These materials explore tools and processes that could help you build sustainable and healthy working practices during your PhD. There are suggestions to help you to identify your work patterns; get the best out of your study spaces; ideas on how to use online project planning apps; tips on how to use communication tools to keep in touch with your supervisor, and our thoughts on why a thesis journal could be your best friend on the PGR journey.
Careers in Focus
These materials tell you a bit about what other UofG researchers have gone on to do after their PhD. They also include tools to help you reflect on own skills, strengths and values, and how these might impact on your choices.
Preparing for Research Fieldwork
This online course is highly recommended for researchers undertaking independent fieldwork or research-related travel in the UK or abroad. It covers risk assessments, taking into account physical and emotional wellbeing, as part of the fieldwork process.
This set of resources aims to support PGRs as they aim to publish their research in a journal or similar. The resources cover aspects such as writing a good abstract, publishing preprints, responding to reviewer comments, collaborative writing and telling a story.
Managing Your Data
Research data takes many forms, ranging from measurements, numbers and images to documents and publications. In these materials the University's Data Management team introduces practical ideas for organising your research findings to make sure you can access them quickly and easily in the future.
The literature review is one of the first sections of a thesis and often the first ‘task’ you will be set by a supervisory team when you start a PGR programme. These materials introduce you to different types of literature review structure; how the university library resources can help you effectively collate the required information; how to manage your references; and what it means to critically appraise information at doctoral level.
The Final Stretch
After years of passion and hard work, eventually you will reach the final mile towards submitting your thesis. The final few months of a PhD are daunting for anyone. Even more so if you are also trying to job-hunt at the same time. These resources lead you through the final stages of a PhD.
Community Engagement: An Exploration
Community engagement: an exploration is a new resource that dips into some of the many 'what?', 'why' and 'how?' considerations related to community engagement. The course is an invitation to staff and students across all University of Glasgow Schools and Colleges, as well as partners and communities, to explore, reflect and discuss community engagement.
Sharing Your Research
As you find out new things in your research, you are going to want to share these with others. One way to do this is to build a professional online presence as a researcher. Another is by giving presentations, both within your school or institute, and at conferences. These materials suggest that you cultivate a digital footprint which is visible, credible, consistent and something you are comfortable with. It’s time to get creative!
A Stylish Thesis
Formatting your thesis so it looks like a professional document that follows the conventions of an academic dissertation is not something to leave to the end of the process. You can save yourself a lot of editorial time by setting up and using templates and conventions as you go along. In these materials Blair Thomson from IT Education takes you through the process, with a wealth of tips and tricks to speed up your typing as you go along.