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COVID-19 situation update:
Researcher Development will be offering most of its workshops as webinars from the week of 16 March, but in some cases workshops will have to be postponed until it’s safe for sessions to run again face-to-face. The most up-to-date list of workshops is available on cpdbookings.qmul.ac.uk. Instructions on how to join the webinars are given under the description for each individual workshop.

The Researcher Development Team offers a programme of courses and workshops to support QMUL’s researchers.

These offer skills training across the four domains set out in Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework, representing the knowledge, behaviours and attributes that the higher education sector, overall, has identified as significant for researchers. The workshops will be run by members of the team, with input and collaboration from QMUL Academics and Professionals together with a number of external providers.

A listing of these courses is below, arranged by intended audience. For a full description of the course, visit our CPD bookings database at: cpdbookings.qmul.ac.uk and search for the course code. On the database you will also find an up-to-date listing of all courses, workshops, and events. To book on a course, login and search by course code or follow the course title links above (once you’ve already logged in).  If you don’t have an account yet, you can create one by following the Register link.

If you are unsure if a course is intended for you, please contact the Researcher Development Team.

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Course Code Course Title: brief description Skills (RDF domain)
RD033 NEW Behind the mystique: what academic writing is, and how to get better at it: a fresh look at academic writing, de-mystifying it with activities to help you write more clearly and stylishly in your discipline Personal effectiveness (B); Engagement, influence and impact (D)
RD100 Working With Your Supervisor: thinking about the Student / Supervisor relationship and to help you to explore how you could manage that relationship more effectively Personal effectiveness (B); Engagement, influence and impact (D)
RD101 Getting Started with your PhD: building understanding, capability and confidence in communication, planning, time management and identifying potential stress points Personal effectiveness (B); Research governance and organisation (C); Engagement, influence and impact (D)
RD104 Critical Thinking: developing your logical argumentation and analysis skills Knowledge and intellectual abilities (A)
RD105 Making the Most of Your First Academic Conference: tips on what to expect and how to plan and get the most out of your first conference Personal effectiveness (B); Engagement, influence and impact (D)
RD107 Planning and Managing your Ethical Research Project: suitable for anyone in the process of planning their research with human participants Research governance and organisation (C)
RD110 Creativity and Mindmapping for Researchers: alternative and highly effective method of note-taking and planning Personal effectiveness (B)
RD201 Presenting Your Research to an Audience (two session course): improve public speaking and presentation skills in preparation for delivering a talk Personal effectiveness (B); Engagement, influence and impact (D)
RD202 Postgraduate Funding – Considering the Alternatives: explores the thousands of alternative grant-making bodies in Britain – suitable for any subject or nationality Research governance and organisation (C)
RD208 Making a Poster Presentation: how to produce effective and engaging research posters Engagement, influence and impact (D)
RD301 Writing Your Thesis: how to structure your thesis and thinking about what the examiners will be looking for Research governance and organisation (C)Engagement, influence and impact (D)
RD302 Preparing for Your Viva: for PhD students who are about to submit their theses for examination  Research governance and organisation (C)Engagement, influence and impact (D)
RD019 Writing a Scientific Abstract: the basic aspects of writing an abstract for a conference and how to structure it  Engagement, influence and impact (D)
RD021 So you want to do a postdoc?: advice session for PhD students who are contemplating a postdoctoral research postt Personal effectiveness (B)Research governance and organisation (C)

 

 

