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The Research Support and Training Team provides a wide range of training sessions, some of which are compulsory. Your faculty will also provide other training events (RDCS and the Research Support and Training Team within it are central support services, working closely with, but independent of the five academic faculties). If you are unsure which training events you need to attend, you are advised to speak to your Supervisory Team / Professional Doctorate Programme Director or Faculty Director of Research Students.
Your research degree studies take place within a framework of continuing training and development, designed to enhance your experience, research and transferable skills. In order to make best use of these opportunities you should consider how and why you are undertaking training and record the sessions, seminars and workshops you attend, for example, to include in your CV. For more information about this please click on Planning Your Research Training.
Details of the compulsory and additional training opportunities available for research students and research supervisors follow below. As well as these, students and supervisors can access an online suite of training courses provided by Epigeum and attend training programmes facilitated directly by their faculty and human resources.
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We will send you joining information including a programme if applicable prior to the start of the course which will contain details of venue, any preparatory work etc.
If you are no longer able to attend a session you have booked on to, please cancel your place through Progress Platform at least a week in advance. However, if you are cancelling with less than 2 working days' notice please also email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0845 196 4209 (to call from abroad, please dial 0044 1245 684 209).
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Compulsory Research Skills Training for Students
Additional Research Skills Training for Students
Research Supervisor Development
Research Integrity (Epigeum)
*Epigeum online training also available
Selecting a Conference, Presenting & Networking (Epigeum)
Professional Skills for Research Leaders (Epigeum)
Managing your Research Supervisor (Epigeum)
This training is compulsory for all Research Degree Students and should be completed at the appropriate stage.
This one-day session is designed to equip you with the knowledge that you will require to successfully undertake your doctoral studies. It provides an introduction to postgraduate research, including the background and history of the doctoral qualification and the pathway to gaining your award. It explains the framework within which you will progress, and discusses the role and responsibilities of your supervisors and yourself as a doctoral student. It provides an overview of the support available within Anglia Ruskin University, such as the training sessions and support provided by Research, Development and Commercial Services (RDCS), and the University Library. It also raises awareness of issues you may need to consider such as research ethics and intellectual property rights. Here is the Stage 1 Workbook 2014-15
Stage 1 also includes the online Epigeum skills training course: Intellectual Property (IP) in the Research Context. For more information please see the Epigeum page. An awareness of Intellectual Property and its related issues is essential for researchers. This compulsory online course is a short introduction to the topic and aims to give you a knowledge of the key areas that affect you as a researcher. Stage 1 generic training is only complete once you have passed this online course.
This one-day session is intended to help you develop and practice your presentation skills in a safe and supportive environment. In the morning, we introduce and discuss different presentation styles and forums. During the afternoon, we ask all participants to deliver a four-minute presentation (which you will have prepared in advance) about your research, and others in the group will provide constructive feedback and critique. It is an excellent opportunity for you to share your ideas and learn from others’ experiences. You are required to prepare a four-minute presentation about your research in advance of this session. Here is the Stage 2A Workbook.
This one-day session focusses on the academic writing process. We look at the way that meaning is expressed, and the decisions that we need to make in order to communicate our ideas effectively through our writing. The requirements and conventions around writing for your doctoral thesis are also explored. The session provides an opportunity for you to reflect on your own writing, to share your ideas and experiences, and to consider how you might refine your approach.
You should register for this session when you are approaching the Confirmation of Candidature stage of your doctoral studies (see the Research Degree Regulations for details, or seek advice from your supervisor). Professional Doctorate candidates would find it helpful to attend this training earlier, to support the written papers in Stage I of the Professional Doctorate. Here is the Stage 2B Workbook 2014-15
This one-day session is intended to help you prepare for the submission of your thesis, and for your viva voce examination. We explore the requirements for and process of submission, the protocols, conventions and conduct of the viva examination, and the range and scope of the questions that may be asked. The session also includes a simulated viva examination, so that you can see how a 'real' viva is conducted. The session will enable you to gain a focus on the submission and examination process, and help you plan for all of the work you need to complete leading up to submission of your thesis, as well as, of course, to prepare for the day of your viva itself.
