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 ( and our Makerspace facilities (

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

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


Vitae YouTube Q&A on New Year’s Goals: Successful career planning for researchers

Live YouTube Q&A, 18 January, 2pm (UK Time)

Do you regularly review, plan and develop your career? Perhaps you’re in the final year of your PhD, just starting out in research or considering another fixed-term post? Whatever your situation, planning and managing your career is worth making time for.

If you don’t know where to start, join us on the 18 January at 2pm (UK Time) to explore career options for researchers and make sure your professional development planning becomes a successful life-changing habit rather than something you only consider once every few years.

Career opportunities for researchers cover a wide range of sectors including higher education; manufacturing; finance; business and IT; health; and public administration. Recent trends demonstrate that most researchers will go on to pursue a career beyond academic research or teaching. So how do you decide which career to embrace? How do you find out which career would suit your strengths, values and interests? Finally, how do you plan to make that happen?

Join us on the 18 January 2017 to explore the following questions:

  • How do you realise what strengths and talents you have?
  • What kinds of career paths do researchers follow?
  • How do you make a career development plan?
  • Which qualifications and experience are required for various careers?

Log in to our website & come back on 18 January 2017 to watch:

Have a question you would like us to consider during the Q&A? Email it to or tweet us using #vitaehangout.




Early and Late Stage Review Workshop (for PhD students and supervisors)

Tuesday 13th December, 10a.m.-12p.m, Cadman Conference Room

Aimed at both supervisors and students, this workshop will go through everything you’ll need to know in order to prepare for and conduct Early- and Late Stage Reviews under the University’s revised Regulations for the Award of the University’s Degrees of Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy by Supervised Research.

Please email to book your place (staff can also book on IRIS)

Health Sciences Research Seminar Series

Health Sciences

Research seminar series


 PhD student speakers 2016-17



When Where Presenter 1 Presenter 2


Brindley BG046 Claudia Lega

Natural environment, cognition and stress

Sonia Begum

A qualitative exploration of uptake and retention in the Diabetes Prevention Programme (DPP)



Brindley B287 Jenny Jones

(Sport Psychology; title tbc)

Victoria Riley

Uptake and risk communication in NHS Health Check



Brindley BG046 Jamie Gillman

The impact of social identification on social support, challenge and threat states, and perceived stress, in relation to overall life satisfaction in groups

Andrew Wood

Examining the Effects of Irrational and Rational Self-Statements on Performance



Brindley BG036 Hayley Preece

Physiological Characteristics and the Impact of Fatigue in Highly-trained Female Adolescent Netball Players: Implications for Injury Prevention

Louise Summerfield

Social Isolation and loneliness



Brindley BG036 Tina Hamilton

It’s sort of a bit of an optional extra: implementing adult safeguarding practices in NHS mental health trusts.

Marg Bannerman

(Title tbc)

Graduate School Induction Day

The induction day for both the new Researcher Development Programme and the final run of the old PGCRM which it will replace will be held on Saturday 5th November. The programme for the day is as follows – please email to book your place:

Saturday 5th November 2016

Researcher Development Programme & PGCRM Induction Day

  Researcher Development Programme

Cadman Conference Room


Cadman Executive Boardroom

9:00 – 9:45 Douglas Burnham: Introduction
9:45 – 10:30 Douglas Burnham: progression stages and the Early Stage Review David Webb: the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 –   12:00 Alan Eardley: Moving Towards Completion (Late Stage Review, writing up and submission, examination) David Webb / Doug Burnham: The RDC01 and after
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch (delivered to room)
12:45 – 14:15 Sarah Hall: Library and Electronic Information  Resources
14:15 – 14:30 Coffee Break
14:30 – 16:00 Jana Fiserova: Literature Review as Integral to Research
16:00 – 17:00 Nachi Chockalingham: Research Ethics


Teaching training for Research Degrees Students

If you are a research degree student here at Staffordshire, and are doing some part-time teaching for us, then you are required to attend teaching training workshops, normally at no cost to you. The first step in this is the Teach Well workshops, the first date of which is Wednesday the 16th of November, 2016, 1030 to 1200 and the main, full day workshop on January 25th. In your second year, you should take the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education. For both, your first steps should be to contact

Starting Your PhD: What You Need To Know – Free e-book!

This concise e-book answers all the key questions people ask when they’re considering, or beginning, doctoral study. Presented in an accessible question-and-answer format, and packed with facts, it is easy to read and to find your way around. Whether you’ve recently started your doctoral study, you’re still wondering whether doctoral study is for you, or you are supporting someone else through the process, this book will help. It is full of useful information and guidance for the early stages of this exciting new adventure.

You don’t need an e-reader to read it, anyone can download free software e.g. the Kindle app onto a laptop, tablet or phone, and then download the e-book via one of the following links:









Report on Postdoctoral Funding Schemes in Europe

Science Europe’s Report on Postdoctoral Funding Schemes in Europe was prepared by the Science Europe Working Group on Research Careers. The document is a survey report mapping 104 support opportunities available for postdoctoral researchers (postdocs) in order to improve understanding of what funders do to promote researchers’ careers after the completion of their PhD, and to learn whether existing funding schemes can be improved in terms of career development:




PhD By Published Work Workshop

Thursday 20th October, Cadman Conference Room, 1-3 p.m.

The PhD by Published Work Workshop is an alternate route to a research degree for people who already have a research career. This workshop will be an introduction to the principles and procedures, and will be of interest to anyone thinking this route might be for them, or know of a research colleague whom the route might benefit. Note also that the PhD by Published work regulations here at the University are scheduled to be reviewed, so we welcome attendees who have experience in this area, and can thus give us feedback that aides the crafting of the new set of regulations.

Please book on Iris if you intend to attend (under events/training) or email or simply drop in on the day.

Webinar on researchers and how they cope with caring responsibilities

Are you juggling your degree, PhD or Masters with caring responsibilities? Join us for this discussion-based webinar to find out how others manage their time and commitments to get the most out of their university experience. This webinar is offered by De Montfort University. Please use the link below to access the session. The link will become live from 12.15 on the 13th of October, as a guest, you will not need to book a place. Headphones, or speakers are required to make the most of your experience. Please contact

Date: Thursday, 13th October 2016

Time: 13:00