Personal and professional development course directory

Our table of courses divides the entire programme into easily searchable categories. Search for a course via our keyword search or filter by 'Title and description', 'Suitable for', 'Theme', or 'Course format'.

Categories explained

Each listing is appropriate for a range of research students, depending on where you are in your degree, what type of degree you are doing, and whether you are a part-time or distance learner.

 

Index of courses
Title and descriptionSuitable forTheme catTheme Course formatDate(s) running
Abstracts and posters

Abstracts and Posters examines what makes a good abstract or poster and how these can be used as networking tools. The aim is to equip you with the necessary techniques to write an abstract that gets you noticed and create a poster that gets you remembered.

Maintaining momentum Promoting your research;Show all Promoting your research Workshop 11 October 2018; 29 January 2019; 4 April 2019
An introduction to Open Research

Learn how 'open research' has made a significant impact on scholarly activities, through funding councils, government and publishers increasingly placing a focus on research that is transparent, accountable, and accessible to a worldwide audience.

Everyone Responsible research;Show all Responsible research Workshop 24 October 2018; 12 November 2018; 05 December 2018; 06 February 2018.
Ask JGI: Support for data science

The Jean Golding Institute for Data-Intensive Research runs 'Ask JGI', a service providing free data science support through email and 1-1 meetings (ask-jgi@bristol.ac.uk). The service provides direct support and signposting on statistics, computing, data management, visualisation and storage questions.

Everyone Planning and managing your research;Show all Planning and managing your research Drop-in clinic Ongoing
BDC Seminar: Potential energy - Presenting with impact

With an emphasis on communication practice, developing a memorable delivery, and the importance of individual style and flair, this seminar is unmissable for those eager to improve their public speaking.

Maintaining momentum Promoting your research;Show all Promoting your research Seminar 23 January 2019
BDC Seminar: Seven secrets of highly successful researchers

This seminar describes the seven secrets of highly successful researchers including relationship and time management, seeking assistance when needed, and maintaining your motivation.

Getting going Planning and managing your research;Show all Planning and managing your research Seminar 12 March 19
BDC Seminar: Beyond plan B - preparing for your future career in an age of uncertainty

In this lecture, internationally renowned "Thesis Whisperer" Inger Mewburn outlines the research showing the demand for researchers outside academia and helps you to think about how you can plan, now, for your future career - whatever it might be.

To the finish line and beyond Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Seminar 5 December 2019
Bereavement group

Coping with the loss of someone close can sometimes feel overwhelming and we may fear that we will burden others by talking, and that at any rate others won’t understand. This group provides a safe space where individuals can talk about their grief, offering mutual support and companionship through the journey of bereavement. Attendance is required at all sessions.

Everyone Personal development and wellbeing;Show all Personal development and wellbeing Group Ongoing
Bootcamp copyright: online tutorial

The subject of copyright can be daunting. In order to make an informed decision you need to have some level of understanding of copyright. This bootcamp is intended to provide that. This tutorial will guide you through some of the issues associated with copyright and point you towards resources that can assist you in this process.

Everyone Responsible research;Show all Responsible research Online resource Ongoing
Careers Service workshop: Articulating skills for PGRs

This workshop will introduce you to the attitudes and aptitudes that employers are looking for and some employer perceptions of doctoral graduates. It will then use the Vitae Researcher Development Framework to explore the skills you develop through doctoral research. Through paired work and in small groups you will practice articulating transferable skills using evidence and examples taken from your experience as a PGR student.

To the finish line and beyond Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Information session 23 November 2018
Careers Service workshop: Reflecting on your research skills and experience

In this workshop, you will explore what you enjoy about your research and how this could be translated into different types of roles/careers beyond academic research. We will spend time thinking about your values and motivations and how these align with your future employer and work environment. By the end of this workshop, you should have ideas about new sectors or areas of work you may enjoy and feel confident about how to research and explore these further. This workshop will be useful for PGRs who are confused about their career choices, not sure what type of work they will enjoy and would like to discuss this with others.

To the finish line and beyond Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Information session 10 May 2019
Careers with a Science Degree

A Scientific PhD opens up a huge range of opportunities, if you want to explore what your options are post-PhD and start to talk to employers that are recruiting, this fair is a great opportunity. Companies that are leading the way in scientific innovation and research will be here waiting to talk to you. Take this chance to make some connections in industry and explore your options. 

