Upcoming Research Supervisor Development Workshops

View some of our upcoming opportunities for research degree supervisors

Book your place via the Staff Development page

Read more about our new Research Supervisor Development Programme here

The Doctoral Examination Process (PhD)

Prof. Nick Evans and Helen Tabinor 

12th February, 9:15-13:15

This workshop is designed for research degree supervisors wishing to join an MPhil, or PhD examination team at Worcester but is also popular with supervisors whose student is approaching examination, and for colleagues acting as research degree examiners at another UK HEI. The sessions combine information around the regulations and procedures associated with examining at MPhil and doctoral level with more interactive sessions around examining the thesis, asking the right questions etc.

Refresher Training for Research Supervisors

Helen Tabinor 

All current, active research degree supervisors on the Register of Approved Supervisors are required to attend Refresher Supervisor Training once every 3 years. The date that this training is due will be calculated from the date you originally attended Research Supervisor Training. Refresher training is an informal session where we refresh some of the core regulations and look at key changes that have been made to research degree regulations and procedures over the last 3 years. At the end of this session is an opportunity for you to share your own personal experiences of supervision and to reflect on areas that could benefit from change in the future.

Remaining dates for 2018/19 academic year, both at 12:15-13:45:

  • 28th February
  • 17th June

Supporting your Research Student’s Application for Ethical Approval

Dr Bere Mahoney

27th February, 12:15-14:15

This session will focus on the University of Worcester ethical approval process and aims to debunk the mystique around achieving ethical approval. This will include using the Ethical Approval Form and review process as tools for developing a student’research proposal (e.g. RDB1) and enhancing its intellectual rigour, along with some ‘do’s and ‘don’ts’ for achieving ethical approval.

Supervising Part-time Students

Dr Lynn Nichol

11th March, 12:15-14:15

More than half of all doctoral students in the University study part-time. Part-time students have particular pressures and issues that do not affect full-time students in the same way, for example financial pressures, committing up to six years to a doctorate and employment demands can sometimes mean that the supervision of part-time students can at times be more demanding than that of full-timers. The aim of this workshop is to identify the issues and challenges of supervising part-time students and to explore good practice in addressing these challenges. The workshop will consider the expectations, challenges and opportunities of supervision from the perspective of both the supervisor and the research student. It will then provide an opportunity to share good practice and learn from the experience of colleagues in different parts of the University. This workshop is aimed those who currently supervise part-time students registered for an MPhil, PhD or a Professional Doctorate, as well as those who may be supervising a part-time student in the future.

The Doctoral Examination Process: Professional or Practice based Doctorate

Dr Lynn Nichol and Helen Tabinor

20th March, 9:15-12:15

This workshop is designed for research degree supervisors wishing to join a Professional or Practice based Doctorate examination team at Worcester. It will enable you to understand the scope, aims and potential contribution of work based doctoral work to inform supervisory practice, the examination of professional doctorates and the specific supervisory needs of experienced professionals undertaking research within their work setting.

Working as a Supervisory Team

Prof. Eleanor Bradley and Prof. Lisa Jones

27th March, 10-12:30

Many supervisors will supervise a research student as part of a supervisory team, typically comprising of 2, but often 3 supervisors. This workshop will focus on how to work effectively as a supervisory team, including: how to get the best out of supervisors, how to get the best out of students, negotiating team roles, resolving conflict and, the practicalities of effective team working.


Coming Up on the PGR RDP this December…


Here are a few highlights from our upcoming RDP workshops. View the full list on the Researcher Development Programme Blackboard site (you must be logged into your student account). Book your space here.

Moving Towards Completion

Practical Tips for a Professional Looking Thesis
This session for PhD students will cover practical tips on preparing your thesis for submission and will cover:

  • The use of heading/chapter styles
  • Inserting figures, tables and captions
  • Building tables of contents and lists of figures and tables
  • Cross referencing within your thesis
  • Putting everything together!

*Please bring a laptop to this session.

Date: 4th December
Time: 12:15-14:15

Preparing for Transfer (RDB2)
Thinking about your RDB2 (transfer) or already got a date in the diary?  This session outlines the transfer process for research students from MPhil/PhD to PhD and will give you guidance as you prepare and plan for transfer.  The session will be delivered by Helen Tabinor and Prof. Nick Evans. They will be joined by one of our current students who has successfully completed the transfer process to share their experience, and provide some reassurance!

