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Stand-alone Training Directory

All of these training workshop-style sessions are delivered by experts at Bradford. All run at least twice per year.

Advanced Literature Searching for PhDs and Research Staff

Facilitated by: Subject Librarian.

Discover how to find information for your research, making the most of both Library and free tools and resources, and by using different search techniques and strategies.

The link is in your university Outlook calendar event.

Beyond the Interview: Innovative Methods for Data Collection

Trainer: Gemma Jackson

The aim of this session explores different qualitative methods that can be combined with interviews or used instead of interviews. It will also discuss features of interviews in addition to designing questions that researchers can think about for their own studies.

This session will help you to:

  • introduce a range of qualitative methods
  • inspire researchers to think about features of an interview beyond deciding what questions to ask
  • use a current study to explain how qualitative methods can be combined to answer research questions.

Maps to Vitae RDF Domains: A1, A2, A3, & C2.

In-person session. The room is in your MS Office Calendar.

Bibliometrics: an Introduction

Facilitated by: Subject Librarian.

What are bibliometrics and altmetrics and why should you be interested? Get started with finding and using bibliometrics and altmetrics, including finding and using key author and journal bibliometrics and altmetrics.

The link is in your university Outlook calendar event. 

 

 

Broadening Your Career Horizons

Facilitated by: Career Consultants.

Aim: To introduce participants to career planning strategies, potential career options and to raise awareness of available resources.

  • Career planning tactics.
  • Personal careers options.
  • Routes into academic and non-academic careers.
  • Action planning tactics.
  • Useful sources of information.

The link is in your university Outlook calendar event. 

Conference Paper Presentation & Getting the Most out of a Conference

The workshop will cover:

  • thinking about presenting a conference paper, including why this is a useful process, and choosing a conference
  • preparing an abstract, including the role of abstracts in the conference paper process
  • writing and submitting a paper, including types of conference papers, typical sections, relevance to tracks, adhering to guidelines, and submission deadlines
  • responding to peer review, including purpose of review, timescales, review criteria and revision
  • preparing a presentation, including purpose of review, timescales, review criteria and re vision
  • preparing a presentation, including time limits, content, and advice on PowerPoint presentations
  • presenting your paper, including preparation, keeping on track, answering questions, and learning from the experience.


At the end of this you should be able to:

  • evaluate potential conferences
  • understand the different characteristics of conference papers and abstracts for different conferences
  • appreciate the stages and purpose of the reviewing process
  • consider the structuring and design of a conference paper presentation.

You should have developed your skills in:

  • writing a conference abstract
  • planning a conference paper
  • preparing for presenting a conference paper
  • maximising your engagement at conferences.

Please follow MMU's booking requirements to assure your place on the training.

Costing and Pricing Your Research Grant

Facilitated by: Research & Innovation Services.

Target Audience: Research staff and interested PGR.

This workshop will provide you with all the information you need to cost and price your grant efficiently. From different funders, eligible costs and fEC to overheads and understanding what happens once you receive an award, the Research Support Team and members of the Finance team will talk you through how to get the most out of your grant and the resources available. This workshop will give you an overview of issues to think about when planning your proposal, and provides a great opportunity for talking to all the central team involved in supporting your grant.

  • Course duration: 2hrs
  • To book this session email rais-training@bradford.ac.uk with the session details, your name, UB number and faculty.

 

Critical Appraisal for PhDs and Research Staff

Facilitated by: Subject Librarians.

Critical appraisal evaluates the strength of evidence, the context of the methodology, and the believability and usefulness of the research. Critical appraisal can help you to identify and evaluate better research and write better research papers. This workshop introduces useful concepts and tools to help you appraise the research literature.

The link is in your university Outlook calendar event.

Critical Thinking and Problem-solving for Doctoral Researchers

Facilitated by: Dr R Delderfield.

Have you been told by your supervisor that you need to be more critical? Perhaps you've decided that this is an area you want to develop as you complete your research?

This session will:

  • introduce you to different ways of thinking critically
  • give you the opportunity to apply these to problems
  • allow you to develop your questioning and imaginative skills.

