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 (2019/20) our training and development events are grouped into the following themes: 

You can also browse our listing of events coming up. 
 

Preparing for leadership & management

WEBINAR: Supporting PhD Students - Practical Tips (Wednesday 29th April, 14:00-15:30)

Please note that due to the recent University decision to suspend all face-to-face teaching, this workshop has since been modified into a webinar format.

Title

WEBINAR: Supporting PhD Students - Practical Tips

Date/Time

Wednesday 29th April, 14:00-15:30

Location

Online

Audience

Research staff and early-career academic faculty.

Outline

Are you a PhD supervisor or about to become one – either formally or informally? If so, this interactive webinar provides you with practical tips, resources, and ideas for improving the supervisory relationship.

Through group discussion and exercises, we’ll address the key challenges of supporting research students throughout their PhD and guiding them to successful completion. Topics include coaching techniques, academic writing, and managing the impact of mental health issues.

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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the webinar you’ll have:

  • A greater understanding of the resources and wider support available to PGRs
  • Ideas for addressing specific supervisory issues
  • Templates for managing doctoral progress
  • Guidance on performing a Training Needs Analysis
  • An awareness of the diverse needs of PGRs

This webinar does not cover recruitment, regulations, or the examination process.

Presenter

Dr Catherine Pope, Research and Writing Skills Trainer

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)

WEBINAR: Preparing for Leadership (Monday 18th May, 14:00-15:00)

Title

WEBINAR: Preparing for Leadership

Date/Time

Monday 18th May, 14:00-15:00

Location

Online

Audience

Research staff and early-career academic faculty

Outline

Have you recently assumed leadership responsibilities? Or are you wondering what might be involved in a supervisory role? In this 1-hour interactive webinar, you’ll discover the skills required for leadership and how you can develop them. Through facilitator-led discussion, you’ll consider different approaches and learn from case studies.

What we’ll cover:

  • When is leadership required?
  • What is good leadership?
  • How do values and personality affect leadership styles?
  • How do you manage different personality types?
  • How do you motivate people?
  • What is effective communication?

The session is facilitated by Dr Catherine Pope, who has 20 years’ experience of leadership in business and academia.

Presenter

Dr Catherine Pope, Research and Writing Skills Trainer

Booking Information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE

Canvas module - Preparing for Leadership

Have you recently assumed leadership responsibilities? Or are you wondering what might be involved in a management role?

Then check out our interactive Canvas module on Preparing for Leadership to help you discover the skills required and how you can develop them. 

By the end of the module, you’ll have:

  • An understanding of the different types of leadership
  • An insight into your own leadership style and preferences
  • Guidance on how to get the best out of people

Click here to self-enroll to the Preparing for Leadership Canvas module

 

Improving your communication

Pitch perfect: public speaking, networking & engaging (Tuesday 25th February, 10:00-13:00)

Title

Pitch perfect: public speaking, networking & engaging 

Date/Time

Tuesday 25th February, 10:00-13:00

Location

Arundel 1B

Audience

Research staff and early career academic faculty

Outline

Researchers are frequently under pressure to communicate their information verbally, whether it is an oral presentation, in a meeting or an interaction at a conference. Performing well in a keynote presentation or impressing at a chance meeting is key to facilitating collaborations, building relationships with future employers and boosting your career. Public speaking and networking are key components to a successful career, both within academia and beyond.

This workshop will cover various situations that researchers are faced with regularly with regard to verbal interaction. We will cover oral presentations, short communications, how to pitch your research and how to network effectively. Participants will be introduced to various techniques that they can use and adapt to a variety of situations: how do you respond to difficult questions? How do you effectively engage with senior academics?

Effective verbal delivery and engagement takes practice and this workshop will introduce participants to concepts and techniques that they can use to their advantage. We take a step by step approach to presentations, building up from initial short research pitches to longer conference talks so participants can gain confidence.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this workshop researchers will have:

  • been introduced to a series of techniques to aid and structure their presentations;
  • an understanding of how to present & engage with various audiences;
  • gained confidence with regard to delivering effective presentations.

Format/Duration

This will be a 3-hour interactive workshop. 

Presenters

Dr Joanna Young, Scientific Editing Company

Booking Information

This event has already passed. Join our waiting list if you would like to be notified when this course runs next.

JOIN OUR WAITING LIST HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

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

Social media bootcamp: strategy, sharing & connecting (Tuesday 25th February, 14:00-17:00)

Title

Social media bootcamp: strategy, sharing & connecting

Date/Time

Tuesday 25th February, 14:00-17:00

Location

Essex 18

Audience

Research staff and early career academic faculty

Outline

This workshop is designed specifically for researchers who are looking to develop their online presence and boost their career prospects through social media. There are now numerous channels available that can be used to amplify your research, promote an enterprising project and attract future employers. In addition, social networks can act as a valuable source of information and a personally tailored news feed.