You should register for this session when you enter your writing-up period: i.e. in the space after Confirmation of Candidature, but certainly well before you submit your thesis for examination. Here is the Stage 3 Workbook
This half-day session provides an introduction to some of the main ethical issues relating to research. It examines the significance of recent legislation in relation to research ethics, and provides an example of how ethical problems can be resolved once they are identified. It introduces the process for ethical approval, and the criteria that make for a successful application. These sessions are for both research degree students and research degree supervisors.
For further details please see the Epigeum page
For further details please see the Epigeum page
All new research degree students are required to pass the online Epigeum course: Intellectual Property (IP) in the Research Context. For further details please see the Epigeum page.
This session is compulsory for any research student planning to teach who has not undertaken approved training. Please note that you need to attend throughout all three days of the workshop in order to pass the course.
This three-day session is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills you will need to teach successfully. It will introduce you to planning learning activities and study programmes; teaching and learner support; undertaking assessment and providing feedback, support and guidance; integrating your research and scholarship with your teaching; and evaluating your practice and further professional development needs. Candidates may choose to submit an assessment to be considered for a certificate from the Staff Educational Development Association (SEDA). This session (formerly known as Training for Research Students who Teach) is led by Dr. Jaki Lilly, Anglia Learning and Teaching.
This session covers engaging with the public, interviews with the media and publishing and evidencing the impact of your research
Doctoral research is expected to make a contribution to knowledge. In this process a conceptual framework provides a theoretical overview of the topic that will be investigated. It emerges from reading the literature as a theoretical perspective on your topic. Conceptual frameworks usually appear in the text diagrammatically and show their linkages to other research components in the thesis. Thus, a conceptual framework will determine your choice of methodological approach, the design of your research and the text in your chapter of conclusions.
This session will explain how to create a conceptual framework from your reading of your literature, how it should influence research design and the drafting of doctoral conclusions. Examples from various disciplines will illustrate the function and visual/textual presentation of conceptual frameworks supported by the article 'Overlooking the conceptual framework'.
This half-day session focusses on the planning and production of posters, which are becoming an increasingly common means for research to be presented at conferences. We will explore what constitutes a research poster, and what you need to consider when designing your poster, and presenting it at a conference. Each year research degree students have the opportunity to present their posters at our Annual Research Student Conference, and the best are awarded prizes. The procedure for submitting your poster for the conference is discussed. Prize-winning posters from past research student conferences are available for you to view.
First, we shall look at what we mean by 'research' in general. Is 'research' simply a matter of 'searching', or looking for answers to questions or solutions to problems? Or do we want a much more comprehensive definition such as a 'systematic and sustained enquiry carried out to answer some specific type of question'?
Second, we shall discuss questions about whether social science can actually guarantee achieving an understanding of the really real or the truly true and whether its various methods or processes or procedures can be trusted.
Please note, this training will not teach you Statistics, it is purely training in how to use SPSS. If you are in need of help with your statistics, we recommend you sign up to our Statistics training session.
The aim of the course is to help you understand why statistics is a vital tool in analysing quantitative data, give you the basic skills and understanding to conduct your own analyses and to provide you with the foundations and confidence to tackle more advanced material. The focus is on statistics as a valuable research tool rather than the mathematical understanding of the statistical procedures. The examples used are drawn largely from the biological sciences but the course will be useful to students from a wide range of subjects.
This workshop provides an overview of mixed methods which have become a well-established approach in the social sciences. The session will start with a lecture on mixed methods followed by a presentation dealing with the application of mixed methods and a group discussion on mixed methods. Please have a look at Greene, J. (2008) Is Mixed Methods Social Inquiry a Distsinctive Methodology? Journal of Mixed Methods Research, vol.2 no.1: pp.7-22
This is a hands-on two-hour session in which you will practice importing documents into NVivo and coding them to organise and manage data. Unfortunately it is not possible to work with your own project data but you will be provided with practice documents.
