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Researcher Development Programme for Students

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Introduction

The Doctoral School provides a wide range of training sessions, some of which are compulsory. Your faculty will also provide other training events (RIDO 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 follow below. Staff who are supervising research students should see the Supervisor Development Programme page. 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.

To book: if you are a research degree student, please book all training sessions by using Progress Platform.  Click here for more information and the login link for ProgressPlatform.

If you have any queries, or if you are a research supervisor wishing to book a training session, please email: research.training@anglia.ac.uk.

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 01245 684209 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 01245 684209 (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

Stage 1 - Induction

An Introduction to Bibliometrics

NVivo Training

Research Integrity (Epigeum)

Stage 2A - Effective Presentations

Communicating your Research

An Introduction to Open Access

Stage 2B - Academic Writing

Conceptual Frameworks

Planning Your Career

*Epigeum online alternative also available

Selecting a Conference, Presenting & Networking (Epigeum)

Critical Writing

Postgraduate Statistical Summer School

Spring Training Week

Ethics

Designing Your Research Poster

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

Everything you need to know about funding and applying for funding

Preparing to Enter the Field and Getting Equipped to Manage Interviews

Take a Break: Improve your Wellbeing with Art

Preparing your Project

*Epigeum online alternative also available

Three Minute Thesis Heats

 

Managing your Research Supervisor (Epigeum)

An Introduction to Qualitative Methods of Enquiry

Time Management

 

An Introduction to the Methodology and Philosophy of Social Science Research

RefWorks - Getting Started

What is Intellectual Property and Why Should I Care?

 

Mini Sand Pit (PGR)

RefWorks - Existing Users

 
 

Mixed Methods for Research

An Introduction to the Research Excellence Framework

 

Compulsory Research Training for Students

3-Stage Generic Skills Training

This four-part training is compulsory for all Research Degree Students and should be completed at the appropriate stage. International students may wish to consider attending during Spring Training Week.

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 and Innovation Development Office (RIDO), and the University Library. It also raises awareness of issues you may need to consider such as research ethics and intellectual property rights. 

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.

  • Monday 8 October 2018, 10:00: Cambridge YST 110
  • Wednesday 10 October 2018, 10:00: Chelmsford MAR 109
  • Thursday 18 October 2018, 10:00: Chelmsford MAB 002a
  • Thursday 1 November 2018, 10:00: Cambridge HEL 115
  • Tuesday 13 November 2018, 10:00: Chelmsford SAW 101
  • Saturday 8 December 2018, 10:00: Cambridge HEL 113
  • Monday 4 February 2019, 11:00: Cambridge LAB 107
  • Thursday 7 February 2019, 10:00: Chelmsford MAB 008
  • Friday 1 March 2019, 10:00: Chelmsford SAW 105
  • Monday 13 May 2019, 10:00: Cambridge SCI 304
  • Monday 3 June 2019, 10:00: Chelmsford MAR102

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Stage 2A - Effective 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.

  • Wednesday 17 October 2018, 10:00: Cambridge LAB112/111
  • Monday 5 November 2018, 10:00: Cambridge COS215/HEL252
  • Wednesday 21 November 2018, 10:00: Chelmsford MAR126/125
  • Saturday 15 December 2018, 10:00: Cambridge HEL113
  • Wednesday 6 February 2019, 10:00: Cambridge HEL310/251
  • Tuesday 5 March 2019, 10:00: Chelmsford SAW001/002
  • Tuesday 9 April 2019, 10:00: Cambridge YST109/129/130
  • Tuesday 14 May 2019, 10:00: Cambridge SCI304/305
  • Tuesday 4 June 2019, 10:00: Chelmsford SAW103/104

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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 Upgrade of Registration 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.

  • Wednesday 24 October 2018, 10:00: Cambridge LAB 112
  • Monday 3 December 2018, 10:00: Cambridge YST 109
  • Tuesday 12 March 2019, 10:00: Cambridge YST 218
  • Monday 15 April 2019, 10:00: Chelmsford SAW 101
  • Wednesday 15 May 2019, 10:00: Cambridge SCI 304

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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 Upgrade of Registration, but certainly well before you submit your thesis for examination.

  • Tuesday 16 October 2018, 10:00: Cambridge SCI304
  • Wednesday 7 November 2018, 10:00: Chelmsford SAW104
  • Wednesday 5 December 2018, 10:00: Cambridge LAB112
  • Wednesday 13 February 2019, 10:00: Chelmsford MAR205
  • Wednesday 3 April 2019, 10:00: Cambridge SCI305
  • Thursday 16 May 2019, 10:00: Cambridge SCI304

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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. These sessions are for both research degree students and research degree supervisors.

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*** Julie Scott will be giving 'An Introduction to Research Ethics for PhD students and researchers' at the University Library's VIP Research Event between 4.30 and 5pm on Friday 7th September, University Library, 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.

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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.

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Learning and Teaching in Practice

This three-day workshop is compulsory for any research student required to teach who has not undertaken approved training. Please note that you need to attend throughout all three days of the workshop and pass an assessment of a short teaching session in order to pass the course.

