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    Researcher Development Programme 2018/19

    Times, dates and locations of sessions can be found in the table below. Descriptions of the sessions can be found towards the bottom of the page, or by clicking on the booking link.

    Session

    Workshop 1 (face to face)

    Room

    Booking Link

    Workshop 2 (webinar)

    Webinar link/Recording

    Overcoming Procrastination - Simone Gold and Kate Medlin   Tuesday 10th July 2018 14:00 - 15:30

    Webinar: http://breeze.mdx.ac.uk/overcomingprocrastination/

    Recording can be accessed here

    Research ethics: ethical thinking and reflection as an integral part of the research or a technical hurdle? - Helen Allan

    Thursday 6th September 2018 15:30 - 17:00

    C206 College Building

    Click here to book a place on the face-to-face session  

    Issues in Research Design - Jayne Osgood

    Monday 1st October 2018 13:30 - 15:00Town Hall - Committee Room 2

    Click here to book a place on the face-to-face session

    Tuesday 2nd October 2018 11:00 - 13:00

    webinar: http://breeze.mdx.ac.uk/issuesinresearchdesign/

    Recording can be accessed here

    RefWorks: your personal library, integrated writing and citing with word - Adam Edwards

    Tuesday 2nd October 2018 10:00 - 12:00S108 - Sheppard library

    Click here to book a place on the face-to-face session (Oct)

    Thursday 4th October 2018 10:00 - 12:00

    webinar: http://breeze.mdx.ac.uk/refworks/

    Recording can be accessed here

    Managing your Research Project - Richard Comley

    Wednesday 3rd October 2018 10:00 - 12:00CG49 - College Building

    Click here to book a place on the face-to-face session

    Friday 5th October 2018 10:00 - 12:00

    http://breeze.mdx.ac.uk/managingyourresearchproject/

    Recording can be accessed here (webinar)

    Recording can be accessed here (face to face)

    Research Integrity and Ethics - Helen Allan

    Wednesday 10th October 2018 13:30 - 15:00

    C135 - College Building

    Click here to book a place on the face-to-face session

    Wednesday 17th October 2018 13:30 - 15:00

    webinar: http://breeze.mdx.ac.uk/researchintegrityandethics/

    Recording can be accessed here

    Psychodynamic approaches to research - Helen Hingley-Jones and Michael TraynorThursday 11th October 2018 15:30 - 17:00C204 - College BuildingClick here to book a place on the face-to-face session  

    Developing Research Questions - Lee Jerome

    Monday 15th October 2018 10:00 - 12:00C126 - College Building

    Click here to book a place on the face-to-face session

    Monday 22nd October 2018 10:00 - 12:00

    webinar: http://breeze.mdx.ac.uk/developingresearchquestions/

    Recording can be accessed here (webinar)

    Recording can be accessed here (face to face) part 1

    Recording can be accessed here (face to face) part 2

    Advanced literature searching using Web of Science, Journal Citation Reports and Google Scholar - Adam Edwards

    Tuesday 16th October 2018 10:00 - 12:00S108 - Sheppard Library

    Click here to book a place on the face-to-face session (Oct)

    Thursday 18th October 2018 10:00 - 12:00

    webinar: http://breeze.mdx.ac.uk/library/

    Recording can be accessed here

    Academic Integrity for Research Degrees - Adam EdwardsTuesday 30th October 2018 10:00 - 12:00S107 - Sheppard Library

    Click here to book a place on the face-to-face session (Oct)

    Thursday 1st November 2018 10:00 - 12:00

    http://breeze.mdx.ac.uk/academicintegrity/

    Presentation and Performance Anxiety - Simone Gold and Kate Medlin   Tuesday 16th October 2018 14:00 - 15:30http://breeze.mdx.ac.uk/presentationandperformanceanxiety/

