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Research Training

 

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 or 0044 1245 684 209 for internatinoal callers.

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

Assessing the Quality of Behavioural Interventions for Reporting in Systematic Reviews

Introduction to Methodology and Philosophy of Social Science Research

Qualitative Methods for the Social Sciences

Researcher Development Framework (RDF) briefing

Ethics

Stage 2A – Presentations

Becoming a Digital Scholar

Introduction to

Research Funding

Reading Research Critically

Selecting a Conference, Presenting & Networking (Epigeum)

Mindful Supervisor

Stage 2B – Academic Writing

Case Study Research as a Methodology

Managing your Research Supervisor (Epigeum)

RefWorks

Spring Training Week

ProgressPlatform

Communicating your Research

Ethics

Critical Reading of Scienctific Peer Reviewed Publications

Mixed Methods for the Social Sciences

Research Design

Statistics

The Role of the Internal Examiner

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

Designing Your Research Poster

NVivo

Research Ethics and Governance in the NHS

‘Titles Я Us!’

Supervisor Conference

Planning Your Career

*Epigeum online training also available

Research Integrity (Epigeum)
 

Project Management

*Epigeum online training also available

 

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.

  • Friday 11 October 2013 10:00-17:00 Cambridge FULLY BOOKED
  • Wednesday 16 October 2013 10:00-17:00 Chelmsford
  • Thursday 7 November 2013 10:00-17:00 Cambridge
  • Saturday 23 November 2013 10:00-17:00 Chelmsford
  • Friday 13 December 2013 10:00-17:00 Cambridge
  • Monday 13 January 2014 10:00-17:00 Chelmsford
  • Friday 24 January 2014 10:00-17:00 Cambridge
  • Wednesday 12 February 2014 10:00-17:00 Chelmsford
  • Monday 10 March 2014 10:00-17:00 Cambridge
  • Thursday 8 May 2014 10:00-17:00 Cambridge
  • Monday 12 May 2014 10:00-17:00 Chelmsford
  • Friday 20 June 2014 10:00-17:00 Cambridge
  • Monday 14 July 2014 10:00-17:00 Chelmsford

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 2013-14.

  • Thursday 19 September 2013 10:00-17:00 Cambridge
  • Friday 29 November 2013 10:00-17:00 Chelmsford
  • Wednesday 11 December 2013 10:00-17:00 Cambridge
  • Thursday 23 January 2014 10:00-17:00 Cambridge
  • Wednesday 26 February 10:00-17:00 Chelmsford
  • Thursday 20 March 2014 10:00-17:00 Cambridge
  • Tuesday 13 May 2014 10:00-17:00 Chelmsford


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 should register for this session 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

  • Wednesday 2 October 2013 10:00-16:00 Cambridge
  • Saturday 8 February 2014 10:00-16:00 Chelmsford FULLY BOOKED
  • Thursday 3 April 2014 10:00-16:00 Cambridge FULLY BOOKED
  • Wednesday 14 May 2014 10:00-16:00 Chelmsford
  • Friday 23 May 2014 10:00-16:00 Cambridge FULLY BOOKED
  • Thursday 19 June 2014 10:00-16:00 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 2013-14

  • Friday 13 September 2013 10:00-17:00 Cambridge
  • Saturday 26 October 2013 10:00-17:00 Chelmsford
  • Thursday 30 January 2014 10:00-17:00 Cambridge
  • Friday 28 March 2014 10:00-17:00 Cambridge
  • Thursday 15 May 2014 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.

  • Thursday 24 October 2013 10:00-12:30 Chelmsford
  • Friday 25 October 2013 10:00-12:00 Cambridge
  • Friday 22 November 2013 10:00-12:30 Cambridge
  • Monday 17 February 2014 10:00-12:30 Chelmsford
  • Friday 21 February 2014 10:00-12:30 Cambridge
  • Friday 21 March 2014 10:00-12:30 Cambridge
  • Monday 31 March 2014 10:00-12:30 Chelmsford
  • Friday 16 May 2014 10:00-12:30 Chelmsford
  • Friday 6 June 2014 10:00-12:30 Cambridge
  • Wednesday 25 June 2014 10:00-12:30 Chelmsford

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.

  • Wednesday 18 September 2013 14:00-15:00 Cambridge
  • Monday 30 September 2013 14:00-15:00 Cambridge
  • Wednesday 9 October 2013 13:00-14:00 Chelmsford
  • Thursday 17 October 2013 11:00-12:00 Chelmsford

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.