Learning and Teaching in Practice 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; how students learn; teaching large and small groups; classroom management; teaching and learner support; and developing teaching materials.  Participants will also deliver a short teaching session which will be assessed by the course facilitators and peer learners.  Participants may choose to submit an additional teaching and learning related portfolio for assessment against the requirements for Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA). This course is led by Dr Jaki Lilly, Anglia Learning and Teaching.

Please fill out the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LTPInterest Dr Jaki Lilly will then shortlist those who have been selected for the training.

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Additional Research Training for Students

An Introduction to Bibliometrics

Bibliometrics is a way of measuring the scholarly influence of journal articles, the journals and the authors themselves. It can be useful when evaluating journal quality, for example when submitting an article for publication, or if you wish to trace the publications history of a specific author. Bibliometrics are used along with other factors in the Research Excellence Framework. Come along to this session to learn more about the terminology used, do some 'author stalking' and discuss some of the issues with other researchers.

  • Thursday 1st November, 13:00: Chelmsford – MAB 115
  • Wednessday 7th November, 14:00: Cambridge – MUM202

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Communicating Your Research

This session covers engaging with the public, interviews with the media and publishing and evidencing the impact of your research.

Communicating Your Research (Conferences, Papers and Proceedings)

  • Wednesday 14 November 2018, 10:00: Cambridge HEL207
  • Wednesday 17 April 2019, 13:00: Chelmsford MAR212

Communicating Your Research (Publishing in Journals and Book Chapters)

  • Wednesday 14 November 2018, 13:00: Cambridge HEL313
  • Wednesday 17 April 2019, 13:00: Chelmsford MAR212

Communicating Your Research (Pathways to Impact)

  • Wednesday 24 April 2019, 13:00: Chelmsford MAB008
  • Thursday 24 January 2019, 13:00: Cambridge HEL 114

Conceptual Frameworks

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'.

  • Monday 12 November 2018, 13:00: Cambridge SCI305
  • Thursday 14 March 2019, 13:00: Chelmsford MAB008

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Critical Writing

Within this session the facilitator will assist students in thinking through their arguments and to develop more critical thinking within their writing.

  • Tuesday 23 October 2018, 13:00: Chelmsford SAW102
  • Friday 23 November 2018, 10:00: Cambridge COS404

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Designing Your Research Poster

This 1.5hr 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 8 February 2019, 11:00: Chelmsford MAR213
  • Monday 11 February 2019, 10:00: Cambridge LAB107

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Everything you need to know about funding and applying for funding

The workshop will provide an overview of some of the major sources of funding and applying for research and innovation funding from UK and EU sources available to PGR for their phd. It will also deal with funding to support their early career researcher (ECR) career development and building their research profile. 

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Are you aware that Anglia Ruskin subscibes to the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online (AGO)? This is a web resource for current and prospective postgraduate students (any subject, any nationality) who are looking to fund PhD, Masters, and PGCE study in the UK through grants from charities, trusts, and foundations. Current students and staff may access the AGO using their Anglia Ruskin email address. Access can also be granted to prospective students, please contact Anglia's Student Money Advice Service or alan.white@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

https://www.postgraduate-funding.com/gateway

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Lynda.com (software training)

Lynda.com is a leading online learning company that can help give you the knowledge and skills to utilise software that is used at Anglia Ruskin University. It is available to all staff and students of Anglia Ruskin University. The video library offers engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts. Click this link to visit Lynda: https://web.anglia.ac.uk/it/training/lynda/

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An Introduction to the 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.

  • Friday 16th November 2018, 10:00: Chelmsford SAW101
  • Tuesday 20th November 2018, 10:00: Cambridge SCI305

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Mini Sand Pit (PGR)

  • Monday 3 December 2018, 11:00: Cambridge HEL302
  • Monday 18 March 2019, 11:00: Chelmsford MAR206

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Mixed Methods for Research

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

  • Friday 16th March 2018, 13:00-16:00, Cambridge

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NVivo Training

Please see Lynda.com software training.

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An Introduction to Open Access

This session will provide a brief introduction to Open Access, explaining what it is, why it’s important, what expectations are placed on researchers to make their work available openly, and introduce ARRO and other tools that are available to help.

  • Wednesday 21 November 2018, 14:00: QUE 113 (Library)
  • Thursday 22 November 2018, 14:00: MUM 202

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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.

  • Friday 19th October 2018, 11:00: Cambridge HEL308

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Postgraduate Statistical Summer School

This course is designed and delivered by Dr. Enrico Ciavolino who is an assistant Professor of Statistics and Psychometrics at the University of Salento (Italy)and a member of scientific committee of the Human and Social Sciences PhD course(http://www.dsssu.unisalento.it/hss).This week long summer school is part of a successful commercial series devised by Enrico that is delivered in Italy to students,researchers andparticipants fromIndustry.Enrico has coordinated or participated in more than twenty regional, national and international projects. He is the author of many high quality journal publications and presentations (https://scholar.google.it/citations?user=S9vfxGwAAAAJ&hl=it).He is the Executive Editor of the of the WoS & Scopus Journal"Electronic Journal of Applied Statistical Analysis” (http://siba-ese.unisalento.it/index.php/ejasa).

