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Monday 18th Nov 2019 - 10:00 (2 hr)
Time Management for Academics 

BOOK ONE SESSION ONLY

This two-hour seminar has been run successfully for hundreds of academics in various universities. It starts by looking at the bigger questions of context, purpose and meaning, and then gets into the nitty gritty of academic life: dealing with conflicting priorities, carvin...


Monday 18th Nov 2019 - 12:00 (2 hr)
Completing a PhD 

How can you manage your research to allow effective completion within the specified time?  What and when are the challenges? In this session we identify a project management technique that will allow you to complete your PhD that uses lifecycle, milestones and monitoring procedures.


Monday 18th Nov 2019 - 13:00 (1 hr)
Understanding the Doctorate (Visa) Extension Scheme 

This session is for PhD students on Tier 4 visa who would like to stay in the UK once their PhD ends. If you are currently studying for a PhD on a Tier 4 visa, you can apply for the Doctorate Extension Scheme to stay in the UK for 12 months after your course has ended. You can sue the 12 months t...


Monday 18th Nov 2019 - 14:00 (2 hr)
How to Ensure your Research has Societal Impact 

The session will cover the following topics: Why research impact is on the agenda for universities, some epistemological challenges, responsible research and innovation, evidence on how academics view the impact of their research, and why it is important in Newcastle, as well as the HEFCE REF imp...


Tuesday 19th Nov 2019 - 10:00 (2 hr)
Early Stages of Research: Recognising and Negotiating Initial Obstacles 

Beginnings can be fraught with anxiety - what am I doing, where am I going, what is this, am I alone, "Help!" - and we don't always feel confident to express this aspect of research.  However, this training session is designed to concentrate on some of the psychological aspects that can be e...


Tuesday 19th Nov 2019 - 12:00 (2 hr)
Thinking Theories and Methods: Foucault 

In this lecture we explore the key conceptual tenets of Foucault's critique of positivism, his analysis of power (in his so-called 'genealogy' period) and his contribution to a theory of biopower. We will concentrate our analysis in particular on two texts: Discipline and Punish (1975) and A Hist...


Tuesday 19th Nov 2019 - 14:00 (2 hr)
Early Stages of Research: Recognising and Negotiating Initial Obstacles 

Beginnings can be fraught with anxiety - what am I doing, where am I going, what is this, am I alone, "Help!" - and we don't always feel confident to express this aspect of research.  However, this training session is designed to concentrate on some of the psychological aspects that can be e...


Tuesday 19th Nov 2019 - 14:00 (2:30 hr)
C3: Funding & Impact: How they fit with your research career 

This workshop will introduce you to the research funding landscape and the importance of maximising the impact of your research, with the view to enhancing your career opportunities particularly if pursuing an academic route.

It will provide you with guidance on what you can do to prepare from a...


Wednesday 20th Nov 2019 - 10:00 (3 hr)
Coping with Imposter Syndrome 

This interactive workshop will explore 'Imposter Syndrome', a phrase coined in the  late 1970s to describe an internal feeling of unworthiness which occurs despite external evidence of achievement and accomplishment.  It has been suggested that high achievers are particularly vulnerable...


Wednesday 20th Nov 2019 - 12:00 (2 hr)
Thinking Theories and Methods: Reading group three - Feminisms / Foucault 

You will get the opportunity to discuss the issues raised in the lectures in an informal seminar run by an experienced Postgraduate Teaching Assistant.

The sessions are broken down as follows:
Reading group one: Interdisciplinary research and the structure of social theory / Actor network theory

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Wednesday 20th Nov 2019 - 14:00 (1 hr)
An Introduction to the HaSS Faculty Institutes 

This session offers an introduction to the HaSS Faculty Institutes at Newcastle University. Students will be given the opportunity to speak to the representatives of the Institutes and ask questions, whilst discovering more information about the role of the Institutes at the University, and disco...


Wednesday 20th Nov 2019 - 14:00 (2 hr)
How to manage anxiety and stress - part I 

 

             “Why is my heart pounding? Why are my hands sweating? Why can’t I concentrate? Why do I feel so keyed up and anxious? Is it just me that feels like this”? …

These are just some of the questi...


Wednesday 20th Nov 2019 - 15:30 (1:30 hr)
Sport and Wellbeing 

This one hour workshop will provide information on the impact that keeping active can have on our wellbeing. Information covered includes:

-        How to break negative cycles

-        How sport and exercise can improve well...


Thursday 21st Nov 2019 - 16:00 (2 hr)
HSS8007: Critical Realism 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Whilst this session is down as two hours, please be aware that this is for claiming hours only. The actual session is only one hour long (16:00-17:00) and the other hour is awarded for the pre-work you must undertake. 

So far in this module we’ve considered the social ...


Friday 22nd Nov 2019 - 10:00 (6 hr)
Introduction to Learning and Teaching one day workshop - seminar 

 The Introduction to Learning and Teaching (ILTHE) workshop is a one-day blended learning workshop that provides an opportunity for those with no or very limited teaching experience to explore some of the main ideas and issues relating to learning and teaching in H...


Friday 22nd Nov 2019 - 17:00 (2 hr)
PGR commUNITY event - Launch of PGR Community as a Society 

We are finally transitioning the PGR community project to a society. Join us in our relaunch as a society where we will announce our term officers, upcoming events and initiatives specifically tailored for the PGRs. More details will be posted soon in our Facebook page, Twitter and WhatsApp group...


Monday 25th Nov 2019 - 10:00 (2 hr)
Data Handling and Spreadsheet Skills 

BOOK ONE SESSION ONLY

This workshop is recommended for students who are starting to collect data, or have data and are ready to manipulate and analyse it. It covers topics including analysis, formatting and manipulation of data, production and formatting of charts and graphs, basic statistical a...


Tuesday 26th Nov 2019 - 12:00 (2 hr)
Thinking Theories and Methods: The Everyday Turn in the Social Sciences and Humanities 

In recent decades, across the social sciences and humanities, there has been a gradual collapse of faith in grand narratives and reason, and instead a turning toward ‘the everyday’. Rather than examine the world from ‘on high’ through fixed notions of reason, today much re...


Wednesday 27th Nov 2019 - 14:00 (2 hr)
How to manage anxiety and stress part II 

With a diverse mix of relaxation exercises; problem solving solutions and stimulating discussions, this workshop has been designed to help equip you with some fabulous tools and techniques for decreasing the debilitating symptoms of stress and anxiety.

To gain the full benefit of this workshop, ...


Thursday 28th Nov 2019 - 16:00 (2 hr)
HSS8007: Postmodernism 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Whilst this session is down as two hours, please be aware that this is for claiming hours only. The actual session is only one hour long (16:00-17:00) and the other hour is awarded for the pre-work you must undertake. 

Postmodernism is a 20th-century movement encompassing a ...