Course Code Course Title: brief description Skills (RDF domain)
RD032 NEW How to use NVivo to organise your literature review: This hands-on workshop covers how to use NVivo for systematic literature reviews. Knowledge and intellectual abilities (A)
RD307 Finding your Voice as an Academic Writer: This intensive and interactive half-day workshop explores what it means to develop an authentic voice of your own. Engagement, influence and impact (D)
RD212-HSS/
RD212-STEM
Becoming Writers: the art, craft and practice of effective academic writing (separate sessions for Humanities and Social Sciences and STEM): the aim is to equip you with the capabilities and skills that will turn you into an effective writer, enabling the quality of your writing to match the strength of your ideas. Personal effectiveness (B); Engagement, influence and impact (D)
RD028 Introduction to meta-analysis: Audience: Postgraduate Research students and Research Staff from the School of Medicine and Dentistry and the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Knowledge and intellectual abilities (A)
RD029 Basics of systematic reviewing (2-day course): Audience: Postgraduate Research students and Research Staff from the School of Medicine and Dentistry and the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Knowledge and intellectual abilities (A)
RD011 Beating Self-Criticism and Self-Sabotage: understanding self-sabotaging tendencies, such as the negativity bias, the inner critic and the imposter syndrome (the 1st in a series of 4 workshops designed to support the wellbeing of researchers) Personal effectiveness (B)
RD009 Building Willpower and Resilience: how to improve and maintain your motivation when your research and/or other aspects of your life are proving challenging (the 2nd in a series of 4 workshops designed to support the wellbeing of researchers) Personal effectiveness (B)
RD012 Using the Mind-Body Connection to Manage Stress: practical ideas about how to manage stress and improve your performance at study and work (the 3rd in a series of 4 workshops designed to support the wellbeing of researchers) Personal effectiveness (B)
RD022 Reducing Stress with Mindfulness Meditation: exploring the latest research findings regarding mindfulness, particularly relating to Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and practical ideas about how to use mindfulness to reduce stress and anxiety (the final in a series of 4 workshops designed to support the wellbeing of researchers) Personal effectiveness (B)
RD109 Speed-reading for Researchers: tips on reading and processing large quantitities of text effectively Personal effectiveness (B)
RD203 Reading Strategically and Analytically: tips on how to approach and make the most of research literature Knowledge and intellectual abilities (A)
RD204 Managing your time and workload effectively in a research environment: improving time and workload management skills Personal effectiveness (B); Research governance and organisation (C)
RD205 Assertive Communication Skills for Researchers: enhancing assertive communication skills in the academic research environment Personal effectiveness (B)
RD210 Negotiation skills for Researchers: enhancing negotiation and influencing skills in the academic research environment Personal effectiveness (B)
RD014 Project Management for Researchers: helping you define a project, from initiation, planning, execution, and closure Personal effectiveness (B); Research governance and organisation (C)
RD001 LaTeX Tutorial for Beginners: how LaTeX works, how to use some reference free softwares to edit LaTeX and working on some LaTeX examples Knowledge and intellectual abilities (A)
RS125 Introduction to Statistics and R: a 6-half-day course for anyone with little prior knowledge of statistics who wish to better understand and apply statistical methods, particularly in R Knowledge and intellectual abilities (A)
RS004 Peer Review: We discuss peer review in the contexts of publication and research funding. Intended for those with little or no experience of performing peer review. Knowledge and intellectual abilities (A); Research governance and organisation (C)Engagement, influence and impact (D)
RS005 Finding Research Funding, including small grants and travel funds: hands-on session that will expose you to three tools useful to help you find research funding. Personal effectiveness (B); Research governance and organisation (C)
RS003 Are YOU fellowship-ready?: assessing your career-readiness for postdoctoral fellowships, and how to best communicate that in your applications. Generally intended for postdoctoral research staff, but senior PhD students can attend with permission. Personal effectiveness (B); Research governance and organisation (C)

 

 

Course Code Course Title: brief description Skills (RDF domain)
RS016 The Aspiring Leader – Leading and Motivating People: how to get the best out of yourself and the team of people around you Engagement, influence and impact (D)
RS017 The Aspiring Leader – Communicating with Your Teams:  some core principles of communication to help you to build a toolkit of communication techniques and strategies Engagement, influence and impact (D)
RS402 Research Independence – moving on from your postdoc: discussions of the expectations placed upon you as an independent early-career researcher. Personal effectiveness (B); Research governance and organisation (C)
RS403 Research Impact – The REF, RCUK Pathways and H2020: how research impact is assessed and handled in by research funders and the REF. Research governance and organisation (C); Engagement, influence and impact (D)
RS405 Career Management for Non-academic Career Paths:  how to market yourself and your transferable skills to perspective employers outside the HE sector Personal effectiveness (B);
RS406 Career Management for Academic Research Staff: how to prepare yourself for an academic career beyond your postdoctoral stages Personal effectiveness (B); Research governance and organisation (C)
RS411 Research Funding 1 – The Case for Support: we discuss how to communicate a research proposal in a funding application for biomedical, science, and engineering researchers. Personal effectiveness (B); Research governance and organisation (C)
RS413 Research Funding 1 – The Case for Support: we discuss how to communicate a research proposal in a funding application for humanities and social science researchers. Research governance and organisation (C); Engagement, influence and impact (D)
RS421 Research Funding 2 – Research Finance, Impact and Career Development: how to effectively cost a research proposal; how to communicate the impact of your research and your career development plans in a funding application Research governance and organisation (C); Engagement, influence and impact (D)
RS440 Networking and Promoting Yourself: how to raise your profile, and build the networks that can help you succeed.  Personal effectiveness (B); Engagement, influence and impact (D)
RS022 NEW Research Staff Funding Boot Camp and Writing Retreat: put aside a full day to get caught up with your writing or that funding application! Personal effectiveness (B); Research governance and organisation (C)

 

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