Everyone Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Careers fair 07 November 2018
Commercialising research data bootcamp: online tutorial

This online tutorial is appropriate for all members of the University who are considering commercially exploiting their research data - for example, by applying for a patent or using a licence to generate revenue. It will guide you through some of the issues associated with commercialising research data, when you should take action to solve these, and point you towards resources at the University of Bristol that can assist you in this process.

To the finish line and beyond Responsible research;Show all Responsible research Online resource Ongoing
Copyright and intellectual property

Both printed publications and electronic resources are protected by copyright law. The Library provides guidance on copyright for students and researchers. This guide includes information on copyright in relation to your own thesis and when authoring a journal article.

Everyone Responsible research;Show all Responsible research Online resource Ongoing
Data analysis in Python

This course is aimed at the intermediate Python developer who wants to learn how to do useful data analysis tasks in Python. It will initially focus on the Python package pandas but will also cover matplotlib, NumPy and SciPy to some degree.

Everyone Systems and software;Show all Systems and software Online resource Ongoing
Designing and creating digital materials

The increased availability of mobile devices gives teaching staff an opportunity to allow guided and self-paced learning to continue outside of traditional settings. This workshop will help you to get started in creating digital materials, moving from the initial idea through to creation and publishing the final content.

Everyone Teaching;Show all Teaching Workshop 16 October 2018
Doctoral extension scheme visa

If you are a PhD student thinking about work opportunities in the UK upon completion of your studies, then the Doctorate Extension Scheme visa may be of interest to you. It is designed to give students who have almost finished their UK PhD or other doctorate qualification an additional 12 months of Tier 4 (General) immigration permission in which to look for and start work in the UK.

To the finish line and beyond Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Information session 25 October 2018; 29 March 2019
Employer showcase

The Employer Showcase is your chance to meet employers across a range of sectors and sizes, with local companies also represented. Split over the 10th and 16th October with different employers on both days, this event is an opportunity for researchers to really get to know potential employers, what they’re looking for and how you can stand out. This is your chance to explore the labour market and what opportunities are out there post PhD. Employers are running talks throughout the day, there are specific PGR talks and Careers Service staff on hand to answer your questions.

Everyone Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Careers fair 10 October 2018; 16 October 2018
Etheses support and guidance

The University of Bristol requires students to submit their thesis electronically. Find out everything you need to know about how to submit your thesis, when and how to defer access, and the link between research data and your thesis. 

To the finish line and beyond Responsible research;Show all Responsible research Online resource Ongoing
Ethics guidance

The University is globally recognised for the quality of its research. In order to maintain and uphold the high standards of our research we continue to undertake initiatives to ensure that integrity, ethics and excellence are at the core of our research activities and fully embedded in our research culture. Research and Enterprise Development provide guidance on the ethics of research across the University.

Everyone Responsible research;Show all Responsible research Online resource Ongoing
File sharing and collaboration in Office 365

The purpose of this course is to introduce cloud-based file storage and sharing for personal use and small team collaboration using Office 365 tools such as OneDrive and Office 365 Groups.

Everyone Systems and software;Show all Systems and software Workshop 20 September 2018; 3 October 2018; 15 October 2018; 31 October 2018; 15 November 2018; 27 November 2018; 12 December 2018; 10 January 2019; 25 January 2019
Finishing your PhD and forging ahead

Coming to the end of your research project can be both exciting and daunting! This workshop will help you to identify things to consider as you come to the end of the doctorate. It will provide you with an overview of how to prepare your thesis for submission and guidance on what to expect from the Viva. It will give you the opportunity to analyse the impact of your research, and recognise the specific attributes and skills you have developed, as you prepare for your next step.

To the finish line and beyond Planning and managing your research;Show all Planning and managing your research Workshop 26 November 2018; 18 February 2019
Getting started with your PhD

Starting a research project is both exciting and a little daunting. This workshop will explore the value of a doctorate, provide you with an overview of what a research degree looks like, and give you the tools you need to get started.

Getting going Planning and managing your research;Show all Planning and managing your research Workshop 30 October 2018; 28 November 2018; 5 February 2019; 21 March 2019
Getting the best out of your supervision

This session will look at the different expectations that supervisors and students can have of the doctoral process. It will help you to clarify what you need from your supervisor(s) and identify a range of approaches for getting the best from busy academic staff.