  • Wednesday 4 September 2013 to Friday 6 September 2013 09:00–17:00 Cambridge FULLY BOOKED
  • Monday 9 December 2013 to Wednesday 11 December 2013 09:00-17:00 Chelmsford FULLY BOOKED (extra date will be run if sufficient bookings are received)
  • Tuesday 21 January 2014 to Thursday 23 January 2014 09:00-17:00 Cambridge FULLY BOOKED

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Additional Research Training for Students

 

Assessing the Quality of Behavioural Interventions for Reporting in Systematic Reviews

Trials of behavioural intervention trials score often lower than trials of non-behavioural intervention using conventional critical appraisal tools. This is largely because it is not usually possible to “blind” participants to the intervention they are receiving. However, it is important to determine the validity of behavioural interventions to accurately interpret findings and for duplication purposes. By the end of the session the student will be able to articulate how behavioural interventions might be appraised for reporting in a systematic review.

  • Monday 28 April 2014 10:00-11:00 Cambridge

 

Becoming a Digital Scholar

This session consists of a series of introductory experiential workshops designed to get academics at any stage of their career interested and engaged with some of the most up to date digital tools and social media on the virtual market. The workshop series aims to enhance your individual researcher profile through digital media and to help you to disseminate your research further, wider and more effectively.

  • Saturday 16 November 2013 10:00-16:00 Chelmsford
  • Saturday 25 January 2014 10:00-16:00 Chelmsford

 

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?

  • Tuesday 29 April 2014 14:00-16:00 Chelmsford

 

Communicating Your Research

  • Communicating your Research 1: Engaging with the public, interviews with the media
    • Monday 24 February 2014 10:00-12:00 Cambridge
  • Communicating your Research 2: Publishing and evidencing the impact of your research
    • Thursday 20 February 2014 14:00-16:00 Cambridge

 

Critical Reading of Scientific Peer Reviewed Publications

Many science students find reading peer reviewed publications difficult. There is often a tendency for them to accept uncritically the conclusions of published research. A healthy scepticism takes time and practice to develop and this course will give a basic understanding of how to critically read scientific papers based on a real peer-reviewed publication (students will need to read and review it prior to the day) which will be discussed and presented by the students themselves in groups.

Key Areas

* Understanding what is critical reading

* How to read a scientific peer reviewed paper (the abstract introduction, methods, results and conclusions)

* Demystifying the peer review process

* Practical exercise – students will be asked to read a publication before attending the course and review it in group discussions during the course

* Prof Bustin will present his research to the FST and students will be invited to attend as an example of good practice.

  • Friday 21 March 2014 09:00-12:15 Cambridge

 

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.

  • Friday 15 November 2013 10:00-12:30 Cambridge
  • Friday 7 February 2014 14:00-16:30 Chelmsford

 

Evidencing Doctorateness

Trafford and Leshem (2002) identified 12 clusters of issues, from a textual analysis of questions asked in doctoral vivas, representing thematic questions that are critical to the defence of the thesis. Their research finds that examiners rarely change their minds about a thesis during the viva. The textual presentation of the thesis is therefore critical to success in achieving your doctorate.

This workshop will examine the key components of doctorateness and look at how to evidence these in your thesis.

  • Tuesday 17 June 2014 10:00-13:00 Cambridge

 

"Fail to plan is to plan to fail": How to make great scientific presentations


Overview: Presenting scientific work in an effective and engaging manner can seem overwhelming at first, however understanding the basics of what makes a good presentation, the target audience and with planning and preparation everyone can learn to deliver an inspiring talk. In this course we will consider how to communicate research findings in a clear and interesting way and teach you how to develop styles and patterns of presentation that work for anyone.

Key areas:

* Principles and purpose of presentation

* What makes both good and bad presentations

* Planning and preparing a presentation

* Practical exercise – writing your own presentation

  • Friday 21 March 2014 13:00-17:00 Cambridge

 

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.

  • Tuesday 15 October 2013 13:30-16:30 Cambridge
  • Tuesday 8 April 2014 10:00-13:00 Chelmsford

 

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.

