Getting going

Have you recently started your research degree? These courses and resources are designed to ensure you get off to a flying start.

 

Index of courses
TitleDescriptionThemeCourse formatDate(s) running
The Resilient Researcher Life has its ups and downs and sometimes we can feel stressed, exhausted or overwhelmed. Come to this workshop and learn strategies to recover from set-backs and creatively manage challenges and difficulties. Resilience is something everyone can develop and it can greatly benefit both your academic work and your personal life. Personal development and wellbeing;Show all Workshop 22 January 2018; 17 April 2018
Wellbeing and counselling support The Student Counselling Service offers a range of support for all students, including:
  • Mindfulness practice group
  • Mindful yoga for stress
  • Get to grips with your study strategy: overcoming emotional and mental blocks
  • Self-esteem support group
  • Understanding ourselves and connecting with each other
  • Walk and talk group
  • Find and Develop your resilience workshops
Personal development and wellbeing;Show all Workshops Various dates
Academic Staff Development: Seven Suggestions for Leadership This series of guides is specifically designed for academics and aims to provide leadership and people management advice and guidance in a set of short, user-friendly guides. They have been written with the academic environment in mind and the topics chosen following consultation with several academics.. Personal development and wellbeing;Show all Online Resource N/a
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. Planning and managing your research;Show all Workshop 2 November 2017; 19 February 2017
BDC Seminar: Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Researchers What do postgraduate research students do to finish on time, to overcome isolation, doubt and writer's block, and to enjoy the process? This seminar describes the key habits that will make a difference to how quickly and easily you complete your degree. Planning and managing your research;Show all Lecture 29 January 2018
Planning and starting your PhD PhD research can be exciting and rewarding, but common challenges such as unexpected results and lack of direction can make the process much harder than anticipated. Understanding the distinctiveness of the research process and how to manage your research will enable you to succeed. Planning and managing your research;Show all Workshop 23 October 2017; 7 December 2017; 1 February 2018; 1 May 2018
Project Management for Researchers: Planning your PhD Aimed specifically at new PhD students, this workshop will introduce you to issues that need to be considered upon starting your research programme. Planning and managing your research;Show all Workshop 16 November 2017; 2 February 2018; 16 April 2018
Researcher Development Online Tutorials: Managing your research 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. Planning and managing your research;Show all Online tutorial (via Blackboard) N/a
Introduction to Project Management: practical tools for your research and beyond An introduction to the process of managing projects and the tools to assist in planning and tracking progress; this course is intended to be immediately applicable to planning and managing academic and research projects as well as commercial projects. Planning and managing your research;Show all Workshop 30 January 2018; 24 May 2018
Bristol 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 & benefits. Professional and career development;Show all Workshop 19 October 2017; 19 January 2018
Researcher Development Online Tutorials: Careers in Academia This module is designed for early career researchers who are interested in pursuing a career in academia. Professional and career development;Show all Online tutorial (via Blackboard) N/a
Researcher Development Online Tutorials: Careers beyond Academia Many doctoral students are unaware of how highly prized their skills and expertise are by a range of employers beyond academia. In this tutorial you will gain practical tips to help you secure your ideal job. Professional and career development;Show all Online tutorial (via Blackboard) N/a
Public Engagement with Research: Who, Where, and How 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 impact from your research, and includes everything from disseminating the outcomes of your research, to involving others in it at an early stage. Promoting your research;Show all Workshop 10 October 2017; 22 February 2018
Social Media bites 1 Filtering, organising and sharing valuable content. Promoting your research;Show all Workshop 18 October 2017
Social Media bites 2 Developing your online presence and making an impact. Promoting your research;Show all Workshop 18 October 2017
Social Media bites 3 Promoting your online presence and making an impact. Promoting your research;Show all Workshop 25 October 2017
Social Media bites 4 Improving group collaboration and productivity. Promoting your research;Show all Workshop 25 October 2017
Cyber Security Essential Training If you work for the University or are undertaking research as part of your postgraduate studies, then cyber IT security has everything to do with you. This module can be completed through STaR's essential training tab. Responsible research;Show all Online tutorial N/a
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. Responsible research;Show all Online tutorial N/a
Sensitive Research Data Bootcamp: Online Tutorial This tutorial offers an elementary introduction to the key facets of sensitive research data, which carries many more issues and complications than other types of research data. It will guide you through some of the issues associated with handling sensitive research data and provide information on methods to enable secure data sharing. Responsible research;Show all Online tutorial N/a
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. Responsible research;Show all Online tutorial N/a
Creating a Data Management Plan Data management plans are now expected by most major funders and usually as part of the application process. This workshop is aimed at both research staff and PGRs who are required to write a DMP by their funder or who wish to learn more about the process in order to improve their own data management. Responsible research;Show all Online resource This resource is currently in development and will be available later this term
Responsible research: Guide to Open Access funding and publishing
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. Responsible research;Show all Online resource N/a
Responsible research: 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. Please refer to the Statement on Research Integrity for further information. Responsible research;Show all Online resource N/a
Responsible research: Copyright & Intellectual Property Both printed publications and electronic resources are protected by copyright law. Find out more information here. Responsible research;Show all Online resource N/a
University Regulations and Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes The purpose of the Regulations and Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes ('the Regulations and Code') is to maintain the quality and academic standards of the University's research degrees and to provide regulatory information and guidance for research postgraduates and staff. Responsible research;Show all Online resource N/a
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. Responsible research;Show all Workshop 15 November 2017; 28 March 2018
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. Responsible research;Show all Workshop 8 November 2017; 5 December 2017
Pure - An introduction This session is for the complete beginner. You will be introduced to University's Research Information System, Pure, and gain an understanding of the context and functionality of the system. Systems and software;Show all Workshop 8 November 2017; 5 December 2017
Spotlight on STaR and Developing your Pure Profile Learn about the University's two integrated online systems designed to help PGRs and researchers develop and maintain their e-Portfolio. From communicating with your supervisor to publishing information about research outputs, this one-hour Q&A caters to individual needs. Systems and software;Show all Workshop 14 November 2017; 15 March 2018; 14 June 2018
Getting the best 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. Working with others;Show all Workshop 9 October 2017; 12 February 2018
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? Writing and referencing;Show all Online resouces N/a
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. Writing and referencing;Show all Online resources N/a
Pre-'Research, English and Academic Literacy' Course (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. Writing and referencing;Show all Classroom-based October - December 2017; February - April 2018
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. Writing and referencing;Show all Online tutorial N/a
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