Friday 29th Nov 2019 - 15:00 (1:30 hr)
Procrastination 

Most of us are familiar with the struggle to complete a task as we can find ourselves procrastinating. This workshop aims to develop practical strategies to help you break any procrastination habits you may have. We will not be looking at the underlying reasons why we procrastinate, rather focuss...


Monday 2nd Dec 2019 - 10:00 (6 hr)
Introduction to Learning and Teaching one day workshop - demonstrator 

 The Introduction to Learning and Teaching (ILTHE) workshop is a one-day blended learning workshop that provides an opportunity for those with no or very limited teaching experience to explore some of the main ideas and issues relating to learning and teaching in H...


Monday 2nd Dec 2019 - 11:00 (2 hr)
Open Access Publishing: Maximise the Visibility and Impact of Your Research 

Open access publishing makes research available to everyone, free and with limited restrictions on reuse. This maximises the visibility and impact of research with potential benefits for researchers, research funders and society. Making publications open access is therefore becoming standard rese...


Tuesday 3rd Dec 2019 - 10:00 (2 hr)
How to Write an Effective CV and Covering Letter 

Whatever your career intentions, this session aims to improve your ability to market your research experience effectively.


Tuesday 3rd Dec 2019 - 10:00 (2 hr)
Creative Thinking and Idea Generation 

Idea innovation and evaluation is vital to being a successful researcher, in most areas of research e.g. evaluating your next research proposal, considering the impact of your research or how your results might be commercialised or influence policy. These skills are also a key part of the success...


Tuesday 3rd Dec 2019 - 12:00 (2 hr)
Thinking Theories and Methods: Pierre Bourdieu 

Pierre Bourdieu is one of the most influential critical theorists of the modern age. His ideas on the nature and sources of power, domination and social stratification have impacted widely across the humanities and social sciences. In this session we consider each of the main dimensions of his th...


Wednesday 4th Dec 2019 - 13:15 (45 mins)
Mindfulness: Mindfulness and Learning 

These sessions introduce participants to mindfulness practices they may find helpful in their everyday lives, at work and at home; practices that may help them reduce stress and develop a better sense of well-being. Sessions take place at lunchtime.

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These sessions are designed to introduce...


Thursday 5th Dec 2019 - 16:00 (2 hr)
HSS8007: Concluding Thoughts: Philosophy and the Foundations of Knowledge 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Whilst this session is down as two hours, please be aware that this is for claiming hours only. The actual session is only one hour long (16:00-17:00) and the other hour is awarded for the pre-work you must undertake. 

This final session looks both backwards and forwards. Wh...


Friday 6th Dec 2019 - 09:30 (7 hr)
NVivo for Literature for Stage One Researchers 

Target Audience: Early stage Researcher who are new to NVivo

 

Aims and Objectives:


Monday 9th Dec 2019 - 13:00 (1 hr)
Understanding the Doctorate (Visa) Extension Scheme 

This session is for PhD students on Tier 4 visa who would like to stay in the UK once their PhD ends. If you are currently studying for a PhD on a Tier 4 visa, you can apply for the Doctorate Extension Scheme to stay in the UK for 12 months after your course has ended. You can sue the 12 months t...


Tuesday 10th Dec 2019 - 09:30 (3 hr)
Introduction to Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (Pre-work Required) 

Forming and maintaining effective relationships with others will help you achieve personal and career satisfaction whatever your aspirations.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality questionnaire that is designed to help the user gain a better understanding of themselves and othe...


Tuesday 10th Dec 2019 - 12:00 (2 hr)
Thinking Theories and Methods: Reading group four - The everyday turn in the social sciences and humanities / Pierre Bourdieu 

You will get the opportunity to discuss the issues raised in the lectures in an informal seminar run by an experienced Postgraduate Teaching Assistant.

The sessions are broken down as follows:
Reading group one: Interdisciplinary research and the structure of social theory / Actor network theory

...

Wednesday 11th Dec 2019 - 10:00 (6 hr)
Introduction to Learning and Teaching one day workshop - seminar 

 The Introduction to Learning and Teaching (ILTHE) workshop is a one-day blended learning workshop that provides an opportunity for those with no or very limited teaching experience to explore some of the main ideas and issues relating to learning and teaching in Hig...


Wednesday 11th Dec 2019 - 13:30 (1:30 hr)
The Brilliant Club Celebration event 

Celebrating three years of collaboration between The Brilliant Club and Researcher Development at Newcastle University.

Over the last three years through this collaboration with The Brilliant Club, Newcastle University PhD and post-doctoral researchers have worked with more 560 pupils from 35 di...


Thursday 12th Dec 2019 - 12:00 (2 hr)
Thinking Theories and Methods: Post-structuralism 

The structuralist revolution at the turn of the 20th Century, first in linguistics, and then in anthropology allowed the human sciences to attain a rigor equal to that of natural sciences. The humanities could for the first time understand themselves as ‘exact sciences’.  

Ferdi...


Friday 13th Dec 2019 - 17:00 (3 hr)
PGR commUNITY event - PGR Holiday party 

It’s the holiday season again. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, we want you to enjoy this day as a celebration of another year of accomplishments, new friendships and new beginnings for 2020. There will games, food and different activities prepared for everyone to enjoy. More details...


Wednesday 8th Jan 2020 - 10:00 (6 hr)
Introduction to Learning and Teaching one day workshop - demonstrator 

 The Introduction to Learning and Teaching (ILTHE) workshop is a one-day blended learning workshop that provides an opportunity for those with no or very limited teaching experience to explore some of the main ideas and issues relating to learning and teaching in H...


Friday 10th Jan 2020 - 10:00 (2 hr)
Advanced Document Management – Using Word and EndNote 

BOOK ONE SESSION ONLY

This session is suitable for second or third year students, and those preparing to write their thesis. New and advanced techniques in Word and EndNote, including templates, page layout, references and bibliographic tools, will be covered in detail, as well as...


Tuesday 14th Jan 2020 - 10:00 (2 hr)
The Untidy Realities of Research 

I came to qualitative research with a background in physics and psychology.  At the start of my practitioner PhD as an educational psychologist, I had a clear, safe, fairly classic design planned.  But the world would not go away.  I discovered that I was in the middle of working i...


Tuesday 14th Jan 2020 - 12:00 (2 hr)
Thinking Theories and Methods: Rationality and Truth after Participation 

What we mean by ‘truth’ and ‘rationality’ change depending upon where and when we live. They were understood differently by Plato and Aristotle, but then also by Descartes, Hume and Wittgenstein, for example. Today, as this lecture explores, one of the key forces shaping w...


Wednesday 15th Jan 2020 - 10:00 (2 hr)
How to Write an Effective CV and Covering Letter 

Whatever your career intentions, this session aims to improve your ability to market your research experience effectively.


Wednesday 15th Jan 2020 - 10:00 (2 hr)
Achieving Career Success 

Whether you are ambitious with clear career goals or someone who sees what life brings, thinking about your career and what you want from it is something you need to make time for.

Many aspire to an academic career after they complete their doctorate. A career in academia is highly competitive a...


