UEA RDF Domain A: Knowledge and intellectual abilities  online orange

About the Workshop

This session will provide a conceptual and methodological introduction to quantitative research, which may be of particular use to PGR students considering the use of quantitative methods and analyses for the first time, or who feel in need of a ‘friendly’ and straightforward refresher session. Important quantitative concepts such as variables, hypotheses, probability (and p values), reliability, validity, and Type 1 and 2 errors will be defined and a tour will subsequently be taken through a range of statistical tests that can be used to examine both significant associations (correlation and regression) and significant differences (including the t-test, ANOVA, ANCOVA, and MANOVA) in your data set.

Each statistical test will be mapped against the kind of research questions/hypotheses it is designed to answer and attendees will be shown how to run each test in principle, to interpret their results/output and to report the findings of each test in an appropriate format. If you’re intending to employ quantitative research techniques in your thesis, but currently feel uncertain about the correct procedure or method of data analysis, this session comes highly recommended.

As a first year PhD student I found this very helpful for my project, but also to learn about different quantitative methods which I may wish to implement or consider for the future. Highly recommend Kim for her fantastic teaching, making information very accessible for what is a very difficult topic (Huddersfield).

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Workshop Dates

Tuesday 14th May 2019, 7 – 9pm Book now

An Introduction to Scale Development

Facilitator: Kimberly Bartholomew, UEA RDF Domain A: Knowledge and intellectual abilities  online orange

About the Workshop

This session will introduce students to the procedures used to develop reliable and valid scales, allowing them to accurately measure a variety of personal and social variables which would otherwise not be directly observable. Led by a tutor well-known for her scale development work in the context of self-determination theory – having designed and implemented both ‘The Controlling Coach Behaviour Scale’ (cited 166 times since 2010) and ‘The Psychological Need Thwarting Scale’ (cited 181 times since 2011) – the session will explore the scale development process from start to finish, beginning with item generation, and moving on to the piloting of items, through data collection, and concluding with a guide to various data analytic techniques, including exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses, as well as appropriate tests of reliability and validity.

Thank you, it was great to get this overview of all the seven steps! And to have your practical examples really helped me [to] ground the information…Also great to hear someone speak about this who has actually gone through all the steps themselves (Roehampton).

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Workshop Dates

Tuesday 21st May 2019, 7 – 9pm Book now

An Introduction to Structural Equation Modelling

Facilitator: Kimberly Bartholomew, UEA RDF Domain A: Knowledge and intellectual abilities  online orange

About the Workshop

Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) is a powerful multivariate statistical technique which enables researchers to examine several regression equations simultaneously. This session will provide an introduction to the key concepts involved in SEM, including latent, exogenous, and endogenous variables and their
graphical notation. Students will also be introduced to the concepts of both the measurement and structural model, before being taken on a step-by-step journey through the process of data analysis, stopping off on the way to consider issues of model specification, data collection, model estimation, model evaluation, and model modification. The session will conclude with a demonstration of how to interpret the output of an SEM analysis and to report the findings/revealed model correctly using both text and appropriate diagrams/figures.

A very good session as usual – lots of helpful information about the method. Extra resources are very helpful [as was the] clear explanation and step by step approach (Bournemouth).

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Workshop Dates

Tuesday 28th May 2019, 7 – 9pm Book now

Reflective Practices & the Research Process

Facilitator: Neil Raven A1RDF Domain A: Knowledge and intellectual abilitiesA3D2

About the Workshop

Reflective practice can play an integral role in advancing the research process, including in the generation of new ideas, as well as in tackling the range of questions and conundrums postgraduate researchers encounter. The first workshop dedicated to this subject provided participants with an introduction to reflective practice, including the components of the reflective cycle and the methods that can be used to support such practice. Participants then explored an approach to reflective practice that would, potentially, suit them, and identified a set of actions they could take to become reflective researchers.

This follow-up workshop, which is designed to be both interactive and highly supportive, will provide participants with an opportunity to reflect on the practices they subsequently adopted, or sought to adopt. Consideration will then be given to the particular approaches participants found to be effective in supporting their masters and doctoral work, and the benefits that have arisen from their reflective practice. It will also consider the challenges encountered to reflective practice, and provide an opportunity for those attending to explore ways of counter these. The workshop will conclude by identify approaches that can help participants to gain even more from reflective practice.

