Category: Researcher Skills

A section aimed at the development needs of researchers

The creative researcher

This week at UWE we welcomed Dave Jarman, the Head of Enterprise Education at the University of Bristol to facilitate a session on creativity in research. Here’s some thoughts from Dave about how important creativity is in the business of research. The Creative Researcher session explores the basic principles of creative and innovative thought and their…

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,400 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many…

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Research in Contemporary Context #vitae13

Using ‘Research-Based Learning’ to Enhance Doctoral Skills Development At the recent Vitae Researcher Development International Conference myself and Neil Willey presented a workshop outlining our approach to a new module aimed at doctoral students. The Prezi we used can be found here: Research in Contemporary Context module prezi. In October 2012 in the Graduate School at UWE…

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Seven Cracking Creativity Tips

This is a guest post by Dr. Nathan Ryder (@drryder), creator of the Viva Survivors website and author of the book Fail Your Viva – Twelve Steps To Failing Your PhD (And Fifty-Eight Tips For Passing). Here are his hints and tips for boosting your creativity. If ideas seem hard to find or if inspiration is far…

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Preparing a pecha kucha

I spend a lot of time delivering workshops to researchers on a diverse set of topics – most of the time I will be waxing lyrical about the need to communicate research well. By that I mean in an accessible way. So inevitably I spend time trying to convince researchers of why they need to…

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