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Researcher Development Programme - Spring Term 2020/21

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 where relevant. All times are UK, London time zone.

Where applicable, book your place using the RDP booking form, so that we can send you updates and reminders prior to the sessions.

Please note that this page is constantly updated with new sessions. Ensure you check regularly.

  • June 2021

Session titleBooking
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Time and date Session link and more information

Preparing for Vivas

Chris Bishop

NATuesday, 01/06/2021
@10:00-11:00
In this presentation, Chris provides tips on how to best prepare for your viva. He will cover such topics as importance of having a mock exam, notes you can take in to the viva itself, and the value of knowing a little about your examiners beforehand!

Life after PhD

William Wong

NAWednesday, 09/06/2021
@12:00-13:00
The majority of PhD graduates will not get jobs in academia. If this is true, what should we be doing to prepare for a non-university job? If this is not true, what should we be doing to prepare for a university job? What should our CVs look like? What are the expectations of university and non-university jobs? Why would anyone hire a PhD? What does a PhD degree enable me to do? especially what will I be able to do better than a bachelor or master degree? How do I make the transition if I can’t get a university job? There will be many uncertainties once we complete our thesis, defend it in the viva, and graduate. How will you face the challenge?

Joining details can be found in MyLearning, in the June 2021 flyer. You need your MDX login details to access these.

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

Adam Edwards

Booking formWednesday,
09/06/2021
@14:00-16:00

This is a hands-on online workshop and presentation,
delivered by Dr Adam Edwards, Library Liaison Manager
on how to utilise in the most effective way the tools
that are available to you as research students,
to conduct your literature review and carry out your research project.

Join session here.
Meeting ID: 959 5730 4505
Passcode: 454532

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

Adam Edwards

Booking formWednesday,
16/06/2021
@14:00-16:00

In this session, Adam will guide you through RefWorks,
our reference management software that you have access to use for free as MDX research students.

Join session here.
Meeting ID: 959 5730 4505
Passcode: 454532

Human Tissue Authority, Ethics and Intellectual Property

Richard Bayford , Sandra Appiah, Lucy Ghali

NAThursday, 17/06/2021 @10:00-12:00At this session colleagues will present on the topics of: Human Tissue Authority requirements, Ethics and Approval for Medical devices and Intellectual property.

Joining details can be found in MyLearning, in the June 2021 flyer. You need your MDX login details to access these.

Successfully navigating academic conferences

Laura Wilson

NAMonday, 28/06/2021
@10:00-11:00
In this presentation, Laura will cover how you can prepare for an academic conference before arrival, how to make the most of the sessions available, and how to maximise networking opportunities both at the conference and beyond.

Joining details can be found in MyLearning, in the June 2021 flyer. You need your MDX login details to access these.
  • Previous months schedule

    • January 2021

      Collecting qualitative data in times of social distancing

      Tim Freeman

      Wednesday, 20/01/2021,
      at 10:00-13:00

      This session is tailored for Business School students but open to everybody. 

      Join session here

      Meeting ID: 932 1228 1028
      Passcode: 519844
      LinkedIn Learning for research studentsThursday, 21/01/2021
      @14:00-16:00

      Resources

      LinkedIn Learning guide - PDF format

      How to use LinkedIn Learning video - sign in with your MDX details (email address - AB123@live.mdx.ac.uk - and password) to access the platform for free

      Using randomised control trials (RCTs) to design policies

      Ericka Rascón-Ramírez

      Wednesday, 27/01/2021
      @10:00-13:00

      This session is tailored for Business School students but open to everybody. 

      Join session here.

      Meeting ID: 920 8826 8913
      Passcode: 595789
    • February 2021
      The beauty of data analysis

      Michela Vecchi

      Monday, 01/02/2021
      @10:00-13:00

      This session is tailored for Business School students but open to everybody. It is recommended for returning students

      Join session here.

      Meeting ID: 930 0744 2857
      Passcode: 373071

      Lessons learned from supervising PhD Students

      Prof Nic James

      Wednesday, 03/02/2021
      @15:00-16:00
      This session is facilitated by staff from the Faculty of Science and Technology, but is of interest to all PGR research students.