    Writing and Editing a Doctoral Thesis - Jayne Osgood

    Tuesday 6th November 2018 13:30 - 15:00C107 - College Building

    Click here to book a place on the face-to-face session

    Wednesday 7th November 2018 11:00 - 13:00

    http://breeze.mdx.ac.uk/writingandeditingadoctoralthesis/

    Recording can be accessed here

    Intellectual Property - Mark Gray

    Wednesday 7th November 2018 14:00 - 16:00V104 - Vine Building

    Click here to book a place on the face-to-face session

    Wednesday 21st November 2018 10:00 - 12:00

    http://breeze.mdx.ac.uk/intellectualproperty/

    Planning and Preparing your Ethics Application - Gordon WellerWednesday 7th November 2018 11:00 - 13:00CG84 - College BuildingClick here to book a place on the face-to-face sessionThursday 8th November 2018 14:00 - 16:00

    http://breeze.mdx.ac.uk/ethicsapplications/

    Recording can be accessed here

    RefWorks: your personal library, integrated writing and citing with word - Adam Edwards

    Tuesday 13th November 2018 10:00 - 12:00S108 - Sheppard Library

    Click here to book a place on the face-to-face session (Nov)

    Thursday 15th November 2018 10:00 - 12:00

    webinar: http://breeze.mdx.ac.uk/refworks/

    Recording can be accessed here

    Interview Recording and Transcription - Leena Robertson

    Tuesday 13th November 2018 14:00 - 16:00C207 - College Building

    Click here to book a place on the face-to-face session

    Wednesday 14th November 2018 14:00 - 16:00

    http://breeze.mdx.ac.uk/interviewrecordingandtranscription/

    Recording can be accessed here (part 1)

    Recording can be accessed here (part 2)

    Using experimental research methods: foregrounding affect and materiality in childhood research Thursday 15th November 2018 15:30 - 17:00CancelledClick here to book a place on the face-to-face session  

    Preparing for your Transfer/Viva Panel(s) - Richard Comley

    Monday 19th November 2018 14:00 - 16:00C212 - College Building

    Click here to book a place on the face-to-face session

    Wednesday 21st November 2018 14:00 - 16:00

    http://breeze.mdx.ac.uk/preparingforyourpanel/

    Recording can be accessed here

    Developing a career in academia - Louise MoontTuesday 20th November 2018 10:00 - 12:00W160 - Williams BuildingClick here to book a place on the face-to-face sessionWednesday 21st November 2018 10:00 - 12:00

    http://breeze.mdx.ac.uk/developingacareerinacademia/

    Recording can be accessed here

    An Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods - Kate Maguire

      

    Click here to book a place on the face-to-face session

     

    http://breeze.mdx.ac.uk/qualitativeresearchmethods/

    Advanced literature searching using Web of Science, Journal Citation Reports and Google Scholar - Adam Edwards

    Monday 26th November 2018 14:00 - 16:00S108 - Sheppard Library

    Click here to book a place on the face-to-face session (Nov)

    Thursday 29th November 2018 14:00 - 16:00

    webinar: http://breeze.mdx.ac.uk/library/

    Recording can be accessed here

    Publications - Rachel HerringTuesday 27th November 10:00 - 12:00CG03 - College BuildingClick here to book a place on the face-to-face session 

    Recording can be accessed here (part 1)

    Recording can be accessed here (part 2)

    Research Traineeship Exchange Opportunities - Nosheen Rachel-Naseem and Fanny GuillemotTuesday 27th November 12:00 - 13:00CG06 - College BuildingClick here to book a place on the face-to-face sessionTuesday 11th November 2018 - 16:00 - 17:00 http://breeze.mdx.ac.uk/exchangeopportunities/
    Interview skills, CVs and applications - Louise MoontWednesday 28th November 2018 10:00 - 12:00RV122 - RavensfieldClick here to book a place on the face-to-face sessionTuesday 4th November 2018 10:00 - 12:00 http://breeze.mdx.ac.uk/interviewskills/