Getting going Working with others;Show all Working with others Workshop 20 November 2018; 24 April 2019
Grads Love Bristol

Grads Love Bristol is a networking and careers fair event full of local firms. If you love Bristol and want to stay here after your doctorate, come along to see which employers are recruiting in the City. There will be talks, networking and panel events. Come along to discover firms and opportunities you may never have considered!

To the finish line and beyond Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Workshop 20 November 2018; 24 April 2019
GW4 Communication for collaboration

As a PGR student, the chances are you will want or be required to collaborate with other researchers. The GW4 Communication for Collaboration resource will help you to think about how you would benefit from collaboration, understand its opportunities and challenges, find new ways of reaching different audiences, and improve your communication style. This expert guide can be found on the GW4 Portal

Everyone Working with others;Show all Working with others Online resource Ongoing
GW4 guide to research collaboration

Discover GW4’s expert guide to help you plan and manage your research collaboration. It contains advice and experiences from a range of academics from the GW4 Alliance and beyond. Based upon real experiences, this guide features the benefits, challenges and processes of collaboration. This expert guide can be found on the GW4 Portal.

Everyone Working with others;Show all Working with others Online resource Ongoing
Information security essential training

If you work for the University or are undertaking research as part of your postgraduate studies, then information security has everything to do with you. Everybody in the University is responsible for the safeguarding of confidential information - don't assume that it is 'someone else's job'. There could be real consequences, both for you as an individual and for the University as an institution, for a breach of the University’s Information Security Policy. This module can be completed through STaR’s essential training tab.

Everyone Responsible research;Show all Responsible research Online resource Ongoing
Introduction to Blackboard for academic and research staff

The aims of this workshop are to provide an overview of the tools and features of Blackboard, explore ideas on how Blackboard can be used to support learning and teaching, and enable participants to design and edit their own courses.

Everyone Teaching;Show all Teaching Workshop 27 September 2018
Introduction to MPI

MPI provides a straight-forward interface to write software that can use multiple cores of a computer, and multiple computers in a cluster or nodes in a supercomputer. This short course will provide a taster of MPI. The course is arranged with examples in C, C++ and Fortran.

Everyone Systems and software;Show all Systems and software Online resource Ongoing
Introduction to OpenMP

OpenMP provides a straight-forward interface to write software that can use multiple cores of a computer. This is short course will provide a taster of OpenMP. The course is arranged with examples in C, C++ and Fortran. OpenMP can be combined with other parallel programming technologies, e.g. MPI. This course is presented as a companion to my MPI course.

Everyone Systems and software;Show all Systems and software Online resource Ongoing
Introduction to Public Engagement

Public engagement is an integral and exciting part of academic life and can help in developing a greater understanding of the broader context of your work. It is one way of generating wider societal impacts from your research, and includes everything from disseminating the outcomes of your research, to involving others in it at an early stage.

Everyone Promoting your research;Show all Promoting your research Workshop 13 November 2018
Introduction to qualitative data analysis

This workshop provides a high-level overview of the principles and practices of undertaking qualitative data analysis (text, graphic, audio and video). Participants will create an analytical strategy for examining a dataset.

Getting going Systems and software;Show all Systems and software Workshop 02 November 2018
Introduction to quantitative data analysis

This workshop provides a high-level overview of the principles and practices of undertaking quantitative data analysis. Participants will examine quantitative methodologies, as well as data collection and reporting strategies, that should be considered before embarking upon a quantitative analysis.

Getting going Systems and software;Show all Systems and software Workshop 08 November 2018
Introduction to Unix / Linux

A beginners guide to the Unix and Linux operating system. Eight simple tutorials which cover the basics of UNIX / Linux commands.

Everyone Systems and software;Show all Systems and software Online resource Ongoing
Investment banking and management consultancy evening

This sector is wide open to researchers, so why not come along and see how your skills make you a valuable contribution. There are talks by employers on work culture in investment banking, roles for non-finance students and many more, as well as workshops led by IBM and Ekimetrics. 

To the finish line and beyond Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Information session 01 October 2018
Maintaining momentum in your PhD

Research is never straight-forward: a bit of messiness is expected. Half-way through your doctoral research you may find your enthusiasm flagging. This workshop will help you identify strategies to overcome obstacles and take care of yourself. You can use this opportunity to reconnect with your motivations, explore your emerging identity as a researcher, and learn practical tips that will help you through the "messy bits" of researching and writing.