  • Wednesday 13 November 2013 09:00–11:00 Cambridge

More dates for 2013-2014 coming soon

 

Mindful Researcher

This half-day workshop provides an introduction to Mindfulness, a technique which helps us relate more calmly to everyday problems and challenges by bringing us into present-moment reality and reducing reactivity. As an approach, it is becoming well-established in the field of stress reduction and general health: specialist research shows that regular practice strengthens, amongst other things, attention, memory, learning, emotional flexibility, and problem solving. Three central themes are explored through practice, exercises and discussion: concentration (learning to steady and focus our attention); mindfulness (attending to whatever arises in our experience in the present moment) and kindness (extending friendship to ourselves and what we experience). This session will allow you to experience some simple Mindfulness practices and look at how they can support you personally in your life and work as a researcher. Expect to have a relaxing time, but also meet a few challenges, and learn something about yourself too!

Dates for 2013-2014 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.

  • Wednesday 12 March 2014 10:00–16:00 Cambridge (delivered by Dr Claudia Schneider)

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

 

  • Monday 31 March 2014 10:00-17:00 Chelmsford (delivered by Professor Carol Munn-Giddings)

This session will be structured into two distinct parts.

Part a) will provide an introduction and general overview to Mixed Methods.

Part b) will provide a more advanced insight into mixed methods including a short presentation by a PhD student currently using this methodology.

A more detailed description will follow.

 

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.

  • Monday 16 September 2013 10:00-13:00 Cambridge
  • Tuesday 17 September 2013 10:00-13:00 Chelmsford
  • Friday 8 November 2013 09:00-12:00 Cambridge
  • Thursday 14 November 2013 10:00-13:00 Chelmsford
  • Monday 3 March 2014 10:00-12:00 Cambridge
  • Monday 17 March 2014 14:00-17:00 Cambridge
  • Tuesday 18 March 2014 10:00-13:00 Chelmsford
  • Monday 12 May 2014 10:00-13:00 Chelmsford
  • Tuesday 3 June 2014 10:00-13:00 Cambridge

 

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.

  • Thursday 24 October 2013 14:00-15:00 Chelmsford
  • Friday 14 February 2014 13:00-14:00 Chelmsford
  • Monday 31 March 2014 14:00-15:00 Chelmsford

Project Management

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.

  • Tuesday 30 July 2013 14:00–16:00 Cambridge
  • Wednesday 31 July 2013 14:00–16:00 Chelmsford
  • Tuesday 3 September 2013 10:00-12:00 Cambridge
  • Wednesday 4 September 2013 10:00-12:00 Chelmsford
  • Monday 11 November 2013 10:00-12:00 Chelmsford
  • Wednesday 13 November 2013 14:30-16:30 Cambridge
  • Wednesday 5 February 2014 14:30- 16:30 Chelmsford
  • Thursday 6 February 2014 10:00-12:00 Cambridge
  • Tuesday 13 May 2014 10:00-12:00 Chelmsford
  • Thursday 15 May 2014 10:00-12:00 Cambridge

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.

  • 1 and 2: Monday 9 June 2014 10:00-17:00 Chelmsford
  • 3 and 4 : Tuesday 10 June 2014 10:00-17:00 Chelmsford

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.

  • Wednesday 11 June 2014 10:00-17:00 Chelmsford

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.

  • Friday 25 October 2013 10:00-13:00 Chelmsford
  • Tuesday 10 December 2013 10:00-13:00 Cambridge

More dates for 2013-2014 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.

  • Friday 18 October 2013 10:00-12:00 Cambridge
  • Tuesday 22 October 2013 10:00-12:00 Chelmsford and Cambridge
  • Friday 15 November 2013 10:00-12:00 Cambridge
  • Wednesday 20 November 2013 10:00-12:00 Chelmsford and Cambridge
  • Saturday 7 December 2013 10:00-12:00 Chelmsford and Cambridge
  • Tuesday 17 December 2013 10:00-12:00 Chelmsford and Cambridge

More dates for 2013-2014 coming soon

 

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.

  • Friday 25 October 2013 10:00-12:00 Chelmsford
  • Friday 25 October 2013 14:00-16:00 Cambridge
  • Friday 22 November 2013 10:00-12:00 Chelmsford and Cambridge

More dates for 2013-2014 coming soon

Research as a contribution to academic and professional practice

date to be confirmed

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.

  • Friday 15 November 2013 13:30-16:00 Cambridge

More dates for 2013-2014 coming soon

 

Research Ethics and Governance in the NHS

Seeking ethical review to undertake research in the NHS can be a complex and time-consuming process. In this session an NHS REC Chair will guide students through what is required to obtain a favourable ethical opinion to undertake research in the NHS.

  • Wednesday 12 March 2014 10:00-12:00 Cambridge


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.

