Preparing for your final year
Wednesday 1st May: 14:00 – 17:00 (Arts A – A071)
There’s so much to fit into to your final year and careful planning is essential. With clear guidance, individual exercises, and group discussion, this practical workshop helps you prepare for the last stages of your doctorate, including submission, the viva, and what happens next. Please note, there is a separate workshop that goes into much more detail on the viva.
Voice, audience and reflexivity in writing
Wednesday 8th May: 14.00 – 17.00 (Arts A – A071)
What is the connection between who we are and what we write? What place does our audience, context and identity hold in the production of our ‘writerly’ voices? This workshop using freewriting and group discussion to consider the connections between voice and audience and suggests ideas for how and why we might think and write more reflexively.
Using reference management tools – Zotero
Thursday 9th May: 09.30 – 11.30 (Library Training Room, Second Floor)
Zotero is a reference management tool that helps you create a personal database of references and add citations and bibliographies to word processed documents using your chosen citation style. This practical workshop will cover the main features of Zotero.
Finding dissertations and theses for your research
Tuesday 14th May: 12.00 – 13.00 (Library Training Room, Second Floor)
Theses & dissertations form a valuable body of work that can be really useful for your own research, & there are a range of tools available for finding these resources in your research area. This session introduces several online tools that can be used to access dissertations & theses from academic institutions within the UK and beyond.
Getting ethical approval
Wednesday 15th May: 14.00 – 17.00 (Fulton 114)
At an early stage of your doctoral research, it is essential to explore the need for obtaining ethical approval. This workshop will look at the key principles of undertaking ethical research, & explain how to go about obtaining ethical approval from the University. There will also be opportunities to consider some case studies, ask questions about your own work, and gain insights on how to embed good ethical practices in your research.
How to Edit Your Own Writing: A One-Day Interactive Workshop
Wednesday 15th May: 10.00 – 17.00 (Fulton 107)
Are you close to a full draft of your book, article, or thesis chapter?
Does it resemble a baggy monster that needs taming?
If so, this workshop is for you. Through activities and tutorials, you’ll learn techniques for getting your writing into shape. By the end of the workshop, you will have a polished chunk of writing and a clear strategy for tackling the rest of your publication.
Literature searching with Scopus and Web of Science
Tuesday 21st May: 10.30 – 12.00 (Library Training Room, Second Floor)
Scopus and Web of Science are online databases which search thousands of peer-reviewed journals to find articles across all disciplines. With useful guidance from the Library Research Support Team, this workshop will show you how to make the most of these two major resources.
Using reference management tools – Mendeley
Wednesday 22nd May: 10.30 – 12.30 (Library Training Room, Second Floor)
Mendeley is a reference management tool that helps you create a personal database of references and add citations and bibliographies to word processed documents using your chosen citation style. This practical workshop will cover the main features of Mendeley.
Presentation Skills for Doctoral Researchers
Thursday 30th May: 14.00 – 16.00 (Fulton B Lecture Theatre)
This workshop consists of a seminar covering how to structure a presentation, the do’s and don’ts of slide content, body language, pace, and preparation. This is followed by practical exercises to improve confidence, including breathing techniques, voice training and vocal projection, and projecting confidence though physicality.