Researcher Development

To book onto our open courses please login to the HR Self Service Portal.  Select the Learning and Development option from the menu on the left hand side and search for your chosen course by category or course name.  On booking a course your line manager will be prompted to approve (or reject) your request.  To check the status of your booking please check your list of scheduled courses in Portal.

Detailed process notes can be found on the HR webpages, HR Systems Training Guides.

A Very Short Introduction to Knowledge Exchange Support

Description:

There are many routes to take your ideas outside the university and to engage with external partners.  External engagement is a vital first step to create research impact. This workshop will introduce the support available within the university for knowledge exchange activities. 

By the end of this workshop you will have an opportunity to:

  • explore the different routes available for knowledge exchange including partnerships, commercialisation and spin outs and public engagement. Illustrated with case studies
  • determine the most appropriate method for you
  • meet the key people who can support your activities, including support to engage with external partners, to protect your ideas and to find appropriate funding
  • work with peers to identify the most productive step to advance your current knowledge exchange activities

To view dates, times and to book a place or add your name to the waiting list for this workshop please login to the HR Self Service Portal 


Careers Service workshops

Reviewing your Career 

This two and a half hour course is for researchers considering their career options, particularly those who are thinking of moving out of academia.  It will help participants to have greater awareness of their transferable skills, to reflect on what is important as they develop their career, and to be aware of the resources available for support.

During this workshop you will:

  • identify and assess your skills and priorities
  • generate career options and paths
  • identify sources of information and support to move forward

To view dates, times and to book a place or add your name to the waiting list for this workshop please login to the HR Self Service Portal

CVs and Cover Letters

Advice on producing an effective CV and cover letter for academic posts and other sectors. Please bring a copy of your CV with you.

To view dates, times and to book a place or add your name to the waiting list for this workshop please login to the HR Self Service Portal 

Getting the First Lecturing Job

This interactive workshop is for early career researchers aiming to make the transition into their first lecturing job.  It will focus on the experiences and skills looked for in lecturers, how to gain these and consider how to demonstrate these to employers.  During the workshop we will look at on the results of a survey published of academic staff in UK universities and hear from new lecturers on what helped them achieve their first lecturing post. 

To view dates, times and to book a place or add your name to the waiting list for this workshop please login to the HR Self Service Portal

Effective Job Interviews

Advice on preparing and performing well at job interviews.

To view dates, times and to book a place or add your name to the waiting list for this workshop please login to the HR Self Service Portal

Job Seeking Strategies

An insight into visible and hidden job opportunities and methods to find them.

To view dates, times and to book a place or add your name to the waiting list for this workshop please login to the HR Self Service Portal

 


Communicating Effectively - For Academics

Description:

Communicating clearly with others and with the desired impact is a skill that is essential for many staff, however it can be challenging at times.  This workshop focuses on the critical elements for effective interpersonal face-to-face verbal and non-verbal communication and can help to build self-confidence through various communication techniques.

By the end of this workshop you will have an opportunity to:

  • understand the key elements of communication and the factors impacting effective communication
  • understand the communication process and be able to identify the opportunities and challenges in getting your message across with the desired impact
  • be able to identify different communication styles in action and flex your style to influence others
  • be able to identify different ways to convey your message clearly, concisely and assertively, and ensure you have understood the message others are conveying to you
  • experiment with aspects of persuasive communication

To view dates, times and to book a place or add your name to the waiting list for this workshop please login to the HR Self Service Portal

 


Effective Management of Workload and Self - For Academics

Description:

In the rapidly changing working environments, thorough planning and preparation are critical to success. This workshop explores the importance of setting personal work priorities to enable the effective achievement of goals and outcomes. Participants on this course will learn how to plan and manage their time and workload to ensure they maximise their efficiency.

By the end of this workshop you will have an opportunity to:

  • explore and develop useful techniques for setting and achieving goals and outcomes
  • identify strategies to organise yourself and your workplace for maximum efficiency
  • perform a workload analysis to identify priorities and develop plans for achieving positive outcomes
  • start to consider ways of gaining and retaining a level of personal resilience which enables you to strengthen your ability and confidence in proactively managing yourself and your chosen priority outcomes

To view dates, times and to book a place or add your name to the waiting list for this workshop please login to the HR Self Service Portal


Leading without Formal Authority - For Academics

Description:

In academic careers individuals often find themselves in a leadership position where they have no formal authority - for example managing the delivery of a teaching programme or leading a collaborative research project.  This workshop explores the unique challenges associated with this way of working and will provide practical advice on how to build leadership credibility and overcome challenges of having no ‘line’ authority.

By the end of this workshop you will have an opportunity to:

  • understand the different relationships that exist today and manage expectations accordingly
  • understand why rational argument alone is often not persuasive
  • identify ways in which you influence more effectively
  • understand the importance of building credibility and trust and why they matter

To view dates, times and to book a place or add your name to the waiting list for this workshop please login to the HR Self Service Portal


Managing Research Projects – for MVLS / Science & Engineering

Description:

This two day workshop focuses on how to scope and manage a research project and understand the importance of the management of risks and relationships. It develops participants’ awareness of how to manage simple and complex projects; working with stakeholders; how to lead and manage diverse teams as a project manager / in a Principle Investigator role; and how to plan, monitor and evaluate project success.  Course participants should leave with a toolkit of project planning tools and techniques to equip them to lead successful research projects.

Target Audience:

This workshop is suitable for Early Career Researchers.