Maps to Vitae RDF Domains: A2, A3 & B3.

The link is in your university Outlook calendar event.

 

Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing

This is a three-hour session where we will explore critical thinking skills, and discuss a range of tips and techniques for applying these skills in your reading and writing practices. You should bring a journal or research article from your own subject/discipline for use in the session.

Please follow MMU's booking requirements to assure your place on the training.

CVs and Applications for Postgraduate Researchers

Facilitated by: Career Consultants.

Aim: How to produce effective CVs for academic and non-academic roles. Also LinkedIn profile advice.

  • Understand how to produce a targeted academic CV.
  • Learn how to adapt your CV to non-academic job roles.
  • Understand what employers are looking for in CVs.
  • Tips for constructing your LinkedIn profile.

These sessions happen face-to-face or online. The campus venue or the link is in your university Outlook calendar event, sent by the PG Researchers' community email.

Data Management for Doctoral Researchers

Facilitated by: Dr R Delderfield.

Are you collecting primary data for your doctoral project? This introductory session will provide an overview of the key considerations when managing and storing data.

The session will:

  • offer information about Data Management Plans (DMP) when conducting primary research
  • provide tips on how to store and manage data throughout the project
  • stimulate discussion about the practical and ethical aspects of dealing with data responsibly.

Maps to Vitae RDF Domains: A2, B1, B2, B3, C1 & C2.

The link is in your university Outlook calendar event, sent by the PG Researchers' community email.

 

EndNote for PGR and Research Staff

Facilitated by: Subject Librarians.

Discover EndNote, referencing software which helps you get your citations and references right every time. Join us for an introductory workshop and find out how EndNote enables you to manage your references and add them to your documents in the correct format.

The link is in your university Outlook calendar event, sent by the PG Researchers' community email.

 

Engagement, impact and your research

Good research has an effect that goes beyond academia - it has impact. But what is impact and why is it important? And how do researchers go about communicating the impact of their research to the public?

This workshop will introduce you to the concept of impact in a research context. You will consider examples of the impact of research undertaken at Manchester Met, drawn from case studies submitted to the Research Excellence Framework (REF). You will learn when impact occurs in the research lifecycle and how to design and deliver impact. Finally, you will learn about communicating impact through public engagement.

Please follow MMU's booking requirements to assure your place on the training.

English for Postgraduates

Facilitated by: EAP Lecturers.

Improve your scholarly reading, writing, listening and speaking through the range of support classes or book personalised support for your academic English development. Classes run Oct-Jan and Feb-Apr each year. One-to-one training is offered all year round.

Weekly schedule and booking information

Ethics in Digital Research

Do you use social media and the Internet in your research? Have you thought about ethical issues?

This workshop explores ethics and how it relates to your current (and potential future) research activities in digital domains such as the Internet, social media, and apps.

In particular, it will cover the following topics:

  • types of online social research
  • public versus private materials
  • access and permission
  • consent and data ownership.


The workshop is of particular interest to Social Science, Arts and Humanities students whose research involves working with online materials in various digital, internet or social media domains.

Please follow MMU's booking requirements to assure your place on the training.

Ethical Doctoral Research

Facilitated by: Dr R Delderfield.

Providing a broad foundation about the issue of ethics in the sciences and social sciences, the session is ideal for doctoral researchers who are only just beginning to get to grips with understanding ethical responsibilities in research.

The session will:

  • introduce you to the idea of ethical research
  • outline the university's approach to ethics in research
  • offer practical tips and suggestions for work with human subjects at doctoral level.

Maps to Vitae RDF Domains: A2, A3, B3 & C1.

The link is in your university Outlook calendar event, sent by the PG Researchers' community email.

 

Focus Group Skills for Doctoral Researchers

Facilitated by: Dr R Delderfield.

This session will:

  • introduce you to the nature of focus groups and the advantages of the method
  • provide practical advice on how to run a focus group for data collection
  • offer tips and suggestions for successful facilitation.

