FUNDING YOUR RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

3rd November 2020
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Research of all kinds involves and relies upon funding, and on the related processes of costing and managing many different levels of research funding. Successful researchers therefore, whether independent or based in organisations, need a good working knowledge of relevant research funding policies and processes, and how to manage associated finance procedures as applied to individual organisations as well as across the research sector.

This session introduces you to some of the background concerning research funding and associated financial processes in universities and invites you to think more about various levels of funding and how to cost and manage research-related budgets. The main practical focus is on those aspects of research funding management – such as costing and managing conference grants and field research trips – that are most likely to be relevant to doctoral researchers at this stage in their research project, while also thinking about possibilities for future research funding.
 

SOCIAL MEDIA AND YOUR PhD: CRAFTING AN EFFECTIVE ONLINE RESEARCHER PROFILE

1st February 2021
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Should PhD students be using social media, and if so, which social media should they be using? Is the use of social media a distraction from doing ‘real’ research, or can the adoption of social media benefit PhD students in any ways? What are the benefits of using social media and what are some of the potential problems? Tackling some of these questions based on both personal experience and research findings, this lecture explores the value, challenges and risks of using different forms of social media as a PhD student.

AN INTRODUCTION TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

23rd February 2021
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Intellectual property (IP) and its protection is an important consideration in any kind of research and has become increasingly important with those aspects of the Impact agenda that involve Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise. IP appears in many forms, with the three most important being Copyright, Patents and Design Rights. IP provides controls by the researcher on the use and exploitation of knowledge before, during and after a project. In terms of collaboration, it determines the nature, scale and range of participation in such research.

This interactive half-day workshop will provide an essential introduction to IP for researchers, how it is protected and how it might be infringed and will enable attendees to explore the existing IP potential in their current research.
Attendees will:

  • gain a wider knowledge of the various forms of IP, and how it is protected.
  • investigate the potential of their own Intellectual Property and its associated rights.
  • explore future directions for their research and identify new business and KE opportunities
 
OPEN ACCESS AND YOUR DOCTORAL THESIS

12th May 2021
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This workshop will build on the introduction to the open access session delivered as part of the workshop called Organising your Research. It will give you practical advice and guidance and includes: an introduction to open access and the wider context (both within and beyond the University), an overview of the University’s requirements for making your PhD thesis open access including making it available in WestminsterResearch and advice on related issues such as copyright and licensing.
 

COMMUNICATING AND DISSEMINATING YOUR RESEARCH

Expectations around the communication of research vary from discipline to discipline. The following workshops consider the particular strategies and methods for clear and successful communication of research findings appropriate to specific disciplinary areas. These will cover, for example, the delivery of conference papers, the use of social media, and public engagement. For those whose work is interdisciplinary, it may be useful to attend more than one workshop.

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  • Communicating and Disseminating Your Research in Social Sciences, Humanities and Architecture (SHAPE)
    16th February 2021: book your place here
  • Communicating and Disseminating Your Research in STEMM Subjects
    17th February 2021: book your place here
  • Communicating and Disseminating Your Research in Business
    16th February 2021: book your place here
  • Communicating and Disseminating Your Research in Arts, Media and Communication
    15th February 2021: book your place here

 

MAKING A DIFFERENCE – HOW RESEARCHERS CAN CONTRIBUTE TO POLICY AND PUBLIC DISCOURSE

6th April 2021
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The research community is increasing expected to engage in policy deliberation and public debate both nationally and internationally based on the idea that research should be used to improve decision-making and benefit society. As a consequence, ‘public engagement’ and ‘impact’ are now important factors in research policy, evaluation and funding and researchers are expected to strategies and skills to contribute to, and in some cases, influence policy and public discourse. But what exactly does this entail? What are the expectations of policy makers and other ‘users’ of research? How can you ‘adapt’ your own research processes and findings to meet these expectations? What is the perspective of researchers in this process?

This workshop offers doctoral researchers the opportunity to work with UK-based public engagement experts and takes a closer look at the translation of research into policy, public debate and public discourse (including working with schools and other communities) and to share insights and lessons from practical examples. As always, the focus will also be on your own research project and how to think about it in new ways.
 

PUBLIC SPEAKING FOR DOCTORAL RESEARCHERS
  • 2nd February 2021 – Public Speaking for Doctoral Researcher with English as a Second Language: book your place here
  • 9th March 2021 – Public Speaking for all Doctoral Researchers: book your place here

These one-day workshops are facilitated by highly recommended external facilitators. Academics can make as great an impact from what they say as what they write, whether it be through teaching, conferences or job presentations. Public speaking is therefore a crucial skill for doctoral researchers and early-career academics. Working with a skilled actor and an academic, this workshop takes participants through the process of how to write and deliver a speech. In the first session you will cover how to structure a speech, the use of appropriate language and imagery, audio-visual aids, and how to master the Q&A. In the second session, we will focus on your performance. Drawing on acting techniques, participants discover how to improve their diction, resonance, range and articulation, as well as exploring relaxation and breathing techniques to calm nerves.

The February workshop* is specially tailored for those doctoral researchers whose first language is not English. We will look at the differences between written and spoken English, formal and informal styles, use of humour and illustration as well as how to construct a presentation. In the second half of the day, we focus on performance: how to control nerves, release tension and improve diction, rhythm, articulation and pronunciation. It is not about ‘anglicising’ your accent but personalising your style and delivery.

The March workshop* is for all doctoral researchers. Loose and comfortable clothing is advised. A full resources pack is provided on completion of the course.

The workshops provide tailored guidance and feedback for every participant and numbers are therefore limited to 25.

 

PRESENTING YOUR RESEARCH

3rd March 2021
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Taking a storytelling approach to communicating your research could seem at odds with the traditional methods of academic reporting, but storytelling is an immensely powerful tool that has been around for millennia. Professionals and organisations in all sectors have come to realise its value in conveying a message in a memorable and engaging way. Just look at what grips you to a well-written article, a visually captivating TV advert, an enthralling TED talk – storytelling techniques lift the message off the page and bring it to life for an audience, leaving them emotionally or intellectually affected, and wanting to know more. This interactive and participative workshop fuses storytelling techniques and a professional actors’ training, with an academic twist; to help you become a more compelling and engaging communicator.
 
 

MOVING ON UP!

This workshop is primarily for those who are reaching the end of their degree. The workshop offers a chance to meet with others from your discipline and related areas, to think about your experience across the years of your degree, and to share insights gained from it and to think about the future. Workshops for particular disciplinary groups will offer activities most suited to the students within them, including meeting alumni, thinking about ways of adapting research skills to the world outside the university, and providing opportunities to feedback your thoughts and experiences.

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