Next week on the Professional Development and Research Training Programme

Careers in Academia

Tuesday 31st January 2017, 14:00 -15:30

RDF B3 (Professional and Career Development)

Open to Students at any stage

This workshop will look at careers outside of academia and explore how you can develop your transferable skills to market yourself outside of academia.

Aims and Objectives:

By the end of this session participants will have:

  • Developed skills to search for jobs outside of academia
  • Considered their transferable skills developed through the doctorate
  • Explored how to market themselves outside of academia

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Preparing for the Viva: the end is in sight

Wednesday 1st February 2017 , 09:30 -12:00

RDF A3 (Creativity)

Open to students in their final year

Don’t know your word count limit? Unsure what a viva involves and who will be there? This half day workshop will provide practical advice and information about university procedures around the viva and submitting your thesis. You will have the opportunity to hear from both recent graduates and experienced examiners on what their viva experiences have been like. It will demystify the process for you so that you feel confident entering the exam room. This course is compulsory.

Aims and Objectives:

By the end of this session participants will have:

  • An understanding of the University procedures involved in submitting their thesis and arranging their viva
  • An understanding of what to expect from the viva and how to prepare for it

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Write Club – Coach Lane Campus

Thursday 2nd February 2017, 09:30 -12:00

RDF A1 (Knowledge Base)

Open to Students at any stage

Write Club is an opportunity for PGRs to meet up with other PGRs on a regular basis and write. Whether you’re writing a thesis chapter, research paper, or a funding application…Write Club provides a supportive place that’s free from distraction to release those words that have been struggling to come out. Sessions begin with discussing your aims for writing and any problems you currently have. Using the Pomodoro technique, Write Club is broken up into chunks of time to write in. You just turn up and write.

Rules of Write Club:

1st RULE: You do not talk during WRITE CLUB

2nd RULE: You DO NOT talk during WRITE CLUB

3rd RULE: If someone says “stop” after 25 minutes, it’s time to take a 5-minute break

4th RULE: Bring your own writing equipment

5th RULE: No disruptions or distractions (e.g. no social media and mobile phones must be on silent)

6th RULE: 3 x 25-minute writing sprints and 2 x 5 minute breaks in one WRITE CLUB

7th RULE: If you come to WRITE CLUB, you HAVE to write.

Aims and Objectives:

By the end of this session participants will have:

  • Developed their academic writing skills
  • Will have completed a personal writing aim
  • Will have planned their next writing aim

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