Research and knowledge exchange

Training and development

All Research Staff Development Series events are run by the Research Staff Office and are free for University of Sussex staff to attend.

This academic year (2019/2020) our training and development events are grouped into the following themes: 

You can also browse our listing of events coming up. 

 

Improving your academic writing

WEBINAR: How to Start (& Finish) Your Writing Project (Wednesday 13th Nov, 17:00-18:00)

Title

WEBINAR: How to Start (and Finish) Your Writing Project

Date/Time

Wednesday 13th November, 17:00-18:00

Location

Online

Audience

Research staff and early career academic faculty

Outline

Are you struggling to keep on top of your writing projects? Does it feel as though you’re not making any progress? Join us for this interactive webinar to discover tips and tricks on meeting those slippery deadlines. We’ll cover:

  • Working out how much time you really have
  • Breaking your project down into manageable chunks
  • Getting started when you really don’t feel like it
  • Maintaining momentum when you’re busy
  • Improving focus when you’re easily distracted
  • Imposing order on a messy draft
  • Reaching the finish line

This webinar is for anyone who’s nervously eyeing a major writing project. Please note, we won’t be discussing writing style – this is all about productivity. It’s suitable for all disciplines and stages.

Book a place and we'll send you all the information you'll need to join the webinar on the day.

Format/Duration

This will be a 1-hour interactive webinar. 

Presenters

Dr Catherine Pope, Research and Writing Skills Trainer (https://catherinepope.com/)

Booking Information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place)

Navigating peer review: challenges, responses & publishing (Monday 9th Dec, 14:00-17:00)

Title

Navigating peer review: challenges, responses and publishing

Date/Time

Monday 9th December, 14:00-17:00

Location

Jubilee G30

Audience

Research staff and early career academic faculty.

Outline

All researchers will encounter peer review during their career, both as an author and as an expert who has been asked to review the work of another. This workshop will introduce researchers to the peer review system including the process, the complexities, the
responsibilities of the author/ reviewer and how to get the most out of the experience.

An awareness and knowledge of the peer review system is important so that early career researchers know what to expect when they submit their first research paper for publication. Equally, understanding how to critically assess a research manuscript for quality, style, content, novelty and relevance gives researchers an insight into how cutting edge research is assessed and published. What should you look for in a manuscript? How can you optimise your chances of success as an author?

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the academic publishing and peer review system through short presentations, discussions and peer review exercises.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this workshop researchers will have:

  • an overview of the peer review process, author responsibilities and what to expect;
  • an understanding of how to conduct a peer review and provide constructive feedback;
  • completed a short peer review exercise using a simple workflow that they can apply to papers in their own field.

Format/Duration

This will be a 3-hour interactive workshop

Presenters

Dr Joanna Young, Scientific Editing Company

Booking Information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place)

 

Preparing for leadership & management

Watch this space - Canvas module coming soon

Coming soon: workshop on supervisor training, action learning sets & and Canvas module on Preparing for Leadership

 

Personal effectiveness

WEBINAR: Time Management for Busy Researchers (Tuesday 8th October, 17:00-18:00)

Title

WEBINAR: Time Management for Busy Researchers

Date/Time

Tuesday 8th October, 17:00-18:00

Location

Online

Audience

Research staff, early career academic faculty, and PhD researchers from all stages.

Outline

As researchers, we often face competing demands on our limited time. This one-hour interactive webinar offers tips and practical solutions on how you can boost your productivity and regain control of your workload.

We'll cover:

  • What can you stop doing?
  • Making tasks more manageable
  • Effective prioritisation
  • Productivity tools

Book a place and we'll send you all the information you'll need to join the webinar on the day.

Format/Duration

This will be a 1-hour interactive webinar

Presenters

Dr Catherine Pope, Research and Writing Skills Trainer (https://catherinepope.com/)

Booking Information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place)

 

Research Skills Development

Qualitative Interviewing Skills Workshop (Wednesday 13th November, 10:00-13:00)

Title

Qualitative Interviewing Skills Workshop

Date/Time

Wednesday 13th November, 10:00-13:00

Location

TBC

Audience

Research staff and early career academic faculty

Outline

Interviews are a commonly used data collection method in qualitative research designed to explore rich material in depth.

Although there are many different types of qualitative interviewing styles, there are some common features – practical, ethical and relational - that the workshop with cover. Using a combination of presentations and practical exercises, participants will learn about how to prepare for interviews including a consideration of contextual factors, as well as developing interview questions. The workshop will also provide a space to practice interviewing skills.

Learning Outcomes

  • To understand the relational, practical, ethical and contextual issues relevant to conducting qualitative interviews
  • Through hands-on practice, develop the skill base required for qualitative interviewing

Format/Duration

This will be a 3-hour interactive workshop. 

Presenters

Dr Mari Martiskainen (BMEC), Dr Liz McDonnell (LPS)

Booking Information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place)

 

Understanding the academic context

"Lunch and Learn" seminar - Introduction to Consultancy (Friday 11th October, 13:00-14:00)

Title

"Lunch and Learn" seminar - Introduction to Consultancy

Date/Time

Friday 11th October, 13:00-14:00

Location

Future Technologies Lab - Chichester I

Audience

Tailored particularly for Early Career Researchers, but open to all Staff actively engaged in Research

Outline

Ever thought about being a consultant, but not known where to start? Do you want to learn more? Then bring your lunch, and come along to one or more of these informal "Lunch and Learn" seminars.

