Staffordshire University’s Big Biology Day

The ‘Big Biology Day’ is a mini science festival with Biology at its heart and will be hosted by the Biological and Biomedical Sciences department here at Staffordshire University. We will have activities and stands for all ages (PGR students with families are most welcome). These will include guided walks around the Nature Reserve, forensic biology ‘hands-on’ stands, small mammals, bugs and bees and so much more…

Please see the attached flyers for full details:

M10207 Big Biology Day A3 Poster V2 M10210 Big Biology Day Postcard V2

 

Cumberland Lodge’s Cumberland Colloquia Scheme. 

Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park is offering its expertise and superb venue to a group of postgraduates and early career researchers to facilitate an interdisciplinary conference. In consultation with Cumberland Lodge staff, you will deliver a well-crafted one-day conference, raising your public engagement profile and developing the impact of your academic research.

You will gain experience in:

  • Devising publicity strategies
  • Writing funding applications
  • Project management
  • Report-writing
  • Networking

See the attached flyer for further details: Colloquia Scheme 2017 Poster

Online Training Series for PGRs – Booking Opens on Tuesday 26th September

The Graduate School is excited to announce the launch of an online training series for PGRs. Provided by the University of East Anglia, the series offers research and professional skills training in a ‘live-taught’ format via a ‘virtual classroom’ on Tuesday evenings between 7pm and 9pm (recordings of sessions are also available on request). This will complement our own ‘in-house’ workshop provision through our Researcher Development Programme.

The sessions are organised into 5 modules as follows:

Module 1: Academic Writing

1) What Should a Literature Review Do?

2) Writing Effectively

3) Academic Publishing

4) Writing & Structuring an Effective Thesis

Module 2: Qualitative Research Skills

1) A Comparison of Qualitative Mehtods

2) Qualitative Interviewing

3) Analysing Qualitative Data

Module 3: Finishing Your PhD

1) Preparing for Your Viva

2) On the Job: Securing a First Academic Post

3) Preparing Impactful Research Proposals & Grant Applications

Module 4: Teaching Skills

1) Preparing and Delivering Seminars

2) Preparing and Delivering Lectures

3) Assessment, Feedback, & Module Design

Module 5: Quantitative Research Skills

1) A Beginner’s Guide to Quantitative Research

2) An Introduction to Scale Development

3) An Introduction to Structural Equation Modelling

The full programme together with details of how to go about booking your places on individual workshops is attached below (booking for all pre-Christmas sessions will open on Tuesday 26th September at 9 a.m. We will send out reminders re. this date nearer the time):

Online Training for PGR’s (FP) 2017-18

 

 

New workshop for PgR/Prof. Doc. students and research staff: Introduction to the Vitae Researcher Development Planner

Do you want to make the most of your research and your career?

This workshop will introduce you to the Vitae Researcher Development Planner – an online tool, free to Staffordshire University research degree and professional doctorate students –  through which to take control of your professional and career development.

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) will help you to:

  • explore all the aspects of being a researcher
  • identify your strengths
  • prioritise areas for professional development
  • write a plan, then monitor progress and success
  • have productive discussions with others, e.g. your supervisor, PI, careers advisor or other professional development provider
  • look for formal and informal development opportunities
  • prepare for one-to-one progress reviews, appraisals or career development conversations with your research manager or mentor.

When you are looking at future career options and goals, the RDF helps you to:

  • consider the capabilities and experiences that will enhance your career prospects
  • assess opportunities provided by your institution and look for development opportunities outside your research
  • highlight, articulate and provide evidence of the transferability of your capabilities and expertise in your CV, in job applications and at interviews.

To book your place please email graduateschool@staffs.ac.uk

Online Training Series for PGR’s

The Graduate School is excited to announce the launch of an online training series for PGRs. Provided by the University of East Anglia, the series offers research and professional skills training in a ‘live-taught’ format via a ‘virtual classroom’ on Tuesday evenings between 7pm and 9pm (recordings of sessions are also available on request). This will complement our own ‘in-house’ workshop provision through our Researcher Development Programme.

The sessions are organised into 5 modules as follows:

Module 1: Academic Writing

1) What Should a Literature Review Do?

2) Writing Effectively

3) Academic Publishing

4) Writing & Structuring an Effective Thesis

Module 2: Qualitative Research Skills

1) A Comparison of Qualitative Mehtods

2) Qualitative Interviewing

3) Analysing Qualitative Data

Module 3: Finishing Your PhD

1) Preparing for Your Viva

2) On the Job: Securing a First Academic Post

3) Preparing Impactful Research Proposals & Grant Applications

Module 4: Teaching Skills

1) Preparing and Delivering Seminars

2) Preparing and Delivering Lectures

3) Assessment, Feedback, & Module Design

Module 5: Quantitative Research Skills

1) A Beginner’s Guide to Quantitative Research

2) An Introduction to Scale Development

3) An Introduction to Structural Equation Modelling

The full programme together with details of how to go about booking your places on individual workshops is attached below (booking for all pre-Christmas sessions will open on Tuesday 26th September at 9 a.m. We will send out reminders re. this date nearer the time):

Online Training for PGR’s (FP) 2017-18

 

 

Institute of Education Postgraduate Research Conference 2017

University of Worcester

Friday 20th October 2017, 10.00 – 16.00

Call for Papers

 

Conference Theme: Communication, Collaboration and Commitment

 

The conference committee is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Institute of Education Postgraduate Research Conference 2017. United under the theme of Communication, Collaboration and Commitment, the conference aims to bring together researchers from across the full range of sub-disciplines within education to provide a diverse and dynamic forum for the presentation of ideas. Whether you are seeking to disseminate research findings, develop your thinking about ongoing research, or expand your network, this postgraduate conference will offer a supportive and engaging environment in which to share your research.

