Want to find out more about Research Degree Programmes at the University of Worcester?

join us at our Open Day on SUNDAY 25th march

This open day is for people interested in a Masters by Research (MRes), Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

What happens on an Open Day?

Throughout the day there will be a series of talks and activities. These will give you the opportunity to:

  • speak to our MPhil/PhD course leaders
  • hear the benefits of doing a research degree at Worcester
  • find out how to put together a strong application
  • join a tour of the City Campus and The Hive.

Our Open Day Programme has a full a timetable of talks and activities.

Book your place today!

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.

Upcoming Research Supervisor Training Workshops

Upcoming Workshops

Book onto a workshop via the Staff Development Portal (under ‘your online services’)

Research Examiner Training 

Research Degree Examiner training is designed primarily for colleagues wishing to join an MPhil, PhD or Professional Doctorate examination team at Worcester. The session is however also popular with supervisors whose research degree student is approaching examination and can also be useful for colleagues acting as research degree examiners at another UKHEI. 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.

Date: 07/02/2018
Time: 9:15-13:15
Location: EE G021


Refresher Training for Research Supervisors

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 takes place for 1h30 over lunch and 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.

Date: 13/02/2018
Time: 12:15-13:45
Location: JL G008


Working as a Supervisory Team

This workshop will focus on the following: how to get the best out of supervisors, how to get the best out of students, negotiating team roles, resolving conflict, the practicalities of effective team working.

Date: 05/02/2018
Time: 12:15-13:45
Location: EE G169


Supervising part-time research students

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.

Date: 05/03/2018
Time: 12:15-14:15
Location: JL G008

Postgraduate Research Student Conference 2018

This year’s postgraduate research conference ‘Seeds of Knowledge 2018’ is now open for registration and we are welcoming abstract submissions for poster and/or oral presentations until Monday 30th April.

The conference was a great success last year, and is a fantastic opportunity for all research students (masters and PhD) to network and showcase your hard work – no matter what stage you are in the research process!

Please see the attached poster for details on registration and abstract submission. If you have any specific queries relating to the conference please feel free to email us at: uwrss@outlook.com.

We look forward to receiving your abstract submissions!

The 2018 conference committee

Coming up on the RDP…

 

new year, MORE RES DEV WORKSHOPS…

View the upcoming workshops between January-March:

FEBRUARY
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)
MARCH
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

Share and Inspire Seminars Semester 1, 2017/18

Realising Teaching Excellence at the University of Worcester

Share and Inspire seminars for the next period are aimed at generating discussion and sharing practice in relation to issues of academic practice that we know are challenging to colleagues.

Research inspired teaching and employability are key considerations for any undergraduate or postgraduate curriculum – but how can they be related to provide effective learning?  This session will explore examples and identify ways in which students can develop employability through developing research sills and understanding.

Strategies for engaging student pre-entry
This share and inspire workshop aims to interactively explore a range of strategies used to engage students prior to formally starting their University studies. It will consider strategies used from initial interest in studying at the University and following the offer of a conditional/unconditional place.

Sharing Best Practice in Doctoral Supervision
This Share & Inspire session will share best practice in doctoral level supervision through a series of short talks…

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Upcoming Research Supervisor Training Workshops

Upcoming Workshops

Book onto a workshop via the Staff Development Portal (under ‘your online services’)

Research Examiner Training 

Research Degree Examiner training is designed primarily for colleagues wishing to join an MPhil, PhD or Professional Doctorate examination team at Worcester. The session is however also popular with supervisors whose research degree student is approaching examination and can also be useful for colleagues acting as research degree examiners at another UKHEI. 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.

Date: 16/11/2017
Time: 9:15-13:15
Location: JL G012


Supporting your Student through RDB1

This session is designed for research degree supervisors who have a student preparing, or about to start preparing the RDB1 (Research Proposal) The workshop is organised into two parts. The Research School Manager will run through the essential procedural and regulatory side of the RDB1 process. Prof Eleanor Bradley (a Health Psychologist from the Institute of Health and Society and MPhil/PhD Course Leader for her Institute) will then talk, from her experience of being a research degree supervisor, RDB1 expert reviewer and research degree examiner, about how to approach the completion of Section 4 of the RDB1 form ‘The Research Proposal’. During this session, we will also discuss how the student engages with and responds to the expert reviews and share some good examples from previous students. There will be plenty of opportunity for you to ask questions about any aspect of the RDB process during the session.

Date: 28/11/2017
Time: 12:15-14:15
Location: JL G010


Refresher Training for Research Supervisors

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 takes place for 1h30 over lunch and 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.