Researcher Development Framework (RDF) Briefing

This is a one-hour briefing session to introduce the Researcher Development Framework (RDF). The RDF is a major new approach to researcher development, which aims to enhance the UK research base and its workforce, and to develop world-class researchers, both inside and outside the higher education sector. It provides a common UK framework which sets out the skills, knowledge and attributes of successful researchers, and enables self-assessment to identify strengths and development needs. All postgraduate research degree students are required to use the RDF mechanism to plan, map and monitor their skills and career development. 

  • Thursday 24 October 2013 14:00-15:00 Chelmsford
  • Friday 25 October 2013 14:00-15:00 Cambridge
  • Thursday 21 November 2013 14:00-15:00 Chelmsford
  • Friday 22 November 2013 14:00-15:00 Cambridge
  • Thursday 23 January 2014 14:30-15:30 Cambridge
  • Monday 17 February 2014 14:00-15:00 Chelmsford
  • Friday 21 February 2014 14:00-15:00 Cambridge
  • Friday 21 March 2014 14:00-15:00 Cambridge
  • Friday 16 May 2014 14:00-15:00 Chelmsford
  • Friday 6 June 2014 14:00-15:00 Cambridge
  • Wednesday 25 June 2014 14:00-15:00 Chelmsford

Spring Training Week: Monday 12 May 2014- Friday 16 May 2014

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.

  • Monday 12 May 2014 10:00-17:00 Stage 1
  • Monday 12 May 2014 10:00-13:00 NVivo
  • Tuesday 13 May 2014 10:00-17:00 Stage 2A
  • Tuesday 13 May 2014 10:00-12:00 Project Management
  • Wednesday 14 May 2014 10:00-16:00 Stage 2B
  • Wednesday 14 May 2014 10:00-17:00 Statistics Day 1
  • Thursday 15 May 2014 10:00-17:00 Stage 3
  • Thursday 15 May 2014 10:00-17:00 Statistics Day 2
  • Friday 16 May 2014 10:00-12:30 Ethics
  • Friday 16 May 2014 14:00-15:00 RDF
  • Friday 16 May 2014 10:00-17:00 SPSS

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

  • Wednesday 18 September 2013 10:00-17:00 Cambridge
  • Friday 16 May 2014 10:00-17:00 Chelmsford

 

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

  • Friday 13 September 2013 and Monday 16 September 2013 10:00-17:00 Cambridge
  • Tuesday 28 January 2014 and Wednesday 29 January 2014 10:00-17:00 Cambridge
  • Wednesday 14 May 2014 and Thursday 15 May 2014 10:00-17:00 Chelmsford

Please note this is a two-day course

 

'Titles Я Us!’

'Titles Я Us!’ is an attempt to explore the case that when academics choose titles for their texts – for articles, books, conference presentations, even theses – they also reveal something about who they are. Participants will briefly discuss the theory of titles – ‘titology’ – as paratexts and pre-texts. Second, they will examine several categories of title. Third, participants will analyse examples of their own real or imagined titles to decide whether anything useful is revealed about writer stance and writer voice. One tentative conclusion may well be reached; that titles are not only thresholds into what academics write but also into what and who they are. Written and presented by Emeritus Professor Graham Badley.

'Titles Я Us!’ – an article covering these issues has already been accepted for publication in Qualitative Inquiry in 2013.

  • Tuesday 30 July 2013 10:00-13:00 Cambridge
  • Friday 1 November 2013 10:00–13:00 Cambridge

 

Welcome for new Doctoral Candidates

This event provides an opportunity for us to welcome you to Anglia Ruskin University and for you to meet staff and other doctoral candidates. We provide a very brief introduction to the research degree pathway and key information that you will need to be aware of. We will also assist you with any queries you may have regarding practical issues and matters such as visas or accommodation.  This session is facilitated by Research, Development and Commercial Services (RDCS) and the Head of the International Student Advice Service. 

  • Friday 4 October 2013 14:30-16:00 Cambridge
  • Wednesday 9 October 2013 10:30-12:00 Chelmsford
  • Friday 1 November 2013 10:30-12:00 Cambridge
  • Tuesday 19 November 2013 10:30-12:00 Chelmsford
  • Thursday 23 January 2014 13:00-14:30 Cambridge
  • Wednesday 5 February 2014 10:30-12:00 Chelmsford
  • Monday 3 March 2014 10:30-12:00 Cambridge
  • Tuesday 6 May 2014 10:30-12:00 Cambridge
  • Thursday 12 June 10:30-12:00 Cambridge
  • Monday 7 July 2014 10:30-12:00 Chelmsford

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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.