Wednesday 15th Jan 2020 - 12:00 (2 hr)
Overcoming Writer’s Block 

This is a practical workshop.  It employs a number of strategies designed to help free up thinking around writing. Be prepared to be flexible and tackle a range of activities; some less formal than others!


Friday 17th Jan 2020 - 09:30 (7 hr)
Using NVivo to Analyse Media and Qualitative Database-Type Data 

BOOK ONE SESSION ONLY

Target Audience: Second Stage Researchers. The course content is entirely devoted to empirical data using Media and ‘Qualitative Database’-type Data. e.g. comments from Survey data 

Aims and Objectives:


Friday 17th Jan 2020 - 10:00 (3 hr)
Managing Long Documents 

BOOK ONE SESSION ONLY

This session will be most beneficial to final year students who are already writing up their thesis, though those who have not yet started writing up are also welcome. The course trains students in using MS Word to produce a thesis or similar piece of lengthy, complex work....


Monday 20th Jan 2020 - 10:00 (1 hr)
Data for the future: Preparing your research data for archive 

Good research data management is increasingly being recognised as a vital part of academic practice.  This session provides an overview of key data management issues, highlights the key questions researchers need to consider, and provides information on how to prepare data for long-term stor...


Monday 20th Jan 2020 - 13:00 (1 hr)
Understanding the Doctorate (Visa) Extension Scheme 

This session is for PhD students on Tier 4 visa who would like to stay in the UK once their PhD ends. If you are currently studying for a PhD on a Tier 4 visa, you can apply for the Doctorate Extension Scheme to stay in the UK for 12 months after your course has ended. You can sue the 12 months t...


Tuesday 21st Jan 2020 - 12:00 (2 hr)
Thinking Theories and Methods: Using theory or making sense 

This session focuses on understanding the role of theory in social research. It will include reflections on where, when and how to use theory in the research process.


Friday 24th Jan 2020 - 10:00 (2 hr)
Time Management for Academics 

BOOK ONE SESSION ONLY

This two-hour seminar has been run successfully for hundreds of academics in various universities. It starts by looking at the bigger questions of context, purpose and meaning, and then gets into the nitty gritty of academic life: dealing with conflicting priorities, carvin...


Monday 27th Jan 2020 - 11:00 (1 hr)
Organising Committee Meeting: First Year Postgraduate Research Conference 

Note: this booking is for the organising committee ONLY.

It is an excellent opportunity to develop some key skills, network and make a tangible impact on your research community.

Further information about the conference itself can be found below: 

The first year conference provides every ...


Tuesday 28th Jan 2020 - 12:00 (2 hr)
Thinking Theories and Methods: The Spatial Turn in Analysis 

Whereas ‘time’ previously dominated the social sciences and the humanities, in more recent years there has been a ‘spatial turn’ in analysis and debate. Not only in more traditionally spatial disciplines like geography, but across a range of disciplines and sub-disciplines...


Tuesday 28th Jan 2020 - 14:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Introductory generic sessions: Philosophical roots and epistemological frameworks 

This session will provide guidance on how to undertake the module (including the selection of options, and types of teaching and learning activities). In addition, Ian and Dariusz will provide a thematic introduction to the idea of research, broadly defined. All scientific inquiry and intellectua...


Wednesday 29th Jan 2020 - 16:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Introductory generic sessions: Workshop: Philosophical roots and epistemological frameworks 

Pre-work: 1 hour. Complete this on Blackboard before attending the timetabled session.

Epistemological preferences and methodological choices reflect our theoretical and political commitments; but, in practice, these choices may be compromised, corrupted and even abandoned in the light of resear...


Friday 31st Jan 2020 - 10:00 (6 hr)
Introduction to Learning and Teaching one day workshop - seminar 

 The Introduction to Learning and Teaching (ILTHE) workshop is a one-day blended learning workshop that provides an opportunity for those with no or very limited teaching experience to explore some of the main ideas and issues relating to learning and teaching in Hig...


Saturday 1st Feb 2020 - 10:00 (4 hr)
Workshop for Part-time Research Students 

Are you a part-time PhD student?  Do you find it challenging to access training about your PhD during the week?  These two half day sessions are designed for you.

The precise agenda will be set on each day by the participants; however, areas typically covered include time management, d...


Monday 3rd Feb 2020 - 10:00 (6 hr)
Introduction to Learning and Teaching one day workshop - demonstrator 

 The Introduction to Learning and Teaching (ILTHE) workshop is a one-day blended learning workshop that provides an opportunity for those with no or very limited teaching experience to explore some of the main ideas and issues relating to learning and teaching in H...


Monday 3rd Feb 2020 - 10:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option one: Qualitative linguistics: Transcription of spoken data 

In this session we consider how to record and transcribe spoken data. We look at the issues involved and the choices involved in presenting data. There are two hands-on sessions in which participants transcribe extracts of video data themselves.

Please check that you have access to the module no...


Monday 3rd Feb 2020 - 14:00 (2 hr)
HSS8044: Working with Qualitative Methods: the Imagined Example - introductory session 

This session will introduce students to the HSS8044: Imagined Example module. If you are taking this module as part of the PG Cert in Research Training, you will need to attend.  


Monday 3rd Feb 2020 - 16:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option three: Interviewing and focus groups: Interviewing approaches 

Pre-work: 1 hour. Complete this on Blackboard before attending the timetabled session.

This session provides a broad overview of interviewing approaches, focussing on interviewing methods and skills that could be used with groups termed the less powerful. The session addresses ethical issues and...


Tuesday 4th Feb 2020 - 12:00 (2 hr)
Thinking Theories and Methods: Textual Editing 

Scholarly editions of texts, and the archival research necessary to produce them, are fundamental to research in the Humanities. This session will explore the meanings of the phrase 'textual editing' and some of the conceptual thinking that has underpinned this discipline in literary studies sinc...


Wednesday 5th Feb 2020 - 10:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option one: Qualitative linguistics: Methods of analysing language data 

This session looks at alternative approaches for researching audio-visual data, including from research interviews and focus groups. We look at the relative merits and shortcomings of interaction analysis, discourse analysis and conversation analysis and consider some of the practical issues rese...


Wednesday 5th Feb 2020 - 14:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option two: Museums, galleries and heritage research: Working with human subjects in museum, gallery and heritage research 

This session draws lessons from a number of RCUK and Arts Council funded research projects that worked with human subjects. It addresses topics such as how projects are designed, including the choice of appropriate methods and how to access respondents. It then goes on to look at common problems ...


Wednesday 5th Feb 2020 - 16:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option three: Interviewing and focus groups: Using video in interviews 

Pre-work: 1 hour. Complete this on Blackboard before attending the timetabled session.

This session gives you a brief introduction to using video for data collection and data elicitation. You will reflect on the practical and methodological issues of working with video data. The aim is to stimul...