We will explore different types of content that researchers can experiment with. What engages people? What should you post and what should you avoid? How should you manage your time on social media and optimise your engagement? In addition to designing an individual social media strategy, the workshop will include a section on legal considerations, privacy and openess.

The workshop is designed to cover a selection of mainstream social media tools that can be used to build your online profile. Short group exercises, case studies and the instructor’s personal experience will be included to illustrate key points. The full day version of this workshop includes a tutorial on how to use specfic platforms and participants require a laptop with wireless access.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this workshop researchers will have:

  • discussed the various ways to use social media to their advantage with other participants in the workshop;
  • an awareness of the legal considerations and privacy issues;
  • started to design a social media strategy that they can implement in their own time.

Format/Duration

This will be a 3-hour interactive webinar. 

Presenters

Dr Joanna Young, Scientific Editing Company

Booking Information

This event has already passed. Join our waiting list if you would like to be notified when this course runs next.

JOIN OUR WAITING LIST HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

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

WEBINAR: 5 steps to making your work more visible (Wednesday 22nd April, 17:00-18:00)

Title

WEBINAR: 5 steps to making your work more visible

Date/Time

Wednesday 22nd April, 17:00-18:00

Location

Online

Audience

Research staff and early-career academic faculty. PhD students are also welcome to book a place for this course.

Outline

In this webinar you will learn some techniques to make your work more visible to others, particularly using social media to create impact and navigating the tricky waters of the open access landscape.

You will learn to:

  • Use ORCiD to ensure you get the credit for all your research activities
  • Explore article level metrics and what they can tell you about your readership
  • Use Twitter effectively to share research
  • Make work Open Access
  • Make your work more discoverable through lay abstracts

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

Presenter

Lisa McLaren, Academic Services Manager & Bethany Logan, Open Access Librarian

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)

How to Create an Effective Podcast: A two-day workshop for research staff (Thursday 9th July & Friday 10th July, 09:30-13:30)

Title

How to Create an Effective Podcast: A two-day workshop for research staff 

Date/Time

Thursday 9th July & Friday 10th July, 09:30-13:30

Location

Online (Zoom)

Audience

Research staff only

Outline

Please note that this workshop is taking place on the 9th & 10th of July in two parts. Registered attendees must attend both sessions to complete the workshop.

Podcasting is one of the fastest-growing means of communication for universities, be it a recorded series of lectures, a snapshot of research, or an advertisement to attract new students and/ or funding. There is no doubt podcasts are one of the most accessible windows through which to view your university, and your podcasts should reflect the quality of your institution.

This two-day interactive workshop, run by two experienced journalists, helps you build the skills to present a podcast in either a talk or interview format. It will help you:

  • communicate effectively in your podcasts
  • pitch your podcasts correctly to the intended audience
  • choose the best format for your podcast

The session will be complemented by online resources on the technical aspects of recording, editing, and distributing your podcast.

Learning Outcomes

  • To understand the challenges of attracting online audiences
  • to be able to pitch a podcast correctly to the intended audience, including non-specialist ones
  • to know how to tell a good story in a podcast
  • to know how to plan, structure and present a podcast
  • to know how to interview colleagues for a podcast
  • to be able to record a podcast in both straight talk and interview formats

Presenters

Tim Grout-Smith & Lily Poberezhska, Media Players International

Booking Information

BOOK A 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)

 

Personal effectiveness

WEBINAR: The Productive Researcher - How to Keep Writing (Thursday 16th April, 14:00-15:30)

Title

WEBINAR: The Productive Researcher - How to Keep Writing

Date/Time

Thursday 16th April, 14:00-15:30

Location

Online

Audience

Research staff and doctoral researchers at any stage in all disciplines

Outline

Academic writing can be hard at the best of times. It's especially challenging during the current pandemic. In this interactive webinar, we'll discuss how you make writing more manageable, even under difficult circumstances. We'll cover:

  • Understanding the Circle of Control
  • Planning a Piece of Writing
  • Getting Your Materials Ready
  • Improving Productivity
  • Staying Focused
  • Looking After Yourself

By the end of the webinar, you'll have a range of strategies you can apply right away to help you keep going.

Presenter

Dr Catherine Pope, Research and Writing Skills Trainer

WEBINAR: The Productive Researcher - How to Keep Writing (Thursday 14th May, 11:00-12:30)

Title

WEBINAR: The Productive Researcher - How to Keep Writing

Date/Time

Thursday 14th May, 11:00-12:30

Location

Online

Audience

Research staff and doctoral researchers at any stage in all disciplines

Outline

Academic writing can be hard at the best of times. It's especially challenging during the current pandemic. In this interactive webinar, we'll discuss how you make writing more manageable, even under difficult circumstances. We'll cover:

  • Understanding the Circle of Control
  • Planning a Piece of Writing
  • Getting Your Materials Ready
  • Improving Productivity
  • Staying Focused
  • Looking After Yourself

By the end of the webinar, you'll have a range of strategies you can apply right away to help you keep going.