      Details to join sessions are in MyLearning.

      More info can be found in our Events page.

      Getting research funded

      Prof Mandeep Dhami

      Tuesday, 09/02/2021 @11:00-12:00This session is facilitated by staff from the Faculty of Science and Technology, but is of interest to all PGR research students.

      Details to join sessions are in MyLearning.

      More info can be found in our Events page.

      Focus Group and Interviews

      Bianca Stumbitz

      Wednesday, 10/02/2021
      @10:00am -12:00 noon

      This session is tailored for Business School students but open to everybody.

      Join session here.

      Meeting ID: 959 2517 4519
      Passcode: 298222

      Why ethics in research

      Dr Kostas Papadopoulos

      Friday, 12/02/2021 @12:00-13:00This session is facilitated by staff from the Faculty of Science and Technology, but is of interest to all PGR research students.
      This is a recorded session that you are encouraged to watch at your own time and attend the live coffee forum and discussion on 12/02/2021.

      Details to join sessions are in MyLearning.

      More info can be found in our Events page.

      Doing Thematic Analysis

      Bianca Stumbitz

      Wednesday, 17/02/2021
      @10:00am - 12:00 noon

      This session is tailored for Business School students but open to everybody.

      Join session here.

      Meeting ID: 954 8827 4139
      Passcode: 574110

      Experiences of doing a research degree

      Dr Deborah Bailey-Rodriguez

      Thursday, 18/02/2021
      @11:00am-12:00noon
      This session is facilitated by staff from the Faculty of Science and Technology, but is of interest to all PGR research students.

      Details to join sessions are in MyLearning.

      More info can be found in our Events page.

      The four ailments of academic writing and how to cure them

      Nico Pizzolato

      Wednesday, 24/02/2021
      @10:00am-12:00noon

      This session is tailored for Business School students but open to everybody.

      Join session here.

      Meeting ID: 981 2511 8729
      Passcode: 757898

      Interviewing methods in times of a pandemic

      Leena Robertson

      Wednesday, 24/02/2021 @14:00-16:00Join session here.

      Meeting ID: 996 2150 6998
      Passcode: 416252

      Research Training Café

      Jo Kitchen and Nico Pizzolato

      Thursday, 25/02/2021
      @16:00-17:30

      This session is tailored for Business School students but open to everybody.

      Join session here.

      Meeting ID: 937 6819 1664
      Passcode: 537788

    • March 2021

      How to conduct a systematic review of the literature

      Anthony Turner

      Monday, 01/03/2021 @13:00-14:00This session is facilitated by staff from the Faculty of Science and Technology, but is of interest to all PGR research students.

      Details to join sessions are in MyLearning (log in with your MDX username and password).

      More info can be found in our Events page.

      Engaging with Social Media to increase research impact

      Anne-Wil Harzing

      Wednesday, 03/03/2021
      @10:00am-13:00

      This session is tailored for Business School students but open to everybody.

      Preparation before the session
      1. Look at this 8-part blogpost series: https://harzing.com/blog/2020/01/social-media-in-academia-introduction
      2. View or at least skip through these videos: https://harzing.com/blog/2020/11/how-to-improve-your-research-impact-youtube-series
      3. Ensure you have set up basic online profiles (you choose which ones you want to focus on) so that we can spend the session to improve them and exchange tips for using them.

      Join session here.

      Meeting ID: 925 8008 4834
      Passcode: 740905

      Virtual Café in preparation for Summer Conference

      Kate Maguire

      Wednesday, 03/03/2021
      @13:30

      You can join the session when convenient using this zoom link.

      Bring your questions and anything you wish to discuss around your Summer Conference abstract submission.

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

      Adam Edwards

      Wednesday, 03/03/2021
      @14:00-16:00

      Join session here.

      Meeting ID: 959 5730 4505
      Passcode: 454532

      Quantitative Frameworks for Data Analysis

      Suman Lodh

      Wednesday,
      10/03/2021
      @10:00am-12:00noon

      This session is tailored for Business School students but open to everybody.

      Join session here.

