Category Archives: Workshop

RESEARCHER DEVELOPMENT: UPCOMING IN MARCH

Introduction to Statistical Methods

An introduction to the role that statistical inference and hypothesis testing play in quantitative analysis in research, and an overview of some simple but commonly used statistical tests.

Date: 1st March 2017

Time: 1:15-4:15

Location: EE G027

CVs for Researchers

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.

Date: 7th March 2017

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: JL G008

Engaging the Public with Your Research

Public engagement has in recent years become central to the research agenda. The ability to share your research effectively with non-experts has become an increasingly important skill for a researcher to develop.  This session will explore fully the meaning of public engagement and its significance to your research.

Date: 7th March 2017

Time: 5:15-6:45

Location: EE G024

Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights

This session will provide a basis overview of the nature of Intellectual Property Rights when engaging in externally funded research projects or unfunded collaborative projects. This session will be useful for all colleagues who are currently engaged in research projects or who are interested in doing so in the future.

Date: 8th March 2017

Time: 12:15-1:15

Location: JL G012

Hosting an International Visiting Researcher at UW (Staff only)

This session will provide information to colleagues who are interested in hosting an International Visiting Researcher at the University of Worcester. It will explain what support and processes are in place at the University, and also explore the benefits of hosting an International Visiting Researcher.

Date: 9th March 2017

Time: 12:15-1:15

Location: JL G010

Leading in Research (Vitae material) for PGRs

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.

Date: 14th March 2017

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: JL G010

Making Sense of Stats in Applied Health Research

This is a session about statistics from a non-statistician, so there will be very little maths! The session leads on from the real statistics teaching delivered by statisticians, and focuses on using and interpreting statistics in applied research rather than on how to ‘do’ statistics (the examples will be from mental health research as that is my area of expertise).  I will use worked examples from my own research, including making sense of SPSS outputs and how to translate these into a Results section for a thesis/paper.

Date: 15th March 2017

Time: 1:15-3:30

Location: EE G021

Engaging Parliament with Your Research

The aims of this session are to give participants the knowledge they need to engage effectively with Parliament and its various processes. At the end of this session participants will gain an understanding of the key ways to engage with Parliament as part of their research and identify when and how to effectively enhance this engagement.

Date: 21st March 2017

Time: 1:15-3:15

Location: BY 1145

External Research Relationships and Collaboration

This workshop will explore the topic of external research partnerships and collaboration. What are the potential benefit and the risks? What factors need to be considered when embarking on an external collaboration/partnership in terms of leadership and collective responsibilities. The workshop will identify key elements to discuss and agree when drawing up a partnership agreement to support a successful collaboration.

The format will include some brief group exercises and small group discussion to allow participants with experience of external collaboration to share and discuss personal experiences of successful and unsuccessful partnerships and to consider factors that are critical to partnership success or failure. A PowerPoint slide presentation will cover key points of the workshop.

The workshop would be appropriate for students coming towards the end of their research degree or staff seeking advice on how to network and form collaborations but also would be appropriate for staff who are currently working on funded or unfunded projects with external collaborators.

Date: 23rd March 2017

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: EE G020

Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Critical Appraisal

This one-day workshop will provide an introduction to systematic reviews and critical appraisal methods, with a particular focus on the synthesis of quantitative health research. This workshop is suitable for students who wish to conduct a systematic review as part of their PhD, and academic or research staff who would like to conduct a systematic review as part of a research project, or in preparation for a funding bid.

We will use a mix of group work and practical sessions to introduce the following topics:

  • What is a systematic review?
  • Developing a protocol for your systematic review
  • Literature searching
  • Data extraction
  • Critical appraisal
  • Writing the synthesis
  • Reporting your systematic review
  • Disseminating your systematic review

Please note that this workshop will not cover meta-analysis.

Materials will be provided for workshop attendees. A laptop or tablet will be required for this session.

Date: 30th March 2017

Time: 9:00-5:00

Location: EE 2021

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

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RESEARCHER DEVELOPMENT: UPCOMING IN FEBRUARY

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: http://www.worcester.ac.uk/workshops or the staff development workshop booking portal, located under ‘Your Online Services’.

School of Law – Research Event & Public Lecture Schedule

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If you would like to reserve a space or would like to see further details about individual events, please contact Janey Robins (j.robins@worc.ac.uk).

RESEARCHER DEVELOPMENT: Upcoming in January

Research Funding from the NIHR

This session will provide an overview of NIHR funding streams and how to make an application. It will also explain how to seek support from the Research Design Service.

Date: 5th January 2017

Time: 12:15-1:15

Location: JL G014

 

CVs for Researchers

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.

Date: 10th January 2017

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: EE 1102

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Research Ethics (Half-Day)

This workshop explores core ethical issues and how researchers can address theses issues with a primary focus on case-studies.

Date: 17th January 2017

Time: 1:15-4:15

Location: EE 1102

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Research Funding from the British Academy

This session will outline the funding opportunities available from the British Academy and how to make an application for funding.

