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Research Training and Development

We organise a rich schedule of events and training activities for our postgraduate researchers. These aim to connect researchers with colleagues and fellow researchers, to enhance their academic skillset as well as to enable them to become more effective as researchers. The training includes a Mental Health and Wellbeing Series tailored for researchers.

  • Researcher Development Programme

    The Researcher Development Programme (RDP) is a series of seminars available to MDX postgraduate researchers. The programme consists of sessions focusing on different areas students will need on their research journey and provides them with the opportunity to meet other researchers, share ideas and network. RDP workshops are essential for the researchers' academic development and successful completion of their research programme.

    The sessions are delivered by academics from across the university with specialist knowledge in these areas. The majority are currently offered online via Zoom, with fewer workshops and seminars held on campus.

    Full details of the upcoming sessions can be found here.

CAPE Short Course: Effective Teaching to Support Blended Learning at Middlesex

The Centre for Academic Practice Enhancement (CAPE) has developed and facilitates a short course covering the fundamental principles of learning, teaching and assessment practice at Middlesex. The Course is designed to support researchers and colleagues for whom teaching at Middlesex is new, and is robustly aligned with the University's Strategic Plan 2031.

Completion of the Short Course is a mandatory requirement for doctoral students who have not previously taught at Middlesex.

Short Course Overview

The Course is delivered through a mixture of live online sessions within a dedicated meeting room and self-paced activities.
Participants are required to attend all live sessions and undertake the learning activities for each of the five learning units to complete the Course. Due to the experiential and cumulative nature of the Course partial completion is not permitted.

Upcoming sessions for the academic year 2021-2022 are now fully booked.

For further information about the Short Course please contact:

Course Leader John Parkinson
Course Administrator Joanne Mullarkey

Find out more in My Learning

  • Research and Writing Retreats

The retreats are organised and delivered by Learning Enhancement Team and Library colleagues, in collaboration with Research Degrees Administration Team.

MDX Research and Writing Retreats are all about escaping the day-to-day distractions of emails, phones, social media, students, marking etc. etc. and having the time and space to bury yourself in researching and writing. In the presence of fellow researchers and colleagues from LET, Library and RDAT you will find yourself in a motivating environment where you can immerse yourself in your work.

The format of the retreats is flexible to accommodate individual preferences and ways of working, but offering a structure to assist you in organising your day.

The retreats include activities to help get you going, such as guided free writing and library research skills.

Upcoming dates TBC

Every journey starts with a single step. Every piece of writing starts with a single word.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Series

Our Counselling and Mental Health Team, in collaboration with RDAT have organised a series of seminars on Mental Health and Wellbeing which are specifically aimed at the needs of postgraduate researchers.

  • Who's the boss? | 17 March 2022 | 12:00pm

    with Kate Medlin

    Who’s the boss? You or your Mind? – Join us on a workshop to challenge negative thinking and the recurrent anxieties and worries that come with it. If you're struggling with unhelpful patterns, and your moods and anxiety taking over, then this is the workshop for you.

    Let's explore and learn together how to change the way you feel by changing the way you think.

    Register for the workshop

  • Loneliness and Connecting | 28 April 2022 | 12:00pm

    with Kate Medlin

    Feeling isolated? Want to feel more connected to others? Let’s learn to challenge loneliness and each other’s negative inner monologue. Let’s practice the skills and the importance of being open, authentic, and recognising that it isn’t our wounds that put other’s off, but the armour we use to hide them.

    Register for the workshop

The Discomfort Zone | 4 May 2022 | 11:30am

with Simone Gold

Join us for a Presentation & Performance Anxiety workshop. We know there will be times you will be asked to perform or present in front of tutors and peers. What do you fear the most? What does ‘failure’ mean to you? What messages might we have received that could make us more or less afraid of the idea of ‘failing’? How do we respond to our critical voice and our self-limiting beliefs so that we develop the knowledge that when we fall down, we get up again and get stronger?

Register for the workshop

If you have any queries about these sessions please email researchdegrees@mdx.ac.uk

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