Maintaining momentum Planning and managing your research;Show all Planning and managing your research Workshop 15 October 2018; 27 February 2019
Managing anxiety with CBT group

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you to address problems by changing the way you think and behave. This group will introduce the role of relaxation, tackling worry, problem solving and thought challenging in managing and decreasing the symptoms of anxiety. Attendance is required at all sessions.

Everyone Personal development and wellbeing;Show all Personal development and wellbeing Group Ongoing
Managing depression with CBT group

Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you address your problems by changing the way you think and behave. This group will support you in improving your mood by tackling negative thoughts and re-connecting with activities that give you enjoyment or a sense of achievement. Attendance is required at all sessions.

Everyone Personal development and wellbeing;Show all Personal development and wellbeing Group Ongoing
Matlab training materials

MATLAB® is the high-level language and interactive environment used by millions of engineers and scientists worldwide to visualize ideas across disciplines. Simulink® is a block diagram environment for multi-domain simulation and Model-Based Design. Learn interactively watching introductory videos and using other online resources provided by Mathworks.

Everyone Systems and software;Show all Systems and software Online resource Ongoing
Meeting EPSRC expectations on research data

This workshop will introduce the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) expectations around research data and provide guidance on how to ensure your project meets these. It will help you to anticipate what actions need to be taken throughout the research lifecycle, identify valid exceptions to data sharing, and understand what guidance and support is available. The session will be suitable for both researchers who are applying for grants and those who are already in receipt of EPSRC funding.

Everyone Responsible research;Show all Responsible research Workshop 07 November 2018; 13 February 2018
Meeting EPSRC expectations on research data: online tutorial

This online tutorial is appropriate for all members of the University who are supported by funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The aim is to enable you to understand how to meet the EPSRC expectations on research data management. 

Everyone

Responsible research;Show all Responsible research Online resource Ongoing
Mindfulness group

In this group you will have an opportunity to sample a variety of mindfulness skills and meditation practices. This group is open to all students, newcomers and those who would like an opportunity to consolidate their mindfulness practice in a group setting. Attendance is required at all sessions.

Everyone

Personal development and wellbeing;Show all Personal development and wellbeing Group Ongoing
Numpy: scratching the surface

Numpy is an open-source package for Python, offering routines for fast and efficient manipulation of arrays and matrices of numeric data. This resource provides a very basic introduction, giving you an overview of some of things that are possible with numpy.

Everyone Systems and software;Show all Systems and software Online resource Ongoing
NVivo 10 & 11: online tutorial

NVivo helps you manage, analyse and report on unstructured data. There are several online tutorials that offer step-by-step animated demonstrations so you can start using your own QSR software straight away.

Everyone

Systems and software;Show all Systems and software Online resource Ongoing
Online careers guidance: CVs; application forms; speculative applications; and postgraduate applications

Applying for work or further study? You'll want to market your skills and experience in the best way possible to get your application noticed and selected by employers and recruiters. Here you can find online guidance to make your CV, application form or speculative application stand out from the crowd.

Everyone Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Online resource Ongoing
Open Access: funder requirements and the REF

A short introductory session on funder and HEFCE open access policy requirements, including those required for the next REF. The session will be of interest to academics, support staff and postgraduate research students who are considering publication. This session complements the 'Pure: An Introduction' session.

Everyone Responsible research;Show all Responsible research Workshop 06 November 2018; 13 December 2018
Open Access information and guidance

Open Access is free, unrestricted online access to research outputs. It is a requirement of publication for many funders and for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) submissions. Find out more about Open Access, REF and funder requirements, funding and payment details.

Everyone Responsible research;Show all Responsible research Online resource Ongoing
Parallel programming with Python

This short course will teach you how to write Python scripts that can take advantage of the processing power of multicore processors and large compute clusters. While this course is based on Python, the core ideas of functional programming and parallel functional programming are applicable to a wide range of languages. To follow this course you should already have a good basic understanding of Python.

Everyone Systems and software;Show all Systems and software Online resource Ongoing
Personal impact and confident networking

Important meetings, networking opportunities at conferences, encounters with high-powered individuals, interviews- they all put your communication skills to the test. This involving course will help to overcome public speaking problems and equip you to become an outstanding and influential communicator.

Maintaining momentum Working with others;Show all Working with others Workshop 21 November 2018; 07 February 2019; 26 April 2019; 04 June 2019
PGR PLUS Award introductory talk

The Bristol PLUS Award provides a framework to reward students for the professional skills you are developing while at University, but which are uncredited by your PhD. Attend the introductory talk to find out about the requirements and benefits.