Date: 5th December
Time: 12:15-14:15

Supporting PGRs and ECRs
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 and funding available for early career researchers.

Date: 11th December
Time: 12:15-13:45

Academic Writing: Towards Completion (Final year PGRs only)
In your final year of your PhD and preparing for the final countdown? This session will help you prepare for the final deadline including the drafting and redrafting process as well as troubleshooting some of your own obstacles in the writing process.

Date: 13th December
Time: 10:15-13:15

Working with external organisations in a research and consultancy capacity
Want to know more about:

  • How to develop relationships with external organisations that lead to research and consultancy opportunities
  • How to work successfully with external organisations in a research and consultancy capacity
  • Tips and tricks to networking, building and maintaining relationships with external organisations

The workshop will be delivered by Dr Amy Grubb in the context of her own experience of working with a number of different external organisations in a research/consultancy/advisory capacity (including police forces both in the UK/USA, the MoD, city councils and the NHS).

Date: 18th December
Time: 12:15-13:45


Images of Research 2018 – Winners Announced!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Images of Research Gala Evening on Wednesday 6th June, we hope you enjoyed the evening! A special thank you to our colleagues at The Hive, our judging panel: Professor Sarah Greer, Anne Hannaford and Greg Dunn and to all staff and research student colleagues for entering this year’s competition.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Images of Research 2018….


JUDGES CHOICE AWARD (STAFF): Ruth STACEY Institute of Humanities 

Creative writing as research: endless branches, twigs of editing and then blossom.

My research is based on Pamela Colman Smith (1878-1951) and interrogates different approaches by writing an imagined memoir of her life with poetry. Smith was an artist who lived an adventurous life; she was friends with actors, writers and artists and is mostly remembered for designing a tarot deck. However, only viewing her through the occult lens does her a disservice, as her letters portray an ambitious business woman who saw the tarot deck as just another job. As Smith was a symbolist artist, I am using techniques of the symbolist poets, like Rimbaud, as a starting point



Second World War Garden String Hat

This crocheted hat made from garden string epitomises the confluence of a ‘beauty as duty’ morale boosting ethos and the desire for women to keep up appearances in an era of extreme shortages. The ability to be creative and use materials in unusual ways was essential in order for women in keep a sense of identity and individuality whilst at the same time coping within the limitations of clothes rationing and coupons which barely provided for one new outfit each year. My research examines how people did this and what were the defining factors in being able to achieve this.

‘Hat from the collection of the Fashion History Museum, Cambridge, Canada, photography by Jonathan Walford’


Demystifying heart disease

Coronary artery disease occurs when the blood vessels that supply the heart become progressively narrowed, which can lead to a heart attack. This study is looking at a potentially promising new compound that could be used via a blood test to diagnose heart attacks.

My picture shows the heart immersed in a ‘mist of the unknown’ which is becoming clearer as we learn more about the disease. The blood sample indicates the knowledge gained from analysis, in this instance for the substance ‘allantoin’, as a possible indicator of heart attack meaning that treatment can be started without delay.

PUBLIC CHOICE AWARD (SECOND PRIZE): emma dabbs, Institute of science and the environment

River Channel Evolution

Due to recent advances in drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), river channel evolution can be closely monitored better than ever before. My research focuses on using UAV photos to create computer-based 3D models to quantify floodplain storage capacity and assess rapid channel change of the River Teme near Knighton (pictured). UAV imagery allows me to map and monitor these processes from bespoke flights. The result is ultra-high resolution continuous data over a whole reach, rather than traditional time-consuming point measurements with erosion pins or cross-section surveys in a small number of places.

PUBLIC CHOICE AWARD (THIRD PRIZE): dr alan dixon, Institute of science and the environment

“As we told you last time…”

In 2017 I returned to Ethiopia to meet some of the farmers I had worked with during my PhD fieldwork back in 1997. I was keen to understand how their situation had changed over the last 20 years. Not a great deal it seems; crop yields continue to decline, the climate is even more unpredictable, and the government continues to provide little support. But more encouragingly, our research on sustainable wetland management was widely acknowledged as playing a key role in raising awareness of the important contribution wetlands make to people’s livelihoods and environmental security throughout the region.