    Presentation Skills and Conferences - Hemda Garelick/ Diane Purchase

    Wednesday 28th November 2018 14:00 - 16:00C136 - College Building

    Click here to book a place on the face-to-face session

    Thursday 6th November 2018 11:00 - 13:00

    Recording of the introduction can be found here - Feona Attwood

    Recording of the introduction can be found here - Hemda Garelick

    Matching methods to research questions - Mandeep DhamiThursday 29th November 11:00 - 13:00C118 - College BuildingClick here to book a place on the face-to-face session  
    Messy research? Bricolage as an approach to combining diverse qualitative research methods (DARC) - Betsy Thom and Rachel HerringThursday 6th December 2018 15:30 - 17:00C213A - College BuildingClick here to book a place on the face-to-face session  
    Academic Integrity for Research Degrees - Adam EdwardsTuesday 11th December 2018 14:00 - 16:00S107 - Sheppard Library

    Click here to book a place on the face-to-face session (Dec)

    Thursday 13th December 2018 14:00 - 16:00

    http://breeze.mdx.ac.uk/academicintegrity/

    Writing (LET) - Nick Endacott

        A recording can be accessed here
    Writing a Literature Review - Paula Nottingham  Click here to book a place on the face-to-face session http://breeze.mdx.ac.uk/writingaliteraturereview/
    Positioning yourself as a Researcher and Getting published (Work and Learning Research Centre) - David BoudThursday 10th January 2019 15:30 - 17:00CG09 - College BuildingClick here to book a place on the face-to-face session  
    Culturally Competent Research - is there a need for it? What are the challenges, criticisms and benefits? - Rena PapadopolousThursday 7th March 2019 15:30 - 17:00C136 - College BuildingClick here to book a place on the face-to-face session  
    Isolation and Alienation - Simone Gold and Julie Crabb   Tuesday 22nd January 2018 14:00 - 15:30http://breeze.mdx.ac.uk/isolationandalienation/
    Mindfulness - Mark Coulson   Wednesday 20th March 2019 14:00 - 16:00http://breeze.mdx.ac.uk/pgrmindfulness/
    NVivo, SPSS, Minitab and SurveymonkeyAnytime Click here for training videosAnytimeClick here for training videos
    Making your thesis open access    Recording can be accessed here
    Managing your research data    Recording can be accessed here
    Introduction to Research Methods    

    Recording can be accessed here (part 1)

    Recording can be accessed here (part 2)

    Using Word to create the written PhD  Click here for training videos Click here for training videos
    Inclusive Leadership training  Click here for training videos Click here for training videos
    R Programming in Data Science: Setup and Start  Click here for training videos Click here for training videos
    Learning Python  Click here for training videos Click here for training videos
    Practice strong project management  Click here for training videos Click here for training videos

    Overcoming Procrastination

    Why do you procrastinate? What are you REALLY trying to avoid when you do it? What makes the habit worse – and how can you break it?  Find the answers and create an individual action plan for yourself with the help of this webinar session, open to all Middlesex University postgraduate students.

    Research ethics: ethical thinking and reflection as an integral part of the research or a technical hurdle?Dr Sarah Carr

    Students sometimes say that ethnography is too difficult to get ethical approval through the NHS. Helen will discuss issues which arise in health and social care field research using ethnographic participant observation. She will illuminate how ethnography raises particular ethical issues which enrich the research and is not a methodology to shy away from.

    Issues in Research Design

    his workshop will consider how to manage and plan your research methodology and to anticipate the likely issues you will encounter. Being clear about what you want to research will determine the questions you pose and the most appropriate methods needed to address them. This session will consider the important connection between theory and method.