      Meeting ID: 935 1151 3432
      Passcode: 789247

      Virtual Café in preparation for Summer Conference

      Kate Maguire

      Wednesday,
      10/03/2021 @13:30

      You can join the session when convenient using this zoom link.

      Bring your questions and anything you wish to discuss around your Summer Conference abstract submission.

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

      Adam Edwards

      Wednesday, 10/03/2021 @14:00-16:00

      Join session here.

      Meeting ID: 959 5730 4505
      Passcode: 454532

      Conducting research in high performance sport

      Shyam Chavda (London Sports Institute)

      Thursday, 11/03/2021 @13:00-14:00This session is facilitated by staff from the Faculty of Science and Technology, but is of interest to all PGR research students.

      Details to join sessions are in MyLearning (log in with your MDX username and password)

      More info can be found in our Events page.

      Writing a literature review

      Paula Nottingham

      Thursday, 11/03/2021
      @14:00-16:00

      Join session here.

      Meeting ID: 943 0147 1966
      Passcode: 765765

      Applying to speak at conferences

      Chris Curtis (London Sports Institute)

      Tuesday,
      16/03/2021 @13:00-14:00
      This session is facilitated by staff from the Faculty of Science and Technology, but is of interest to all PGR research students.

      Details to join sessions are in MyLearning (log in with your MDX username and password)

      More info can be found in our Events page.

      Writing a good abstract

      Paula Bernaschina

      Tuesday, 16/03/2021 @ 14:00-15:00

      Powerpoint presentation

      Repeat session on Thursday 18/03/2021 @15:30 UK time

      Publishing in Academic Journals: preparation, process, outlets

      Konstantinos Andriotis

      Wednesday,
      17/03/2021
      @10:00am-12:00noon

      This session is tailored for Business School students but open to everybody.

      Join session here.

      Meeting ID: 934 8422 9163
      Passcode: 560484

      Virtual Café in preparation for Summer Conference

      Kate Maguire

      Wednesday,
      17/03/2021 @13:30

      You can join the session when convenient using this zoom link.

      Bring your questions and anything you wish to discuss around your Summer Conference abstract submission.

      Developing a career in academia

      Louise Moont

      Thursday, 18/03/2021
      @10:00-12:00

      Join session here.

      Meeting ID: 928 0144 7581
      Passcode: 485793

      Writing a good abstract

      Paula Bernaschina

      Thursday, 18/03/2021 @15:30-16:30

      This is a session in preparation for the Summer Conference abstract submissions.

      Join session here.

      Meeting ID: 950 1694 0294
      Passcode: 528958

      Repeat session from Tuesday 16/03/2021

      Making your research matter: impact and advocacy/activism

      Erminia Colucci (Psychology)

      Monday, 22/03/2021 @14:00-15:00This session is facilitated by staff from the Faculty of Science and Technology, but is of interest to all PGR research students.

      Details to join sessions are in MyLearning (log in with your MDX username and password)

      More info can be found in our Events page.

      Academic Integrity for Research Degrees

      Peter Thomas

      Tuesday,
      23/03/2021 @14:00-15:00

      Join session here.

      Meeting ID: 979 8422 3432
      Passcode: 932762

      Doing mixed methods

      James Derbyshire

      Wednesday, 24/03/2021
      @10:00am-12:00noon

      This session is tailored for Business School students but open to everybody.

      Join session here.

      Interview skills, CVs and applications

      Louise Moont

      Wednesday, 24/03/2021
      @10:00am-12:00noon

      Join session here.

      Meeting ID: 928 0144 7581
      Passcode: 485793

      Virtual Café in preparation for Summer Conference

      Kate Maguire

      Wednesday,
      24/03/2021 @13:30

      You can join the session when convenient using this zoom link.

      Bring your questions and anything you wish to discuss around your Summer Conference abstract submission.

      Research Training Café

      Jo Kitchen and Nico Pizzolato

      Thursday, 25/03/2021
      @16:00-17:30

      This session is tailored for Business School students but open to everybody.

      Join session here.

      Meeting ID: 937 6819 1664
      Passcode: 537788

      Mock registration/transfer session

      Nico Pizzolato and Valerio Capraro

      Wednesday, 31/03/2021
      @10:00am-12:00noon

      Join session here.