  • Wednesday 4 September 2013 14:00-15:00 Chelmsford
  • Wednesday 4 September 2013 15:00-16:00 Chelmsford
  • Friday 6 September 2013 10:00-11:00 Cambridge
  • Friday 6 September 2013 11:00-12:00 Cambridge
  • Wednesday 18 September 2013 11:00-12:00 Cambridge
  • Wednesday 18 September 2013 12:00-13:00 Cambridge
  • Thursday 19 September 2013 11:00-12:00 Chelmsford
  • Thursday 19 September 2013 12:00-13:00 Chelmsford
  • Monday 30 September 2013 11:00-12:00 Cambridge
  • Monday 30 September 2013 12:00-13:00 Cambridge
  • Monday 7 October 2013 11:00-12:00 Chelmsford
  • Monday 7 October 2013 13:00-14:00 Chelmsford
  • Tuesday 14 January 2014 11:00-12:00 Cambridge
  • Wednesday 15 January 2014 10:00-11:00 Chelmsford
  • Thursday 23 January 2014 11:00-12:00 Cambridge
  • Monday 27 January 2014 10:00-11:00 Chelmsford

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.

  • Thursday 24 October 2013 10:00-12:30 Chelmsford
  • Friday 25 October 2013 10:00-12:00 Cambridge
  • Friday 22 November 2013 10:00-12:30 Cambridge
  • Monday 17 February 2014 10:00-12:30 Chelmsford
  • Friday 21 February 2014 10:00-12:30 Cambridge
  • Friday 21 March 2014 10:00-12:30 Cambridge
  • Monday 31 March 2014 10:00-12:30 Chelmsford
  • Friday 16 May 2014 10:00-12:30 Chelmsford
  • Friday 6 June 2014 10:00-12:30 Cambridge
  • Wednesday 25 June 2014 10:00-12:30 Chelmsford

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

 

Mindful Supervisor

The intention for this workshop is to offer supervisors space to explore the process and experience of supervision. It brings together two approaches: first, it will introduce Egan's 3-stage 'skilled helper' model which provides a framework for working with people to identify opportunities and solve problems; and second, it will take a Mindfulness-based approach to exploring the 'helper skills' identified by Egan as necessary to the process. Using the Egan model therefore as a map for exploring the developmental territory of supervision, we will bring Mindfulness to exploring the range of skills we use in this context. The session will be experiential and collaborative.

Dates for 2013-2014 coming soon

 

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 2013-2014 coming soon

 

Researcher Development Framework (RDF) Training

This is a one-hour briefing session to introduce the Researcher Development Framework (RDF). The RDF is a major new approach to researcher development, which aims to enhance the UK research base and its workforce, and to develop world-class researchers, both inside and outside the higher education sector. It provides a common UK framework which sets out the skills, knowledge and attributes of successful researchers, and enables self-assessment to identify strengths and development needs. All postgraduate research degree students are required to use the RDF mechanism to plan, map and monitor their skills and career development. 

  • Thursday 24 October 2013 14:00-15:00 Chelmsford
  • Friday 25 October 2013 14:00-15:00 Cambridge
  • Thursday 21 November 2013 14:00-15:00 Chelmsford
  • Friday 22 November 2013 14:00-15:00 Cambridge
  • Monday 17 February 2014 14:00-15:00 Chelmsford
  • Friday 21 February 2014 14:00-15:00 Cambridge
  • Friday 21 March 2014 14:00-15:00 Cambridge
  • Friday 6 June 2014 14:00-15:00 Cambridge
  • Wednesday 25 June 2014 14:00-15:00 Chelmsford

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).

  • Thursday 12 September 2013 14:00-16:00 Cambridge
  • Wednesday 29 January 2014 15:00-16:30 Chelmsford

 

Supervisor Conference

Research Supervisors need to attend this at least once every three years. Please click here for further information.

Date for 2013-2014 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.

  • Wednesday 11 September 2013 09:00-17:00 and Thursday 12 September 2013 09:00-14:00 Cambridge
  • Tuesday 28 January 2014 10:00-17:00 and Wednesday 29 January 2014 09:00-13:00 Chelmsford
  • Wednesday 25 June 2014 10:00-17:00 and Thursday 26 June 2014 09:00-13:00 Cambridge

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