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September 2020

Wed 30

Don’t wait until you are in your final year of your doctoral studies

You need to identify now the skills you have and what you need to build on to plan your training ahead

The aims of this workshop are: Give you a greater understanding of the skills you will need to work your training needs, which in turn will help you to navigate the job market Help you transform your research into flexible and marketable skill-bases that can offer and help you create opportunities in academia and non-academic environments

This live training session sits within an online programme supporting PPD skills for postgraduates: http://ppd4phd.com/

October 2020

Fri 2

Dr Pallawi Sinha focuses on reflection in research. By sharing some of her own experiences working with some of the most vulnerable communities in India, Dr Sinha explains how central reflexivity is in research. The workshop considers how deeply invested we each are in our research questions and the very individual ‘toolkits’ we bring to our research, grounded in our life histories, to build understanding of how reflection and researcher-reflexivity confront and overcome incongruities, disparities and barriers that underscore research.

This live training session sits within an online programme supporting PPD skills for postgraduates: http://ppd4phd.com/

Mon 5

Abigail Docherty is a playwright, working in theatre and for BBC Radio 4. We are delighted she will be leading on a series of live sessions within this programme. In this particular live session Abigail will look at how Csikszentmihalyhi's theory of flow and Taleb's theory of antifragility can enhance personal and professional resilience.

Do you agree that a crisis is the same as an opportunity? Have there been moments in your life when the unexpected has allowed, or forced, you to develop in ways that you could not have previously imagined?

This live training session sits within an online programme supporting PPD skills for postgraduates: http://ppd4phd.com/

Thu 8

Many of us are now spending more time online than ever before — both for our work, as well as our personal and social lives. In these strange and sometimes perplexing times, it can all feel like too much. In this session, we will cover helpful strategies and best practices that can help you in your life online and offline. Join Tyler Shores who will cover topics including:

Managing digital productivity Tools and strategies to help build a useful daily online routine Thinking about how we spend our time online: the good, the bad, and the unexpected Tips for using online news and social media that help find a healthy balance

This live training session sits within an online programme supporting PPD skills for postgraduates: http://ppd4phd.com/

Tue 13

In this seminar Dr Pallawi Sinha discusses the relational nature of ethics. Moving on from the histories, contexts and reflexivity of the researcher, here, we consider the procedural, situational, and paradigmatic aspects of ethics before centring on the significance of reciprocity in research with the intention to not only raise the quality of academic research but also to confront any incongruities, dehumanising tendencies of research and uphold trust with communities engaged.

This live training session sits within an online programme supporting PPD skills for postgraduates: http://ppd4phd.com/

Fri 16

Suzanne O'Brien is Chair for the NGO The Fifth Trust, an experienced NED and Leadership Consultant. She has 30 years’ experience in business and is a qualified accountant, tax consultant and chartered manager.

Suzanne has dedicated her career to shaping creative solutions and strategic direction. This session will look at how to manage your networking abilities and build on creating synergies that generate organisation-wide value, growth and sustainability.

This live training session sits within an online programme supporting PPD skills for postgraduates: http://ppd4phd.com/

Wed 21

This session, with Abigail Docherty, will require you to prepare a short three minute TEDX talk for presentation to other participants on a 'change' you would like to see in the world - it can be social, political, personal, aesthetic, economic etc. You will be provided with a breakdown of how to write a TEDX talk with guidance on best practice on presentation skills. There will also be a brief look at Hannah Arendt's 'space of possibilities'.

This live training session sits within an online programme supporting PPD skills for postgraduates: http://ppd4phd.com/

Fri 23

Research has a definite and defined purpose but it goes beyond the researcher and academia. Impact, dissemination and dialogue are not only pertinent to making grant applications but in fact ground research as practice. In this session, Dr Pallawi Sinha, focusses on the wider implications of research, the means of ‘being-becoming’ an impactful researcher, and the ways in which dissemination and dialogue enable salient contributions by crossing boundaries and acknowledging ‘difference’.

This live training session sits within an online programme supporting PPD skills for postgraduates: http://ppd4phd.com/

Wed 28
      • There is a capacity number for this workshop so if you are on the waiting list or standby it is unlikely we can offer a place. We will however be running it again later in the term or early in Lent.***

In this live session Dr Beatrice Gini from the Office of Scholarly Communication will work with you to deepen your understanding of how researchers are expected to manage their data. We will examine an example Data Management Plan, discussing whether the proposed practices for recording, storing, organising and sharing data are suitable for a research project. This will be an opportunity to discuss what good data management looks like for different projects. To make the most of the session, spend some time beforehand to explore these resources: https://libguides.cam.ac.uk/research-skills/rdm and bring any questions you may have to the live session.

