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Research Training for Students and Supervisors

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Introduction

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 four 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.

We are running some new briefing sessions for supervisors to introduce them to the compulsory and additional training sessions for their research students.

To book a place on the 'Welcome for new doctoral candidates' session or 'Stage 1 - Induction' training please email: research.training@anglia.ac.uk.

For all other research training sessions please book by using ProgressPlatform.  Click here for more information and the login link for ProgressPlatform.

Please book as far in advance as possible, and be aware that if you book with less than 2 working days' notice, it may not be possible to process your booking before the start of the course. If you have booked with less than 2 working days' notice please phone 0845 196 4209 to ensure your booking has been received. Please note that our working hours are 09:00-17:30 Monday to Thursday and 09:00-17:00 on Friday.

If you require any of the booklets or other course materials in an alternative format (eg Braille, large print, audio or electronic), if you have special access or dietary needs, please give us as much notice as possible and no less than 2 weeks to allow us time to make the necessary arrangements.

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 research.training@anglia.ac.uk or phone 0845 196 4209 (to call from abroad, please dial 0044 1245 684 209).

Please contact research.training@anglia.ac.uk if you have any other queries or any comments about the training programme.

We look forward to meeting you at one of our training events.

 

Compulsory Research Skills Training for Students

Additional Research Skills Training for Students

Research Supervisor Development

Stage 1 – Induction

Case Study Research as a Methodology

Mixed Methods for the Social Sciences

RefWorks

Spring Training Week

Ethics

Stage 2A – Presentations

Communicating your Research

NVivo

Research as a Contribution to Academic and Professional Practice

SPSS

ProgressPlatform

Stage 2B – Academic Writing

Designing Your Research Poster

Planning Your Career

*Epigeum online training also available

Research Design

Statistics

Professional Skills for Research Leaders (Epigeum)

Introduction to Methodology and Philosophy of Social Science Research

Project Management

*Epigeum online training

Research Integrity (Epigeum)

Ethics

Introduction to

Research Funding

Qualitative Methods for the Social Sciences

Research Student Conference

 

Supervisor Training

Intellectual Property (IP) in the Research Context (Epigeum)

Managing your Research Supervisor (Epigeum)

Reading Research Critically

Selecting a Conference, Presenting & Networking (Epigeum)

 

 

Compulsory Research Training for Students

3-Stage Generic Skills Training

This training is compulsory for all Research Degree Students and should be completed at the appropriate stage.

Stage 1 - Induction

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 2013-14

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.

  • Wednesday 29 October 2014 10:00-17:00 Cambridge
  • Tuesday 18 November 2014 10:00-17:00 Cambridge  
  • Saturday 1 November 2014 10:00-17:00 Chelmsford
  • Friday 12 December 10:00-17:00 Cambridge
  • Tuesday 20 January 2015 10:00-17:00 Cambridge
  • Wednesday 21 January 2015 10:00-17:00 Chelmsford
  • Wednesday 25 February 2015 10:00-17:00 Cambridge
  • Saturday 28 February 2015 09:30-16:30 Chelmsford
  • Thursday 10 April 2015 10:00-17:00 Cambridge
  • Monday 11 May 2015 10:00-17:00 Chelmsford
  • Friday 5 June 2015 10:00-17:00 Cambridge

Stage 2A - Presentations

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.

  • Tuesday 16 September 2014 10:00-17:00 Cambridge
  • Friday 28 November 2014 10:00-17:00 Chelmsford
  • Friday 16 January 2015 10:00-17:00 Cambridge
  • Tuesday 24 February 2015 10:00-17:00 Chelmsford
  • Thursday 9 April 2015 10:00-17:00 Cambridge
  • Tuesday 12 May 2015 10:00-17:00 Chelmsford
  • Thursday 2 July 2015 10:00-17:00 Cambridge


Stage 2B - Academic Writing

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 2013-14

  • Friday 3 October 2014 10:00-17:00 Cambridge
  • Saturday 13 December 2014 10:00-17:00 Chelmsford
  • Thursday 22 January 2015 10:00-17:00 Cambridge
  • Wednesday 11 March 2015 10:00-17:00 Cambridge
  • Wednesday 13 May 2015 10:00-17:00 Chelmsford
  • Wednesday 1 July 2015 10:00-17:00 Cambridge

