RIF budget surgery
Monday 16 September 2019, 13:00-14:00
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.
Writing for publication
Thursday 19 September 2019, 12:00-13:00
Thursday 6 February 2020, 12:00-13:00
Thursday 5 March 2020, 12:00-13:00
Thursday 21 May 2020, 12:00-13:00
Thursday 4 June 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.
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.
Wednesday 2 October 2019, 14:00 – 16:30
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
GDPR, data protection and research
Monday 7 October 2019, 14:00-16:00
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.
British Academy Small Grants Workshop
Wednesday 9 October 2019, 14:00-15:30
Wednesday 10 June 2020, 14:00-15:30
Information session on British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants scheme to include a brief overview, scheme details and guidance, how to apply and best practice.
- Develop an understanding of the British Academy Small Grants scheme
- Learn how to apply for the scheme
- Understand best practice
SPSS 1 – Introduction
Wednesday 16 October 2019, 10:00-12:00
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.
Reference management with RefWorks
Thursday 17 October 2019, 12:00-13:00
Learn how to use software to manage your reading and automatically generate citations and references. This session focuses on RefWorks and covers how to import sources, manage your library and use the Write-N-Cite Microsoft Word plugin to quickly insert citations, adding them to your bibliography as you go.
Reference management with EndNote
Thursday 24 October 2019, 12:00-13:00
Learn how to use software to manage your reading and automatically generate citations and references. This session focuses on EndNote and covers how to import sources, manage your library and use the Microsoft Word plugin to quickly insert citations, adding them to your bibliography as you go.
ISR & the Business School present: Academic Writing for Beginners
Wednesday 30 October 2019, 13:15-15:15
Adapted from the work of Professor Rowena Murray, this session will take an honest look at the key blockages and difficulties academics face when writing – and look at different tips and techniques that can be employed to become a successful academic writer. This session is particularly targeted at new academics/ECRs, but also to those who are interested in learning new approaches to academic writing.
Pure: General User Training
Wednesday 30 October 2019, 14:00-16:00
Wednesday 29 January 2020, 14:00-16:00
This practical session is for academic staff, known as ‘personal users’ in Pure. Learn how to update, create and relate your content in Pure, including:
- Review your account settings
- Maintain your academic staff profile
- Apply for research funding
- Monitor your funding awards
- Combine your content to create a `project’
- Propose an output for REF2021
- Generate a CV from all your content
- Navigate the research information repository
Google Scholar & Microsoft Academic
Thursday 31 October 2019, 12:00-13:00
This session covers the strengths and limitations of these two academic search engines. We cover search strategies, following the citation trail of items and people, saving to reference managers, managing alerts and creating your academic profile.
SPSS 2 – Intermediate
Wednesday 6 November 2019, 10:00-12:00
Monday 23 March 2020, 10:00-12:00
This session will cover the performance of basic descriptive statistical analyses using SPSS, including an introduction to the generation of both tables and graphs for presenting data. Colleagues will also be shown how to transform variables from raw data into more appropriate forms for summaries. For example, whilst it may be important to record exact ages for a sample of people, it can also be useful to be able display data for age categories. This is where the ability to transform a variable would be important. Finally, the session will include instruction on how to use filters in order to analyse different sections of a database separately. This can be very important when working with a large set of data.
Literature search for research
Thursday 7 November 2019, 12:00-13:00
You will leave the workshop understanding how citation databases can enable comprehensive, systematic searching of the literature and provide new insights for research. Focusing on the Scopus database, this session introduces how to:
- apply a search strategy and save searches
- gain insights from citation analysis
- set alerts
- use Scopus’s author index
ISR & the Business School present: Mini Writing Retreat
Wednesday 13 November 2019, 13:15-15:15
Bring the laptop (and charger) and come ready to write! This session will mimic what takes place on a writing retreat. Using the ‘typing pool’ approach, we will set goals, write and reflect on progress during this two-hour session. Please come with a writing goal in mind and ready to type!
NVIVO for beginners
Thursday 14 November 2019, 13:00 – 14:00
Wednesday 12 February 2020, 12:00-13:30
Thursday 14 May 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.
Research Ethics and the Approval Process
Tuesday 19 November 2019, 12:00-13:00
Monday 27 January 2020, 15:00-16:00
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.
Research Data Management
Wednesday 27 November 2019, 10:30-11:50
Thursday 27 February 2020, 12:00 – 13:00
Thursday 30 April 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.