Date: 19th January 2017

Time: 1:15-4:15

Location: EE G169

Writing for Journals

Writing for academic audiences is very different to writing for non-academic audiences, but there are additional differences within academic writing itself. There are very specific requirements to writing for academic journals and this session will focus on the specific skills you will need to develop to write for such journals. Discipline variations will be emphasised.

Date: 24th January 2017

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: EE 1102

 

Work-based Research

This session will cover key issues to be considered when planning and carrying out work based research (WBR). The main focus will be on WBR in the researcher’s own organisation. Questions covered will include:

  • Does WBR challenge traditional higher education?
  • Is it helpful to conceptualise WBR as reflective practice?
  • WBR – doing to or doing with?
  • Who needs to negotiate the WBR contract?
  • What are the ethics of care in participant observation and WBR?
  • How do I develop a WBR proposal and thesis?

The session will draw upon material from the first UK textbook on work based research jointly authored by the tutor:

Costley, C, Elliott, G and Gibbs, P (2010) Doing Work Based Research: approaches to enquiry for insider researchers, London: Sage.

Date: 31st January 2017

Time: 1:00-2:30

Location: EE 2019

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

RESEARCHER DEVELOPMENT: Upcoming in December

Using Interviews and Questionnaires in Research

In this session we will discuss various types of interviews and questionnaires that are commonly used in research, with illustrative examples often taken from our own research. We will consider the strengths and limitations of each type of data collection method.  We will focus particularly on issues relating to bias, transparency and transferability, considering how to account for these when designing, conducting, analysing and presenting research.

This session is suitable for those who are interested in qualitative and/or quantitative research. Professor Bradley is primarily a qualitative researcher and Professor Jones is primarily a quantitative researcher so you will be able to hear from both perspectives.

Date: 6th December 2016

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: EE 1104

Preparing for Transfer

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.

Date: 7th December 2016

Time: 12:15-2:15

Location: JL 2003

My Bid Was Succesful – what next?

This workshop will explain the internal and external processes involved when you have been awarded a research bid from an external funding body. This session will be useful for all colleagues who are currently engaged in research projects or who are interested in doing so in the future.

Date: 7th December 2016

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: JL 2002

Vacation Research Assistant Scheme 2017 Info Session

This session is intended for colleagues who are interested in applying for the scheme in 2017. It will provide an overview of how the scheme works, which projects are eligible and how to apply.

Date: 8th December 2016

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: EE G020

Book online via the student portal: http://www.worcester.ac.uk/workshops or via the staff development workshop booking portal, located under ‘Your Online Services’.

Researcher Development – Funding for ECRs and Post-docs

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.

Date: 30th November 2016

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: EE 1100

Book online via the student portal: http://www.worcester.ac.uk/workshops or via the staff development workshop booking portal, located under ‘Your Online Services’.

Researcher Development – Methodology Matters

For many people in academic life, research is a challenge, whether they are new or experienced in their research fields. Part of the challenge is due to the range of approaches and methods available, and it is not always a straight forward decision when deciding which one to choose. With the rapid development of qualitative research in particular, there has been a startling increase in the number of choices about carrying out a study. This workshop explores different methodologies, suggesting that beginning with a clear methodology is likely to provide more rigour than the ‘just doing a few interviews’ or the ‘just setting off and hoping’ approach. It is a workshop designed to support researchers who are seeking to do sound qualitative research:  research that is philosophically informed located in appropriate approach, well designed, competently analysed and interpreted and that produces trustworthy findings.

Date: 29th November 2016

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: EE 1102

Book online via the student portal: http://www.worcester.ac.uk/workshops or via the staff development workshop booking portal, located under ‘Your Online Services’.

Researcher Development – Structuring Your Thesis

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.

Date: 24th November 2016

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: EE G021

Book online via the student portal: http://www.worcester.ac.uk/workshops or via the staff development workshop booking portal, located under ‘Your Online Services’.

Researcher Development – Introduction to NVivo

This half-day workshop provides an introduction to using NVivo as a research tool. The workshop will explore how NVivo can be used to assist with various research activities including how to import and create sources in NVivo; creating links, memos and annotations within a project; visualising data via charts and graphs, and creating reports. All of the topics covered will involve practical, hands on activities for participants to explore a data set themselves and begin to familiarise themselves with NVivo.

Date: 23rd November 2016

Time: 1:15-4:15

Location: CH 1007

Book online via the student portal: http://www.worcester.ac.uk/workshops or via the staff development workshop booking portal, located under ‘Your Online Services’.

Researcher Development – Pathways into Publishing

This workshop will help you to plan how you publish your doctoral research. It will look at the different ways in which you can publish and the timing of publication.

Date: 22nd November 2016

Time: 5:15-6:45

Location: JL G012

Book online via the student portal: http://www.worcester.ac.uk/workshops or via the staff development workshop booking portal, located under ‘Your Online Services’.