Category Archives: Library Services

Date for the Diary: Spring Drop In Session


Something to discuss? Helen Tabinor, Research School Manager and Su Fagg, Research Support Librarian are holding the next drop in session in March. All welcome to come along to discuss anything PGR related (Helen) and Library Services (Su).

Date: Thursday 9th March 2017

Time: 11:30 – 13:00

Location: Helen – JL 1015 / Su – JL 1021




Introduction to SPSS

An introduction to the statistical software SPSS which is aimed at participants with little/no knowledge of SPSS and/or statistical methods. The main topic is data entry/manipulation in SPSS and obtaining simple data summaries.

Date: 1st February 2017

Time: 1:15-4:15

Location: EE G031

Viva Preparation

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.

Date: 2nd February 2017

Time: 12:15-2:15

Location: JL G014

Giving Your Research Impact

The ability to demonstrate the potential benefits of your research beyond the academic sphere (for example, the socio-economic, cultural or health benefits) has become an increasingly important skill for a researcher to develop. This session will explore fully the meaning of impact its significance to your research.

Date: 7th February 2017

Time: 5:15-6:45

Location: EE G168

Philosophy of Research Methods:  Why Epistemology and Ontology Matter

Professor Eleanor Bradley will consider the role of epistemology in relation to your research. This session will consist of an overview of the philosophical underpinnings of research, with a particular focus on the relevance of epistemology and ontology for research.  The workshop will have relevance for researchers who are currently developing their methodology, highlighting the importance of different types of knowledge, truth and realities. There will be the opportunity for researchers who have already designed their research project to reflect on their methodological understanding, as well as to refresh their thinking in relation to epistemology.

Date: 7th February 2017

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: EE G027

The Newton Fund

This workshop will explore the Newton Fund and how to apply for funding for projects and fellowships.

Date: 9th February 2017

Time: 12:15-1:15

Location: JL G010

Social Networking: The Benefits for Researchers

Twitter, Facebook, Blogs: social media has become increasingly important for researchers both as a means for engaging more people with their work and as a way for sharing ideas beyond the traditional dissemination pathways. This session will look at the social media that are particularly relevant and how they can be effectively utilised.

Date: 21st February 2017

Time: 5:15-6:45

Location: EE G027

Feminist Approaches to Research

This is a session for anyone who thinks they may be interested in exploring feminist approaches to research, to better understand what they might be about and consider whether they might have any bearing on research we do. We will explore questions such as: Is there really such a thing as ‘a’ feminist approach to research? If so how would how would it manifest itself in research questions and hypotheses? Does feminist research need to use different methodologies or sources for research? Do feminist approaches mean researchers need to consider different forms of research dissemination?

Date:21st February 2017

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: EE G027

Values Based Approach to Leadership

This session will consider theoretical approaches to leadership in organisations, and will assess to what extent considerations of ethics and values has informed scholarly thinking in this area. It will be of value to those studying leadership and management in a variety of contexts, especially in Business, Education and Health. Questions considered are likely to include:

  • What is participants’ experience of leadership?
  • Why should we study leadership in organisations?
  • What are the dominant models of leadership that have informed academic work?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches?
  • Are values and ethics important for leaders and the study of leadership?
  • How can leadership be studied at doctoral level?

Date: 23rd February 2017

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: EE G020

What is Research Misconduct?

Researchers are expected to conduct their research with integrity but what does this mean? Although any discussion of research integrity should focus on positive behaviours, inevitably it is important to recognise what behaviours are unacceptable. This workshop therefore focuses on what constitutes research misconduct (and what might be identified as the lesser but still significant crime of “sloppy science”), on how researchers can ensure that their practice can never be interpreted as such and how researchers might identify misconduct in others’ research. This workshop is essential for all researchers at all stages of their development.

Date: 28th February 2017

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: EE 1102

The UK Research Council: An Updated Overview

This session provides an introduction to UK the Research Councils and their individual remits, rules for participation and the funding rules. It will explore which projects would be suitable for funding and provide an overview of the application process.

Date: 24th February 2017

Time: 12:15-1:15

Location: EE G020

All information correct at time of posting. For the most up to date information and to book your place, please visit the student portal: or the staff development workshop booking portal, located under ‘Your Online Services’.

Looking for something?


As you may be aware, over the last few months we have been developing a new Blackboard organization for Research Degree Programmes to replace the old ‘internal’ Research School web pages.

This Blackboard site is now your one-stop-source for all information concerning your research degree programme. Some of the resources you will find here include:

  • Handbooks and Regulatory Frameworks
  • RDB Forms
  • Guide for Research Degree Students
  • Finance forms (including the Research Student Support Scheme)
  • Dates for committees
  • Links to relevant support services
  • A discussion board – a space for research degree students to virtually discuss and/or ask questions about any aspect of their programme.

We have also added a list of all current students and their thesis titles so that students can identify other students working in similar or related fields who they may like to contact. If you would like to contact another student, please email the Research School and if both parties are amenable, we can then put you in touch with each other.

To access the organization, please go to Blackboard through the student portal and then look for ‘Research Degree Programme’ under the ‘My Organisations’ section. If you are unable to see the site, please contact

How can Library Services help you?

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We’ll provide 1-2-1 advice to suit you and will meet you in your office, the Hive, or anywhere else on campus.

Not on campus?  No problem, we can offer support either by phone or email, or virtually using Skype or JoinMe.