Maintaining momentum

Are you half-way through your research degree? These trainings and online guides are designed to help you maintain momentum throughout your research project.

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
University-Wide Language Programme In partnership with the School of Modern Languages, the BDC offer 20 places to postgraduate researchers on an University-Wide Language Programme (UWLP) course. Please note that this scheme has now closed for 2017/18. Applications should reopen in June 2018 for the next academic year.  Personal development and wellbeing;Show all Classroom-based Full-year
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
Qualitative Data Analysis Comprehend common approaches to analysing qualitative data (text, graphic, audio and video). Planning and managing your research;Show all Workshop TBC
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. Planning and managing your research;Show all Drop-in sessions Various dates
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 as well as 1-1 meetings (ask-jgi@bristol.ac.uk). The service provides direct support and signposting on statistics, computing, data management, visualisation and storage questions. Ask JGI works closely together with other data services and data experts in the University and can get you in touch with these if need be. Planning and managing your research;Show all Drop-in sessions Various dates
Research Data Service The Research Data Service supports researchers in all aspects of Research Data Management; writing funding applications, storing data and sharing it securely. To learn about the training the service provides, see the Responsible research section. Planning and managing your research;Show all Online Resources N/a
Careers Service events The Careers Service provides hundreds of opportunities to: connect with employers, find out about starting your own business or developing an enterprising mindset, get 1:1 careers support and guidance, or attend talks on anything from online selection tests to using LinkedIn to kick-start your Career. Explore all Careers Service events via mycareer. Professional and career development;Show all Various Various dates
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
Careers Service Quickfix: Options with your PhD Keep informed about how your transferable research skills could benefit your career. Professional and career development;Show all Workshop 2 October 2017; 24 January 2018
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. Professional and career development;Show all Workshop 8 November 2017; 27 June 2018
Abstracts and Posters Taking a poster to an academic conference is an excellent way of displaying your work and networking. But what makes a good poster? Promoting your research;Show all Workshop 12 December 2018; 5 February 2018; 12 April 2018
Presenting with confidence and flair This course not only helps research students to manage their nerves but also equips them 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. Promoting your research;Show all Workshop 28 November 2017; 7 Febraury 2018; 23 April 2018; 7 June 2018
BDC Seminar: Potential Energy Piero Vitelli demonstrates how to get the most from your presentations with practical advice, hints and tips on beating nerves and methods for improving your public speaking to enable you to prepare and deliver a confident and effective presentation. Promoting your research;Show all Lecture 1 March 2018
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. Promoting your research;Show all Online tutorial (via Blackboard) N/a
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. Responsible research;Show all Workshop 25 October 2017; 22 November 2017; 7 February 2018; 14 March 2018
Open access: What you need to do A practical session which looks at the research output element of the Research Information System, Pure and its practical application for Bristol researcher compliance with open access policy requirements including those required for Post-2014 REF submission eligibility. Responsible research;Show all Workshop TBC
Intellectual Property Rights: Why do I need to be aware and how it relates to my Doctoral thesis This interactive PowerPoint free workshop will focus on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), including copyright, and will provide an overview of the University's policy, including 3rd party content (thesis, research publications and social media). It will cover also arising issues and solutions about IPR if your work is published commercially and/or if you are seeking to patent for any new products/ideas. Case studies will be presented. The workshop is targeted at 2nd year PhD students and their supervisors, but all are welcome. Responsible research;Show all Workshop TBC
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. Responsible research;Show all Online tutorial N/a
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. Systems and software;Show all Online resources N/a
SPSS 24 statistics package: Getting started This taught course is designed to support those intending to analyse quantitative data and publish their research findings. An elementary knowledge of statistics and Microsoft programmes is required. Systems and software;Show all Workshop 26 September 2017; 10 November 2017; 13 December 2017; 12 January 2018 provisional additional date
NVivo 10 & 11: Online tutorials 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. Systems and software;Show all Online tutorial N/a
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. Systems and software;Show all Online tutorial N/a
Introduction to MS Access and the support framework This course provides an overview of Microsoft Access along with the support framework for those designing, developing and using research-focused Access databases. This is important because there is limited support for Access, which is a specialist application, and so research postgraduates need to be aware of the correct support mechanisms. Systems and software;Show all Workshop TBC
Introduction to NVivo for Qualitative Analysis This course provides a step-by-step introduction to using NVivo 10 to support qualitative analysis. A range of the software's tools will be demonstrated and participants will have an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the various functions of the software. Systems and software;Show all Workshop 22 November 2017; 21 February 2018
Advanced NVivo 10 for Qualitative Analysis This workshop is for PGRs who already have a basic understanding of NVivo and who would like to gain a more in-depth understanding of the functions of the software. Attendees are welcome to bring some particular data with them to work with during the workshop. Systems and software;Show all Workshop 15 May 2018
Powerpoint: Creating academic posters This is a self-paced workshop exploring the methods needed to create a large (A0) size academic poster, such as those displayed at conferences, using PowerPoint 2016. The exercise given is to re-create an example scientific poster using sample data and images provided, which gives hands-on experience of dealing with some of the problems you may encounter when working on this scale. Systems and software;Show all Workshop 15 January 2018
Advanced Computing Research Centre The Advanced Computing Research Centre (ACRC) offers a programme of half day workshops about the following technologies, intended primarily for the High Performance Computing (HPC) user community.
  • Linux
  • BlueCrystal
  • Allinea
  • C
  • Python
  • Fortran
  • R
  • Make
  • HPC
  • Version control Git
Systems and software;Show all Workshop Various dates
Other IT courses for PGRs IT Services provides support for learning, teaching, research and administration across the University. Explore their offer, which includes: Systems and software;Show all Workshop Various dates
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. Systems and software;Show all Online Resources N/a
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. Teaching;Show all Workshop 18, 20, 22, 26, 28 & 29 September 2017
Starting to Teach - Lab Demonstrating 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. Teaching;Show all Workshop 19, 21, 25 & 27 September 2017
Beyond Starting to Teach Programme To enhance teaching excellence for PGRs throughout the academic year, Academic Staff Development have designed a programme of themed lunchtime sessions on a range of teaching topics. See their full programme for details. Teaching;Show all Lunchtime lectures Various dates
The Brilliant Club Would you like to get more teaching experience? Want to develop a course based on your own research? As a Brilliant Club tutor you will receive training and support to develop a 6 week course which you will then deliver in a secondary school in the South West region. Teaching;Show all Paid Teaching TBC
Technology Enhanced Learning Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) provides support and training for a range of tools and practices specific to the implementation of media/technology in learning, teaching and assessment. Courses include: Teaching;Show all Short courses and online resources Various
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. Working with others;Show all Workshop 4 December 2017; 24 January 2018; 12 March 2018; 17 May 2018
SU Learning and Development Workshops The Bristol Students' Union offers a range of learning and development resources, focused in particular on leadership and representation. In particular, check out their Leadership Training workshop. Working with others;Show all Workshop On request
GW4 Communication for Collaboration As a PGR student, the chances are you will want or be required to collaborate with other researchers. This resource will 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. Working with others;Show all Online Resources N/a

