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Practice No. 1150
Last modified: 13/09/2010 09:31:55
Institution: University of LeicesterEvening Career Events are three hour career events for PhD students, at the University of Leicester. This focuses on PhD students from the College of Social Sciences and the College of Arts, Humanities & Law. Seven events are run over a two year cycle, each one focussing on a particular career sector. Each event consists of a number of speakers from the career sector, each speaker giving a short presentation to a prescribed format. This format includes an outline of the individual's career experience, a description of working in their area and hints and tips for aspirants and newcomers in terms of working in the field and the organisation. An additional part of the Evening Carer Event is an exhibition from some employers and recruiters in the particular employment sector.
Practice No. 845
Last modified: 01/09/2010 14:11:03
Institution: University of BathPublic exhibition of photographs of research, accompanied by the researchers themselves, depicting research taking place at the University of Bath.
Practice No. 1112
Last modified: 29/07/2010 10:55:27
Institution: University of GlasgowGlasgow’s researcher development initiative aims to develop and support a vibrant community of researchers who can participate in meaningful engagement with researchers from other fields, policy makers, the wider public, and the local community and business sector. This has been achieved through our flagship ‘Making an Impact’ event which connects researcher training with opportunities to put what has been learnt into practice in real scenarios. ‘Making an Impact’ ran 3 times in the last academic year and was well attended by early-career researchers from all disciplines, as well as prospective PhD students. The overarching aim of the event was to help researchers to consider how their research and how they as researchers can have an impact on the local community, Government policy or the economy. Each event had two distinct sections as well as networking opportunities: Part A: Presentations from PhD alumni These were designed to help participants consider the wide range of career opportunities open to them and identify possible routes into these. Many speakers brought examples of how they are continuing to work closely with academia, thus enabling researchers to understand how their research could be used to inform work in museums, policy, social enterprise and spin-outs. These talks have cemented relationships between local organisations and the University. For example, discussions are now underway between a current research student in Adult Education and one of the Social Enterprise speakers about possible research collaboration. Following the presentation from a representative of Glasgow museums, a current researcher was invited to visit and meet curatorial staff to help clarify her career goals. Part B: Presentations from current research students Current researchers presented their work, considering how best to convey its value and interest to an audience outside of their own field (including the external speakers). Pitching their talk at the correct ‘level’ was particularly challenging for many students but they appreciated having an ‘outsider’ perspective as well as finding out about research methods and practice in other fields and areas where they might collaborate or learn from each other.
Practice No. 1050
Last modified: 16/12/2009 12:16:03
Institution: University of Durham1- or 2-month internships to enable postgraduate research students to gain experience of working in a non-academic environment. Research students are responsible for locating and arranging an internship with a suitable non-academic employer. Graduate School provide a stipend of £1000/month to successful applicants to cover their living expenses during the internship.
Practice No. 864
Last modified: 07/12/2009 15:11:12
Institution: University of LeicesterThis is a series of networking events for postgraduate researchers from the department of Law/College of Social Sciences. The event takes the form of a a fortnightly lunch time gathering. The aim is to inform attendees about other students' work. Attendees will be asked to bring problems they are facing to allow other attendees to offer suggestions through brainstorming. One or two, 5-minute presentations about research will be offered,to help attendees to develop their presentation and communication skills.
Practice No. 134
Last modified: 01/12/2009 11:17:19
Institution: University of WarwickAn ePortfolio is an external facing website owned and maintained by a research student.
Practice No. 1062
Last modified: 30/11/2009 19:39:27
Institution: Brunel UniversityThe final-stage of the Brunel training module set provides PGRs with an opportunity to meet other research students from across the university, develop research ideas, plan the next year of your skills training, think about career development and focus on the areas needed to complete the PhD on time. The final-stage module includes sessions on 'Getting Published', 'Building and Academic Career' and 'Preparing for your Viva'
Practice No. 1054
Last modified: 27/11/2009 14:18:10
Institution: University of LeedsMake Some Noise is an annual series of linked training, practise and awareness raising events linked by competitions, all of which aim to develop strong communication and public engagement skills. it is also a means of celebrating the excellent research work taking place in the Faculty of Engineering.
Practice No. 1036
Last modified: 26/11/2009 11:28:26
Institution: University of NottinghamSix fortnightly workshops to support final year PhD students with the writing up process. Each session is run from 2-3 in the afternoon and tea and cake is provided to promote an informal and collegiate atmosphere. The aim is to help the students support one another as well as offering them helpful advice. The themes of the sessions are as follows: 1) University of Nottingham regulations and formatting your thesis properly from the beginning - delivered by a member of research staff. 2) Supervisor’s comments – how much should you give them how often, and not taking the first draft edits personally - delivered by a supervisor. 3) Getting started with/problems with referencing and Endnote - delivered by information services. 4) How to get over a blank screen and what to do on the days the writing just isn’t happening - delivered by a lecturer. 5) The viva: the examiner’s side of the table - delivered by two supervisors who have acted as external examiners 6) The viva: the PhD student’s side of the table - delivered by two former PhD students. The sessions are designed as an informal complement to the more in-depth training on these subjects provided by the Graduate School of the University of Nottingham.
Practice No. 997
Last modified: 26/11/2009 11:13:10
Institution: University of SheffieldThe project aimed to train postgraduate students in public communication of science by providing hands-on experience of National Science Week talks