Researcher Development Programme (RDP): Writing for publication

Writing for publication (small group workshop)

Thursday 5 March 2020, 12:00-13:00

This small group workshop is aimed at early career researchers; the content focuses on journal articles, though is applicable to other kinds of research outputs such as book chapters.

Attendees are invited to consider the focus of their writing including key arguments, rationale, etc. before moving on to targeting suitable journals and providing advice engaging with the peer review process.

After attending, you will know to write effective applications to appropriate journals in which to publish your work and can take an active role in the peer review process.

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Researcher Development Programme (RDP): RIF budget surgery

RIF budget surgery

Wednesday 4 March 2020, 13:00-14:00

This session is essential for applicants to the University’s internal research support funds. It is only available to academic staff who are eligible to apply to these funding streams and is not suitable for PhD students/GTAs (PGR bursaries are available to all PhD students).

This session is designed to help you establish a budget that meets the needs of your project.  We will be using the budget template which helps you to set the budget accurately by calculating core elements for you.

The RO will also help you to understand how to manage your budget and make claims in the event that you are successful.  Understanding how budgets are managed will help you to establish a successful budget in your application.

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Researcher Development Programme (RDP): SPSS 1 – Introduction

SPSS 1 – Introduction

Monday 2 March 2020, 10:00-12:00

SPSS is a powerful tool for analysing quantitative data.  This session will help colleagues understand when and how to use it.  It is an introduction to the package and assumes no prior knowledge. 

On completion of this session attendees will be able to:

  • Manage SPSS data and output files, including the inputting of data.
  • Perform basic descriptive analyses on numerical data using SPSS.

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Researcher Development Programme (RDP): Research Data Management

Research Data Management

Thursday 27 February 2020, 12:00-13:00

Starting by answering the questions ‘what is research data?’ and ‘what does research data management look like?’ this session covers various issues, good practice examples and funder requirements in this emerging area before explaining how to write a data management plan.

The session includes class discussion, small group activities and writing a basic data management plan using the DMP Online tool.

Attendees will understand what research data means in their discipline, will have considered key considerations such as data security, and gain practice of writing a basic data management plan.   

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Researcher Development Programme (RDP): Research Ethics and the Approval Process

Research Ethics and the Approval Process

Wednesday 26 February 2020, 13:00-14:00

The session will begin by attempting to de-mystify research ethics. It is a commonly held misconception that research ethics requires considerable specialist knowledge (for example, of the kind moral philosophers have); this is not the case. As a consequence, the session will focus on practicalities by outlining the structures, policies, procedures, documentation and timescales about which it is important for those seeking ethical approval for their research to be familiar.

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Researcher Development Programme (RDP): Impact Development

Impact Development

Tuesday 25 February 2020, 14:00 – 16:30

The ‘impact’ agenda plays an increasingly important role in the allocation of resources for research in the UK. The extent to which research undertaken by a University’s staff has generated non-academic impact plays a role in the allocation of funds via the REF. Research Councils also take into account the quality of impact plans (Pathways to Impact) when awarding funding to researchers.

At the end of this session, individuals will:

  • Understand what is meant by ‘impact’ and how it is relevant to research
  • Understand how to plan impact into research proposals especially for research council bids
  • Understand how to use some simple impact planning tools
  • Understand how to monitor and track impact during a research project
  • Understand how to evidence impact for REF and other purposes

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Researcher Development Programme (RDP): Getting published

Getting published

Thursday 20 February 2020, 12:00-13:00

This session considers the steps required to get an article published. We cover the whole publishing process in the current landscape including:

  • selecting a publication
  • avoiding predatory publishers
  • submitting an article
  • peer review
  • open access options
  • depositing in Pure
  • considering the REF

Attendees will benefit from gaining a holistic, contemporary view of the publishing process that provides context and clarity. In addition, we share tips and advice to help you avoid making mistakes saving you time and avoiding stressful situations.

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Research Development Programme (RDP): GDPR, data protection and research

GDPR, data protection and research

Wednesday 19 February 2020, 14:00-16:00

What is GDPR and how does it affect you as a researcher? If you collect any personal information as part of your research, you need to know what it means for your work, and how to protect your research data, yourself and the rights of your participants/data subjects.

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Researcher Development Programme (RDP): Research metrics

Research metrics

Thursday 13 February 2020, 14:00-15:00

There is an increasing emphasis on measuring research in society, with the REF just one example of this. Researchers too, are being encouraged to ‘play the numbers game’ and their research outputs are being evaluated in quantitative ways such as by citations, societal impacts, etc. Such an environment can be particularly difficult for early career researchers to negotiate.

This session introduces established measures including the H-index and newer approaches such as altmetrics. It also considers the limitations of such measures, and prepares early career researchers for their research activity being subject to measurement.

Attendees will leave the session with an awareness of the range of indicators used to measure research, why these are applied, and how they are calculated. Furthermore, you will know how to critique certain measures when applied inappropriately and adapt to this by signposting your own outputs.

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Researcher Development Programme (RDP): NVIVO for beginners

NVIVO for beginners

Wednesday 12 February 2020, 12:00-13:30

Have you thought about using NVIVO for qualitative research? This session will introduce how NVIVO can be used for managing large amounts of data at its most basic level. It will provide an orientation to the basic NVIVO interface and explore how the data-coding-analysis-interpretation process of qualitative research can be supported by NVIVO using an example from a live project. Together we will reflect on what NVIVO may, or may not, be able to do for qualitative researchers.

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