Lecture in education research

Engaging with Complexity in Educational Research
Wednesday 22nd July 12.30-13.30

Professor Helen Cooper from the Department of Community and Child Health, University of Chester is giving a talk on how Professional education is an evolving process which requires a framework. The lecture will be in room G306a, Jean Macfarlane Building, University Place. For further information please contact: Dr Veronica Swallow

How to Publish a World Class Paper

jifElsevier is offering a free lecture to all research staff and PhD students on the 20th october 2009 from 10.00-12.00 in Kanaris Lecture Theatre, Manchester Museum. They will offer you practical tips which may help you to publish in leading medical journals.  

The focus of the workshops’ content will be:

  • What you should do before writing of the manuscript
  • How to check if the contribution is new and original
  • What is an appropriate language and tone to use
  • Differences between reading and writing an article

To reserve a place at the Author Workshop please visit the booking site

Doc2Doc – The BMJ’s Online Doctors Community

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Just a quick heads up about a service run by the BMJ called Doc2Doc. It;s an on-line community for Doctors to talk and network with other Doctors.

Apparently it was set up to “improve the working lives of doctors by providing an independent place where doctors can talk freely”.

It maybe something worth checking out not least for it’s networking potential, but also for the ability to talk with other practitioners.

If you do sign up it would be great if you could post comments about how you found the site for other readers.


PG Tips – Advice from part time researchers

vitaeVitae have been running a project called the ‘Part-time researcher programme’, where they interviewed  a number of part time researchers about how their experiences of completing their doctorates.
The result is a series of films and recorded interviews, that contain some execellent advice, whether you are a part time or full time Post grad.

Listed below are some snippets of advice from this programme.

What tips would you give to others undertaking a part-time doctorate?
‘You need to set aside chunks of time for your PhD to do it effectively. So enlist any help that you can whether in work or with the family in enabling you to get full days set aside for your PhD.’

‘Don’t stress out over time when you are not actively working on your PhD. Even though you are not directly thinking about it, your brain is working on the issues and you don’t need to sit there and deal with it 24 hours a day, seven days week in order to get there in the end.’

‘Try and demonstrate progress to yourself.’

‘Use a package like Endnote in order to keep your references well organised because there is nothing worse than searching through piles of journals for something you know you saw three weeks ago.’

‘Be tenacious, because a PhD is a long haul thing.’

‘Carry forward into your new life (as a researcher) the sort of disciplines of selforganisation and time-management that you’ve learnt in your professional life.’

‘Maintain a presence, even if it is only a virtual presence, with your supervisor. Make sure that you have regular appointments in the diary, maybe fortnightly to start with.’

‘Communicate with friends, family, … people at work, your boss so they know what you are doing with your spare time and why you seem to have disappeared from social life. Communicate to them how important it is what you are doing.’

Pathways Career Options for PhDs and Research Staff

Pathways is back and this year we have dozens of panelists, all with PhDs, that have branched out into a wide range of different careers. Whether you are thinking of joining the NHS, continuing your research in industry or hoping to secure an academic position there will be someone for you to talk to.

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Day 1 (12th June) comprises of a series of panels ranging from lab based jobs, media and publishing, academic careers, banking and finance, teaching, communicating science, museums and libraries, business start up and more. You have the opportunity to discuss with the panel what skills they think are important for their role, how they have secured their job and much more.
Following this is a second day of workshops (15th June), from drama based presentations on increasing your interview confidence, discussions on marketing your PhD, negotiating your salary, using emotional intelligence in the workplace to strategic academic career planning. It’s about gaining or practicing your skills to maximise your chances of success.
Finally, day three is a whole new “PhD & Researcher Zone” at the Graduate Recruitment Fair on 17th June. Here you will have the opportunity to consult with employers directly to gain insider tips or independent advice.
To book a place visit http://www.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/trainingteam/pathways