Presenter

Dr Catherine Pope, Research and Writing Skills Trainer

Booking Information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE

 

Career Development

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Careers beyond research- applying your skills outside academia (Tuesday 23rd June, 10:30-13:30)

Title

Careers beyond research: applying your skills outside academia

Date/Time

Tuesday 23rd June, 10:30-13:30

Location

Online (Zoom)

Audience

Research staff only

Outline

There are a number of options outside of academia that are open to postdocs. Not everyone chooses to climb the academic ladder and many researchers are unaware of the variety of other options that are available.

During their career, researchers develop a number of skills that they can utilise in a variety of other positions, whether these are related to their research or not. A key component to finding a job outside academia is presenting yourself well at interviews, highlighting your skills and explaining your academic experience in a way that appeals to certain employers.

This workshop aims to highlight a number of these careers and to explore what particular options might be compatible with individuals. We will include overviews of a variety of different job types, case studies of researchers who have moved into different careers and provide resources to help participants explore their options. In addition, participants will be invited to complete an individual ElementsTM skills evaluation to help them with future job applications and interviews. This has proven very popular with researchers and it is designed to help them reflect on their own skills and experience so that they can communicate these effectively in written applications and interviews.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this workshop researchers will have:

  • a clear understanding of their transferable skills and how to communicate these on their CV and in an interview situation;
  • an understanding of how to present themselves and be visible online;
  • an overview of a range of non-academic career options

Format/Duration

This will be a 3-hour interactive webinarr

Presenters

Dr Joanna Young, Scientific Editing Company

Booking Information

BOOK A 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)

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Attracting your own research funding - writing & applying for fellowships (Tuesday 23rd June, 13:30-16:30)

Title

Attracting your own research funding: writing & applying for fellowships

Date/Time

Tuesday 23rd June, 13:30-16:30

Location

Online (Zoom)

Audience

Research staff only

Outline

A career in research is exciting, varied and gives you the opportunity to be at the cutting edge of discovery in your chosen field, but it is a highly competitive environment and researchers from all over the world aspire to reach the top of the profession. If you are aiming for a career in research it is crucial to publish regularly, be independent and attract your own funding. You can start to do this early in your research career: if you are awarded a postdoctoral fellowship, not only will you stand out from the crowd, but you will demonstrate that you can propose innovative projects that attract research funding - this is a key requirement for a successful academic career.

How do you go about the process of applying for your own postdoctoral research fellowship? There is more to it than filling in an application form: you will have to propose and design an innovative project, identify a senior researcher to advise you and approach them about being involved in your project, convince the application reviewers that you are the right person, name referees and more. To be successful requires planning and preparation and you will need to use your network and be proactive.

This workshop is suitable for postdoctoral researchers and will include case studies, individual exercises and the instructor’s own experience of successfully obtaining a postdoctoral research fellowship.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this workshop researchers will have:

  • an understanding of what steps are involved, time frames, what a fellowship involves, international options, how to apply, the different types of fellowships available; 
  • planned out a project and application strategy using the unique Electv® funding planning tool.

Format/Duration

This will be a 3-hour interactive webinar. 

Presenters

Dr Joanna Young, Scientific Editing Company

Booking Information

BOOK A 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

WEBINAR: Introduction to REF2021 (Wednesday 6th May, 13:00-14:30)

Please note that due to the recent University decision to suspend all face-to-face teaching, this workshop has now been modified into a webinar format.

Title

WEBINAR: Introduction to REF2021

Date/Time

Wednesday 6th May, 13:00-14:30

Location

Online

Audience

Research staff and early-career academics

Outline

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the UK’s national system of research assessment, driving the distribution of core research funding to universities. The next REF exercise will take place in 2021. Every UK university submitting to the REF uses the publications, other research outputs, and wider social impact produced by its researchers to form its submission; the quality of that submission determines the level of core research funding the university receives, and also has broader implications. Understanding the REF - its requirements, and its effects on Higher Education and research culture - is essential for everyone who is building a research career in the UK.

In this webinar, Dr Dominic Dean, REF Academic and Operational Manager for the University of Sussex, will explain the background and structure to REF2021, and will take the group through a detailed exploration of its effects and the key elements of which early-career researchers need to be aware.

  • What is the Research Excellence Framework?
  • What is assessed and when?
  • What is eligible?
  • What's new for 2021?