This seminar will touch on:

  • What Consultancy is
  • The benefits of Consultancy to you as an individual
  • The University support and systems available to support you in your Consultancy endeavours.

Format/Duration

This will be a 1-hour interactive seminar

Presenters

Mr Alessandro Silvestri,  Consultancy Manager

Booking Information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place) 

"Lunch and Learn" seminar - Understanding Intellectual Property & Patenting (Thursday 24th October, 13:00-14:00)

Title

"Lunch and Learn" seminar - Understanding Intellectual Property & Patenting

Date/Time

Thursday 24th October, 13:00-14:00

Location

Fulton 210

Audience

Tailored particularly for Early Career Researchers, but open to all Staff actively engaged in Research

Outline

Ever thought about IP and Patenting, but not known where to start? Do you want to learn more? Then bring your lunch, and come along to one or more of these informal "Lunch and Learn" seminars.

This seminar will touch on:

  • What is intellectual property?
  • What is a patent?
  • Cost of patenting and how to protect them
  • Navigating IP landscape

Format/Duration

This will be a 1-hour interactive seminar

Presenters

Mr Keith O'Brien,  Intellectual Property Business Partner

Booking Information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place) 

Fellowships - are they for me? (Thursday 31st October, 13:00-14:00)

Title

ECR Fellowship Seminars 1: "Fellowships - are they for me?"

Date/Time

Thursday 31st October, 13:00-14:00

Location

Fulton 210

Audience

Research staff and early career academic faculty.

Outline

Have you heard about "Fellowships" and wondered what they are? Have you thought about applying for a Fellowship? Do you want to learn more? Then bring your lunch, and come along to one or more of these informal "Lunch and Learn" seminars:

This session will give an introduction to what a fellowship is, the role it can play in advancing your academic career, and what you need to think about when deciding to apply for a fellowship.

Format/Duration

This will be a 1-hour interactive seminar

Presenters

Dr Hayley Cordingley, Research Staff Officer

Booking Information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place)

Impact and Pathways to Impact statements (Thursday 7th November, 13:00-14:00)

Title

ECR Fellowship Seminars 5: "Impact and Pathways to Impact statements"

Date/Time

Thursday 7th November, 13:00-14:00

Location

Fulton 210

Audience

Research staff and early career academic faculty.

Outline

Have you heard about "Fellowships" and wondered what they are? Have you thought about applying for a Fellowship? Do you want to learn more? Then bring your lunch, and come along to one or more of these informal "Lunch and Learn" seminars:

In this session a university specialist will give an overview of what is 'Research Impact' and why it has become "a thing" over the last few years.

Format/Duration

This will be a 1-hour interactive seminar

Presenters

Ms Christina Miariti, Research Impact Officer

Booking Information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place) 

Preparing a fellowship application - considerations & process (Thursday 5th December, 13:00-14:00)

Title

ECR Fellowship Seminars 3: "Preparing a fellowship application - considerations and process"

Date/Time

Thursday 5th December, 13:00-14:00

Location

Fulton 210

Audience

Research staff, early career academic faculty.

Outline

Have you heard about "Fellowships" and wondered what they are? Have you thought about applying for a Fellowship? Do you want to learn more? Then bring your lunch, and come along to one or more of these informal "Lunch and Learn" seminars:

This session will outline steps you need to consider when preparing for, and crafting, a fellowship application including: building relationships; the 3Ps (Person, Project, Place); understanding your host institution processes; checking timelines and eligibility.

Format/Duration

This will be a 1-hour interactive seminar

Presenters

Dr Hayley Cordingley, Research Staff Officer

Booking Information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place)

 

Mental health & wellbeing

RSO Monthly Lunch  (Tuesday 5th November, 12:30-14:00)

Title

RSO Monthly Lunch

Date/Time

Tuesday 5th November, 12:30-14:00

Location

Quiet Room, Meeting House

Audience

All members of research staff are welcome to attend

Outline

On Tuesday 5th November the Research Staff Office are hosting a networking lunch for postdoctoral researchers.

Come along for a free buffet lunch and meet other researchers here at Sussex!

Booking Information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place)

Watch this space - series of seminars on improving your mental health & wellbeing

Get in touch if you would like to suggest an event.

Click here to view our wellbeing support for researchers webpage

 



Other opportunities for research staff training and development

 

In addition to the events on offer through the Research Staff Development series, research staff are eligible to attend training and development workshops and events provided by:

 

 

Vitae

Vitae logoVitae is an international programme led by the UK charity, Careers Research and Advisory Centre, working to enhance the potential of researchers.

Vitae's website has many useful resources and all our staff and students get full access to the Vitae website and resources if you register with your Sussex email address.

 

University commitment to supporting researcher's development

Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers Logo

The University of Sussex is committed to supporting the development of its researchers and holds the European Commission's 'HR Excellence in Research' award. This award is in recognition of our commitment to supporting research staff and to implementing the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers [PDF 2.70MB]   

  

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