Finishing Your PhD and Beyond

This cluster is aimed at students in the later stages of their research degree, from structuring and writing the thesis, to preparing to submit and what happens after submission.
18/10/2016 12:15-1:45 EEG169 Finding Funding for Research Charlotte Wasilewski
01/11/2016 12:15-1:45 EEG021 Copyright: your thesis and beyond Roger Fairman
08/11/2016 12:15-1:45 JLG010 Careers for Researchers Rosie Plimmer
24/11/2016 12:15-1:45 EEG021 Structuring your Thesis Dr Berenice Mahoney
30/11/2016 12:15-1:45 EE1100 Funding for ECRs and Post-Docs Charlotte Wasilewski
07/12/2016 12:15-2:15 JLG003 Preparing for Transfer Helen Tabinor & Prof Nick Evans
10/01/2017 12:15-1:45 EE1102 CVs for Researchers Rosie Plimmer
02/02/2017 12:15-2:15 JLG014 Viva Preparation Helen Tabinor
14/03/2017 12:15-1:45 JLG010 Leading in Research for PGRs Rosie Plimmer
06/04/2017 12:15-1:45 CH1008 Finishing Your Thesis Charlotte Taylor

Finding Funding for Research – Charlotte Wasilewski

This session provides an overview of research funding in the UK and internationally, identifying how research is funded and the major funding bodies in the UK and Europe. It also discussion the key stages of putting a bid together: what you need to do and when. It will be of use to those unfamiliar with the funding landscape and wish to learn more and researchers planning to make their first funding bid.

Copyright:  Your Thesis and Beyond – Roger Fairman

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.

Careers for Researchers – Rosie Plimmer

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.

Structuring Your Thesis – Dr Bere Mahoney

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.

Funding for ECRs and Postdocs – Charlotte Wasilewski

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.

Preparing for Transfer – Helen Tabinor

This session outlines the transfer process for research students from MPhil/PhD to PhD. It will describe the requirements and advise on preparing and planning for transfer.

CVs for Researchers – Rosie Plimmer

This practical workshop session will start by looking at the ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ of CV writing before looking at the particular requirements for non-academic (reverse chronological) CVs and academic CVs. Bring your CV along.

Viva Preparation – Helen Tabinor

This workshop looks at the conduct of the average viva voce – the oral examination of your thesis. It also considers how you can prepare for the viva and thinks about the kind of questions that you might be asked.

Leading in Research – Rosie Plimmer

This workshop is an introduction to Leadership which you may wish to explore further once you have completed it. Whether or not you are presently in an ‘official’ leadership role, developing your leadership skills will make a significant contribution to your success in getting things done, forging collaborations and advancing your career.  It is likely that you will already have demonstrated leadership skills in your day to day work as a research student, or through current/ past employment, on a sports field or through voluntary work.  This workshop will help you to identify and put into practice leadership skills and behaviours in your daily life.

Finishing Your Thesis – Charlotte Taylor

This workshop is for students nearing the end of their PhD. It will look at the practical questions that you are likely to ask – e.g. What should my thesis look like? How long will it take me from finishing writing to submission? – as well as the less prosaic challenges of the finishing up process, such as knowing when to stop.

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