Maps to Vitae RDF Domains: A1, B1, B3 & D2.

The link is in your university Outlook calendar event, sent by the PG Researchers' community email.

 

 

Getting to Grips with Method and Methodology

Facilitated by: Dr R Delderfield.

For doctoral researchers this can often be a daunting task, but there are some key ideas and tips that can help you develop a clearer understanding.

This session will:

  • establish the difference between methods and methodology
  • introduce the key tenets of each
  • offer suggestions about how to approach both, practically and in writing.

Maps to Vitae RDF Domains: A1, A3, B2 and B3.

The link is in your university Outlook calendar event, sent by the PG Researchers' community email.

 

Interview Skills for Doctoral Researchers

Facilitated by: Dr R Delderfield.

The session will:

  • introduce you to the key underpinning principles of interviewing for data collection
  • outline the essentials of conducting a research interview
  • provide a practical focus with hints and tips on interviewing. 

Maps to Vitae RDF Domains: A1, B1, B3 & D2.

The link is in your university Outlook calendar event, sent by the PG Researchers' community email.

 

 

Interview Skills for Your Career

Facilitated by: Career Consultants.

Aim: To consider how to prepare for interviews.

  • Look at interview technique.
  • Practise some typical questions.
  • Explore key resources including the Build My Career resource.

The link is in your university Outlook calendar event, sent by the PG Researchers' community email.

 

Literature Reviewing for Doctoral Researchers 1: Engaging Critically with Texts

Facilitated by: Dr R Delderfield.

All doctoral researchers have some literature reviewing to do. Some researchers may even be completing a thesis that is, at its core, a literature review.

This session will:

  • refresh what you may know about reviewing literature from your earlier studies
  • introduce some techniques for engaging with texts
  • give you tips on how to think critically and questioningly about what you read.

Maps to Vitae RDF Domains: A1, A2, A3, B2 & B3.

The link is in your university Outlook calendar event, sent by the PG Researchers' community email.

 

Literature Reviewing for Doctoral Researchers 2: Making Sense of a Body of Work

Facilitated by: Dr R Delderfield.

Once you have mastered how to analyse individual pieces of research, then it's time to begin building a complete picture of all that you've found.

This session will:

  • introduce you to mapping and its importance in understanding a body of research
  • suggest different ways to map that you can try
  • provide tips on how to build a 'big picture' of the research you've read.

Maps to Vitae RDF Domains: A1, A2, A3, B2 & B3.

The link is in your university Outlook calendar event, sent by the PG Researchers' community email.

 

Presenting Conference Posters, Papers, and Seminars for Doctoral Researchers

Facilitated by: Dr R Delderfield.

As a first-time researcher it is essential to take the opportunity to present your work to others but it can sometimes be difficult to know how to get started and what to produce.

This session will:

  • explore the differences between common academic presenting formats (seminars, conference papers, and posters)
  • introduce key features of good design for your visual aids
  • provide tips on how to deliver a good impression on the day.

Maps to Vitae RDF Domains: A2, A3, B1, B3, D2 & D3.

The link is in your university Outlook calendar event, sent by the PG Researchers' community email.

Presenting - Conquer the Fear

Facilitated by: Ann Trusson, Counselling and Mental Health Services.

This session is aimed at those who need to present their research, can plan, prepare and design a presentation but who need to work on intrapersonal techniques:

  • learn about how to handle and harness nerves
  • tips for confidence and self-management.

To book: email counselling@bradford.ac.uk with Conquer the Fear of Presenting in the subject and we will email you the workshop link (via Zoom).

 

Presentation Skills in Practice

The workshop will allow you to review a range of different presentation styles, to enhance your existing skills and to develop confidence in preparing and delivering effective research presentations.

The workshop will cover:

  • perceived barriers and anxieties: identifying these and how to overcome them
  • structure: planning, selection of material and creating "flow"
  • visual aids: effectiveness, appropriateness and number
  • delivery: pacing, tone, physical presence - becoming a confident speaker
  • The session will include opportunities to reflect on your previous experiences and consider how to apply what you have learned within the session.