Thursday 6th Feb 2020 - 13:00 (1 hr)
Understanding the Doctorate (Visa) Extension Scheme 

This session is for PhD students on Tier 4 visa who would like to stay in the UK once their PhD ends. If you are currently studying for a PhD on a Tier 4 visa, you can apply for the Doctorate Extension Scheme to stay in the UK for 12 months after your course has ended. You can sue the 12 months t...


Friday 7th Feb 2020 - 13:00 (1 hr)
Introduction to Mindfulness 

This workshop aims to provide an introduction to mindfulness and how this approach can enhance your wellbeing. The benefits of mindfulness are explored in a way that can help you identify and incorporate this approach into your life to make a meaningful difference.  The focus is on connectin...


Monday 10th Feb 2020 - 10:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option one: Qualitative linguistics: Multimodality in language research 

This session considers alternative approaches for researching language and social interaction – including spoken language and other multimodal conduct such as gesture, eye-gaze and the use of other resources from the setting. Research students will be given an ...


Monday 10th Feb 2020 - 14:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option two: Museums, galleries and heritage research: Approaches to museum, gallery and heritage displays 

The session looks at ways of analysing display in museums and galleries from cultural and political perspectives, using historical and contemporary examples. It shows how the study of museum and gallery display can help us to understand knowledge and value systems and to analyse relationships bet...


Monday 10th Feb 2020 - 16:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option three: Interviewing and focus groups: Specialist interviewing panel discussion 

Specialist Interviewing Panel Discussion

This panel discussion will be focused on two specialist topics of interviewing, each topic raising distinct and shared issues in the interviewing process.

Pre-work: 1 hour. Complete this on Blackboard before attending the timetabled session.

The topics ...


Tuesday 11th Feb 2020 - 10:00 (2 hr)
Peer Reviewing for Academic Journals 

BOOK ONE SESSION ONLY

Editors of one of Newcastle University’s HaSS Postgraduate e-journals, ARECLS, will talk you through the peer-review process, which is an integral component of maintaining academic integrity in publishing. By the end of this session, you will be able to recognise what...


Tuesday 11th Feb 2020 - 12:00 (2 hr)
Thinking Theories and Methods: Psychoanalysis: Drive and Desire 

Psychoanalytic approaches are increasingly popular tools for understanding the conditions in which production takes place. The session will introduce Freud, Lacan, and Deleuze and consider how their theories of the unconscious can be deployed to read a number of different 'texts'. 


Wednesday 12th Feb 2020 - 10:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option one: Qualitative linguistics: Methodology in theoretical linguistic research 

 

 The lecture begins with an overview and discussion of the aims and methods of research in formal syntax and comparative syntax. This is followed by discussion of the data that we use in syntactic research, with special attention to the pros and cons of the kind of data we&...


Wednesday 12th Feb 2020 - 13:00 (1 hr)
How to Sleep 

Good enough sleep, not too much and not too little, is a cornerstone of our physical and mental health.

Unfortunately, a healthy amount of sleep is not always easy to achieve.

This workshop will tell you all you need to know about

 


Wednesday 12th Feb 2020 - 14:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option two: Museums, galleries and heritage research: Critical approaches to the uses of the past in the present 

This session explores how we can conceptualise and understand the use and presence of the past within contemporary contexts. We look at the continued social significance of historical events, from traumas such as genocide to celebrations of the past, the politics of commemoration, ideological re-...


Wednesday 12th Feb 2020 - 16:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option three: Interviewing and focus groups: Focus groups 

Pre-work: 1 hour. Complete this on Blackboard before attending the timetabled session.

This session explores the conceptual and practical issues involved in using focus groups in social research. A range of methodological issues are also explored and you will have the opportunity to participate ...


Friday 14th Feb 2020 - 09:30 (7 hr)
Using NVivo to Analyse Text-Based Data 

BOOK ONE SESSION ONLY

Target Audience: Second Stage researchers, the course content is entirely devoted to empirical data

 

Aims and Objectives:


Monday 17th Feb 2020 - 10:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option four: Archives and rare books: A guide to using archives 

This session will introduce you to using archives in your research. Although students from history will have used archives in their undergraduate research, students from other disciplines often have to use archives for research as well. This module helps you make the most of archives and archivis...


Monday 17th Feb 2020 - 12:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option two: Museums, galleries and heritage research: Researching affect and memory amongst museum visitors 

This session looks at how we can develop qualitative methodologies for studying affect and memory. It takes as its case study a research project which looked at questions of identity, migration and nostalgia amongst museum visitors.


Monday 17th Feb 2020 - 14:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option three: Interviewing and focus groups: Interviewing workshop 

Pre-work: 30 minutes. Complete this on Blackboard before attending the timetabled session.

Following your pre-session preparation, this workshop will give you the opportunity to try out and practice your qualitative interviewing skills. There will also be the opportunity to discuss thoughts and ...


Monday 17th Feb 2020 - 16:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option six: Ethnography, case studies and participatory action research: Ethnographic traditions 

Pre-work: 1 hour. Complete this on Blackboard before attending the timetabled session.

In this session we explore the origin of ethnographic methodology in anthropology as a methodology to study and 'describe' other cultures. We consider its hallmarks of participant observation, the quest for an...


Tuesday 18th Feb 2020 - 10:00 (2 hr)
Finding your voice: An exploration of expression within the doctoral framework 

This informal, no tech session will address the different voices that are involved in PhD studies. The session will involve discussion, sharing and practice exercises, with handouts/references on offer and will cover: the spoken voice and assertiveness, public speaking and interview/discussion te...


Tuesday 18th Feb 2020 - 14:00 (2 hr)
Strategies for Career Development in Creative Business & Social Enterprise for a post-PhD World 

From artist, filmmaker, academic to social entrepreneur: plotting the options and alternatives for creative practitioners to set up small businesses, studios or social/community organisations and the skills they need to sustain them. Think of this as a mini-business school planning session for cr...


Wednesday 19th Feb 2020 - 10:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option four: Archives and rare books: Getting started in special collections 

This participative workshop includes an exploration, through case studies, of some of the ethics, politics, values and legal frameworks around primary source data collection. Discussion and practical exercises will focus on effective research strategies and use of a variety of catalogues and find...


Wednesday 19th Feb 2020 - 14:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option five: Texts, images and sounds: Thinking texts 

This session is an introduction to some of the ways the idea of the text has changed since the Reformation. It also deals with some of the issues that attend the idea of 'textuality' as a construct within the Arts and Humanities: what do we mean by the term 'text'? How is thinking about the world...


Wednesday 19th Feb 2020 - 16:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option six: Ethnography, case studies and participatory action research: Participatory action research 

Pre-work: 1 hour. Complete this on Blackboard before attending the timetabled session.

Participatory Action Research is an approach to research where people who are traditionally research subjects become co-researchers. For academics, it means doing research in collaboration with, rather than "o...