Everyone Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Information session 10 October 2018; 31 January 2019
Plagiarism: information and advice

This page will help you recognise what plagiarism is and help you avoid it by carrying out your research and writing thoughtfully and responsibly. It covers topics such as: What is plagiarism? Why does it matter?

Everyone Responsible research;Show all Responsible research Online resource Ongoing
Planning and writing your thesis

Are you half way through your research degree and beginning to wonder how you will ever collect your ideas into a thesis? This workshop examines the purpose of a thesis and presents a structured approach to planning the document.

Maintaining momentum Writing and referencing;Show all Writing and referencing Workshop 16 November 2018; 10 January 2019; 26 March 2019
Postgraduate peer support group

This group offers a safe space for people to help each other talk through their experiences and challenges as post-graduates. It will be co-facilitated by two counsellors working in the Student Counselling Service. Attendance is required at all sessions. Pre-booking is essential.

Everyone Personal development and wellbeing;Show all Personal development and wellbeing Group Ongoing
Pre-Research English and Academic Literacy (Pre-REAL)

For language profile F students, or those who have received conditional offers from their departments. This course aims to raise awareness of issues in Research, English and Academic Literacy in a 10-week taught course throughout Teaching Block 1, and repeated again in Teaching Block 2. Ideally, students who have completed this course can move on to 1-2 REAL.

Getting going Writing and referencing;Show all Writing and referencing Taught course October - December 2018; February - May 2018
Presenting with confidence and flair

This workshop equips research students with strategies to manage their public-speaking nerves by offering ways to hold an audience’s attention, convey information and ideas clearly and respond to questions with authority and composure. Course participants have the opportunity to analyse their presentation style and explore ways of developing it.

Maintaining momentum Promoting your research;Show all Promoting your research Workshop 24 October 2018; 15 January 2019; 27 March 2019; 07 May 2019
Productivity ninja

We can all be overwhelmed with the amount of information overload and potential distraction we face in our work. Adopting the mind-set of the Productivity Ninja will help you feel more in control, make better progress, and reduce stress.

Getting going Planning and managing your research;Show all Planning and managing your research Workshop 09 October 2018; 11 March 2019
Project management for researchers: Completing your PhD

Completing your research and submitting your thesis is one of the most intellectually challenging tasks any researcher will undertake. This workshop, aimed at PhD students expecting to submit their thesis in the next 12 months,  is designed to provide you with the tools and approaches you need to complete your doctorate on time.

To the finish line and beyond Planning and managing your research;Show all Planning and managing your research Workshop 22 October 2018; 13 February 2019; 02 April 2019
Project management for researchers: Planning your PhD

Starting and managing a long-term research project requires strategies to stay on track, keep motivated and monitor your progress. Aimed at new PhD students, this workshop introduces various project-planning tools and approaches that you can apply to help you manage yourself, your research, and your time effectively during your doctorate.

Getting going Planning and managing your research;Show all Planning and managing your research Workshop 14 November 2018; 31 January 2019; 05 March 2019
Public and Third Sector week

The Public and Third sector week is a week of events, talks ad employer presentations which showcase the many opportunities within the public and third sector. Find out more about careers in government, education, social work, charities, and much more. There is also a PGR specific talk on working in Think Tanks. An event not to be missed if this type of work appeals to you. Find out why your skills as researchers are so valuable and what opportunities there are for you to standout in this sector.

Everyone Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Careers fair 29 October - 2 November 2018
Pure online resources

This page provides online support for using PURE and presenting your research online. Resources include: Quick Guide to getting started, Explore Bristol Research website, Create your Pure CV, Publications.

Everyone Systems and software;Show all Systems and software Online resource Ongoing
Python 1: Beginning Python

Python is a well-established programming language. This short course will provide you with a quick taste of Python, with examples and exercises you can work through at your own pace.

Everyone Systems and software;Show all Systems and software Online resource Ongoing
Python 2: Intermediate Python

This short course will teach you more about the Python language, and also some things about the tools of good programming practice and software design. While this course teaches Python, the software design ideas and techniques are very similar for all programming languages.

Everyone Systems and software;Show all Systems and software Online resource Ongoing
Quality papers

Quality Papers examines the structure of a paper and provides tips for streamlining your thinking, writing and editing. Doing so can help you write with greater speed and confidence and increase your chance of getting published in your target journals.

