YOUR RESEARCH AT WESTMINSTER and THE ETHICAL RESEARCHER

These workshops are primarily aimed at new students from all disciplines who have recently enrolled. New students should book for both workshops – Your Research at Westminster and The Ethical Researcher.

Your Research at Westminster

This first workshop will start to get you thinking about the kind of researcher you are. Are you goal oriented? What form of learning best suits you? How do you relate others involved in your research? This will help you begin to answer these questions and will suggest active and productive strategies to make sure that your style as a researcher works for you.

It will also consider the activities which frame your research, but are crucial to its success, such as time management, academic writing and reading skills and networking.

Semester 1 – 6th October 2021
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Semester 2 – 2nd February 2022
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The Ethical Researcher*

All research involves important but sometimes complex engagements with other people – colleagues, supervisors, participants, interviewees, and so on. Primarily for new students and second in a two-workshop series (following You Research at Westminster), The Ethical Researcher covers all the ways in which research demands ethical and responsible behaviours. It covers the university’s ethical approval processes, question of intellectual property, responsibility toward research participants and the secure handling of data. Discussion focuses on a series of scenarios and case studies and is always lively!

*Before attending The Ethical Researcher , please view the recordings below which provide important background to the case studies we will be exploring at the workshop. They provide key information and guidance which will inform your work as an ethical researcher at the University of Westminster.

Introduction to Research Data Management

Introduction to Intellectual Property

Data Protection for Research

Making an Ethics Application in the VRE:
Ethics Application Part A
Ethics Application Part B

Respect and Confidentiality

Semester 1 – 7th October 2021*
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OR

Semester Two – 3rd February 2022*
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STARTING OUT AS A RESEARCHER

Beginning your research will involve different questions and activities depending on the nature of your work and the disciplinary area or areas you are working within. The two-day workshops below will cover questions of research skills and methods, time planning, ethics and communication strategies. If your work is interdisciplinary, it may be useful to attend more than one workshop.

This workshop is open to all but is primarily directed as new doctoral students.

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Starting Out as A Researcher in Social Sciences, Humanities and Architecture (SHAPE)

Semester One
Day One – 29th September 2021: book your place here
Day Two – 30th September 2021: book your place here

Semester Two
Day One – 26th January 2022: book your place here
Day Two – 27th January 2022: book your place here

 

Starting Out as A Researcher in STEMM Subjects

Semester One
Day One – 28th September 2021: book your place here
Day Two – 1st October 2021: book your place here

Semester Two
Day One – 25th January 2022: book your place here
Day Two – 26th January 2022: book your place here

 

Starting Out as A Researcher in Business

Semester One
28th September 2021 Day 1: book your place here
29th September 2021 Day 2: book your place here

Semester Two
25th January 2022: book your place here

 

Starting Out as A Researcher in Arts, Media and Communication

Semester One
Day One – 27th September 2021: book your place here
Day Two – 28th September 2021: book your place here

Semester Two
Day One – 24th January 2022: book your place here
Day Two – 25th January 2022: book your place here

 
PREPARING FOR ANNUAL PROGRESS REVIEWS (APRS)

You progress through your degree will be assessed each year (or every other year if you are part time) through the Annual Progress Review. Preparing for this can be daunting, so each workshop below is designed to take the mystery out of the process. Each workshop will explain how the APRs work in specific disciplinary areas and give you the information you need to approach your next APR with confidence.

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Preparing for APRs in Social Sciences, Humanities and Architecture (SHAPE)
24th March 2022: book your place here

Preparing for APRs in the STEMM Subjects
21st March 2022: book your place here

Preparing for APRs in Business
22nd March 2022: book your place here

Preparing for APRs in Arts, Media and Communication
21st March 2022: book your place here

FINALISING YOUR THESIS: PREPARING FOR SUBMISSION

Getting towards the end of your doctorate is an exciting time, but it can also be daunting. This workshop will give you all the information you need in order to stay calm. It focuses on two aspects of completion: the writing process and the submission process. The writing process will cover aspects of thesis format, style and contents, including the relationship between research and writing. The submission process will cover such aspects as responsibilities; timely completion; the timetable to completion; support for submission; the administrative processes; and application for thesis examination arrangements.

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Finalising Your Thesis in Social Sciences, Humanities and Architecture (SHAPE)
1st June 2022: book your place here

Finalising Your Thesis in STEMM Subjects
30th May 2022: book your place here

Finalising Your Thesis in Business
31st May 2022: book your place here

Finalising Your Thesis in Arts, Media and Communication
30th May 2022: book your place here
 

GETTING READY FOR YOUR FINAL VIVA

13th October 2021
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or
16th February 2022
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This session helps you to prepare for the culmination of your doctoral studies – the viva voce exam. You will learn about the process in the months leading up to the viva, from the appointment of your examiners to how to submit your thesis. We discuss how you can prepare for the exam itself and what to expect on the day, including practical advice on what and what not to do. We also talk about possible outcomes and what happens next.

Full-time study mode: you may choose to attend Getting Ready for the Viva in your third year of study, too.

Part-time study mode: you are registered for a minimum of 45 and a maximum of 96 months. You may therefore attend this briefing in your fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth year depending on your progress.


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