Stage 3 - Thesis Production & Examination Preparation

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

  • Wednesday 17 September 2014 10:00-17:00 Cambridge
  • Saturday 22 November 2014 10:00-17:00 Chelmsford
  • Tuesday 31 March 2015 10:00-17:00 Cambridge
  • Thursday 14 May 2015 10:00-17:00 Chelmsford

Ethics

All new research degree students must attend either ‘Introduction to Research Ethics and Integrity (in Human Research)’ training or pass the online Epigeum course: Ethics 1. Students whose research requires ethical approval must also pass the online Epigeum course Ethics 2 or an equivalent course approved by the Chair of the appropriate Faculty Research Ethics Panel.

Introduction to Research Ethics and Integrity (in Human Research)

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.

Dates for 2014-15 coming soon

 

Briefing Session on New Research Ethical Approval Procedure

There is a new research ethical approval system in place from the academic year 2013-14. These briefings are about the new process. Please note that any existing ethical approval you have still stands. This applies to researchers applying for ethical approval from the new academic year.

Dates for 2014-15 coming soon

 

Epigeum Ethics 1: Good Research Practice

For further details please see the Epigeum page

Epigeum Ethics 2: Research with Humans in the Health and Social Sciences

For further details please see the Epigeum page

 

Intellectual Property (IP) in the Research Context

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.

Learning and Teaching in Practice

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.

  • Tuesday 9 September 2014 to Thursday 11 September 2014 10:00-17:00 Cambridge

Dates for 2014-15 coming soon

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Additional Research Training for Students

 

Case Study Research as a Methodology

Case study is understood differently in different contexts. This session explores the use of Case Study as a methodology, addressing some of the misunderstandings, and supports research students to answer questions such as:

* Is case study suitable for my research?

* Is case study robust enough for my work?

* Which disciplines use case study?

* How can I ensure rigour in case study research?

* What data collection methods are suitable for case study research?

* What are the advantages of case study research?

* What are the criticisms of case study research?

Dates for 2014-15 coming soon

Communicating Your Research

  • Communicating your Research 1: Engaging with the public, interviews with the media
  • Communicating your Research 2: Publishing and evidencing the impact of your research

Dates for 2014-15 coming soon

Designing Your Research Poster

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.

Dates for 2014-15 coming soon

Introduction to methodology and philosophy of social science research

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.

Dates for 2014-15 coming soon

Introduction to Research Funding

Successfully bidding for research funding is an increasingly important part of being an academic. In this workshop we will discuss the basics of research funding:

* what research funding is;

* funding opportunities for early career researchers;

* the main funders and what they fund;

* how to translate your ideas into a bid.

Dates for 2014-15 coming soon

 

Mixed Methods for the Social Sciences

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.* It is recommended that students who have participated before join the workshop after the lecture.

  • Friday 24 October 2014 Chelmsford

More dates for 2014-15 coming soon

Programme

10:00 - 10:15 Welcome and registration
10:15 - 11:15 Lecture on mixed methods
11:15 - 11:30 Short break
11:30 - 13:00 ‘Mixed methods in qualitative coding’
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 Group discussion on students’ use of mixed methods
15:15 - 15:30 Short break
15:30 - 16:00 Group discussion on Greene’s article*

* 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

 

NVivo

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.

Dates for 2014-15 coming soon

Planning Your Career

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.

Dates for 2014-15 coming soon

Qualitative Methods 1 and 2, 3 and 4

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.

Qualitative Methods 1 and 2: In these linked sessions, 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.

Qualitative Methods 3 and 4: Students will explore the use of different methods in qualitative research. These will include interviews, questionnaire, observations and documentary analysis.

Dates for 2014-15 coming soon

Data Collection and Qualitative Analysis 1 and 2: In the final two sessions of the series, students will look at different approaches and concepts to support the collection and analysis of qualitative data.

