This Cluster provides a foundation to develop your research project and managE different elements of it.
Semester 1 dates:
|06/10/2016||1:45-4:15||PN1002||Personal Development Planning||Rosie Plimmer|
|13/10/2016||1:45-4:15||PN1002||Building Your Bibliography||Su Fagg|
|20/10/2016||1:45-4:15||PN1002||Reading Strategies and Developing Your Literature Review||Charlotte Taylor & Su Fagg|
|27/10/2016||1:45-4:15||PN1002||How connected are you?||Su Fagg & Janet Davidson|
|03/11/2016||1:45-4:15||TBC||Research Approaches & Design||Charlotte Taylor|
|10/11/2016||1:45-4:15||TBC||Research Ethics & Integrity||Dr John-Paul Wilson|
|17/11/2016||1:45-4:15||TBC||Planning your project and how you’ll manage your data||Rosie Plimmer & Su Fagg|
|24/11/2016||1:45-4:15||TBC||Academic Writing||Charlotte Taylor|
|01/12/2016||1@45-4:15||TBC||Preparing Your Research Proposal||Dr John-Paul Wilson|
Semester 2 dates: TBC
Personal Development Planning and Vitae’s RDF – Rosie Plimmer
This workshop will introduce you to Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework, a valuable resource for researchers to identify and articulate their development needs and to plan their development as a researcher based on their career aspirations and project needs
Building Your Bibliography – Su Fagg
Finding out about previous research, and writing a literature review, are key aspects of your study. This session shows you how to develop a search strategy which will ensure you find the information you need in a structured way, saving you time in the long run. By the end of the session, you will know how to use all aspects of the Library Catalogue and Library Search, including how to access and search generic e-databases provided by the University, as well as how to find and use resources elsewhere.
Reading strategies and developing your literature review- Charlotte Taylor and Su Fagg
The first half of the session will refresh your knowledge of academic reading strategies, including how to identify high impact research. This will include a brief introduction to the use of both bibliometric and altmetrics. The second part of the workshop will cover key questions when developing your review, including: what is the purpose of a literature review? How do you structure your review? knowing when to stop, and the writing process.
How connected are you? –Su Fagg and Janet Davidson
This session will introduce you to key bibliographic resources and enable you to construct and manage your reference list and keep it up-to-date. Janet will outline OA publishing as a resource and as a way to disseminate your work. Preparing for publication and establishing an online profile will also be covered. The skills discussed and demonstrated should all develop your digital capability as a researcher.
Research Approaches & Design – Charlotte Taylor
This session examines different approaches underpinning research. We will touch upon philosophical, methodological and conceptual strategies in approaching your own research in order to inform your research design. We then move on and get you to think about how to design your study effectively in order to answer your research question(s) or test your hypotheses.
Research Ethics and Integrity – Dr John-Paul Wilson
This workshop focuses on the ethical issues that might arise in the course of a research project that involves human subjects/participants. It also considers through the use of case studies how you might rethink your research design to ensure that you address these issues. It will be useful for all researchers engaging in research with human subjects and for those supervising research with human subjects.
Planning Your Project and Managing Your Data – Rosie Plimmer and Su Fagg
The first half of this workshop will take you on a step by step approach to enable you to start planning your research degree project. Tips, tools and techniques from the discipline of project management will be used, as well as showing examples of how former research students have planned their projects. The second half explores the legal and ethical requirements for a researcher in collecting, storing and curating their research data. It also provides some guidance on the options available for researchers to manage their data. You will also be able to explore the new RDM webpages, and discover resources to compile a Research Data Management Plan after attending this workshop.
Academic Writing – Charlotte Taylor
The aims of this workshop are: to identify the features of academic writing in different disciplines; to reflect on writing styles in your discipline and your own writing style in relation to this; and to consider the issue of ‘voice’ in academic writing and how you might develop a ‘professional voice’ appropriate to your field of study.
Preparing Your Research Proposal – Dr John-Paul Wilson
The first half of this workshop will set out good practice in preparing your research proposal (the RDB 1 for MPhil and PhD students). The second half is designed to help you to develop the skills to communicate your research proposal effectively through oral presentations.