Thursday 20th Feb 2020 - 10:00 (2 hr)
Writing a Successful Thesis for the Social Sciences 

This session is aimed at Social Science students, although Arts and Humanities students are welcome to attend, and explores:


Friday 21st Feb 2020 - 09:30 (7 hr)
Using NVivo to Analyse Media and Qualitative Database-Type Data 

BOOK ONE SESSION ONLY

Target Audience: Second Stage Researchers. The course content is entirely devoted to empirical data using Media and ‘Qualitative Database’-type Data. e.g. comments from Survey data 

Aims and Objectives:


Friday 21st Feb 2020 - 10:00 (6 hr)
Introduction to Learning and Teaching one day workshop - seminar 

 The Introduction to Learning and Teaching (ILTHE) workshop is a one-day blended learning workshop that provides an opportunity for those with no or very limited teaching experience to explore some of the main ideas and issues relating to learning and teaching in H...


Monday 24th Feb 2020 - 10:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option four: Archives and rare books: Critical analysis of primary sources 

In this session, students will work in small groups on a series of tasks using document packs. This will help students to acquire and develop transferrable skills and will introduce them to the range of materials that are typically held by special collections and archives repositories.  Furt...


Monday 24th Feb 2020 - 12:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option seven: Creative arts practice: Introduction: Practice-led research in the academy 

This presentation explores the potential of artistic practice(s) as research. It seeks to provide an introduction to the terminology, methods, and ‘craft’ of practice-led artistic research, help participants develop an understanding of the potential of their practice as research as we...


Monday 24th Feb 2020 - 14:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option five: Texts, images and sounds: Memory and the archive 

This session, drawing on Carolyn Steedman's Dust (2001) and some key work on archives, archivism and memory from such areas as Holocaust Studies and Memory Studies, will introduce some of the key ideas that enable us to make sense of archives (both 'analogue' and 'digital'). What does the archive...


Monday 24th Feb 2020 - 16:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option six: Ethnography, case Studies and participatory action research: Case study approaches 

Pre-work: 1 hour. Complete this on Blackboard before attending the timetabled session.

This session offers a critical consideration of case study research, asking whether it can be considered as ‘an approach’ to research and exploring the assumptions and perspectives that underpin di...


Tuesday 25th Feb 2020 - 10:00 (2 hr)
Preparing for the Progress Review Panel 

This session will help you prepare for your Annual Progress Review Panel and offer insights into how you could get the most out of it. As a researcher, you’ll already know the value of accurate records and regular reflection for high quality research output. The same is true for meaningful ...


Tuesday 25th Feb 2020 - 12:00 (2 hr)
Thinking Theories and Methods: Anthropocene Philosophy 

Today the growing argument from a broad range of scientists is that planet earth has changed to such a degree that we now live in a new historical epoch called the Anthropocene. Distinguished from the Holecene, the term Anthropocene comes from the Ancient Greek word for human, ‘anthropos&rs...


Tuesday 25th Feb 2020 - 14:00 (2 hr)
Progressing research: Keeping motivated as research progresses 

The middle phase of a PhD can be hard - the beginning is far behind and the end not yet apparent. This training session will engage with the following: how to hold on to a sense of purpose and direction, how to maintain a sense of progress, and how to foster a creative and nourishing relationship...


Wednesday 26th Feb 2020 - 10:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option four: Archives and rare books: Palaeography and transcription (Deciphering handwritten documents) 

This workshop will focus on tips and strategies for deciphering handwritten documents (in English). There will be opportunities to practice transcribing documents from different periods.

Please check that you have access to the module now so that you can access materials and recordings later.

H...


Wednesday 26th Feb 2020 - 12:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option seven: Creative arts practice: Composition as critical creative practice 

In this session, Will talks about the challenges involved in maintaining one’s primary role as artist while dealing with the demands of a professional academic research environment. Using the example of his own work as an improvising composer and performer working with voice, electronics an...


Wednesday 26th Feb 2020 - 13:00 (1 hr)
How to Sleep 

Good enough sleep, not too much and not too little, is a cornerstone of our physical and mental health.

Unfortunately, a healthy amount of sleep is not always easy to achieve.

This workshop will tell you all you need to know about

 


Wednesday 26th Feb 2020 - 14:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option five: Texts, images and sounds: Visual culture and the cinematic mode of production 

This session will introduce the notion that different cultural forms are also implicated in their own modes of production. In particular, drawing on Jonathan Beller's seminal work (2006) on the cinematic mode of production, we will look at how visual culture in particular makes particular kinds o...


Wednesday 26th Feb 2020 - 16:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option six: Ethnography, case Studies and participatory action research: Workshop: Ethnographic traditions 

Pre-work: 30 minutes. Complete this on Blackboard before attending the timetabled session.

To attend this workshop you need to have attended the introductory session where you will be asked to complete a short stint of participant observation with a colleague on the programme. You then come to t...


Thursday 27th Feb 2020 - 14:00 (2 hr)
Data Handling and Spreadsheet Skills 

BOOK ONE SESSION ONLY

This workshop is recommended for students who are starting to collect data, or have data and are ready to manipulate and analyse it. It covers topics including analysis, formatting and manipulation of data, production and formatting of charts and graphs, basic statistical a...


Thursday 27th Feb 2020 - 14:00 (2 hr)
How to Succeed at Interview 

How do you make the right impression, answer questions effectively and make the most of your experience to convince an interviewer you are the best candidate for the job?  Your written application may be excellent but you also need to perform well in person. In this session, we will look at ...


Monday 2nd Mar 2020 - 10:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option four: Archives and rare books: Manuscript and print (Editing and bibliographic description) 

In this workshop, students will learn how to interpret books as material artefacts, how to annotate documents and how to record bibliographic descriptions.

Please check that you have access to the module now so that you can access materials and recordings later.

HSS8004 Blackboard site: ht...


Monday 2nd Mar 2020 - 12:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option eight: Digital culture: The body in cyberspace and the digital humanities 

We will explore some of the theoretical frameworks that help us to explore cyberspace and digital cultures – thinking particularly about embodiment, space, access, and consumption. This session will take the format of a lecture to introduce key concepts, before breaking up into smaller grou...


Monday 2nd Mar 2020 - 14:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option five: Texts, images and sounds: Noise cultures and base/mass materialism 

This session will introduce some of the ways in which sound has been theorised within the arts and humanities. We will draw on a range of ideas from R Murray Schaffer's Soundscapes project in the 1970s through to Steve Goodman's notion of 'sonic warfare' (2009) and will address some of the key qu...


Monday 2nd Mar 2020 - 16:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Concluding generic sessions: Analysing and writing-up qualitative data and NVivo taster 

Pre-work: 1 hour. Complete this on Blackboard before attending the timetabled session.

In this session, Professor McLaughlin will take questions about the challenges and possibilities of analysing and writing up qualitative data, and Dr Wilcockson will demonstrate how the software package NVivo ...


Tuesday 3rd Mar 2020 - 10:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option seven: Creative arts practice: Making as a critical creative practice 

Drawing on critical approaches in the social sciences, computer science, and art and design, this session will explore ‘the turn to making’ as it might influence practice-led research. Professor Bowers will show how the act of making (be it a musical instrument, an experimental d...