Research Governance and Ethical Approval Processes
Wednesday 4 December 2019, 10:30-11:50
This is an introduction to the University’s Code of Practice for the Conduct of Research which is where we lay out the expectations of how researchers should engage with the research process. The nature and purpose of ethical approval will be considered so that you appreciate why ethical scrutiny of proposed research is necessary and what those conducting such scrutiny are looking for. In addition, the requirements of the formal processes and procedures in relation to research ethics will be introduced. The session reflects national benchmarks including those of the UK Research Integrity Office, UKRI and the Concordat to Support Research Integrity.
ISR & the Business School present: Becoming a Reflexive Researcher
Wednesday 4 December 2019, 13:15-15:15
This workshop introduces and develops the concept of reflexivity and what it means to become a reflexive researcher through Personal/Self-Reflexivity, Epistemological/Epistemic reflexivity and Methodological reflexivity. This workshop will enable you to explore the application of reflexivity to your research project through the illustration of reflexivity in practice.
NVIVO follow up session
Thursday 5 December 2019, 13:00 – 14:30
Wednesday 11 March 2020, 12:00-13;30
Thursday 11 June 2020, 12:00-13:30
This is a relaxed hands-on workshop, no didactic teaching will take place, this session is designed to support you individually with working on your own NVIVO project using your own data.
You must have your own data to bring to this workshop with you.
Equality and diversity in research design
Wednesday 11 December 2019, 10:30-11:50
Attendees will consider how equality and diversity factors apply and impact on research proposals; planning; methodology; data collection analysis and evaluation.
Thursday 16 January 2020, 12:00-13:00
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.
Using copyright works in Higher Education
Tuesday 21 January 2020, 12:00-13:00
This session provides a general introduction to using and sharing copyrighted materials in academia. It will provide useful copyright tips for researchers when using copyright materials, considering relevant legislation and highlighting how to access support available from Library and Learning Services.
ISR & the Business School present: Writing for Different Audiences
Wednesday 22 January 2020, 13:15-15:15
With a focus on the writing up process, this workshop explores varying formats of research output and different writing contexts, particularly different audiences and provide guidance and practical examples to target and communicate your work effectively equally to an academic or practitioner audience.
Boost your Research Profile
Thursday 30 January 2020, 12:00-13:00
Aimed at helping research students and staff showcase their work and stand out from the crowd, this workshop focuses on building a highly visible researcher profile across platforms such as Google Scholar, LinkedIn, ResearchGate, ORCiD and more. The benefits of this approach in terms of employability, research impact, prestige and more are explained.
The session includes Information about how Careers can support you during your research plus resources for career planning.
Conducting Focus Group Research
Tuesday 4 February 2020, 13:00-15:00
The session will introduce new academic staff or those new to research to some of the key aspects of Focus Group Methodology. The sessions will also enable participants to gain some experience of looking at a focus group transcript and thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of using this method for their own academic research.
ISR & the Business School present: What Makes a Good Grant Proposal
Wednesday 5 February 2020, 13:15-15:15
In this session three experienced RCUK reviewers will take you through a number of funded and unfunded bids to dissect what makes a good grant proposal. The session will also offer ‘hints’ and ‘tips’ for successful grant bidding.
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.
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.
ISR & the Business School present: Outputs and Collaborative Working
Wednesday 11 March 2020, 14:00-16:00
This session will focus in particular on the way to develop and manage funded research projects in collaboration both with academic and non-academic partners. In addition, we will look at the possible blends of outputs such projects can deliver, often producing a range of traditional and more original outputs. Such a blend can help to maximise the potential for impact in your application to RCUK.
Open access and Pure
Thursday 12 March 2020, 12:00-13:00
This workshop takes attendees through the whole process of submitting research outputs in Pure, including all open access and REF2021 requirements. The content covers preparing a manuscript, checking the publisher’s open access policy, deciding what Creative Commons licence to apply and moves onto a practical step-by-step guide before explaining what happens after you submit to Pure.
Discourse Analysis: A Practical Guide
Tuesday 17 March 2020, 13:00-15:00
The session will introduce new staff or those new to research to some of the key forms of Discourse Analysis that can be applied to qualitative data. The sessions will also enable participants to gain some experience in applying these forms to data examples.
Promoting research by using social media
Wednesday 25 March 2020, 12:00-14:00
This session will discuss the combined use of academic networking websites (e.g. Research Gate, Academia.edu) in in making our outputs visible and accessible and social networking (e.g. Twitter, Facebook) in publicising outputs. This session is aimed at Academic staff who are Research-active.
Faster Collaborative Research Writing
Wednesday 29 April 2020, 15:00 – 16:00
This active learning based session will cover the benefits and practicalities of moving away from word based drafts (papers, research plans, research bids) to using cloud based collaborative software when dealing with one or more research partners.