View all of the entries to this year’s competition in our online catalogue

Images of Research 2018 – Vote now open!

Voting is now open for the Images of Research Competition 2018!

Following the success of our Images of Research competition in 2017, this exhibition showcases and celebrates current research by bringing it to the public arena.

The exhibition will run from 2nd-10th June at The Hive.

An Overall Winner’s prize will be awarded for the best submission judged by a professional panel. There is also a Public’s Choice award voted for by you!

Visit The Hive from 2nd June and vote for your favourite images in the Public Choice category. Look for the box, located in the Atrium!

Can’t make it to The Hive to vote in person? Vote online! Browse our online catalogue and vote for your 3 favourite images (in no particular order). Online voting will close on 5th June.





Deadline extended! Want to help shape the RDP in 2018/19?

We would like to invite colleagues from across the University to contribute to our Researcher Development Programme 2018-2019To see our current programme of workshops for 2017-2018, click here.

If you have an idea for a workshop which you think would benefit our community of researchers, we would love to hear from you! If you have a workshop idea which does not fit neatly into one of the named clusters, please still send us your ideas.

Submitting an expression of interest

Please download and complete the Expression of Interest Form and email to: researcherdevelopment@worc.ac.uk by Friday 20th April 2018 at 5pm.

Expressions of interest will be reviewed by Dr Charlotte Taylor, Rosie Plimmer, and Dr John-Paul Wilson. All colleagues will be contacted within 3 weeks of the closing date to discuss expressions of interest further.

If you have any questions, please contact us via email: researcherdevelopment@worc.ac.uk

Launch of Images of Research 2018

We’re excited to announce the launch of our 2018 Images of Research Competition!

Following the success of Images of Research competition 2017, this year’s exhibition will take place between 5th-19th June at The Hive. This is a unique opportunity to communicate and disseminate your research to a non-specialist audience and enhance public engagement.

We invite all research students and staff to submit an image that encapsulates your research, accompanied by a short 100-word text. If you would like some inspiration, have a look at our catalogue from our 2017 exhibition.

How to enter

If you would like to submit an entry to the Images of Research competition, please complete the submission form and return to: researcherdevelopment@worc.ac.uk. The deadline for entries is 14th May.

If you have any questions, please contact researcherdevelopment@worc.ac.uk

We look forward to receiving your entries!

The Researcher Development Team

Researcher Opportunities @ University of Worcester

Looking for research opportunities alongside your PhD study?

The University of Worcester is seeking to create a pool of researchers to work on research projects in areas aligned with the research expertise and activities underway within the Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester.

These areas include:

  • health and wellbeing (adult mental ill-health, living with long-term conditions, patient experience),
  • dementia,
  • working well
  • violence prevention.
  • We have a particular interest in researchers with experience of applied research and those familiar with the adoption of mixed methods approaches. Researchers with an interest in innovative qualitative approaches are also encouraged to apply.

If successful in your application you will be added to our pool of researchers. As and when research projects become available that best match with your skill set and the role you have applied for, you will be approached to work on the project. The projects will vary in length (normally from 3 – 6 months), in most instances will be externally funded, and may require full-time or part-time working.

This post will be aligned with research activities underway across the Institute and will involve working on one or more specific research project, usually under the general supervision of a project leader. Given the applied nature of our research within the Institute, we are looking for experience in relation to mixed methods approaches to research, with a particular focus on qualitative research methods.

The project leader will depend on the research work being supported, but all arrangements for management and supervision will be overseen by Professor Eleanor Bradley (Director of Research, Institute of Health and Society).

The post-holder will be expected to manage their own activities and prioritise their own workload within agreed objectives to ensure that all activities are completed to deadlines. The post-holder may be required to write up research work for publication in collaboration with senior colleagues and disseminate results as appropriate to their discipline by, for example, conference presentations and peer reviewed publication.

We have the following opportunities available:

Research Assistant (Band 5)

Research Associate (Band 6)

Research Fellow (Band 7)

Would you like to contribute to the Researcher Development Programme in 2018/19?

We would like to invite colleagues from across the University to contribute to our Researcher Development Programme 2018-2019To see our current programme of workshops for 2017-2018, click here.

If you have an idea for a workshop which you think would benefit our community of researchers, we would love to hear from you! If you have a workshop idea which does not fit neatly into one of the named clusters, please still send us your ideas.