Wednesday 4th Mar 2020 - 10:00 (6 hr)
Introduction to Learning and Teaching one day workshop - demonstrator 

 The Introduction to Learning and Teaching (ILTHE) workshop is a one-day blended learning workshop that provides an opportunity for those with no or very limited teaching experience to explore some of the main ideas and issues relating to learning and teaching in H...


Wednesday 4th Mar 2020 - 10:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option seven: Creative arts practice: Wonder: Working with objects and archives 

Drawing on her own practice-led research into the phenomenon of ‘wonder’, Irene Brown discusses how artists can engage with objects and archives independently and within residencies to construct critical and creative responses that forward a particular line of enquiry. Integral to thi...


Wednesday 4th Mar 2020 - 12:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option eight: Digital culture: Design and the digital humanities 

In the second session, the relationship between Digital Humanities and design research will be discussed with an emphasis on digital creativity. Through an extended example of the development process of a series of archival interfaces and visualisations a set of emerging concerns and directions f...


Wednesday 4th Mar 2020 - 14:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option five: Texts, images and sounds: The affective turn: Or the new scholarship of the senses 

This final session will draw together some of the key insights we have discovered together over the past four sessions and will frame those insights within a discussion of what Patricia Clough (2007) has called the 'affective turn', that shift in some recent arts and humanities scholarship toward...


Wednesday 4th Mar 2020 - 16:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Concluding generic sessions: Using visual representations in research 

Pre-work: 1 hour. Complete this on Blackboard before attending the timetabled session.

Should qualitative researchers consider the visual, as well as the verbal or written, aspects of the social world they are investigating?  This session will argue for a recognition of the visual as both d...


Thursday 5th Mar 2020 - 10:00 (2 hr)
Societal Impact in HASS: Examples from Research Excellence Framework, 2014 

Do you want your research to have societal impact? Do you know how to get started? This session will explore some of the HaSS impact case studies submitted to REF 2014, highlighting the many different ways researchers have engaged and worked with research users and stakeholders to achieve changes...


Monday 9th Mar 2020 - 12:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option eight: Digital culture: Collaborative projects 

Digital projects often require collaborative work, building teams from across disciplines and sectors to achieve the desired outcomes. This lecture and discussion will explore some of the benefits and challenges associated with such modes of work (and share some tips for experiencing more of the ...


Monday 9th Mar 2020 - 16:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Concluding generic sessions: Dealing with the pragmatics of mixed methods research 

Pre-work: 1 hour. Complete this on Blackboard before attending the timetabled session.

This session considers both the theoretical and practical challenges of conducting mixed methods research in the social sciences. It will present examples of mixed methods research from a number of disciplines...


Tuesday 10th Mar 2020 - 10:00 (2 hr)
How to Write an Effective CV and Covering Letter 

Whatever your career intentions, this session aims to improve your ability to market your research experience effectively.


Tuesday 10th Mar 2020 - 10:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option seven: Creative arts practice: Making connections and addressing the field of expanded architectural research 

“Practice, theory and criticism are still seen as distinct although they increasingly cross- reference each other” (J.Rendell, Architectural Research Quarterly, 2005)

This session will be in two parts with time for discussion. Firstly a contextual talk on ways of working in creative ...


Tuesday 10th Mar 2020 - 12:00 (2 hr)
Thinking Theories and Methods: Medical Humanities 

Medical humanities is a ‘buzzword’ in the arts and humanities, but what is the field that it describes? In this session we will respond to this question and then think together about some of the challenges and opportunities that such a field opens up to the researcher. How can one wor...


Wednesday 11th Mar 2020 - 12:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Option eight: Digital culture: Scholarly editing 

In this session the creation of scholarly editions will be introduced with an exploration of how the production of editions in the digital world has changed the requirements for a digital edition to be considered scholarly. The main standard in this area are the Guidelines of the Text Encoding In...


Wednesday 11th Mar 2020 - 15:30 (1:30 hr)
Sport and Wellbeing 

This one hour workshop will provide information on the impact that keeping active can have on our wellbeing. Information covered includes:

-        How to break negative cycles

-        How sport and exercise can improve well...


Wednesday 11th Mar 2020 - 16:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Concluding generic sessions: Integrating different data sources 

PhDs generally involve more than one method of data collection. This can sometimes pose challenges when drawing the information together for overall analysis. This session is divided into three sections to examine conventional and new approaches to combining and integrating methods and data. Firs...


Friday 13th Mar 2020 - 09:30 (7 hr)
Follow up NVivo course (For experienced users ONLY) 

Target Audience: Late Second Stage and Third Stage postgraduate students who are already experienced users.

 

Aims and Objectives:


Monday 16th Mar 2020 - 13:00 (3 hr)
Coping with Imposter Syndrome 

This interactive workshop will explore 'Imposter Syndrome', a phrase coined in the  late 1970s to describe an internal feeling of unworthiness which occurs despite external evidence of achievement and accomplishment.  It has been suggested that high achievers are particularly vulnerable...


Monday 16th Mar 2020 - 16:00 (2 hr)
HSS8004: Qualitative methods - Concluding generic sessions: Looking back at qualitative methods and critical enquiry and ahead to the assignment 

Pre-work: 1 hour. Complete this on Blackboard before attending the timetabled session.

In this session, the module leader will recap what the module has covered, and also give advice about how the assessment can be approached.

Please check that you have access to the module now so that you can ...


Tuesday 17th Mar 2020 - 09:30 (3 hr)
Introduction to Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (Pre-work Required) 

Forming and maintaining effective relationships with others will help you achieve personal and career satisfaction whatever your aspirations.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality questionnaire that is designed to help the user gain a better understanding of themselves and othe...


Thursday 19th Mar 2020 - 10:00 (6 hr)
Introduction to Learning and Teaching one day workshop - seminar 

 The Introduction to Learning and Teaching (ILTHE) workshop is a one-day blended learning workshop that provides an opportunity for those with no or very limited teaching experience to explore some of the main ideas and issues relating to learning and teaching in H...


Thursday 19th Mar 2020 - 12:00 (2 hr)
Thinking Theories and Methods: Bibliography crunching and mining in textual research 

Research into written text (e.g. in literature or translation studies) is often based on case studies of one or very few books, authors or translators – which makes it hard to identify generalisable patterns. Here we will discuss the setting up and analysis of simple Excel-based bibliograph...


Tuesday 24th Mar 2020 - 12:00 (2 hr)
Thinking Theories and Methods: Blackness and Race 

This lecture is designed to introduce students to the foundational concepts and critical debates involved in the study of race, ethnicity and definitions of Blackness.  We will investigate categories of race and Blackness in the United States and globally, looking at those categories in cont...


Tuesday 24th Mar 2020 - 13:00 (1 hr)
Understanding the Doctorate (Visa) Extension Scheme 

This session is for PhD students on Tier 4 visa who would like to stay in the UK once their PhD ends. If you are currently studying for a PhD on a Tier 4 visa, you can apply for the Doctorate Extension Scheme to stay in the UK for 12 months after your course has ended. You can sue the 12 months t...