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

Presenter

Dr Dominic Dean, Research Excellence Framework Academic and Operations 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)

 

Mental health & wellbeing

Boost your resilience and manage stress in the research environment (Tuesday 11th February, 10:00-13:00)

Title

Boost your resilience and manage stress in the research environment

Date/Time

Tuesday 11th February, 10:00-13:00

Location

Arundel 1B

Audience

Research staff and early career academic faculty.

Outline

Boosting your capacity for resilience and handling stress are skills you can expand at any stage, wherever your starting point is. These skills will support you when you are anticipating a stressful situation, preparing for an upcoming challenge, and recovering from difficulty.

This workshop will provide you with insights into how to boost your personal capacity for resilience, and introduce you to a variety of techniques to help you better identify, manage, and recover from stress. You will formulate personal action plan for both the short and long term, taking into account the nature of your specific research environment and need for balance in your life.

Engaging with this workshop will enable you to:

  • Identify the origins and outcomes of stress and resilience
  • Analyse your own responses to stressors and challenging situations
  • Practise and evaluate a range of stress management techniques
  • Create a personal action plan for handling adversity and boosting your capacity for resilience

Format/Duration

This will be a 3-hour interactive workshop

Presenters

Dr Sarah Robins-Hobden, CPsychol, FHEA

Booking Information

This event has already passed. Join our waiting lisst if you would like to be notified when this course runs next.

JOIN OUR WAITING LIST HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to join the waiting list)

WEBINAR: The Healthy Researcher - How to Look After Yourself and Keep Going (Tuesday 14th April, 11:00-12:30)

Title

WEBINAR: The Healthy Researcher - How to Look After Yourself and Keep Going

Date/Time

Tuesday 14th April, 11:00-12:30

Location

Online

Audience

Research staff and doctoral researchers at any stage in all disciplines

Outline

It’s important for us to be kind to each other during the current pandemic. It’s also vital that we’re gentle on ourselves. In this interactive webinar, we’ll discuss how we can best adapt our habits and stay productive. We’ll cover:

  • Playing the Long Game - avoiding quick fixes
  • Getting Back to Basics - looking after our immediate needs
  • Putting First Things First - working out our priorities and ditching everything else
  • Being Gentle on Yourself - listening to your body

By the end of the webinar, you'll have a range of strategies you can apply right away to help you keep going.

Presenter

Dr Catherine Pope, Research and Writing Skills Trainer

WEBINAR: The Healthy Researcher - How to Look After Yourself and Keep Going (Tuesday 12th May, 14:00-15:30)

Title

WEBINAR: The Healthy Researcher - How to Look After Yourself and Keep Going

Date/Time

Tuesday 12th May, 14:00-15:30

Location

Online

Audience

Research staff and doctoral researchers at any stage in all disciplines

Outline

It’s important for us to be kind to each other during the current pandemic. It’s also vital that we’re gentle on ourselves. In this interactive webinar, we’ll discuss how we can best adapt our habits and stay productive. We’ll cover:

  • Playing the Long Game - avoiding quick fixes
  • Getting Back to Basics - looking after our immediate needs
  • Putting First Things First - working out our priorities and ditching everything else
  • Being Gentle on Yourself - listening to your body

By the end of the webinar, you'll have a range of strategies you can apply right away to help you keep going.

Presenter

Dr Catherine Pope, Research and Writing Skills Trainer

Booking Information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE 

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Stress, Resilience and Strengths (Tuesday 21st April, 10:00-12:00)

Title

Stress, Resilience and Strengths: an online workshop for researchers

Date/Time

Tuesday 21st April, 10:00-12:00

Location

Online

Audience

Research staff and doctoral researchers at any stage in all disciplines

Outline

In the acceleration of the COVID-19 pandemic you might be facing concurrent challenges of conducting your research from home, tutoring small humans, anxiety over the welfare of family members, a restructuring of your social life, dealing with persistent uncertainty and, it seems, a national shortage of toilet paper.

Layered difficulties deepen stress and can rob us of our sense of control. This online interactive workshop will help you manage stress better, focus on your resilience when you need to, and create a greater sense of agency, whilst acknowledging and working with the very real limitations you might be experiencing.

This online workshop takes the approach of less is more. A (very) brief overview of stress will equip you with an understanding of general responses, from which you'll identify how stress is affecting you personally right now. Having insight into your current landscape, you'll then work with three specific stress-management / resilience tools, in partnership with other researchers on the workshop. You'll decide what you might do, in your situation, and how to take small practical actions to focus on what you can control, whilst managing your reactions to what you cannot.

Engaging with this workshop will enable you to:

  • Clarify what you can control and influence, and take proactive steps to focus where your agency is strongest
  • Explore your personal resilience and bust unhelpful myths in favour of coping strategies that work for you
  • Define and deploy your personal strengths as super-powers to ease stress responses

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

Presenter

Dr Sarah Robins-Hobden, a Chartered Psychologist & Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Booking Information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE

 

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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