    RefWorks: your personal library, integrated writing and citing with word

    Refworks is a personal database system which enables you to:

    • Collect, manage and organize references
    • Read, annotate, organize and cite research
    • Format papers with different citation styles automatically

    This session covers the following topics, but will do so flexibly depending on the needs of those attending:

    • Set up an account
    • Exporting references from Library Search
    • Exporting references from Google Scholar
    • Adding PDFs
    • Sharing folders with colleagues
    • Citing in Word automatically

    The session assumes you have already attended or completed by self-study the library welcome session which covers:

    - Basic searching and referencing using Library Search

    - Setting up a RefWorks account

    - Cite them Right: This is Middlesex University’s standard source of referencing information.

    - Your librarian.

    The session also assumes you have had a 121 with your Liaison Librarian so you are familiar with the resources in your subject.  http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/liaisonlibrarians

    Managing your Research Project

    This workshop provides advice and guidance on various aspects of the planning and execution of your research project, and how to avoid some of the common pitfalls. The relationship with your supervisor is central to this process and how this may be developed will be highlighted. The workshop also introduces some current national issues such which will affect all researchers in the UK. An introduction to what the Registration Panel consists of will also be provided.

    - Research planning and time management

    - Making the most of the relationship with your supervisor

    - Tackling a doctoral literature review

    - How to avoid plagiarism and academic misconduct

    - How to store and back-up your data securely

    - Registration Panel process

    Research Integrity and Ethics

    Research integrity & ethics

    This session will cover:

    - The research integrity concordat
    - Research ethics and governance
    - When and how to apply for Ethical Approval
    - The Data Protection Act
    - Health and Safety considerations
    - Risk Assessment considerations

    Psychodynamic approaches to research

    TBC

    Developing Research Questions

    It is important that research questions are appropriate and clear. Crafting a set of research questions is a skill that develops over the life of a research study. An initial set of questions will help to orientate your research but they will need further refinement as your research unfolds. This workshop will offer guidance on how to craft and refine research questions that are shaped by your theoretical orientation and will in turn determine the most appropriate methods for your study.

    Advanced literature searching using Web of Science, Journal Citation Reports and Google Scholar

    This session covers the following topics, but will do so flexibly depending on the needs of those attending:

    - Synching Google Scholar with Middlesex University Library and setting up alerts

    - Citation searching: Using Web of Science to find papers which cite key articles in your field.

    - Using Journal Citation Reports to find the top journals in your subject

    - We will also explore other issues raised by attendees during the warm up activities.

    The session assumes you have already attended or completed by self-study the library welcome session which covers:

    - Basic searching and referencing using Library Search

    - Setting up a RefWorks account

    - Cite them Right: This is Middlesex University’s standard source of referencing information.

    - Your librarian.

    The session also assumes you have had a 121 with your Liaison Librarian so you are familiar with the resources in your subject.  http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/liaisonlibrarians

    Academic Integrity for Research Degrees

    This session will cover the following topics, but will do so flexibly depending on the needs of those attending:

    • Explore the relationship between integrity, academia and disciplinary study.
    • Consider the issues and challenges of maintaining Academic Integrity through doctoral study.
    • Identify useful strategies to manage academic integrity issues in research and writing.

    Issues around the mechanics of citing and referencing are covered in RefWorks: your personal library, integrated writing and citing in Word.

    Presentation and Performance Anxiety

    Anxious about presenting in public? You’re not alone! But you can’t escape it either! As well as needing to present papers and pass your Viva, you’re very likely to need to give presentations in your life after University.  So sign up and learn how to work with your anxieties and present with confidence. This webinar is open to all Middlesex University postgraduate students

    Isolation and Alienation

    This webinar has as its theme “alienation, isolation and loneliness – how to better connect”.
    All research students are invited to join us to reflect on how to manage and combat the common feeling and behaviour that result from a sense of alienation, isolation and loneliness as a research student.

    Writing and Editing a Doctoral Thesis

    Writing and Editing a thesis is always a more challenging task than first imagined. Bringing together years of research and reading in to a coherent form requires tenacity, stamina and lots of redrafting. In this session you will be introduced to some useful writing habits, strategies and approaches that can assist you in the task. Successful PhD students will offer insights from their experiences of 'writing up' their doctorates.