The session begins with a brief explanation of the advantages and disadvantages of NVivo and the types of project for which it is, or might not be, best suited. The topics covered include importing data, creating cases and applying attributes, matrix searching, coding data, nodes, search, autocode and other searches.
The aim of this session is to explore your options after you have completed your MPhil/Doctorate and to be able to adopt good job searching skills and be able to analyse your own interests and abilities.
Find out how to apply the basic techniques of project management to help plan and deliver your PhD. Skills covered include project scoping, task scheduling, risk assessment and time management. The session includes plenty of opportunity to practice applying the techniques to your own situation and is especially useful for those in the early stages of their PhD journey, but please also feel free to come along if you would like to refresh your project management skills at any stage of your research.
The linked sessions provide a detailed overview of qualitative methodologies and methods. They are highly relevant for students thinking about using qualitative forms of analysis in their research. Students will explore key ideas concerning the nature of qualitative analysis. Different methodological approaches will be considered. Students will be asked to reflect on how qualitative analysis can support the development of their research.
This is a two-hour session designed to introduce you to RefWorks, an online research management, writing and collaboration tool. It helps researchers at all levels easily gather, organise, store and share information and to instantly generate citations and bibliographies.
During this session you will set up a RefWorks account and start creating your personal database. You will learn basic elements such as adding references to your database, creating folders for your references, citing references in a Word document and producing a quick reference list. This session is facilitated by the University Library.
This is a two-hour session designed for those who are already using RefWorks. In addition to providing a refresher, you will explore in detail some of the more advanced tools RefWorks has to offer. This session is facilitated by the University Library.
Dates for 2016 coming soon.
Research Students are expected to attend this annual event. Students have the opportunity to present papers and posters about their research. Please click the link above for further information.
This week, held on the Chelmsford campus, provides International Students with the opportunity to attend a number of our training sessions in a set number of days rather than spread throughout the year to take into account their need to travel long distances. We provide all the 3-Stage generic skills training although advise that students needing to do the Stage 1, Stage 2A and Stage 2B do not also do Stage 3 as this is not needed until much further along in their research. We also provide Ethics, NVivo, Project Management, RDF, RefWorks (Getting Started and Existing Users), SPSS and Statistics. See the separate descriptions of each course on this page for further details.
Unless they are granted exemption by their Faculty Director of Research, all Supervisors are required to attend Introduction to Research Ethics and Integrity (in Human Research) training offered by RDCS, or to pass the online Epigeum course Ethics 1: Good Research Practice. In addition, First Supervisors must also pass the online Epigeum course Ethics 2: Research with Humans in the Health and Social Sciences.
For further details please see the listing above.
For further details please see the Epigeum page
For further details please see the Epigeum page
These sessions demonstrate the new VLE-based training for undergraduates and masters students to their supervisors. To book a place and so we can give you access to the VLE link, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
ProgressPlatform, our NEW online research degree student progression monitoring system, went live on 1 July 2013. This enables supervisors to:
* see all your students, including new students, from the point of registration
* monitor student progress
* access a student's document store to comment on draft work
To book on the ProgressPlatform sessions, please contact email@example.com
Dates for 2015-16 coming soon
For most vivas we have an external and an internal examiner. In this session we look at the role and responsibilities of the internal examiner in the examination process for a research degree. In preparation you may find it helpful to read chapters 7 and 8 in Tinkler, P. and Jackson, C. (2004) 'The Doctoral Examination Process - A handbook for students, examiners and supervisors', Maidenhead: Open University Press (ISBN 0-335-21305-7).
Dates for 2015-16 coming soon
This course is compulsory for new research supervisors, supervisors transferring from other universities and external supervisors.
This programme is designed to enable staff to supervise a research student(s) and/or to update experienced supervisors on Anglia Ruskin’s practices and processes in implementing our Research Degrees Regulations and our Senate Code of Practice on Postgraduate Research programmes. Please note that the Research Degrees Regulations require supervisors to have undertaken recent relevant continuing professional development.
Further dates for 2015-16 coming soon