Effective Researcher Suite (PGR)
Building on the success of the ‘How to be an effective researcher programme for postgraduate researchers’, and in response to HEI feedback on the programme through the evaluation report in 2010, a suite of programmes to address the various stages of the doctoral journey was created to enhance the programme.
The programme is available for free use by UK higher education institutions.
Effective Researcher: Let’s get started
A half-day or one-day programme for those in the first 3-5 weeks of their doctorate. It focuses on the skills required of researchers for successful self-management and development during their doctorate
Effective Researcher: ‘How to be an effective researcher’
A finalist for a UK National Training Award and Times Higher Education Award, this one-day or two-day programmes allows researchers who are 3-12 months into their doctorate to focus on building understanding, capability and confidence in communication, planning, time management, problem solving, leadership and assertiveness.
Effective Researcher: The next 90 days
A one-day programme for those who are 6-12 months into their doctorate. It focuses on developing the supervisor relationship, engaging in the impact agenda, communicating their research to various audiences and career development beyond their doctorate.
Effective Researcher: Making progress in your doctorate
A one-day programme for postgraduate researchers early in the second year of their full-time (or part-time equivalent) doctorate. It focuses on critical success factors during the second year and managing the doctoral process.
Effective Researcher: The end is in sight
A one-day programme for researchers in the final year of their doctorate. It focuses on what is required to complete the doctorate, recognising the skills they have developed during their doctorate and planning how to be successful in their job searching.
Example day 1 programme from 'How to be an effective researcher'
| Time ||Activity|
||Registration -An opportunity for participants to meet the course tutors and other participants|
||Introduction to the course -Setting the scene for the course|
||Getting to know each other - An introduction exercise to allow the participants to get to know each other|
||Establishing common ground - Setting the agenda for the course and beginning the process of disclosure between participants|
|10.45||First team project (problem solving) - A team based activity exploring problem solving and project management|
|11.45||Project management 1: Tuning into your PhD - A session that establishes the basics of project management using participants' experience of managing their PhD, the previous exercise, and their observations or work experience|
|13.00||Second team project (resource management) - A team based activity where participants consider issues related to resource availability, communication, and the need to plan and re-plan as more information becomes available|
||Project management 2: Planning your PhD - An introduction to some project management tools and techniques that can be applied to an academic research project|
||Third team project task (applying planning tools) - An exercise where the participants can apply the project management tools that they have learnt from the day|
||Working effectively with others: project approaches - A session that introduces aspects of being able to work effectively with others despite having differences of approach|
||Review and close of day 1|
Contact us to discuss opportunities for your organisation to run any of the Effective Researcher suite of programmes