    Intellectual Property

    The workshop will cover:
    - Multiple types of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs)
    - Protecting your ideas: different types and standards of protection
    - Protecting your ideas: sharing information
    - Protecting your ideas: commercialisation
    - Accessing third-party IPRs

    Planning and Preparing your Ethics Application

    This session is aimed at postgraduate and research degree students, supervisors and academic staff who are preparing to apply for ethics approval.

    The session will include an overview of the process, structure and principles of applying for ethics approval. Specifically, the MORE application form will be addressed along with points to consider in each aspect of the application process and documentation that will be required. There will be discussion and opportunity for questions on applications both internally via Middlesex University ethics committees and also external ethics application, for example via the Integrated Research Application System (IRAS) for NHS/HRA ethics applications.

    Preparing for your Transfer/Viva Panel(s)

    This workshop will be most beneficial for students who are ready to start preparing for the next stage in their student journey: Transfer and Viva.

    The workshop will cover:

    Transfer: Planning and writing your transfer report; completing your transfer report; preparing for your transfer viva; possible outcomes

    Viva: Planning and writing your thesis; completing your thesis; the viva process; possible outcomes

    This workshop reviews the overall process and the main University Regulation requirements, highlighting ways in which you can prepare for these important assessments.

    An Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods

    TBC

    Publications

    Why publishing is important in academia

    - Where to publish?

    - Publishing your research in journals

    - Conference & Workshop papers

    - Edited & Authored books

    - The publication journey

    - Citations and Impact Factors

    Messy research? Bricolage as an approach to combining diverse qualitative research methods

    Aim: This seminar aims to introduce students to ways of managing and adapting the study design and methods as a continuous or recurrent process over the course of the research.

    Content: Research does not always go as planned and often researchers need to re-think or adapt their original design and methods. This seminar uses examples from research on alcohol to illustrate the problems and provides some suggestions regarding how to avoid meltdown when things go wrong.

    Approach: We will do a good bit of the talking; but we want to take an interactive approach. Please come prepared with questions. If you have an example of something going wrong from your own research, please consider telling us about it – whether you have solved the problem or not.

    Interview Recording and Transcription

    The practicalities of gathering qualitative data and transcribing that data into a form that can be subjected to analysis is an important stage of any research study. The session will address the practical as well as ethical issues involved in recording qualitative interviews. Transcription is also a crucial part of any small scale study, whilst incredibly time consuming the opportunities to re-engage with your data when typing up interviews represents the first stage of the analytic process and should be recognised as such.

    Writing (LET)

    TBC

    Presentation Skills and Conferences

    - Using posters to communicate your research

    - Making the most of conferences

    - Skills for oral presentations

    - Preparing for poster presentations and oral presentations

    In preparation for this workshop, students need to prepare a 3 minute presentation of their proposed research project - the workshop is very interactive, with each students being invited to make a presentation to the class.

    Writing a Literature Review

    The review of literature and relevant sources for doctoral research is central to how you engage in writing your research proposal but also how you might later approach your critical analysis. The classic advice is to go away and ‘read’ but what is the best advice for how to start that reading or how to write up what you have found? The review of literature underpins your understanding of the ideas from your specialist field and discipline and represents your professional and academic integrity. These ‘conceptual frameworks’ create the basis for how you can approach your contribution to knowledge, they allow you to identify gaps in knowledge and engage in the on-going debates in your field that require new research. This session will discuss the meaning and structure of the review, and explore ways for you to develop your own review of literature.

    Positioning yourself as a Researcher and Getting published

    TBC

    Culturally Competent Research - is there a need for it? What are the challenges, criticisms and benefits?

    TBC

    Mindfulness

    A session to better understand Mindfulness

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