To the finish line and beyond Writing and referencing;Show all Writing and referencing Workshop 12 November 2018; 21 January 2019; 19 March 2019; 29 April 2019
Quickfix: Academic CVs for PGRs

A 30-minute talk to introduce PGR students to the essential information about constructing a strong CV or application for academic roles, drawing on your research and teaching experience. This talk is NOT open to those on a Postgraduate taught course.

To the finish line and beyond Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Information session 13 December 2018; 6 March 2019; 17 May 2019
Quickfix: How to sell the transferable skills from your PhD

This talk will discuss the many and varied transferable skills you gain as Postgraduate Researchers and the different types of language you may use to describe these. It will also cover how to read job descriptions to ensure you understand the essential and desirable skills which are required for different roles.

To the finish line and beyond Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Information session 1 November 2018; 14 February 2019
Quickfix: Internships for PGRs

30-minute short talk covering the basics of finding and applying for an internship as a postgraduate researcher. Ideal if you don't have a lot of spare time, or as a refresher. Event recognised by the Bristol PLUS Award.

Everyone Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Information session 15 October 2018; 22 February 2019
Quickfix: Non-Academic CVs for PGRs

This talk will give you the essential information to ensure your CV or job application is well structured, includes evidence of your skills and is tailored to the job description. Tailored especially for careers outside of academia.

To the finish line and beyond Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Information session 31 October 2018; 4 December 2018; 8 February 2019
Quickfix: Options with your PhD

Keep informed about how your transferable research skills could benefit your career. The talk will be useful for all PGRs, especially those exploring options, keen to develop a knowledge of opportunities beyond academia, those unsure about their future career or career choices and those seeking inspiration.

Everyone Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Information session 25 October 2018; 28 January 2019
Reference management: EndNote desktop

EndNote is a reference management package that lets you gather and organise bibliographic references and then lets you cite these references in MS Word, whilst automatically creating a bibliography. This course gets you up-to-speed with populating your EndNote library with relevant references in a variety of ways and provides experience in citing references in Word.

Everyone Writing and referencing;Show all Writing and referencing Workshop 19 October 2018; 14 November 2018; 7 December 2018; 23 January 2019
Referencing and using EndNote referencing software

Referencing advice and resource page on referencing styles, faculty-specific guidance, external resources, and EndNote and EndNote Online systems. Includes documents, guides and access to all software.

Everyone Writing and referencing;Show all Writing and referencing Online resource Ongoing
Research English and Academic Literacy (REAL) 1 & 2

For 1st and 2nd year postgraduate researchers, this level of Research, English and Academic Literacy is structured in 3-week sessions that deal in-depth with relevant topics on REAL, such as Research & Annual Progress, or Presenting Work. Students can attend one or all sessions, and will sign up to a science or non-science track, according to their needs.

Getting going Writing and referencing;Show all Writing and referencing Taught course October - December 2018; February - May 2018
Research English and Academic Literacy (REAL) 3 & 4

For 3rd and 4th year postgraduate researchers, this level of Research, English and Academic Literacy is structured in 3-week sessions that deal in-depth with relevant topics on REAL, such as the Literature Review or Writing Abstracts. Students can attend one or all sessions, and will sign up to a science or non-science track, according to their needs.

Maintaining momentum Writing and referencing;Show all Writing and referencing Taught course October - December 2018; February - May 2018
Research data bootcamp: online tutorial

This tutorial offers an elementary introduction to the key facets of research data management, including the safe storage of data, documenting data appropriately, deciding which parts of your data are important, providing access to data where appropriate and ensuring long-term data survival.

Everyone Responsible research;Show all Responsible research Online resource Ongoing
Researcher development online tutorials: Careers beyond academia

For many early career researchers a career in academic is perceived to be the obvious career pathway; many doctoral students, however, are unaware of how highly prized their skills and expertise are by a range of employers beyond academia. In this module you will be encouraged to broaden your horizons in terms of career choices and you will gain practical tips that will help you secure your ideal job.

To the finish line and beyond Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Online resource (via Blackboard) Ongoing
Researcher development online tutorials: Careers in academia

This module is designed for early career researchers who are interested in pursuing a career in academia. This module will help you recognise typical career routes and roles available in academia, identify professional development needs, recognise the essential elements that can help you develop your research and teaching profile, and develop a career management toolkit.