Date: 29/11/2017
Time: 12:15-13:45
Location: CH 1003


Research Supervisor Training

The Research Degree Supervisor Training is a half day training session designed for those new to research degree supervision or new to research degree supervision at Worcester. The session includes a mixture of interactive workshops, some focussed on regulatory and procedural matters relating to the research degree programme at Worcester and others focussed on supervisory methods and practice.

Date: 23/01/2018
Time: 9:15-13:15
Location: JL G010


Working as a Supervisory Team

This workshop will focus on the following: how to get the best out of supervisors, how to get the best out of students, negotiating team roles, resolving conflict, the practicalities of effective team working.

Date: 05/02/2018
Time: 12:15-13:45
Location: EE G169


 

Supervising part-time research students

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.

Date: 05/03/2018
Time: 12:15-14:15
Location: JL G008

Open Access week

University of Worcester weekly staff news

Open access is an increasingly important aspect of the scholarly communication chain, making research outcomes available to everyone. The 10th International Open Access week takes place between the 23rd and 29th October and coincides with 10th anniversary of the University’s research repository  WRaP (Worcester Research and Publications). To celebrate these two anniversaries we are planning a number of events over the week:

  • An exhibition of original research articles, books and other research outputs in The Hive. An opportunity to showcase the research that the University of Worcester carries out, and to explore the role of open access in research dissemination.
  • We will also run three Open Access drop in sessions during the week:
    • Wednesday 25th October 11am-3pm near the main reception at St John’s campus
    • Thursday 26th October 11am-3pm near a reception at City campus
    • Friday 27th October 11am-3pm near an atrium at The Hive,

During these drop in session…

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News from Su in Library Services

Welcome to the start of another academic year!

 

From 1st September 2017 I will be working part-time, so email will be the best way to contact me. The numbers of hours allocated to support the Research School won’t be changing, and I will work as flexibly as possible to accommodate meetings and other commitments. Although I will continue to be based on Level 2 in The Hive, I am more than happy to meet you at any of the university’s locations.  My time on the askalibrarian desk on Level 3 of The Hive is advertised on the Researcher Guidance Webpages.

 

New Resources

As ever, Library Services have been negotiating access to new resources over the summer. This has also included upgrades to some existing databases. A summary of the new resources can be seen here.

 

Research collections

These collections have finally moved from their scattered locations on St John’s Campus to The Hive. Most of the collection is now searchable from the catalogue.  Do contact the team if you want to view something specific, or if you have an idea of using part of the collection during your time at the University. You can also visit their office on Level 2. Watch out for the various displays that are being set up around the building.

 

The Hive at Five

We celebrated the fifth anniversary of the opening of The Hive in July. How the time has flown!  So many activities have gone on in the building since we opened, and it has been particularly pleasing to see the University’s research community highlight their activity through Professorial lectures, Image of Research exhibitions, the Research Student Conferences, Academic Book Week events etc.

I am always keen to encourage active engagement with The Hive, so do please get in touch if you have ideas to explore.

 

What’s On at The Hive is published quarterly; there’s something for everyone!

 

 

“Shut up and Write!” Sessions

I continue to organise with Charlotte in The Hive.  Get away from the normal distractions, find a quiet space and just write!  This year we are trying something a little different, by advertising the dates as part of the RDP.  This should give you plenty of notice to plan your attendance.

But don’t forget, even if you can’t make one of the planned dates, there is plenty of opportunity in The Hive to just find a space suitable for your style of working. Many PGRs find Level 4 particularly useful, especially if you want to consult the print journal holdings, or browse the thesis collection during your visit. (Remember that the nearest photocopier is on Level 3).

 

A date for your diary

23rd-27th October 2017 is Open Access Week, and we have a series of special events planned. Watch out for details. Come along and ask any questions you may have about depositing your publications in WRaP.

 

Support when you need it

Do remember that I’m available to support any library-related resources you need to use, so get in touch if you want any information about anything mentioned here. I can also advise about aspects of Research Data Management, the use of referencing and bibliographic software, and how best to build your researcher profile through social media tools.

Your academic liaison librarian is also available to help, so do introduce yourself. They particularly welcome suggestions of resources to add to the collections.  We can’t promise to purchase everything, but if there is something you think would enhance the resources for your subject, then do speak to them about it.

 

And finally, if you will be leaving the University this year, or have friends that may already have done so, then do remember our services for Alumni. These allow you to continue to borrow books from The Hive, and have access to some e-resources.  All of which may come in handy if you are job-hunting, or leaving academia altogether.

Study Happy!

 

Su Fagg

Research Support Librarian