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Researcher Development Programme

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Researcher Development Programme

The annual Researcher Development Programme is open to Graduate Students and Early Career Researchers at Robert Gordon University. It is designed to support you on your journey as a member of an inter-disciplinary researcher community.

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About the Programme

RGU Researcher Development Programme is designed to support Graduate Students and Early Career Researchers as members of a diverse research community. The Programme brings together a range of existing training opportunities as well as bespoke sessions drawing on the expertise of scholars within RGU and beyond.

There are over fifty workshops, masterclasses and events in the Programme which supplement and expand on the PgCert Researcher Development courses and research retreats run by The Graduate School.

The launch of the Programme in September 2020 marks a significant step in emphasising the value of research at RGU. It offers opportunities to broaden knowledge and skills as well as foster interdisciplinary dialogue as part of a vibrant research culture. All sessions running as part of the Programme correspond with themes in the Researcher Development Framework – the most comprehensive and nationally-recognised document establishing the desirable standards of practice for successful researchers.

Each session is mapped onto one of the RDF Domains:

A - KNOWLEDGE AND INTELLECTUAL ABILITIES

The knowledge , intellectual abilities and techniques to do research.

B - PERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS

The personal qualities and approach to be an effective researcher.

C - RESEARCH GOVERNANCE AND ORGANISATION

The knowledge of the standards, requirements and professionalism to do research.

D - ENGAGEMENT, INFLUENCE AND IMPACT

The knowledge and skills to work with others and ensure the wider impact of research.

 

Workshops

All events can be booked individually as they become available.

Upcoming workshops

 

Regular Sessions and future events

2020/2021

  • Quick Cross-disciplinary Colloquium
  • Shut Up and Write
  • KnowHow to SearchSMART
  • KnowHow to Reference: Harvard
  • KnowHow to Reference: RefWorks
  • Data Management Planning for Postgraduate Students and ECRS
  • What is the Point of Metadata?
  • Getting Started with Worktribe
  • Managing and Sharing Research Data
  • Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance
  • Academic Publishing and Peer Review

Spring 2021

  • Three Minute Thesis
  • Scopus
  • How to Write a Great Research Paper and Get it Accepted by a Scholarly Journal?
  • Understanding Research Metrics and Indicators
  • Introduction to ECR Funding
  • Funding Journeys
  • Lay Summary
  • Funding Drop-In Clinic
  • Research Integrity
  • Spotlight on Personal Effectiveness
  • Spotlight on Resilient Leadership
 

Contacts

For further details, feedback and future workshop suggestions, please contact the Research Training Coordinator:

Getting Started with Worktribe - Worktribe Wednesdays

Worktribe allows you to create your research profile which is necessary to generate a web page for you at RGU. This session is an introduction which will allow you to start populating your page on Worktribe and practice creating a research project. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme.

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Getting Social

We live in an online world where lives, work and memes are constantly shared around the globe. This session will help you find your online voice in a crowed internet as you explore how you share your work through social media. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme

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Techniques for Editing your Work

If you can identify errors in your work, you will be able to more effectively edit it. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme.

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Showing your Stance

It is important that your stance is clear in any written work you produce. In this session you will be shown how to ensure that your argument is clear throughout your work by considering how to use structure, references and appropriate language effectively. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme.

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NVIVO

Improve your data analysis skills with our one day and half day advanced courses. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme

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Careers after PhD - Academic Career

Considering a career in academia? This session will unpick the variety of opportunities an academic career can offer. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme

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Effective Networking - Tips and Techniques to Connect with Others

This session provides guidance for successful and effective networking and how to build fruitful productive relationships that can have a positive impact on the researcher’s career and their work. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme

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Top Tips for Online Assessments

Before you submit any piece of written work it is essential to ensure that as well as meeting your brief the language and structure are appropriate and accurate. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme.

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Spotlight on Effective Time-Management and Motivation

This workshop will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of tried and tested tools and techniques in relation to effective time management. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme

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Spotlight on Building Positive Relationships

This session will introduce participants to the concepts and practices relating to developing and maintaining effective relationships in the workplace. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme

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Introducing Intellectual Property

During this session the participants will be introduced to the various forms of intellectual property protection available under law and get insight into the advantages and disadvantages of IP protection and administration and management. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme

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Presenting and Performing

Being able to present your work is an essential skill for any researcher and this workshop will help you take your communication to the next level. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme

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Careers after PhD - Commercial and Industry Careers

How does your research and your skills as a researcher connect you to opportunities in the ‘real’ world of industry and commerce? What value added can you bring to any organisation either directly related to your discipline area or divergent from it? This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme

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Commercialising your Research – Identifying Methods of Making Money from Research

This course looks at understanding why and when research should be commercialised. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme

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Careers after PhD - Application Processes

Having developed and fine-tuned your self-awareness and connected this new understanding of you to options and ideas in both academia and industry, this session will focus more on telling the story of ‘you’ in an effective, focused and concise way. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme

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SPSS for Beginners and Data Manipulation

This one day course is designed to help a complete beginner to acquire the skill necessary to create SPSS files from paper based questionnaire responses, import Excel datasheet or Online Survey data into SPSS for analysis; and correctly generate descriptive statistics and graphical summaries. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme

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Impact through Engagement

Demonstrating the impact of research has never been more important, but what does successful impact through engagement look like? This workshop guides you step-by-step through the processes to maximise the chances of your work fostering real and long-lasting change outside of academia. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme

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The Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Research Students

What do research higher degree students do to finish on time, to overcome isolation, doubt and writer’s block, and to enjoy the process? This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme

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Writing as Thinking Writing and Thriving

This workshop with Dr Sally Shakti Willow will look at different aspects of composing your doctoral thesis: from fostering positive attitudes, to working on academic language, to making sure that the entire piece is well structured and gets your research message across. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme

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Writing as Signposting: Considering your Reader while Writing

This workshop with Dr Sally Shakti Willow will help you move from content creation to reader consideration, as you begin to see your academic writing in its wider context. You’ll share ideas for keeping your reader in mind while writing, This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme

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Writing as Editing: Redrafting your Writing for Submission

Everything you’ve done up to now has led you here. How do you make the leap to your best possible writing? Focusing on planning in time for editing and redrafting before submission, this workshop with Dr Sally Shakti Willow will help you learn how to maximise your own potential as an academic writer. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme.

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