To the finish line and beyond Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Online resource (via Blackboard) Ongoing
Researcher development online tutorials: Getting the most out of conferences

This module will give you practical guidance on how to make preparations for the delivery of your conference paper, how to deliver your paper effectively, and how to maximise the benefits of your conference experience.

Maintaining momentum Promoting your research;Show all Promoting your research Online resource (via Blackboard) Ongoing
Researcher development online tutorials: Managing your research project

This module is designed to help you plan your research project and provides pragmatic advice on topics such as structuring the research, identifying stakeholders and risks, and how to identify and accomplish tasks.

Getting going Planning and managing your research;Show all Planning and managing your research Online resource (via Blackboard) Ongoing
Researcher development online tutorials: Preparing for your viva

This module is designed for research degree students in order to demystify the purpose and process of the viva examination. It offers practical advice on how to prepare for your viva and gives an insight into what happens during the viva examination itself.

To the finish line and beyond Planning and managing your research;Show all Planning and managing your research Online resource (via Blackboard) Ongoing
Researcher development online tutorials: Research ethics and governance This course presents an overview and guide to research ethics. It aims to help you develop and apply an intellectual framework that will enable you to identify and analyse ethical situations. Everyone Responsible research;Show all Responsible research Online resource (via Blackboard) Ongoing
Researcher development online tutorials: Reviewing, managing and using literature

This module provides an overview of why you should undertake a review of literature, offers a guide to the process of reviewing literature, and the importance of managing the associated information. It will also highlight aspects of copyright and plagiarism and suggest avenues of where to go for further help and guidance.

Getting going Writing and referencing;Show all Writing and referencing Online resource Ongoing
Researcher development online tutorials: Writing papers for publication

This module is designed to maximise the chances of success of publication for early career researchers writing academic papers.

To the finish line and beyond Writing and referencing;Show all Writing and referencing Online resource Ongoing
Self-Esteem group

This group provides a safe, confidential space to explore our relationship to ourselves and how we might make changes in our lives which help us to grow in confidence, self-belief and self-worth, enabling us to feel more content, happy and fulfilled in ourselves. Advanced booking essential.

Everyone Personal development and wellbeing;Show all Personal development and wellbeing Group Ongoing
Sensitive research data bootcamp: online tutorial

This tutorial offers an elementary introduction to the key facets of sensitive research data, whic you through some of the issues associated with handling sensitive research data and providh carries many more issues and complications than other types of research data. It will guidee information on methods to enable secure data sharing.

Everyone Responsible research;Show all Responsible research Online resource Ongoing
Start early and get ahead - PhD career options

Doing a PhD creates many career possibilities both within and beyond academia, navigating your career planning may seem daunting, but this talk will get you started on the right track. In this talk we will discuss why early career planning is vital for PGRs and some of the feedback from PGRs that have stared early. We will cover the importance of professional development during your research and how to do plan this into your time by giving yourself permission to explore your options and build your experience.

Getting going Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Information session 12 November 2018
Starting to Teach - Lab demonstrating

The purpose of this one day 'Starting to Teach' induction session is to set a foundation for teaching students at the University of Bristol and supporting their learning. It is designed for postgraduate students who have teaching duties as part of their role, but who have little or no experience of teaching in higher education.

Maintaining momentum Teaching;Show all Teaching Workshop 24 September 2018; 28 September 2018; 2 October 2018; 4 October 2018
Starting to Teach - Small group teaching

The purpose of this mandatory one-day 'Starting to Teach' induction session is to set a foundation for teaching students at the University of Bristol and supporting their learning. It is designed for postgraduate students who have teaching duties as part of their role, but who have little or no experience of teaching in higher education.

Maintaining momentum Teaching;Show all Teaching Workshop 25 September 2018; 26 September 2018; 27 September 2018; 1 October 2018; 3 October 2018; 5 October 2018
Statistics clinic

The Institute for Statistical Science runs a free, drop-in statistics clinic. Statistical researchers provide instant, expert advice on statistical modelling and analysis for your research, including computing and visualisation. You can also discuss potential academic collaborations and joint projects. All queries are dealt with within the fortnightly sessions. Visit the website for detailed information on when the clinic runs.

Everyone Planning and managing your research;Show all Planning and managing your research Drop-in clinic Fortnightly, every Wednesday
Synchronous online teaching with Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is an interactive web conferencing tool available for staff and students. This hands on workshop will help you set up online spaces, timed sessions and use interactive tools with remote users and external guests. Collaborate can help you take teaching beyond the classroom.