By the end of the workshop you should have:

  • developed skills in structuring a presentation through group work
  • gained confidence in delivering an effective presentation
  • developed skills in giving and receiving constructive criticism
  • developed an understanding of techniques that manage stress and anxiety related to delivering presentations.

Please follow MMU's booking requirements to assure your place on the training.

Professional Networking Skills for Researchers

Facilitated by: Career Consultants.

Aim: To enable participants to recognise and build their network of contacts, to boost career prospects

  • What networking means and why it is important.
  • How to connect with people online/in person who can help you build your career.
  • Practical action planning.

The link is in your university Outlook calendar event, sent by the PG Researchers' community email.

Qualitative Research: the Basics

Facilitated by: Dr R Delderfield.

New to research or need a refresher on the essentials? Many researchers use qualitative approaches to design their study. Find out the basics to get you off to a flying start.

This session will:

  • introduce you to or refresh your understanding of qual research
  • cover the basic terms and concepts you'll encounter and have to think about
  • offer tips to further your own development as a qualitative researcher.

Maps to Vitae RDF domains: A1-3, B1, C1, C2.

The link is in your university Outlook calendar event, sent by the PG Researchers' community email.

 

Research Design for Qualitative Researchers: Key Principles

Facilitated by: Dr R Delderfield.

This session will:

  • demystify the meaning of 'research design' in qual research
  • clarify differences in definitions and misconceptions that novice researchers may encounter
  • introduce basic principles for effective study design. 

Maps to Vitae RDF Domains: A1, A2, A3, B2, C1, C2 & C3.

The link is in your university Outlook calendar event, sent by the PG Researchers' community email.

 

Self-Assessment for Your Career

Facilitated by: Career Consultants.

Aim: to allow discussion of skills gained from PhD study and other skills in relation to career ideas.

  • Evaluation of the Me Plc exercise and relevance to career planning.
  • Skills gained from PhD and other areas of life.
  • Practical activities to assess motivations and interests etc.
  • Employability skills exercise.
  • Useful resources.

The link is in your university Outlook calendar event, sent by the PG Researchers' community email.

 

Doing your Search for a Systematic Review for PGR and Research Staff

Pre-requisite: please note that this session is for doctoral researchers and research staff.

Facilitated by: Subject Librarians.

An introduction to the search strategies and skills needed to set up your systematic search: differences from a traditional literature review, tools to focus your question, database tips, further sources.

The link is in your university Outlook calendar event, sent by the PG Researchers' community email.

Teaching Skills

Facilitated by: Learning, Teaching & Quality Enhancement.

There is not a specific training event for developing your teaching skills. Instead, the university provides a version of the national recognition scheme for teaching in higher education with which postgraduates who teach can engage.

 

 

Theses and Copyright for PhDs and Research Staff

Facilitated by: Subject Librarians.

Will you be including 3rd party-copyrighted materials in your thesis, e.g. images, graphs, long extracts?

  • Have you cleared rights to use these in your thesis?
  • Come and hear more about Copyright and PhD theses at this Library talk.

The link is in your university Outlook calendar event, sent by the PG Researchers' community email.

 

 

 

Using Sources Effectively

Analysis of texts will help you identify how prior work is acknowledged, and you will explore how source material is most often used as background and support for your own ideas. You will look at how you can criticise and recombine existing sources to help present your own point of view, and the subtleties of choosing particular language forms to introduce or comment on your sources.

By the end of the session you should be able to:

  • Effectively critique and recombine existing sources to present your own point of view
  • Use appropriate language to introduce and comment on the sources.

Please follow MMU's booking requirements to assure your place on the training.

Transcribing Data for Doctoral Researchers

Facilitated by: Dr R Delderfield.

Prior to undertaking doctoral study, many people have already had experience of transcribing data gathered through audio or video recording. When it comes to this advanced level, the amount of data can feel overwhelming. This session is designed to help you to be more effective at transcription.

This session will:

  • introduce you to or refresh your understanding and its critical role in data collection and analysis
  • explore different ways of transcribing
  • provide tips to improve how you work.

