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North West and Yorkshire Training Group

Bradford is a founder member of this recpirocal training agreement, the following universities share these resources with Bradford PGR for free and we offer likewise.

 

  • University of Liverpool
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Leeds Trinity University
  • Liverpool John Moore's University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • University of Chester
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Salford.

 

Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)

These sessions are all free to Bradford PGR and appear in your calendars but please follow the instructions below.

 

Booking and joining instructions

  • Make sure you use your official university email address to book so that MMU know you are entitled to attend, and for free.
  • Their full programme is online this year, via Zoom, MS Teams and Adobe Connect.
  • Bookings will be collected via Eventbrite, with a booking link provided for each session.
  • MMU will email everyone booked onto each workshop approx. 24 hours in advance with the joining link and session password.
  • If you encounter any problems when booking, need to cancel your place or haven’t received the joining instructions in good time before the webinar, please email research.students@mmu.ac.uk.

 

PGR Writing Retreats online with MMU

If you require this information in an alternative format, please contact our team.

Communicating your research to any audience

This workshop is suitable for all research students, and is particularly relevant for those thinking of entering the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition.

The aim of the workshop is to help you deliver effective presentations about your research that are appropriate to your audience's interests and expertise, including those from a non-academic background.

Topics include:

  • developing a presentation narrative that is appropriate for any audience
  • developing a physical presence, e.g. considering stance, use of voice, eye contact
  • developing confidence in articulating your research.

By the end of the workshop you should:

  • understand the importance of ensuring your presentation is appropriate for the audience
  • have practised tailoring content to meet differing audiences
  • have strategies and tips for developing your physical presence and learning to cope with nerves.

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

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.

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

CVs and Applications for PG Researchers

Ever wondered what the difference is between okay and winning CVs?

This workshop explores different CV formats (including academic CVs) and covering letters, and the key qualities employers look for that will make you stand out from the crowd and secure an interview. We will also look at different types of application forms and the different processes used by employers. Get insider know-how on how applications are assessed and tips to ensure you sell yourself to secure that interview.

By the end of the session you will have a greater understanding of how to develop your CV, covering letters and complete application forms to give yourself the best chance for getting an interview.

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

Developing and Styling Your Academic 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.

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

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.

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 Ethical Issues

The aim of this online session is to provide you with a broad understanding of ethics in research. At the end of the session you should be able to:

  • Define research ethics and describe examples of unethical research
  • Apply fundamental ethical principles
  • Know how to apply for ethical approval.

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

Ethics in Digital Research


Please note, this is a two-part workshop. Book your place now, to recieve the joining instructions for both sessions.

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.

This two-part 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.

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.

Marketing Yourself and the Importance of Networking

  • Discover how you digital identity can enhance your employability.
  • During this workshop we will explore the digital footprint and how to manage it; LinkedIn and professional networking and how your online profile can help you in the world of work.

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

MS Office 365 for Researchers

The session will introduce you to Office 365 which incorporates online access to Word, Excel, Sway and OneDrive. Office 365 is available to all Manchester Met students and staff and can be downloaded onto a number of devices.

By the end of the session, you will be able to utilise Office 365 with confidence, and focus on those applications that will be most useful for you and your particular research activities.

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

MS Teams - a collaborative tool for researchers

This workshop will introduce the many useful tools for collaboration available to researchers through Microsoft Teams.

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

Using MS Word to Format Your Thesis

Learn all the useful tools within Microsoft Word you'll need to edit your thesis and academic writing. This session has been adapted for online, and will start with some key points on formatting, your thesis submission, and thesis editing services followed by a practical walkthrough of the following steps in formatting documents in Microsoft Word:

  • Setting up a title page
  • Headers and footers
  • Using headings, and styles, to make formatting easier and build your automatic table of contents
  • Creating an automatic table of contents
  • Starting your page numbering after your title page
  • Captioning your tables, figures, images and equations - and creating an automatic table of these
  • Changing your margins for printing
  • How to make one page landscape, and the rest portrait
  • Use comments and track changes to get feedback from your supervisory team, or work with a thesis editor
  • Comparing two versions of a document.

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.

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.

Options with Your PhD & Job Seeking Strategies

Your research degree will give you in-depth knowledge of your discipline and also many transferable skills. In this workshop we will think about those skills, consider your career choices and learn how to sell what you have gained from your postgraduate studies. We will also explore a variety of approaches to job seeking.

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.

Quantitative Research Methods Question & Answer session

An opportunity to ask Dr Qi Cao your questions on Quantitative Research Methods after working through the session pre-materials.

For PGRs working with quantitative methods, Dr Qi Cao has provided introductory videos covering:

  • quantitative research methods with SPSS (GS43)
  • comparing groups (Chi-Square, t-test ANOVA) with SPSS (GS46)
  • hypothesis tests and regression models with SPSS/STATA (GS47)
  • reliability tests and factor analysis with SPSS (GS48).

This Q&A session provides an opportunity to ask questions and get further help once you have viewed the videos.

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

Surviving your Research Degree

Learn tips and techniques to make the most of your research studies. Doing a research degree is an exciting, enriching and unique experience.

But it can also feel like a lonely uphill struggle at times. This workshop will explore ways in which you can support yourself during your research degree and help you to ensure that you have the best possible experience.

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

Understanding and Using Grounded Theory

The grounded theory method (GTM) is a well-established qualitative research method that helps us analyse data and build theory from that data. It produces strong theory 'grounded' in the data. This workshop will introduce grounded theory.

Please note that this will be delivered in two one-hour parts, both of which you will need to book and attend. Before the sessions, please review the narrated slide decks which will be emailed to you in advance. These will provide the foundation you need for the content covered in the webinar sessions.

Please note that booking for all events closes the previous working day to allow for details and materials to be shared with participants ahead of the session. If booking for this event is closed, you can find out further details and check on the availability of places by emailing research.students@mmu.ac.uk.

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

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.

 

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

Writing a Conference Abstract

This practical workshop introduces you to preparing and writing a conference abstract. You will be able to identify key elements of effective abstracts, applying the principles to writing your own abstract.

This workshop will cover:

  • choosing a conference (how to find calls for papers and choose the right conference for you)
  • identifying key elements to help your work stand out
  • a typical conference abstract format and structure
  • preparing and writing a conference abstract, including title, keywords and main body.

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

Writing productively: snacking, bingeing and marathon writing

Writing is central to the work of a PhD and yet we don't often talk about how best to do it! This workshop will provide you with strategies to get in good writing habits for the degree and beyond​.

The workshop will cover a range of tips and tricks for a productive writing process, with an introduction to the ideas of 'snacking', 'bingeing' and 'marathon writing'.

This workshop will be useful for PGRs at any stage in their degree.

This session happens twice per year and is in your calendar. 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.

This session happens twice per year and is in your calendar. 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 will host a two-day writing retreat, 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 will follow closer to the time. For now, book your place and clear the dates! 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.

This session happens twice per year over two days. Booking links are in our PG Researchers community news email. Please follow MMU's booking requirements to assure your place on the training.