Benefits
  • Explore the range of ways in which reflective practice can support and advance the research process
  • Reflect on their own reflective practices and identified way in which these can be further developed
  • Identify the next steps they need to take to develop as reflective researchers
  • Experience and benefit from a collaborative approach to reflective thinking
  • Gain an insight into questioning techniques that can help support and advance their own practice.

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Workshop Dates

Wednesday 5th June 2019, 1 – 4pm Book now

Maintaining Momentum: Tactics for Keeping your PhD on Track

Facilitator: Neil Raven A1RDF Domain A: Knowledge and intellectual abilitiesA3D2

About the Workshop

The PhD represents a substantial commitment in terms of time and dedication. Whilst pursuing a doctorate is likely to prove a stimulating, engrossing and highly rewarding experience for those who decide to take this pathway, there may also be circumstances and situations when it becomes more challenging, and when the risks of losing momentum – perhaps even motivation – loom large.

This workshop is designed to help those encountering such challenges, especially challenges associated with time management, planning, uncertainty and procrastination. Whilst complementing the introductory ‘Getting off to a flying start’ with your PhD workshop, this session is aimed at those who are now some months into their doctoral studies. As such, it will provide an opportunity for participants to take stock of their progress to date, share their experiences and the challenges they have encountered, and identify and devise tactics for overcoming these barriers to progression. Drawing on a range of sources, workshop participants will also have an opportunity to explore and assess recommendations and instances of good practice from across the wider sector.

Benefits
  • Review your progress to date
  • Reflect upon your motivations and incentives for pursuing a doctorate
  • Consider any challenges you face to maintaining progress
  • Identify ways of addressing these challenges, including locating sources of further advice and guidance
  • Consider and assess a range of sector-wide recommendations for overcoming barriers to PhD progress.

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Workshop Dates

Thursday 6th June 2019, 09:30am – 12:30pm Book now

Qualitative Research Methods: The Essential Support Workshop

Facilitator: Neil Raven A1RDF Domain A: Knowledge and intellectual abilitiesA3D2

About the Workshop

There are a host of qualitative methods available to researchers, from interviews and focus groups to observation and questionnaires, amongst others. Many of these will have been introduced in workshops offered by the Doctoral School. This session is design to complement these workshops and help participants prepare for their next steps in the research process. It does so by providing an opportunity for those attending to further explore the particular research methods they are think of deploying, have decided upon, or are already starting to use.

In particular, the session will offer the chance for participants to identify and address any challenges, dilemmas or uncertainties they have in the selection of particular methods, as well as in the use of these methods in the field, and in the procedures and processes for the collection and storage of data. The interactive nature of this workshop also means that participants will have a chance to learn from others who are at a similar, or subsequent stage in their research. It is also designed with the aim of helping participants to develop strategies that will enable them to progress with their research and to maximise the potential of their chosen methods.

Benefits
  • Develop a more detailed understanding and appreciation of the research method(s) you are planning to use, or have decided upon
  • Explore some of the key challenges associated with the deployment of qualitative methods in the field
  • Identify ways for addressing these research challenges
  • Have an opportunity to learn from others at a similar stage in the research process
  • Consider ways to maximise the potential of your chosen research method(s).

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Workshop Dates

Wednesday 19th June 2019, 1 – 4 pm Book now

Managing your Supervisor

Facilitator: Kevin Byron B1B3C1D1

About the Workshop

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. Attendees at the workshop will also be:

Benefits
  • familiar with the University guidelines for supervision
  • more aware of the factors than can affect supervisor-student relationships
  • equipped with an action plan they can apply to their own supervisions
  • able to try simple assertiveness techniques

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A Comparison of Qualitative Methods

Facilitator: Simon Watts, UEA RDF Domain A: Knowledge and intellectual abilities  online orange

About the Workshop

This session will compare and contrast the aims, data collection preferences, analytic style, limitations and appropriate usage of four different qualitative methods – grounded theory, thematic analysis, interpretative phenomenological analysis and narrative analysis – in order to identify the types of research questions to which each method is best suited. The possibility of conducting by person or case analyses using qualitative data will also be considered.