Maps to Vitae RDF Domains: A1, A3, B1 & B2.

The link is in your university Outlook calendar event, sent by the PG Researchers' community email.

 

Thriving in Your Viva

Facilitated by: Dr R Delderfield.

This interactive workshop tackles one of the potentially daunting aspects of completing a doctorate: the oral examination or viva voce. It is part of our Outduction programme of events.

This session will:

  • assess your current level of understanding about the oral exam and introduce you to aspects of the viva experience
  • provide advice on how best to prepare for the viva
  • suggest tips and strategies for defending your thesis to examiners.

Maps to Vitae RDF Domains: A3, B1, B2 & D2.

The link is in your university Outlook calendar event, sent by the PG Researchers' community email.

 

Wellbeing Wednesdays

Facilitated by: Counselling and Mental Health Services.

Improving your mental health, productivity and skills for life. Weds 12:00-13:00.

  • Are you interested in personal growth, connecting with others, and sharing practical ideas to overcome common academic and personal challenges?
  • Are you willing to engage with informaldiscussions and activities?
  • Then these sessions are for you.
  • All welcome, covering a different wellbeing topic each week.

To book: email counselling@bradford.ac.uk with Wellbeing Wednesday in the subject, include the dates you want to attend, and we will email you a link to each workshop (via Zoom).

Winning Grant Funding

Target Audience: Active academic researchers and interested PGR.

Facilitated by: Research & Innovation Services.

This is an intensive workshop of winning grant funding, which will take participants from finding funders and developing ideas through to proposal writing and onto evaluation. The course is aimed at those with a limited track history of gaining research funding.

  • Course duration: 2hrs
  • To book this session email rais-training@bradford.ac.uk with the session details, your name, UB number and faculty.

 

Writing: Developing and Styling your Writing

Develop your writing and learn to reference a more diverse range of evidence in your work. In this workshop you will:

  • Work with different kinds of evidence on how to incorporate podcasts, blog posts, videos and other forms of evidence into your work
  • Learn about hedging by looking at techniques to ensure claims are hedged effectively to avoid generalisation
  • Learn how to write concisely through techniques to make your writing more clear and direct and also reduce your superfluous word count.

Please follow MMU's booking requirements to assure your place on the training.

Writing for Publication

The workshop will introduce students to writing for publication and to the library resources that will support them in their endeavours towards becoming published. The workshop will cover:

  • Thinking about writing for publication, such as considering why research students need to consider publication and what they might publish
  • Getting your manuscript written, including being clear about your topic, developing your argument and presenting your evidence
  • Choosing and working with academic journals, including choosing a journal, working with a journal, and understanding peer review.

By the end of the session you should be able to:

  • Understand what constitutes publishable research output
  • Evaluate the suitability of journals for submission
  • Recognise that the review process can be supportive and creative
  • Use library resources to find outlets for publication and dissemination of research
  • Be aware of the issues around different models of publications
  • Locate and evaluate academic journals and other resources to support your progress towards publication.

Please follow MMU's booking requirements to assure your place on the training.

Writing Retreat (Virtual)

Following the principles of Rowena Murray's Writing in Social Spaces (https://www.anchorage-education.co.uk/), the Graduate School hostS one- and two-day writing retreats, run via Zoom due to social distancing. We will meet over Zoom each day between 10am and 4pm. Come along with a writing project, and be prepared for a structured and focused approach.

  • A programme and more details are shared after booking. For now, book your place and clear the dates! For two-day retreats, you will need to commit to both days.
  • Please note that bookings for this retreat will close a week before to ensure all participants have appropriate time to prepare. If you find that bookings are now closed, get in touch with the facilitator, c.coombs@mmu.ac.uk to check whether it is still possible to join.
  • Booking links are in our PG Researchers community news email and calendar. Please follow MMU's booking requirements to assure your place on the training.

Writing for Doctoral Research: Crafting Sections, Chapters and the Thesis

Facilitated by: Dr R Delderfield.