Thursday 2nd Apr 2020 - 12:30 (1:30 hr)
D3: 3 Minute Thesis Launch 

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition asks doctoral Students to explain their research in just three minutes using only one slide.  The explanation should be easily understood by a non-specialist.  Winners of the University competition will go forwards to a prestigious national comp...


Tuesday 7th Apr 2020 - 10:00 (2 hr)
How to Succeed at Interview 

How do you make the right impression, answer questions effectively and make the most of your experience to convince an interviewer you are the best candidate for the job?  Your written application may be excellent but you also need to perform well in person. In this session, we will look at ...


Monday 20th Apr 2020 - 10:00 (6 hr)
Introduction to Learning and Teaching one day workshop - demonstrator 

 The Introduction to Learning and Teaching (ILTHE) workshop is a one-day blended learning workshop that provides an opportunity for those with no or very limited teaching experience to explore some of the main ideas and issues relating to learning and teaching in H...


Tuesday 21st Apr 2020 - 10:00 (6 hr)
Using Posters to Communicate your Research 

Poster sessions are an increasingly important part of conferences and a valuable way of communicating your research. This workshop will be useful if you have never produced a poster before or you would like some new ideas on design or technical tips. The course uses sample posters and a series of...


Tuesday 21st Apr 2020 - 13:00 (1 hr)
Understanding the Doctorate (Visa) Extension Scheme 

This session is for PhD students on Tier 4 visa who would like to stay in the UK once their PhD ends. If you are currently studying for a PhD on a Tier 4 visa, you can apply for the Doctorate Extension Scheme to stay in the UK for 12 months after your course has ended. You can sue the 12 months t...


Wednesday 22nd Apr 2020 - 09:00 (4 hr)
Additional IT Session for Preparing Academic Posters 

An optional self-study IT session will be held. This will be a chance for students to design their own posters in PowerPoint, Keynote or other software, and IT trainers will be available to answer any queries.


Thursday 23rd Apr 2020 - 10:00 (3 hr)
Photoshop Basics for Designing Academic Posters (Experienced Users) 

FOR EXPERIENCED USERS ONLY

You will learn the key features of Adobe Photoshop for designing academic posters, logos and understanding design technique. It is recommended for those who want to create eye-catching posters and attractive designs, or want to learn the basics of Photoshop. By th...


Tuesday 28th Apr 2020 - 10:00 (2 hr)
Becoming a 21st century academic: how to survive and thrive in the neoliberal university 

Universities exist to deepen our understanding of the universe for the public benefit and the sheer pleasure of knowledge. However, this traditional understanding has been challenged by new governance practices under the influence of neo-liberal New Public Management, or the belief education work...


Tuesday 28th Apr 2020 - 12:00 (2 hr)
Thinking Theories and Methods: Queer Theory 

What is queer theory? How can it be applied in the study of humanities, arts and social sciences? This introductory session looks into the emergence of queer theory out of feminist and LGBT studies and provides some pointers for students interested in the analytical concepts and methods that have...


Tuesday 28th Apr 2020 - 14:00 (2 hr)
Peer Reviewing for Academic Journals 

BOOK ONE SESSION ONLY

Editors of one of Newcastle University’s HaSS Postgraduate e-journals, ARECLS, will talk you through the peer-review process, which is an integral component of maintaining academic integrity in publishing. By the end of this session, you will be able to recognise what...


Thursday 30th Apr 2020 - 10:00 (6 hr)
Introduction to Learning and Teaching one day workshop - seminar 

 The Introduction to Learning and Teaching (ILTHE) workshop is a one-day blended learning workshop that provides an opportunity for those with no or very limited teaching experience to explore some of the main ideas and issues relating to learning and teaching in Hig...


Friday 1st May 2020 - 13:00 (1 hr)
Introduction to Mindfulness 

This workshop aims to provide an introduction to mindfulness and how this approach can enhance your wellbeing. The benefits of mindfulness are explored in a way that can help you identify and incorporate this approach into your life to make a meaningful difference.  The focus is on connectin...


Tuesday 5th May 2020 - 10:00 (2 hr)
How to Write an Effective CV and Covering Letter 

Whatever your career intentions, this session aims to improve your ability to market your research experience effectively.


Tuesday 5th May 2020 - 10:00 (3 hr)
Photoshop Basics for Designing Academic Posters (Beginners) 

FOR BEGINNERS ONLY

You will learn the key features of Adobe Photoshop for designing academic posters, logos and understanding design technique. It is recommended for those who want to create eye-catching posters and attractive designs, or want to learn the basics of Photoshop. By the end of...


Tuesday 5th May 2020 - 12:00 (1 hr)
Understanding the Doctorate (Visa) Extension Scheme 

This session is for PhD students on Tier 4 visa who would like to stay in the UK once their PhD ends. If you are currently studying for a PhD on a Tier 4 visa, you can apply for the Doctorate Extension Scheme to stay in the UK for 12 months after your course has ended. You can sue the 12 months t...


Tuesday 5th May 2020 - 14:00 (2 hr)
Completing Research: The Psychological Picture 

Approaching deadlines, handing in a thesis, and preparing for a Viva can all catalyse complex psychological dynamics. This training session, for students in the final stages of a PhD, offers the opportunity to identify, explore and understand some of the feelings, thoughts and behaviours that mig...


Tuesday 12th May 2020 - 12:00 (2 hr)
Thinking Theories and Methods: Postcolonialism 

In this lecture, we explore postcolonial theory as a critical approach that focuses on the ways in which the power relationships between colonizer and colonized in the colony (and between elites and subalterns in the post-colony) can shape our interpretation of cultural production and social disc...


Wednesday 13th May 2020 - 10:00 (6 hr)
Introduction to Learning and Teaching one day workshop - demonstrator 

 The Introduction to Learning and Teaching (ILTHE) workshop is a one-day blended learning workshop that provides an opportunity for those with no or very limited teaching experience to explore some of the main ideas and issues relating to learning and teaching in H...


Monday 18th May 2020 - 10:00 (6 hr)
Presentation Skills 

Presenting your research is a vital skill. Speaking in public is seldom a natural talent, but it is easy to develop the basic skills and competencies required to engage and interest your audience. Come along to this full day training course to learn how create the perfect academic presentation. Y...


Tuesday 19th May 2020 - 10:00 (6 hr)
Video Practice for Presentation Skills 

The key to developing presentation skills is practice in front of a real audience and to then see yourself as they saw you. To make the most of the session, make sure you have spent some time preparing your conference presentation. You don't need to worry about a slideshow, but just be ready to d...


Tuesday 19th May 2020 - 12:00 (2 hr)
Thinking Theories and Methods: Knowledge Construction in Cultural Organisations 

In this session we explore some key tenets of social constructionism, focusing on the ways in which cultural institutions such as museums construct knowledge. We look at key concepts of knowledge, institutional techniques of establishing ‘reality’, ‘truth’ and ‘value...