A useful session [which] provided an introduction to qualitative analysis, especially for novice researchers confused by all the terminology – particularly the bits about methodology that we ‘glaze over’ when reading texts. This begins to make sense. I could do with more (Greenwich).

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About the Workshop

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Find books and journal articles using the Library website
  • Create an effective search strategy
  • Know how to locate the full text of journal articles

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About the Workshop

This workshop is intended to aid those seeking legal information for their research. It will cover the main library resources available that contain legal materials and information useful for study.

Benefits
  • Be familiar with the main legal databases
  • Know how to search for cases and legislation using the legal databases
  • Identify authoritative legal information that is freely available on the internet

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Accessing Archives

Facilitator: Hope Williard 

About the Workshop

This workshop provides tools and ideas for finding and using archives in your research. On completion of this workshop you should be able to:
• Consider how archives might be useful to your research
• Understand some of the practicalities of locating and using archives
• Use online tools to find and explore an archive related to your project

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Search Strategies for Systematic Reviews

Facilitator: Marishona, Ortega, Academic Subject Librarian A1

About the Workshop

Systematic reviews use transparent and replicable methods to locate, evaluate and synthesize all research relevant to a particular question.  They are most commonly found in health, medicine and psychology.  Therefore, this workshop will focus on developing a search strategy for identifying literature from these disciplines.

This workshop will cover:
  • what is a systematic review?
  • Learn key features of the systematic review process
  • Identify appropriate databases, keywords and subject headings (e.g. Mesh)
  • Planning a search using the PICO and SPICE frameworks
  • Building an effective search strategy
  • Explore search techniques including truncation, wildcards and proximity operators
  • Translating searches across different databases

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About the Workshop

There may be information within the cathedral library that could be used for your research. This tour includes the medieval Library of 1422 and the 10,000 rare book collection covers every subject imaginable, including homeopathy, philosophy, music, astronomy. There may be material within the libraries that would enrich your research, so please contact the Special Collections Librarian for

assistance. The modern reference collection can be consulted freely but manuscripts and rare books require an academic reference from your tutor.

Due to the medieval architecture, there is sadly no disabled access for the tour.

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Why Do I Need a P-Value?

Facilitator: Laura Pearson & Phil Assheton A1

About the Workshop

In this interactive workshop, we will look at a very simple dataset in SPSS and see how a t-test saves us from making a catastrophically bad decision.  The main aim is a deeper understanding of what a t-test (or p-values in general) really tells you, but also to start to think about exploring data in SPSS, and have a go at running and interpreting a t-test and p-values.

Benefits
  • Gain a deeper understanding of what a t-test, or p-values, really tell you
  • Explore data in SPSS
  • Practice running and interpreting a t-test and p-values

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How to Start Analysing Data in SPSS

Facilitator: Laura Pearson & Phil Assheton A1

About the Workshop

In this interactive workshop, we will take a look at some real data from the General Social Survey, and build a set of steps for investigating that data.  We will chiefly focus on different types of graphs and the p-values that can give those graphs credibility.  It is highly recommended to attend “Why Do I Need a p-value?” first, but this is designed to be a standalone workshop if you can’t make it to that.

Benefits
  • Practically investigate actual data in SPSS
  • Determine what gives certain data credibility
  • Create steps transferable to your own practice

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How To Get My Own Data into SPSS

Facilitator: Laura Pearson & Phil Assheton A1

About the Workshop

In this interactive workshop you will get the opportunity to enter some data from the General Social Survey into SPSS.  The data you will be entering has been selected to expose you to the full set of features in SPSS’ “Variable View”, so by the end you should have plenty of ideas of how to set up your own data in SPSS.

Benefits
  • Learn how to set up your own data in SPSS
  • Get practical, hands-on experience of the process
  • Gain knowledge of the features of SPSS Variable View

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Getting Started in R

Facilitator: Phil Assheton A1

About the Workshop

A hands on beginner’s introduction to the R environment. This is for you if you don’t know where to start. We hope you’ll leave this workshop with the confidence to explore R further.

Benefits
  • Get an introduction to the R environment
  • Gain the confidence to explore and use R in your research

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