Everyone Teaching;Show all Teaching Workshop 11 October 2018
Teach yourself Nvivo 7: Introductory tutorial

Ten tutorials designed as exercises to take you through all the basic functions of the NVivo 7 software, with guidance to its interface and processes, as you set up and commence your own project.

Everyone Systems and software;Show all Systems and software Online resource Ongoing
The Brilliant Club information session

Are you a Doctoral student or Postdoc looking for meaningful, paid teaching opportunities? Come and grab a free coffee at this lunchtime introductory session and find out why a growing number of Bristol PGRs are signing up to be a Brilliant Club tutor! The Brilliant Club is a charity that seeks to increase access to highly selective universities by placing researchers in non-selective state schools, where they deliver a course of tutorials designed around their own, original research.

Maintaining momentum Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Information session 22 November 2018
The Engineering and IT Exhibition

The Engineering and IT Exhibition is a big and exciting fair with loads of employers, large and small that want to talk to you! Find out about new developments in the sector and how researchers can stand out. With talks running throughout the day and specific PGR talks available, this is your chance to meet professionals, talk about your research and find out what opportunities are available and open to you! 

Everyone Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Careers fair 24 October 2018; 31 October 2018
The Law Exhibition

The Law Exhibition runs over two days with different employers at both days, from magic circle firms to small local solicitors. If you have considered a career in Law, this is an essential event for you! Keynote speakers will be covering commercial awareness, application advice, areas of practice you may not have considered and more. Use this fair to find out how researchers are a valuable asset to the Law sector and discover opportunities you may not have considered.

Everyone Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Careers fair 4 October 2018; 11 October 2018
Thesis Boot Camp

Thesis Boot Camp is an intensive and supportive writing environment for late-stage doctoral researchers. The idea is to give you the necessary time, space, and encouragement to make significant progress on your first draft.

To the finish line and beyond Writing and referencing;Show all Writing and referencing Workshop 5-7 November 2018; 24-26 May 2019
Transitioning into work after your PhD

If you're thinking about what comes next after your PhD this talk will help you get your CV and applications ready and prepare for interview, both within and beyond academia. In this talk we will discuss what employers are looking for in a CV and application. You will be asked to bring a copy of your CV and will receive peer feedback. We will cover basic interview preparation and spend time practising with some mock interviews.

To the finish line and beyond Professional and career development;Show all Professional and career development Workshop 10 December 2018
Understanding ourselves group

This group offers a safe space, with no structured agenda, to talk to others about your life, share concerns and learn from each other. Advanced booking essential.

Everyone Personal development and wellbeing;Show all Personal development and wellbeing Group Ongoing
Version control using Git

Git is a version control system that allows you to save multiple versions of a file or directory. This is useful to allow you to keep a record of all changes made to a file, and to move backwards and forwards in time through different versions of your file - the ultimate backup system. This short course will provide you with a quick taste of Git, with examples and exercises you can work through at your own pace.

Everyone Systems and software;Show all Systems and software Online resource Ongoing
Video for teaching and learning

This workshop will introduce you to the educational application of media, for example providing content prior to a lecture, clarification post lecture or feedback. It will take you through the planning, design, production and evaluation of media rich resources. The workshop will include a hands on session where you can use the Mediasite Desktop recorder to create and publish content.

Everyone Teaching;Show all Teaching Workshop 17 September 2018
Viva survivor

This workshop aims to help postgraduate researchers be well prepared for the viva by demystifying the process, providing insights on how to prepare, and empowering participants to approach their viva with confidence.

To the finish line and beyond Planning and managing your research;Show all Planning and managing your research Workshop 16 October 18; 28 March 2019
Walk and talk group

Meet new people in a low pressure environment, whilst also enjoying the benefits of getting outside and walking. Meeting to walk and talk together helps prevent isolation, increase motivation and maintain wellbeing. Advanced booking essential.

Everyone Personal development and wellbeing;Show all Personal development and wellbeing Group Ongoing
Writers' retreat

The Writers' Retreats give postgraduate research students from all faculties the opportunity to devote a whole day to writing in a quiet, structured and supportive atmosphere.

To the finish line and beyond Writing and referencing;Show all Writing and referencing Workshop 01 November 2018; 30 November 2018; 14 January 2019; 21 February 2019; 22 March 2019; 17 April 2019; 10 May 2019; 11 June 2019; 19 July 2019; 05 August 2019
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