 

Keynote:

We are excited to welcome Katy Vigurs to our conference this year. Katy is Associate Professor of Education at the University of Derby and during her career she has led many educational research projects with learners in school, college, university and adult education settings. Katy has also worked with families and learning providers, with a particular interest in the field of widening participation in education.

 

Conference Sub-themes:

Participants are invited to explore the full scope of the conference and we therefore welcome presentations and posters with a focus on the conference theme of Communication, Collaboration and Commitment which might also include the sub themes of:

  1.  Interdisciplinary research
  2. Educational Research Methods
  3. International studies
  4. Innovation in educational research

Abstract Submission:

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted to: worcs.ioe2017@gmail.com by no later than Friday  8th September 2017.

Abstracts should include:

  1. Research aim(s) and/or research questions
  2. Research methodology
  3. Findings (if relevant)

Enquiries: To be directed to IoE Conference Organising Team 2017: Maxine Watkins, Hazel Richards and Kathryn Spicksley at worc.ioe2017@gmail.com

Conference flyer:

IoE Call for Papers 2017

Call open for #YES17 – deadline 9 July

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take part in YES17 this autumn and spend three days immersed in developing enterprise skills; thinking creatively to produce innovative solutions to major challenges; and discovering how to communicate research with impact.

YES is a must for postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers wishing to:

  • enhance CVs
  • develop transferable skills
  • cultivate business acumen
  • become career-wise
  • collaborate with peers and network with industry experts
  • pitch for a share of the £7,500 prize fund

More information: www.yescompetitions.co.uk

Application deadline: 9 July 2017

‘International Public Health – Empowering communities for health improvement in Africa’

We are delighted to invite you to the first guest lecture of the Centre for Health and Development, CHAD.

CHAD is committed to ensuring that health equity research is relevant, accessible and meaningful to all.

Working in partnership with local agencies and communities, we aim to ensure that CHAD research is community-led and makes a difference to people’s lives.

Our guest speaker, Professor Aliko Ahmed is Director of Public Health England for East of England, and previously the Director of Public Health for Staffordshire NHS and County Council. During his time in Staffordshire he helped to establish CHAD.

He qualified in medicine, and trained in epidemiology and public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, and at the University of Cambridge.

He oversees the development and implementation of Public Health England programmes and activities in the East of England including the provision of technical advice and support to local governments and the NHS. His earlier global health experiences include extensive field work in infectious diseases and outbreak as a medical epidemiologist with MSF, advising and supporting national disease control programmes in Africa, and a key role in a large global programme that supported governments in low income countries to develop national mental health policies. He maintains a special interest in collaborative efforts towards sustainable health system solutions in Africa.

Venue: R001, Science Centre Stoke

17.00; Arrival / Registration / Refreshments, Nibbles and Networking

18.00; Welcome and Introductions:

18.10; Guest Speaker:  Professor Aliko Ahmed – ‘International Public Health – Empowering communities for health improvement in Africa’

19.00; Close

Tickets can be booked via the Eventbrite page as follows: https://globalhealthinequalities.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Vitae RDF Planner: Try a new feature to identify your strengths and weaknesses

How often do you use your RDF Planner subscription? Perhaps you don’t have time to dig through layers of information or you’re not sure where to start?

Vitae has developed a new RDF Planner feature to help you quickly identify your strengths and weaknesses as a researcher so you can decide which areas to prioritise.

 MyRDF Profile gives you a complete interactive overview of all 63 competencies developed by successful researchers and will provide an at a glance insight into your progress.

 You can use MyRDF Profile in any way you like. Why not start by picking five competencies to develop and add more over time? MyRDF Profile will be particularly useful for self-reflection or in development conversations with your supervisor.

 Go to www.vitae.ac.uk/rdfplannerenhancement for more information about the new feature or go directly to MyRDF Profile (green box in useful links area on RDF Planner home page) and select the level you are at by rolling over the phase’s tick box.

 

 

Creative Methods for Research and Community Engagement Summer School

6-8 July 2017, Keele University

PhD students and Early Career Researchers are welcome at this event organised by the Community Animation and Social Innovation Centre (CASIC) at Keele University.

The Summer School will be held in central England at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme (6-7 July) and Keele University campus (8 July), where you will experience the KAVE (https://www.keele.ac.uk/pharmacy/digital/kave/) and our Makerspace facilities (https://www.keele.ac.uk/make/).

The facilitator will be Dr Helen Kara, author of Creative Research Methods in the Social Sciences: A Practical Guide. Speakers will include:

 Professor Mihaela Kelemen – CASIC Director

 Dr Lindsay Hamilton – Keele Management School, Keele University

 Véronique Jochum – Research Manager, National Council for Voluntary Organisations

 Dr Emma Surman – Keele Management School, Keele University

 Dr Ceri Morgan – School of Humanities, Keele University

 Professor Rajmil Fischman – School of Music, Keele University

 Sue Moffat – Director of New Vic Borderlines, New Vic Theatre

The Summer School will enlighten, inspire and guide ECRs and students at all stages of scholarly or professional doctorates. Each day will be packed with interactive hands-on sessions addressing six broad topics:

 Arts-based research

 Transformative research frameworks

 Mixed-methods research

 Knowledge co-production

 Research using technology

 Writing creatively for research

We are offering an “early bird” price of £230 for bookings received and paid by 21 April. After that date the price will be £270. The cost includes refreshments and lunches and a complimentary copy of Dr Kara’s book on creative research methods.

There will be a dinner and performance of ‘Around the world in 80 Days’ at the New Vic Theatre on July 6th, at an extra cost of £20.

For more information go to https://www.keele.ac.uk/casic/summerschool2017/

Please follow #CRMSS17 on Twitter for pre-event updates.