Coming up on the Researcher Development Programme…

November is a busy month for the Researcher Development Programme! Check out our forthcoming workshops…

Book online via the student portal: or via the staff development workshop booking portal, located under ‘Your Online Services’.


Copyright: Your Thesis and Beyond

This session will give a brief overview of copyright in relation to research activity and in particular the issues relating to dissertations. It will cover both researchers use of other people’s work and the protection your own work including the interactions between copyright and open access / open data.

Date: 1st November 2016

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: EE G021


Introduction to Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA)

Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis is being used increasingly as both a qualitative methodology and method across health, care, psychology and the social sciences. This session, led by Dr Clare Bennett, will aim to provide a general introduction to both staff and level 7/8 students who are interested in finding out more about its origins, applications and purposes. The session will be interactive and will give participants the opportunity to see how IPA is used in practice.


Date: 1st November 2016

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: EE G169


Introduction to Bid Writing

This session will identify the major research funders and set out good practice in writing a research funding application, drawing on guidance provided for example by the Research Councils and the experiences of staff who have written both successful and unsuccessful funding bids. This session will be useful for all those considering making an application for research funding.


Date: 2nd November 2016

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: EE 1102


Using Posters to Communicate Your Research

This session looks at the poster as a means of presenting your research.  This workshop will look at the issue of design and content: what kind of information should be presented in a poster and how it may be organised.


Date: 8th November 2016

Time: 5:15-5:45

Location: PN1014


Careers for Researchers

This session looks at career options for doctoral students’ post-PhD.  Academic and non-academic career paths will be explored, along with techniques to help students both generate career ideas and narrow down the field to identify careers suitable for their particular aptitudes and abilities.


Date: 8th November 2016

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: JL G010


Textual Analysis

This session covers the major traditions of textual analysis as a qualitative research method and will focus primarily on content analysis, semiotic analysis, and narrative analysis. These are all methodologies designed to uncover and analyse the messages being carried in texts. In the session we’ll explore each method’s underlying aims and purpose, its main tools and techniques, and its strengths and weaknesses. Together, we will consider how each of these methods might be applied by practising them in relation to one or two examples of the same text. There will be time for further discussion and/or questions at the end. By the close of the session you will have a working understanding of each of these key traditions of textual analysis and of which method or methods might be most appropriate in your own research.


Date: 15th November 2016

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: EE G169


Costing your Research

This session focuses on the key issue of identifying and costing the resources needed for a research project. It will deal with the issue of Full Economic Costing (FEC) and will look at what costs different bodies/organisations are willing to fund. This session will be especially useful for those in the process of putting together a funding bid or those who want to get a sense of what putting together a bid may involve.


Date: 15th November 2016

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: EE G020


Pathways into Publishing

This workshop will help you to plan how you publish your doctoral research. It will look at the different ways in which you can publish and the timing of publication.


Date: 22nd November 2016

Time: 5:15-6:45

Location: JL G012


Introduction to NVivo

This half-day workshop provides an introduction to using NVivo as a research tool. The workshop will explore how NVivo can be used to assist with various research activities including how to import and create sources in NVivo; creating links, memos and annotations within a project; visualising data via charts and graphs, and creating reports. All of the topics covered will involve practical, hands on activities for participants to explore a data set themselves and begin to familiarise themselves with NVivo.


Date: 23rd November 2016

Time: 1:15-4:15

Location: CH 1007


Structuring your Thesis

The aim of this workshop is to examine what your thesis should look like: considering practical requirements of the thesis – e.g. contents pages, abstracts, copyright statements, etc. – before moving on to look at common structures such as the ‘scientific’, ‘chronological’ and ‘thematic’ models and exploring alternative approaches to structuring your thesis, such as the use of narrative and metaphor.  Ultimately, this workshop aims to help you identify a structure that will enable you to make your argument as effectively as possible.


Date: 24th November 2016

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: EE G021


Methodology Matters

For many people in academic life, research is a challenge, whether they are new or experienced in their research fields. Part of the challenge is due to the range of approaches and methods available, and it is not always a straight forward decision when deciding which one to choose. With the rapid development of qualitative research in particular, there has been a startling increase in the number of choices about carrying out a study. This workshop explores different methodologies, suggesting that beginning with a clear methodology is likely to provide more rigour than the ‘just doing a few interviews’ or the ‘just setting off and hoping’ approach. It is a workshop designed to support researchers who are seeking to do sound qualitative research:  research that is philosophically informed located in appropriate approach, well designed, competently analysed and interpreted and that produces trustworthy findings.


Date: 29th November 2016

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: EE 1102


Funding for ECRs and Post-docs

This workshop will identify funding opportunities for researchers who have recently completed doctoral study or who are in the final stages of their PhD. In particular, it will highlight the range of fellowships available for early career researchers.


Date: 30th November 2016

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: EE 1100

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