By the end of this workshop you will have an opportunity to:

  • understand the core principles of project management
  • understand how to scope, lead and manage successful research projects
  • develop an understanding of how to effectively identify and manage risks
  • understand the importance of effective colleague and stakeholder relationships in delivering successful projects
  • be aware of, and be able to apply, a range of tools and techniques to enable effective scoping, monitoring and management of research projects
  • be aware of the management responsibilities of a PI when working with research staff

To view dates, times and to book a place or add your name to the waiting list for this workshop please login to the HR Self Service Portal


Managing Research Projects – for Social Sciences / Arts

Description:

This workshop focuses on managing projects while working in collaborative teams. Participants, who are not line managers of research staff, will learn about managing relationships and how to work effectively with stakeholders. During the course, participants will be introduced to project management tools and techniques that will enable effective scoping, monitoring and management of their research projects.

Target Audience:

This workshop is suitable for Early Career Researchers.

By the end of this workshop you will have an opportunity to:

  • understand the core principles of project management in research environments
  • develop an understanding of how to effectively manage colleague and stakeholder relationships
  • be aware of, and be able to apply, a range of tools and techniques to enable effective scoping, monitoring and management of research projects

To view dates, times and to book a place or add your name to the waiting list for this workshop please login to the HR Self Service Portal


Managing your Research Data

Description:

When data are created as part of academic research, they should be carefully stored, managed and, wherever possible, shared.  In this online course attendees will learn about data management in an accessible way that they can apply to their own work. Topics include compliance with the University's and funders' policies; managing and storing data safely; and depositing data in appropriate repositories.   

The session will be illustrated with real-life examples of good research data practices. This course will also help researchers to prepare their data management plans, which are a common component of funding applications.  

This course is suitable for researchers who are collecting data or gathering findings, regardless of their subject area or approach, and for administrators supporting research projects. 

Once attendees have completed the online course, they will be invited to join a follow-up webinar where they can discuss issues in research data management with the Research Information Management team.  

You can enrol on the course in Moodle.


Managing Research Teams

Description:

As your academic career progresses you will often become a line manager for staff – most commonly research staff working on funded projects.  Managing people and resources can be challenging, especially for staff who may be new to these responsibilities. This workshop explains the roles and responsibilities of a manager and provides a foundation for best practice approaches and techniques to achieve results with your team.

By the end of this workshop you will have an opportunity to:

  • identify the role and key responsibilities of effective managers
  • identify the characteristics of effective management practices
  • plan and prioritise your workload and delegate effectively
  • understand the performance cycle and how to effectively manage performance to enable them to perform at their best
  • understand how teams work and how to get the best from your team

To view dates, times and to book a place or add your name to the waiting list for this workshop please login to the HR Self Service Portal


Online resource for PIs: Having career conversations with researchers

We know that many of you, as PIs, will be looking for ways to support your research staff with thinking about their future careers in a very challenging climate.   We’ve created a short video resource (4.5 minutes) to support you to have those important career conversations, signposting expectations and also indicating where researchers can get additional careers advice and support. 

Access the film and supporting resources via Moodle 


Planning your Research Impact

Description:

The impact agenda is now a key element in funding applications, performance assessment and promotion criteria and future REF. This session will look at how you might structure a general impact strategy around your area of research, which can then be developed and refined over time. Examples will be drawn from participants’ research and from existing impact case studies from various disciplines. All sessions are open to any discipline. 

To view dates, times and to book a place or add your name to the waiting list for this workshop please login to the HR Self Service Portal


Public Engagement: What is it, why we care, how to plan for it

Description:

Explore the ‘What?’, Why?’ and ‘How?’ of public engagement through this interactive workshop led by Public & Community Engagement Advisor Dr Zara Gladman. Consider audiences, messaging and delivery mechanisms and how to capture the impact of your engagement through effective evaluation.”

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Research Impact Statements in Grant Applications

Description:

This workshop provides a brief introduction to impact and impact planning, intended to establish a platform vision that takes the researcher through successive research phases (and grant applications). We then look at the expectations of the various funders in terms of impact, some top tips (to do and not do)and view examples from real applications in differing disciplines. Through the session, everyone should have an opportunity to talk through their research project and the questions they have about approaching their Pathways to Impact. There will be a public and community engagement element to help attendees see how they can incorporate best practice in this area into their Pathways to Impact. Attendees should leave feeling more confident about drafting a credible, research-relevant Pathways to Impact.

To view dates, times and to book a place or add your name to the waiting list for this workshop please login to the HR Self Service Portal


Research Integrity

All research staff have an important role to play supporting research integrity, especially those who manage or supervise others. This course will support you with this: we will outline the breadth of the topic and you will be encouraged to reflect on the specific challenges and opportunities for your role/subject area. We will explore areas such as peer review, self-plagiarism, questionable research practices, open research, research misconduct and good data management.

The course aims to equip researchers with a good understanding of best practice for approaching research, collaborations, publication and innovation. Useful resources and signposting for support will be provided too.

Access the course on Moodle: Staff Research Integrity

 


Research Safeguarding

Safeguarding is also known as ‘preventing harm’. All researchers undertaking work with vulnerable groups (children, young people, and vulnerable adults) should be aware of the University's safeguarding policy, their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and undertake necessary training.

Information on training can be located at Safeguarding in research 


Understanding Data Management Plans

Description

The University and most funding bodies now require researchers who collect data of some sort as part of their work to write a Data Management Plan (DMP). Plans typically state what data will be created and how, and outline the plans for sharing and preservation, noting what is appropriate given the nature of the data and any restrictions that may need to be applied.

This course is for any staff who may be required to write or review DMPs, as well as all researchers who collect data as part of their work, and for support staff. It offers an introduction to data management planning, using example DMPs to help demonstrate what makes an effective plan. By the end of the session, researchers will be comfortable writing and reviewing DMPs, and will understand where to seek further guidance. The course will also provide guidance on using DMPonline, an online tool supporting data management planning.

To view dates, times and to book a place or add your name to the waiting list for this workshop please login to the HR Self Service Portal