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Practice No. 1202
Last modified: 11/11/2010 08:54:46
Institution: University of York, University of LeedsBuilding Impact into Social Science Research was funded by vitae innovate fund applied for and successfully awarded to Professor Richard Thorpe and Dr Paul Ellwood. The event was supported by the Staff and Departmental Development Unit at Leeds. Much of the following text formed part of a proposal to Vitae written by Paul Ellwood and Richard Thorpe, with summary and context written by Jenn Chubb at the University of York. This Vitae Innovate funded project enabled the development of a module to be integrated into postgraduate training programmes – it contained both concepts and practical tools aimed at helping students understand and connect with aspects related to the impact of social science research. The Innovate fund supported a two day Leeds University Business School course entitled Building Impact into Social Science Research followed by a two day Social Science- wide White Rose residential event at Bodington Hall with input from academics reporting on the impact of their research and interactive group work activities. Building Impact into Social Science Research aimed to provide an introduction to this increasingly important aspect of a researcher’s life. Through a mixture of presentations, specialist speakers and practical exercises, the workshop provided a grounding in the emerging UK policy environment, appropriate research design and practical engagement mechanisms with research stakeholders.
Practice No. 1101
Last modified: 05/11/2010 16:24:33
Institution: University of DurhamThis session equips researchers with the skills necessary to locate collections held in archives and libraries across the UK. In addition it covers citation of primary resources, copyright and using material in your thesis, and utilising Freedom of Information to access records. The session also highlights key online resources for primary research. There is the opportunity to view material from Durham University Archives and Special Collections.
Practice No. 1198
Last modified: 05/11/2010 16:18:25
Institution: University of DurhamThis course gives researchers the hands-on opportunity to learn about the process involved in publishing and reviewing journal articles over a 3 month period.
Practice No. 1191
Last modified: 04/11/2010 15:11:32
Institution: University of NottinghamThe Social Media sessions demonstrated a successful integration of a student-led initiative within a formal graduate training provision. The initiative underlined the importance of engaging PhD students in their own learning and training needs, in both sharing expertise with peers and in contributing to their own professional development. In doing so, it demonstrated to other postgraduate researchers how they might utilise their own areas of expertise to develop further student-led initiatives.
Practice No. 1190
Last modified: 03/11/2010 16:21:50
Institution: Loughborough UniversityThis longitudinal feedback process is designed to capture the "before event" and "3 months after event" reflections of participants. It is a paper based system which we find is more successful than other online approaches we have attempted. It works in conjunction with a standard feedback form which captures post event thoughts and learning directly on completion of the course.
Practice No. 847
Last modified: 03/11/2010 11:35:52
Institution: Loughborough UniversityA one-day practical course on communicating research through newspapers, TV and Radio.
Practice No. 1187
Last modified: 03/11/2010 10:58:28
Institution: University of ExeterAs a follow up to our ‘SmartStart’ PhD inductions (see practice 929) that we organise or the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry (PCMD; in collaboration with the University of Plymouth) we hold an ‘Annual Researcher Event’. All doctoral students at PCMD are required to attend the two-day residential event, where they present on an aspect of their research to an audience consisting of their peers and academic staff from PDMC. Each year two students receive an award for their outstanding presentation and abstract. The event is also complimented by an annual dinner.
Practice No. 908
Last modified: 03/11/2010 10:44:03
Institution: Loughborough UniversityLoughborough University uses an automated system for generating, storing and analysing workshop feedback forms. These include ILOs and questions about participants’ learning to provide more in-depth evaluation than a standard ‘happy sheet’.
Practice No. 1017
Last modified: 03/11/2010 10:39:21
Institution: Loughborough UniversityThree-day business plan competition for researchers to produce a business plan for an imaginary start-up company, engineering-based.
Practice No. 1185
Last modified: 03/11/2010 10:16:44
Institution: University of ExeterWe have developed a PGR progress tracking system called ‘MyPGR’ which is an online tool capable of managing and monitoring PGR students. The system provides a record of interactions between students, supervisors and professional services staff. It also allows for the prompt provision of management information related to PGR students. The system will be operational for all students on MPhil/EdD/Phd programmes from commencement of the 2010/11 academic year.