      Meeting ID: 981 2511 8729
      Passcode: 757898

    • April 2021
      Research Ethics Café

      Helen Allan
      Wednesday,
      14/04/2021
      @14:00-15:30
      Apologies for the short notice, this session has been cancelled.

      Getting Published in Journals -
      A feminist approach

      Jayne Osgood

      Thursday, 15/04/2021 @12:00noon-13:30

      Join session here.

      Meeting ID: 996 2150 6998
      Passcode: 416252

      How to address the reviewers' comments and revise your papers

      Huan Nguyen

      Monday, 19/04/2021 @10:30-11:30amThis session is facilitated by staff from the Faculty of Science and Technology, but is of interest to all PGR research students.

      Details to join sessions are in MyLearning (log in with your MDX username and password)

      More info can be found in our Events page.

      Introduction to Quantitative Methods using SPSS


      CORRECTION: session delivered by Soydan Soylu

      Wednesday, 21/04/2021 @10:00-13:00

      This session is tailored for Business School students but open to everybody.

      Join session here.

      Meeting ID: 924 4482 9708
      Passcode: 999999

      This Workshop will be followed up on the 26th of April by a more in-depth follow up session focusing in particular on factor analysis. Read below for more information and links to register and attend.

      Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA)

      Dr Soydan Soylu

      Workshop organised by Science and Technology Communication Research Cluster

      Monday 26/04/2021 @11:00-13:00

      EFA can be used to:

      • identify the underlying dimensions under a variable.
      • reduce a large number of items in a scale into a smaller number of factors.
      • help validating or adapting a scale by demonstrating that its constituent items load on the same dimension.

      Note: Basic knowledge about quantitative research methods and familiarity with SPSS (e.g., how to enter data in SPSS) is a prerequisite for attending this workshop. Attendees must install SPSS software prior to the workshop. SPSS is available for staff and students at https://appsanywhere.mdx.ac.uk/login

      Join Zoom session here.

      Meeting ID: 918 8891 0271
      Passcode: 093107

      An Overview of Scientific Publication

      Juan Carlos Augusto

      Monday, 26/04/2021 @14:00-15:00Join session here.

      Meeting ID: 935 5030 8280
      Passcode: 119938

      Publishing in peer-reviewed academic journals

      Mandeep Dhami

      Tuesday, 27/04/2021 @11:00am-12:00pmThis session is facilitated by staff from the Faculty of Science and Technology, but is of interest to all PGR research students.

      Details to join sessions are in MyLearning (log in with your MDX username and password)

      More info can be found in our Events page.

      Academic Integrity for Research Degrees

      Paula Bernaschina

      Tuesday, 27/04/2021 @14:00-15:00

      Join session here.

      Meeting ID: 979 8422 3432
      Passcode: 932762

      Intelligent Environments

      Juan Carlos Augusto

      Wednesday, 28/04/2021 @13:00-14:00This session is facilitated by staff from the Faculty of Science and Technology, but is of interest to all PGR research students.

      Details to join sessions are in MyLearning (log in with your MDX username and password)

      More info can be found in our Events page.
      Writing a Journal Paper in a Week

      Jayne Osgood
      Thursday, 29/04/2021 @12:00noon-13:30

      Join session here.

      Meeting ID: 996 2150 6998
      Passcode: 416252

    • May 2021
      Session titleBooking
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      Time and date Session link and more information
      Does your research have impact?

      Anthony Turner (London Sports Institute)
      No booking requiredWednesday, 05/05/2021
      @ 11:00-12:00
      In this presentation, Anthony discuses impact based research,
      which is defined as research that directly impacts society.
      Anthony uses the research excellence framework guidelines
      to discuss how you can plan a series of interrelated studies
      that maximise the significance and reach of your research.

      This session is facilitated by staff from the Faculty of Science and Technology,
      but is of interest to all PGR research students.

      Details to join sessions are in MyLearning.

      Bridging the gap between research, policy and practice

      Miranda Horvath

      No booking requiredMonday,
      10/05/2021
      @11:00-12:00
      Dr Horvath will share her experience of conducting research
      that impacts on policy and practice. She will also provide advice about making connections and building networks
      with policy makers and practitioners and
      conducting collaborative research with them.

