Category: Researcher Skills

A section aimed at the development needs of researchers

Welcome to EdD – part 2

This week UWE are running a short welcome session for doctoral candidates who are studying on one of the professional doctorate routes – the EdD. This programme has two major parts to it, the first being comprised of a structured taught element and the second is the supervised research phase. An overview of this professional…

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Why? and the pyramid of purpose

At the end of November my good friend and colleague Janet Wilkinson from Three Times Three helped me to deliver a session for the UWE Researchers’ Forum. The theme for the forum was “toward a research active lecturing post”, a topic that concerns lots of researchers and academics. On the one hand there are staff…

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What doctoral examiners look for

At a recent doctoral student conference hosted by the Department of Arts at the University of the West of England, Professor Gina Wisker  from the University of Brighton, author of the Postgraduate Research Handbook and The Good Supervisor, was invited to speak about her research. The slides she used at the conference are reproduced here with permission. What are examiners…

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Your PhD in 2 minutes!

From the makers of PhD Comics…. This is essentially a competition to communicate your research in an accessible way. It’s part of my life to encourgae researchers to do this, I’ve written about communication here and here. That’s why I’m glad that Jorge Cham is raising the bar and injecting a bit of fun into…

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Managing Working Relationships

This is an interesting workshop that I ran at the beginning of the week; the title is more inclusive than its predecessor which would be something like “The Student-Supervisor Relationship”. Ostensibly what I set out to do was to help researchers (both students and staff) understand a little more about their preferred ways of working…

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A New Graduate School for UWE

It seems an awfully long time ago now that I was a postgraduate research student at UWE, I began my PhD in the late Autumn of 1997 eventually finshing some 4 (and a bit) years later. Back then I felt enormously proud to be a “postgrad”, being involved with assisting in laboratory sessions, running experiments,…

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Welcome to UWE!

On Monday evening of this week, I put on an event for newly registered postgraduate research students at UWE, an event that had been postponed from October. It is something that we run every year to provide a space for new research students to get together from across the whole university. I think this is…

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