GW4 Guide to Research Collaboration

This guide has been designed to provide information about processes and regulations for academics at the University of Bristol working with community organisations and individuals. Working with others;Show all Online Resources N/a
Collaborative Research Guide: a University of Bristol guide to the practicalities This guide has been designed to provide information about processes and regulations for academics at the University of Bristol working with community organisations and individuals. Working with others;Show all Online Resources N/a
Collaborative Research Guide: a University of Bristol guide to ethical considerations This guide has been designed to provide guidance on ethical considerations for academics at the University of Bristol working with community organisations and individuals. Working with others;Show all Online Resources N/a
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. The retreats are facilitated by Pam Lock, GW4 Developing People Officer and a postgraduate researcher herself. Writing and referencing;Show all Workshop 18 October 2017; 14 December 2017; 20 March 2018; 13 June 2018; 19 July 2018; 30 August 2018
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. Writing and referencing;Show all Classroom-based October - December 2017; February - April 2018
Quality Papers You enjoy research, but writing papers is either scary or just takes too long, and you are under pressure to 'get published' in high ranking journals. Quality Papers provides a process that can help you write with greater speed and confidence, at the same time as increasing your chance of getting published in your target journals. Writing and referencing;Show all Workshop 21 November 2017; 15 January 2018; 7 March 2018; 26 April 2018
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 course presents a structured approach to planning a thesis that helps you place the research into a document that meets your university's requirements. Writing and referencing;Show all Workshop 5 October 2017; 13 February 2018; 25 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 tutorials N/a
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