There are a number of options open when writing up the full thesis and good writers know how to handle large texts effectively in order to make reading easier. This workshop is part of our Outduction programme of activities to prepare for the end of your research degree.

This session will:

  • offer advice on organising theses
  • explore chapters and how to break these down clearly
  • provide tips on how to organise material within individual sections.

Maps to Vitae RDF Domains: A1, A2, A3, B3, & D2.


The link is in your university Outlook calendar event, sent by the PG Researchers' community email.

 

Job Interviews for PGR

This workshop explores the interview experience from start to finish - get advice on how to maximise your performance and boost your confidence, learn how to prepare, and receive tips on how to handle difficult questions.

We will look at the different formats you may come across in interviews for both academic and industry positions.

By the end of the session you should have a good understanding of the interview process and the different forms that it can take, as well as how best to prepare and handle difficult questions.

This session happens twice per year and is in your calendar. Please follow MMU's booking requirements to assure your place on the training.

The Online Researcher

Increasingly researchers are expected to have an up-to-date online presence. The workshop provides an opportunity for you to consider what a 'good academic profile' is and to develop a strategy for enhancing and maintaining your profile. Effective global collaborations can be created and managed online and the workshop will introduce a range of common tools and services. To be an effective researcher it is vital to keep informed, however the potential source of, and flow of information can be overwhelming and the workshop will look at tools for effectively keeping research informed.

By the end of the session, you will have:

  • understood the importance of having an effective online academic profile
  • have considered strategies, service and tool that can be used to enhance your profile
  • have considered tools for academic collaboration e.g. managing projects, collaborative writing, sharing files and links and meeting online
  • have considered tools for keeping up-to-date with research in your area.

This session happens twice per year and is in your calendar. Please follow MMU's booking requirements to assure your place on the training.

Ethnography

Ethnography is a broad methodology that comes from social anthropology and involves immersing oneself in social life. It involves spending time with people and trying to understand their social and cultural lives.

This will be an interactive workshop that introduces you to ethnography and also helps you understanding how you can use this methodology in your research.

The session will include a focus on your own study and group work to help you understand ethnography from the inside.

This session happens twice per year and is in your calendar. Please follow MMU's booking requirements to assure your place on the training.

Multimedia Communication for Researchers

This session will explore a variety of ways of communicating your research with a wider audience.

 

This session happens twice per year and is in your calendar. Please follow MMU's booking requirements to assure your place on the training.

Introduction to Quantitative Research

This workshop will provide an introduction to the basics of quantitative data use, including some of the more common statistical approaches to data analysis and evaluation that you may encounter in publications. The session will cover:

  • Underlying philosophy and theoretical concepts
  • Different types of quantitative data and their uses
  • How to choose a statistical test
  • How to report data
  • Interpreting reported data.

At the end of the session you should:

  • Understand the different types of quantitative data
  • Be aware of the different statistical tests and their application
  • Understand how to report and interpret data.

This session happens twice per year and is in your calendar. Please follow MMU's booking requirements to assure your place on the training.

NVivo Training

NVivo is computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS) that can be used for the analysis of unstructured text, audio, video, and image data, including (but not limited to) interviews, focus groups, surveys, social media, and journal articles. It is produced by QSR International and the University has a license.

  • Training in the use of NVivo is offered as a tailored package, often employing blended learning.
  • This may use a combination of two or more from face-to-face tutorial, online consultation, self-study training activities, and video instruction.
  • Contact Dr Delderfield to book your one-to-one appointment to get started with CAQDAS.
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Deciding if NVivo is for you

Useful free webinar from Academic Consulting in New Zealand to help you determine if NVivo is actually of utility for your project.

Training on-demand

  • We offer SPSS and NVivo training all year round.
  • Simply book as an individual or as a group.
  • We offer bespoke training to meet your needs, when you need it.

 

Your trainers:

  • NVivo - Dr Russell Delderfield
  • SPSS - Dr Michael Cross.

Use the buttons to view our introductory materials to help you to decide if the software is useful to you and/or to book an appointment.