      This session is facilitated by staff from the Faculty of Science and Technology,
      but is of interest to all PGR research students.

      Details to join sessions are in MyLearning.

      In silico models

      Chris Huyck (Computer Science)

      No booking requiredWednesday, 12/05/2021
      @13:00-14:00
      In this presentation, Prof Huyck will discuss in silico models,
      also known as computational models. After introducing models
      and computational models,
      Huyck will discuss two areas of expertise,
      neural models and cognitive models. Huyck will then broach an area in which he is not an expert,
      water course models with the view of exploring how existing models can be explored and new ones developed.

      This session is facilitated by staff from the Faculty of Science and Technology,
      but is of interest to all PGR research students.

      Details to join sessions are in MyLearning.
      Preparing conference posters

      Shyam Chavda
      No booking requiredMonday, 
      17/05/2021
      @12:00-13:00
      In this presentation, Shyam will cover what to consider
      when developing a poster for a conference and
      how to ensure your poster is impactful in
      delivering your research findings in an easy to understand and aesthetic manner.

      This session is facilitated by staff from the Faculty of Science and Technology,
      but is of interest to all PGR research students.

      Details to join sessions are in MyLearning.

      Creating a good poster

      Peter Thomas

      Booking formFriday, 21/05/2021 @14:00-15:00

      This is a session in preparation for the Summer Conference abstract submissions.

      Join session here.

      Meeting ID: 979 8422 3432
      Passcode: 932762

      Lessons learned from my PhD

      Nimai Parmar (London Sports Institute)
      No booking requiredTuesday, 25/05/2021 @10:00-11:00In this presentation, Dr Parmar talks through his first-hand experience at being a PhD student at Middlesex University,
      the lessons learned, and what he would do, if he knew then, what he knows now!

      This session is facilitated by staff from the Faculty of Science and Technology,
      but is of interest to all PGR research students.

      Details to join sessions are in MyLearning.

      Giving effective presentations

      Peter Thomas

      Booking formTuesday, 25/05/2021 @14:00-15:00

      This is a session in preparation for the Summer Conference abstract submissions.

      Join session here.

      Meeting ID: 979 8422 3432
      Passcode: 932762

      The importance of ethical scrutiny of research projects

      Carlisle George

      No booking requiredWednesday, 26/05/2921
      @14:00-15:00
      This talk focuses on the importance of ethical scrutiny in research.
      It will detail legal and ethical obligations that researchers must comply with.
      It will also give previous examples of the consequences of poor ethical scrutiny of research projects.
      Finally, it will explain the University’s research ethics framework and accompanying procedures.

      This session is facilitated by staff from the Faculty of Science and Technology,
      but is of interest to all PGR research students.

      Details to join sessions are in MyLearning.
  • Researcher Library Guide

You can access all of our Library resources here. Moreover, the Researchers' dedicated area can be accessed here. All the resources that you need to aid your research project and your writing. Make the most of it!

Researcher training page

- The Welcome worksheet
- The Library and Academic Writing Checklist
- Set up Linkedin worksheet
Linkedin Learning for Research
Advanced Literature Searching, (and recorded version)
- RefWorks (and recorded version); for RefWorks there is a more detailed page of information here
- Software (NVivo and SPSS)
- Interlibrary loans


Your subject librarians are available to meet you for 1-2-1 support; you are encouraged to contact them, using the links above.

  • Online training available

Please ensure you are logged in to your myUniHub record in order to access the following training courses via LinkedIn Learning

Using Word to create the written PhDClick here for training videos
Inclusive Leadership trainingClick here for training videos
R Programming in Data Science: Setup and StartClick here for training videos
Learning PythonClick here for training videos
Practice strong project managementClick here for training videos
NVivo trainingClick here for training videos
SPSSClick here for training videos
MinitabClick here for training videos
STATAClick here for training videos
Writing a Research PaperClick here for training videos
Qualitative research methodsClick here for training videos
Making your Thesis Open AccessClick here for recording of the webinar
Managing your Research Data Click here for recording of the webinar
Writing (LET)Click here for recording of the webinar

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