This summer school is the third in a series of courses given to postgraduate and research staff.

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Preparing for Upgrade

  • Friday 2 November 2018, 10:00: Cambridge HEL 308
  • Thursday 14 February 2019, 10:00: Chelmsford MAR111

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Preparing to enter the field and getting equipped to manage interviews

  • Thursday 25 October 2018, 10:00: Cambridge HEL118
  • Friday 9 November 2018, 10:00: Chelmsford MAR230

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Preparing your Project

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.

  • Thursday 4 October 2018, 10:00: Cambridge YST107
  • Monday 18 February 2019, 13:00: Chelmsford SAW102

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An Introduction to Qualitative Methods of Enquiry

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.

  • Thursday 18 October 2018, 10:00: Cambridge HEL 112
  • Tuesday 26 February 2019, 10:00: Chelmsford SAW105

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RefWorks – Getting Started

This is a two-hour session designed to introduce you to New 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 New 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 and producing a quick reference list. This session is intended for those who have no prior Refworks experience. It is  facilitated by the University Library.

Cambridge – MUM202; Chelmsford QUE114. All sessions 10.00-12.00

  • Tuesday 30th October
  • Wednesday 28th November
  • Monday 10th December
  • Wednesday 19th December
  • Tuesday 19th February
  • Tuesday 2nd April
  • Tuesday 7th May
  • Wednesday 17th July

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RefWorks – Existing Users

This is a two-hour session designed for those who are already using New RefWorks. In addition to providing a refresher, the session will enable you to explore more advanced RefWorks tools. This session is facilitated by the University Library.
Please contact your subject librarian if the listed dates are not suitable for you or if you wish to transfer from Legacy RefWorks to New RefWorks.

Cambridge – MUM202; Chelmsford QUE114. All sessions 10.00-12.00

  • Monday 10th June
  • Wednesday 13th March
  • Monday 12th November
  • Tuesday 4th December

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An Introduction to the Research Excellence Framework

  • Tuesday 6 November 2018, 10:00: Cambridge LAB111
  • Wednesday 6 March 2019, 14:00: Chelmsford MAR101

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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 visit the Research Student Conference page for further information.

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Spring Training Week - May 2019

This week, held on the Cambridge 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 four parts of the compulsory 3-Stage Generic Skills Training although advise that students needing to do Stage 1, Stage 2A and Stage 2B do not also do Stage 3 at the same time as doing this is not needed until much further along in their research. Click the links to be taken to further details of the sessions above.

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SPSS Training

Please see Lynda.com software training.

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Take a Break: Improve your Wellbeing with Art

Postgraduate study can be both stressful and lonely at times, and it can be difficult to make time or prioritise self-care. Looking after your mental health and wellbeing during this time is imperative. This 4 hour workshop is a great opportunity to take a break and channel any difficulties you may be experiencing, great or small, through the medium of art (no artistic skill required!). Art therapy is proven to reduce stress levels and is a great tool for managing anxiety. Run by an experienced Art Therapist, you will be provided with your own sketchbook and given the opportunity to practice mindfulness techniques, and experiment and play with different mediums.

  • Wednesday 28 October 2018, 13:00-17:00: Cambridge HEL 251
  • Tuesday 26 March 2019, 13:00-17:00, Chelmsford MAR 104

Three Minute Thesis Heats 2018-2019

  • Thursday 6 December 2018, 13:00: Cambridge LAB214
  • Friday 8 February 2019, 14:00: Chelmsford MAR109
  • Monday 4 March 2019, 12:00: Chelmsford MAB008
  • Thursday 16 May 2019, 17:00: Cambridge COS215
  • FINAL Thursday 25 April 2019, 11:00: Cambridge HEL113

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Time Management

This is quite obvious; it's only for an hour with examples of how to manage your time.

  • Thursday 6 December 2018, 11:00: Cambridge LAB111
  • Monday 4 March 2019, 10:00: Chelmsford SAW102
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What is Intellectual Property and why should I care?

Your intellectual property – anything that you create during the course of your work - may have more value than you think, and it’s important to manage it correctly. It’s easy to miss an opportunity for impact and income, either for yourself or for the University. For instance, significant improvements to existing technologies can be patented and commercialised. Even if you have no desire to commercialise your creations, it’s still a good idea to maintain control over it. There’s always the risk that someone will make money from it without giving anything to you, or that they use it for inappropriate purposes. Even worse, there are many pitfalls in the intellectual property landscape. Infringe someone else’s rights and you could be on the wrong end of an expensive law suit.

Fortunately, RIDO are here to help. To guide you through the opportunities and disasters that await your IP, we provide seminars, lasting from 15 minutes to 50 minutes, tailored to specific subject areas. We’re also available for one to one discussions on your own IP.
  • Tuesday 6 November 2018, 13:00: Cambridge LAB111
  • Thursday 7 March 2019, 11:00: Chelmsford MAR102

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