Seven Secrets of a Highly Successful Research Student

Workshop from international guest speaker Hugh Kearns

What do research higher degree (RHD) students do to finish on time, to overcome isolation, doubt and writer’s block, and to enjoy the process? And just as importantly what do they do in order to spend guilt-free time with their family and friends and perhaps even have holidays? If this sounds appealing, then this session will be of particular use to you.

This workshop describes the key habits that our research and experience with thousands of students shows will make a difference to how quickly and easily you complete your RHD. Just as importantly, these habits can greatly reduce the stress and increase the pleasure involved in completing a RHD.

The workshop helps you to understand how to increase your effectiveness and outcomes in the following key areas:

  • how you deal with your supervisor
  • how you structure your study time
  • your attitude (or lack thereof!) in relation to your research
  • key-2114334_1920dealing with writer’s block or having difficulty writing
  • getting the help you need when you are stuck
  • juggling multiple commitments and never having enough time
  • keeping on going when the going gets tough

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1.Identify strategies for successfully working with your supervisor

2.Identify tools for effective time management

Hugh Kearns BAgSc, MEd, MMHS

Hugh Kearns is recognised internationally as a public speaker, educator and researcher. He regularly lectures at universities across the world and has recently returned from a lecture tour of the UK and the US which included lectures at Oxford, Harvard and Stanford.

His areas of expertise include self-management, positive psychology, work-life balance, learning and creativity. He draws on over twenty years of experience as a leading training and development professional within the corporate, financial, education and health sectors in Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia. He has coached individuals, teams and executives in a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors.

Hugh lectures and researches at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. He is widely recognised for his ability to take the latest research in psychology and education and apply it to high-performing people and groups. As a co-author with Maria Gardiner, he has published six books which are in high demand both in Australia and internationally.

This workshop will take place on Monday 25th March. Find out more here

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Research, Researchers and the Media – A Hands on Approach to Communicating your Research Workshop

The red light comes on and you’re live on air to millions of listeners. That’s the experience we replicate on this immersive three-day course in broadcast production. For that added touch of reality, we install you in one of the state of the art studios at the BBC’s Pacific Quay Glasgow headquarters.camera-1816351_1920

You also explore the newsgathering process, producing video and radio reports for the evening news. There will be nowhere to hide as you work in groups filming, scripting and editing to tight deadlines.

And, from fairy tales to Star Wars, what makes a great story? In a workshop on narrative, we will uncover the essence of compelling storytelling and how to apply it to your own research.

Whether in the humanities, the arts or sciences, communicating your research matters. In this workshop we explore how to formulate your messages in ways that are relevant, fresh and engaging for diverse non-specialist audiences. This is not a straight media training course. We aim to go deeper than that by critiquing the processes by which ideas pass from academia to the living room. We cast you as the journalists, programme-makers and exhibition designers, bringing you face to face with the practises and pitfalls of the mass media.

There is a strong emphasis on group work, requiring an open mind and a willingness to get stuck in. There is a significant distance-learning element to the course three weeks before you arrive. Think carefully before signing up to this workshop. You will be required to complete around five hours worth of pre-planning online. This will be in a group structure meaning that it will not be possible to opt out of the course once the pre-workshop tuition is underway.

Aims and Objectives:

  • to give a first hand insight into how the media works
  • to practise media techniques like interviewing, scriptwriting and editing
  • to acquire a renewed, savvy attitude to the media and wider engagement

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

  1. To identify and engage with media techniques such as interviewing, scriptwriting and editing
  2. To identify the various ways in which those in the research community engage with the public

The course leader is Gareth Mitchell of Imperial College London and BBC Radio.

 Pre-course work

In the weeks leading up to the course, participants will be expected to collaborate online, preparing for the radio session at the BBC. With help from the course leader, tasks will involve programme planning, script writing and basic journalistic research. The involvement expected will amount to about five hours per delegate during the pre-course phase.

This is a 3 day workshop. This workshop will run on Thursday 25th April and Friday 26th April from 9.30am – 6.00pm in St Leonard’s Hall, Pollock Halls, and on Saturday 27th April from approximately 10am – 1pm at the BBC Studios in Glasgow. Participation is required for the full duration of the workshop and transportation is not provided to the BBC studios in Glasgow.

For more information and booking see here

Places available: Upcoming IAD PhD Workshops

We have places available on the following upcoming workshops:

Viva Survivor – 15th February 2019

Viva Survivor is a session for postgraduate researchers close to submission who want to gain insight on how to be well prepared for their viva. More information and booking here

Beating Writers Block – 19th February 2019

This workshop will look at how writer’s block manifests, what causes it and what strategies you can adopt to re-connect with your writing and your confidence. More information and booking here

Time Management (Online) – 20th February 2019

This workshop will outline the basics of effective time management for researchers.  More information and booking here

Practical Project Management for Research Students – 21st February 2019

This workshop will introduce you to project management, with a focus on the development of practical skills.  More information and booking here

How to Design a Public Engagement Process – 21st February 2019

This workshop give you strategies to design public engagement activities where everyone is engaged and comes away with something useful. More information and booking here

 

Three Minute Thesis Competition Preparation

Are you thinking about entering the Three Minute Thesis Competition this year? We have a number of workshops and resources to help you prepare your presentation:

Find out more about the Three Minute Thesis Competition here

 

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