Wednesday 20th May 2020 - 10:00 (3 hr)
Drop-in IT Skills Session for Presentation Skills 

Need help with the planning and design of the presentation? Want some individual feedback on your slides? Just drop in to this IT session and our trainer will be on hand to answer any questions. More than that, he will help you shape your argument and find ways to communicate complex concepts.


Wednesday 20th May 2020 - 10:00 (2 hr)
Preparing for the Viva 

How can you prepare for the oral defence of your thesis? What will you be asked?  Who will inquire? What are the possible outcomes? How can you get the best from the examiners? This workshop will explore these questions. In addition to this, students from both social sciences and arts and hu...


Wednesday 20th May 2020 - 14:00 (2 hr)
How to Succeed at Interview 

How do you make the right impression, answer questions effectively and make the most of your experience to convince an interviewer you are the best candidate for the job?  Your written application may be excellent but you also need to perform well in person. In this session, we will look at ...


Friday 22nd May 2020 - 10:00 (6 hr)
Introduction to Learning and Teaching one day workshop - seminar 

 The Introduction to Learning and Teaching (ILTHE) workshop is a one-day blended learning workshop that provides an opportunity for those with no or very limited teaching experience to explore some of the main ideas and issues relating to learning and teaching ...


Tuesday 26th May 2020 - 12:00 (2 hr)
Thinking Theories and Methods: Max Weber's Concept of 'Intellectual Integrity' 

The idea of ‘intellectual integrity’ carries contemporary resonance. It is an implicit value of academic endeavour. But what are the epistemic and methodological foundations for a viable theory of ‘intellectual integrity’? Miriam Baldwin’s talk tries to answer some o...


Wednesday 27th May 2020 - 10:00 (2 hr)
Performing Research 

Theatre actor Paula Penman will share her expertise to help you perform your academic presentation in a practical workshop. This will take place in a safe, supported environment and will explore voice projection, stage presence and audience engagement.


Monday 1st Jun 2020 - 14:00 (2 hr)
Document Management - Content and Layout 

BOOK ONE SESSION ONLY

The Digital Skills Team lead this workshop for first year students, working towards their end of year report.  The course offers an invaluable insight into how to get the most out of MS Word when managing the content and layout of a document by moving beyond basic form...


Tuesday 9th Jun 2020 - 13:00 (1 hr)
Understanding the Doctorate (Visa) Extension Scheme 

This session is for PhD students on Tier 4 visa who would like to stay in the UK once their PhD ends. If you are currently studying for a PhD on a Tier 4 visa, you can apply for the Doctorate Extension Scheme to stay in the UK for 12 months after your course has ended. You can sue the 12 months t...


Wednesday 10th Jun 2020 - 09:00 (9 hr)
First Year Postgraduate Research Conference 

The first year conference provides every research postgraduate with the opportunity to develop oral presentation skills and to discuss their research project with their peers in an informal, friendly atmosphere.  The unique aspect of the conference is that it is multi-disciplinary, and that ...


Wednesday 10th Jun 2020 - 10:00 (6 hr)
Introduction to Learning and Teaching one day workshop - demonstrator 

 The Introduction to Learning and Teaching (ILTHE) workshop is a one-day blended learning workshop that provides an opportunity for those with no or very limited teaching experience to explore some of the main ideas and issues relating to learning and teaching in H...


Thursday 11th Jun 2020 - 09:30 (3 hr)
Introduction to Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (Pre-work Required) 

Forming and maintaining effective relationships with others will help you achieve personal and career satisfaction whatever your aspirations.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality questionnaire that is designed to help the user gain a better understanding of themselves and othe...


Friday 12th Jun 2020 - 14:00 (2 hr)
Document Management - Images and Tables 

BOOK ONE SESSION ONLY

This workshop is suitable for first year students preparing for their end of year report, and should be completed following the pre-requisite Document Management – Content and Layout.  When putting together reports and a thesis, having a full understanding of the...


Wednesday 17th Jun 2020 - 09:00 (7 hr)
HaSS Annual Postgraduate Research Showcase (Second and Third Stage PGR's) 

Our research has the potential to shape the world and have a vast impact on our society. It is therefore important that we learn to disseminate it in an accessible and informative way and that we strive to communicate it to different audiences. In the HaSS Annual Postgraduate Research Showcase yo...


Wednesday 17th Jun 2020 - 14:00 (2 hr)
Advanced Document Management – Using Word and EndNote 

BOOK ONE SESSION ONLY

This session is suitable for second or third year students, and those preparing to write their thesis. New and advanced techniques in Word and EndNote, including templates, page layout, references and bibliographic tools, will be covered in detail, as well as...


Friday 19th Jun 2020 - 10:00 (3 hr)
Managing Long Documents 

BOOK ONE SESSION ONLY

This session will be most beneficial to final year students who are already writing up their thesis, though those who have not yet started writing up are also welcome. The course trains students in using MS Word to produce a thesis or similar piece of lengthy, complex work....


Thursday 25th Jun 2020 - 10:00 (6 hr)
Introduction to Learning and Teaching one day workshop - seminar 

 The Introduction to Learning and Teaching (ILTHE) workshop is a one-day blended learning workshop that provides an opportunity for those with no or very limited teaching experience to explore some of the main ideas and issues relating to learning and teaching in H...


Saturday 27th Jun 2020 - 10:00 (4 hr)
Workshop for Part-time Research Students 

Are you a part-time PhD student?  Do you find it challenging to access training about your PhD during the week?  These two half day sessions are designed for you.

The precise agenda will be set on each day by the participants; however, areas typically covered include time management, d...


Monday 6th Jul 2020 - 10:00 (6 hr)
Introduction to Learning and Teaching one day workshop - demonstrator 

 The Introduction to Learning and Teaching (ILTHE) workshop is a one-day blended learning workshop that provides an opportunity for those with no or very limited teaching experience to explore some of the main ideas and issues relating to learning and teaching in H...


Friday 24th Jul 2020 - 10:00 (6 hr)
Introduction to Learning and Teaching one day workshop - seminar 

 The Introduction to Learning and Teaching (ILTHE) workshop is a one-day blended learning workshop that provides an opportunity for those with no or very limited teaching experience to explore some of the main ideas and issues relating to learning and teaching in H...


Tuesday 11th Aug 2020 - 10:00 (6 hr)
Introduction to Learning and Teaching one day workshop - demonstrator 

 The Introduction to Learning and Teaching (ILTHE) workshop is a one-day blended learning workshop that provides an opportunity for those with no or very limited teaching experience to explore some of the main ideas and issues relating to learning and teaching in H...


Wednesday 26th Aug 2020 - 10:00 (6 hr)
Introduction to Learning and Teaching one day workshop - seminar 

 The Introduction to Learning and Teaching (ILTHE) workshop is a one-day blended learning workshop that provides an opportunity for those with no or very limited teaching experience to explore some of the main ideas and issues relating to learning and teaching in H...