Submitting an expression of interest

Please download and complete the Expression of Interest Form and email to: researcherdevelopment@worc.ac.uk by Friday 20th April 2018 at 5pm.

Expressions of interest will be reviewed by Dr Charlotte Taylor, Rosie Plimmer, and Dr John-Paul Wilson. All colleagues will be contacted within 3 weeks of the closing date to discuss expressions of interest further.

If you have any questions, please contact us via email: researcherdevelopment@worc.ac.uk

Would you like to recognise the excellent work of your Director of Studies or PhD Supervisor?

Nominations are now open for our inaugural ‘Excellence in Doctoral Supervision Award!’

What is the purpose of the Award?

The award aims to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence in doctoral supervision at the University of Worcester. This includes staff who are supervising students studying for a PhD, Professional doctorate, and PhD by Published or Creative Work.

The supervisor nominated does not need to be your Director of Studies, but they must be a Supervisor at the University of Worcester, i.e. not an External Supervisor.

Criteria for Nomination

Below are some attributes of excellent supervision with some examples of how these might be evidenced. This list is not exhaustive. MPhil/PhD Course Leaders (or their nominee) will be happy to provide you with support if required. Nominations should not exceed 1,000 words:

  • Evidence of outstanding results of their supervision over a number of years
  • A pioneering approach to supervision: what has the nominee done above and beyond that which is expected of any good supervisor?
  • Demonstrable enthusiasm for the role and going the extra mile to help students navigate through difficulties, academic or otherwise
  • Challenging students intellectually and helping them to make substantial contributions to their academic field
  • Providing additional support and facilities to give greater scope to their research

To nominate your supervisor click here. It may be easier to prepare the statement prior to completing the survey. If you wish to submit any supporting evidence, e.g. student testimonials, please email: suadvice@worc.ac.uk

Nominations close at 9am Friday 23rd March. The award will be presented at the Students’ Union Student Choice Awards evening on 22nd May.

Coming up on the RDP…



View the upcoming workshops between January-March:

Copyright for Researchers 01/02/2018 12.15 13.45 Roger Fairman Edward Elgar (St Johns)
Shut Up and Write @ The Hive 07/02/2018 10.00 14.00 Su Fagg and Charlotte Taylor The Hive
How to work with the media to share your research 08/02/2018 10.00 13.00 Sally Jones Edward Elgar (St Johns)
Archival Research 20/02/2018 12.15 14.15 Prof. Suzanne Schwarz Jenny Lind (City)
Social Networking:  benefits for researchers 22/02/2018 17.15 18.45 Verity Postlethwaite Charles Hastings (City)
Dealing with Difficult Research Interview Situations 27/02/2018 12.15 14.15 Dr Katherine Gordon-Smith, Prof. Lisa Jones & Prof. Eleanor Bradley Binyon (St Johns)
Viva Preparation 01/03/2018 12.15 14.15 Helen Tabinor & Prof. Nick Evans Edward Elgar (St Johns)
Introduction to Statistical Methodology 05/03/2018 13.15 16.45 Dr Roy Bhakta Edward Elgar (St Johns)
Open Access 06/03/2018 12.15 14.15 Karol Kosinski Binyon (St Johns)
Applying for an academic post 08/03/2018 12.15 14.15 Charlotte Taylor Peirson (St Johns)
Using Interviews and Questionnaires in Research 13/03/2018 12.15 14.15 Prof. Eleanor Bradley and Prof. Lisa Jones Hines (St Johns)
Effective Poster Presentations:  Preparation and Presentation 13/03/2018 17.15 18.45 Dr Mary Hanson Edward Elgar (St Johns)
Ethnographies in Research: Benefits and Challenges 14/03/2018 13.15 15.15 Dr Gyozo Molnar Binyon (St Johns)
Careers for Researchers 15/03/2018 12.15 13.45 Rosie Plimmer Jenny Lind (City)
Research Ethics 20/03/2018 13.00 16.00 Dr John-Paul Wilson Conference Centre (St Johns)
Basic R 21/03/2018 13.15 16.45 Dr Roy Bhakta Edward Elgar (St Johns)

How to book

Research Students: book online at www.worcester.ac.uk/workshops and select ‘Researcher Development’ from the dropdown menu.

The 2017/18 programme can be found on Blackboard on the Researcher Development Programme – Students