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Research Training and Development

We offer a variety of events and training programmes for our postgraduate research students. These aim to connect students with like minded colleagues, as well as assisting and enabling them to become more effective as researchers.

Researcher Development Programme

The Researcher Development Programme is a series of seminars available to the Middlesex research degrees community. It complements the discipline specific research development seminars which are offered in faculties/schools. The programme consists of sessions focusing on specific skills and resources students will need on their research journey and will provide them with the opportunity to meet other researchers, share ideas and network. Attendance at these workshops is valuable to students' personal development, research journey and successful completion of the research programme.

The sessions are delivered by academics from across the university with specialist knowledge in these areas. They are delivered face to face on our Hendon campus, as well as via webinar.

Full details of the upcoming sessions can be found here

Short Course in Learning, Teaching and Assessment - Face to Face

The Short Course in Learning, Teaching and Assessment is facilitated by the Centre for Learning and Teaching Enhancement (CAPE). The course is intended to support doctoral students who are interested in preparing to teach at Middlesex University, and has been designed to accommodate participants either new to teaching or with prior teaching experience.

The aim of the course is to familiarise participants with all aspects of teaching practice in a Higher Education (HE) environment. To this end the course has been developed to introduce participants to a range of teaching techniques and the various contexts within which these can be implemented.

The following topics will be covered over the one-and-a-half-day workshop:

  • Learning Theories
  • Techniques in Learning and Teaching
  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Planning Learning and Teaching
  • Evaluating Learning and Teaching

Participants will have the opportunity to receive a certificate of completion by meeting the following criteria:

  • Attendance of all sessions within the short course
  • Observation of two teaching sessions after attending the course, and the completion and submission of a teaching observation form detailing your reflections on this process

The taught Short Course occurs on the following dates:

Dates to be confirmed at the start of the academic year 2020/2021

N.B. Each course runs over 2 days. You must sign up for both days of the course to be eligible to attend (mixing of runs is not permitted). Please use your MDX university email address when completing the booking page.

Short Course in Learning, Teaching and Assessment (online version)

You can access the course content in MyLearning and at this link.

This course is a fully online version of the Short Course in Learning, Teaching and Assessment that runs at the Hendon campus at Middlesex University. The course is intended to support doctoral students who are interested in preparing to teach at Middlesex University, and has been designed to accommodate participants either new to teaching or with prior teaching experience.

This version of the course has been developed to meet the needs of learners who are unable to attend the face-to-face version due to factors such as remoteness of location or an inability to devote the concentrated period of time the taught version requires of participants.

Conditions for participation

The course is delivered over a five-week period. A major benefit of studying online is the opportunity for participants to manage their own study time, and the course has been developed to optimise this. You will, however, be expected to attend live, hour-long virtual meeting room sessions on the first, third and fifth weeks of the course. These sessions will occur on the Wednesday of each week and at a time deemed convenient for the majority of participants (agreed at the start of the course).

Participants will all be expected to attend a 30 minute induction session in the online meeting room on the Monday of the first week of the course.

Pre-requisites of the course

Participants must have:

  • Access to a computer and a robust internet connection to enable full participation in live meeting room sessions
  • Ability to attend all of the live meeting room sessions occurring on the Wednesdays of the first, third and fifth weeks of the course
  • Ability to devote a minimum of two hours to study and learning activities per week for the duration of the course.

The Online Short Course in Learning, Teaching and Assessment will occur twice over the coming term. Please click on the run you wish to attend and complete the online booking form to register:

Online Short Course Tuesday 9th March - Friday 19th March 2021

Online Short Course Tuesday 18th May - Friday 28th May 2021

Retreats (Research and Writing)

Finding the time and space to focus on making/continuing your progress towards completion of a Research Degree can be very demanding at the best of times; this is particularly the case for people juggling their Research Degree with work and/or family commitments, as many research students at Middlesex are. And particularly the case for those with a strong commitment to social media!

Designed and run in partnership between the LET [Learning Enhancement Team], the librarians team, the Research Degrees Administration Team, and Research Students themselves, Retreats are designed to enable participants to step into a zone in which they can spend quality focused time away from the daily distractions of work, emails, mobile phones, and social media, and dedicate themselves to researching, researching and more researching, and to writing, writing and more writing. They are all about giving participants time to focus and make those decisive steps forwards in the long journey towards completing a Research Degree, and, if you wish, to meet other Research students and compare your approaches to your work, and to share the pain! They are also an opportunity to discuss your researching or your writing one-to-one with an expert, if you might want to do so.
A Retreat usually starts with participants sharing their objectives for the event in small groups; progress towards these objectives is then self-monitored during the event, and the successful meeting of those objectives – we won’t have it any other way – shared with your fellow participants at the end of the event. Participants are usually pleasantly surprised at just how much work they can get one with some dedicated time spent.

Research Retreats

Usually ran by the librarian team over a day, Research Retreats are your opportunity to give yourself time and space to bury yourself in researching the literature and find ideas and information to move your research decisively forwards. Research Retreats are usually run a week or two in advance of Writing Retreats, to enable you to ensure you have plenty to write about at the next Writing Retreat.

Writing Retreats

Usually run over two days by the LET [Learning Enhancement Team] in collaboration with two Research Students, Writing Retreats are your time to get those magic words and thoughts down on paper and get sections / chapters done, whether in draft or in final form. In the same way every journey starts with a single step and gathers momentum, every piece of writing starts with a single word.

Dates for the 2020/21 academic year

DateRoomLink to sign-up

To be confirmed


Wellbeing Series

The Research Degrees Administration Team, in collaboration with Wellbeing, have organised a series of webinars which will be specifically aimed at Postgraduate Research Degree students.

Overcoming Procrastination - Simone Gold and Kate Medlin

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.

A recording of this session can be found here

Presentation and Performance Anxiety - Simone Gold and Kate Medlin

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

A recording of this session can be found here

Isolation and Alienation - Julie Crabb and Simone Gold

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.

A recording of this session can be found here

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

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