Dates for 2014-15 coming soon

Reading Research Critically

Much advice about reading and assessing literature for research purposes is of the ‘be critical…but not destructively so’ variety (see Blaxter et al. 1996: 112). This helps a little but not a lot. It is more important for students to realize that criticism is actually about putting their own work within the context provided by other researchers and writers in the field and by noting their strengths and weaknesses. This means that students should usually avoid the extremes of either blindly accepting what others have argued and concluded or completely rejecting their methods and findings. Criticism is better for being an exercise in evaluation and judgement which carefully assesses arguments used, underlying assumptions made, the accuracy of data collected and the interpretations offered. The session will encourage students to develop their understanding of how to read research critically by helping them analyse their own critical stance towards the literature.

Dates for 2014-15 coming soon

RefWorks

RefWorks – Getting Started

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.

  • Wednesday 22 October 2014 10:00-12:00 Cambridge and Chelmsford
  • Tuesday 4 November 2014 10:00-12:00 Cambridge and Chelmsford
  • Wednesday 12 November 2014 10:00-12:00 Cambridge and Chelmsford
  • Saturday 6 December 2014 10:00-12:00 Chelmsford
  • Monday 8 December 2014 10:00-12:00 Cambridge
  • Tuesday 16 December 2014 10:00-12:00 Cambridge and Chelmsford

RefWorks – Existing Users

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.

  • Wednesday 29 October 2014 10:00-12:00 Cambridge
  • Thursday 30 October 2014 10:00-12:00 Chelmsford
  • Wednesday 26 November 2014 10:00-12:00 Cambridge and Chelmsford

Research as a contribution to academic and professional practice

Dates for 2014-15 coming soon

 

Research Design

A practical review of the way in which research design helps us maintain the integrity of our research. The session will explore the various decisions we need to make about research design, the factors we need to consider, and how we can use design skills to scope, refine and plan our work and keep it on track. The session is intended to be useful for all stages of project work, and you are welcome to bring research design queries to the session.

Dates for 2014-15 coming soon


Research Student Conference

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.

Spring Training Week: Dates for 2014-15 coming soon

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.

SPSS

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 two-day Statistics training session

Dates for 2014-15 coming soon

Statistics

Topics to be covered in each session are as follows:

Session 1: Presentation of statistical data, Measure of central tendency, Measures of dispersion, Introduction to probability, the Normal distribution

Session 2: Estimation of population values from sample data, Estimate of standard deviation of population, Confidence limits and intervals for population mean, Estimation from small samples

Session 3: Hypothesis testing, 2 tail and 1 tail tests, Significance levels, Dealing with small samples, Comparison of 2 means, Observed significance level, Comparing more than 2 means (analysis of variance)

Session 4: Correlation, Linear regression, Correlation coefficient, Coefficient of determination, Rank correlation

Dates for 2014-15 coming soon

Please note this is a two-day course

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Research Supervisor Development

 

 

Ethics

Briefing Session on New Research Ethical Approval Procedure

There is a new research ethical approval system in place from the academic year 2013-14. These briefings are about the new process. Please note that any existing ethical approval you have still stands. This applies to researchers applying for ethical approval from the new academic year.

Dates for 2014-15 coming soon

 

Introduction to Research Ethics and Integrity (in Human Research)

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.

Unless they are granted exemption by the Faculty Director of Research, all First Supervisors will be required to either attend Introduction to Research Ethics and Integrity (in Human Research) training offered by Research Development and Commercial Services or pass the online Epigeum course Ethics 1 - Good Research Practice. In addition, First Supervisors must also pass the online Epigeum course Ethics 2 - Working with Human Subjects.

Dates for 2014-15 coming soon

 

Epigeum Ethics 1: Good Research Practice

For further details please see the Epigeum page

Epigeum Ethics 2: Research wth Humans in the Health and Social Sciences

For further details please see the Epigeum page

 

ProgressPlatform

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 paula.gardiner@anglia.ac.uk

Dates for 2014-15 coming soon

 

The Role of the Internal Examiner

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 2014-15 coming soon

Supervisor Training

This course is compulsory for new research supervisors, supervisors transferring from other universities and external supervisors.

This two-day 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.

This is a two-day programme and both days must be completed. Day 1 is scheduled for 10:00 – 17:00 and Day 2 is 09:30 – 13:00.

  • Wednesday 10 September 2014 and Thursday 11 September 2014, Cambridge
  • Tuesday 27 January 2015 and Wednesday 28 January 2015, Chelmsford
  • Wednesday 10 June 2015 and Thursday 11 June 2015, Cambridge

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