This live training session sits within an online programme supporting PPD skills for postgraduates: http://ppd4phd.com/

Fri 30

Literature review is one of the most fundamental academic and research skills that is significant to building an informed study. Nonetheless, in the minefield of data and innumerable studies accessible, today, researchers can find themselves in a quagmire, inundated with information. The session thus explores why undertaking a review of literature matters, what the review process may look like, and how to identify, evaluate and summarise studies relevant to our research. Working with Dr Pallawi Sinha

This live training session sits within an online programme supporting PPD skills for postgraduates: http://ppd4phd.com/

November 2020

Thu 5

Creativity and the Individual with Abigail Docherty - build a picture of your research world, considering how you yourself use narrative patterns and structures, even unconsciously in your work.

This live training session sits within an online programme supporting PPD skills for postgraduates: http://ppd4phd.com/

Mon 9

What does it mean to research qualitatively in the context of the “researched”? When and how does qualitative research come to matter? Why should research methods and tools be socially-relevant? How can we, as researchers and academics, ensure our tools of inquiry are contextually responsive? These are some of the questions raised and deliberated upon in this session aiming to disrupt normative frameworks of inquiry and essentialising tendencies of dominant hegemonies. Working with Dr Pallawi Sinha

This live training session sits within an online programme supporting PPD skills for postgraduates: http://ppd4phd.com/

Tue 10

Many of us are now spending more time online than ever before — both for our work, as well as our personal and social lives. In these strange and sometimes perplexing times, it can all feel like too much. In this session, we will cover helpful strategies and best practices that can help you in your life online and offline. Join Tyler Shores who will cover topics including:

Managing digital productivity Tools and strategies to help build a useful daily online routine Thinking about how we spend our time online: the good, the bad, and the unexpected Tips for using online news and social media that help find a healthy balance

This live training session sits within an online programme supporting PPD skills for postgraduates: http://ppd4phd.com/

Fri 13

Do you have an idea for a business, whether based on your research or just a thought that won’t leave you alone?

Would you like to find out whether it might just work as a viable and profitable company, without spending hours of time and lots of hassle researching the business case?

This two hour highly interactive session will unveil and explore the Lean Canvas, a smart way of creating a basic business plan in just one page, ranging from your unique selling point, to your costs, customers, ways to make money, and even how you could become a world beater of a business.

This live training session sits within an online programme supporting PPD skills for postgraduates: http://ppd4phd.com/

Mon 16

It's hard to maintain self-motivation during a long period of study, in particular a doctorate. Harder still in self-isolation. Abigail Docherty explores how we can we reconnect with our natural intrinsic motivation and find reward and nourishment within the habits and practices of our critical enquiry?

In this session, you will look at simple ways to motivate your own research and writing-practice-in-isolation by reflecting on the principles of intrinsic motivation as methodology (creative theory) and mind-mapping.

This live training session sits within an online programme supporting PPD skills for postgraduates: http://ppd4phd.com/

Thu 19

How can we apply the idea of oppositional thinking to our capacity to learn usefully from feedback? How does empathy relate to successful leadership? Abigail Docherty will look at at behavioural psychology and reception theories to explore how we determine practical strategies for maximising the creatively disruptive potential of critique

This live training session sits within an online programme supporting PPD skills for postgraduates: http://ppd4phd.com/

Mon 23

The Cambridge Grand Challenges programme offers a range of funded placements for social science doctoral students (not MPhils) to tackle global issues of our time ranging from mobility and city to ageing challenges. Come along and meet the Social Sciences Partnerships Manager, Dr Konstantina Stamati, to find out the opportunities and ask questions. This is a 45 minute webinar and open to all doctoral students across the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Cambridge Grand Challenges (CGC) is a framework for collaboration between industry, government, and academia designed to help deliver the Industrial Strategy. CGC brings together industry, PhD students, postdocs and Cambridge academics, and applies relevant social science research and methods to solve pertinent industrial issues.

This live training session sits within an online programme supporting PPD skills for postgraduates: http://ppd4phd.com/

Thu 26

This live training session sits within an online programme supporting PPD skills for postgraduates: http://ppd4phd.com/

Fri 27

Suzanne O'Brien discusses how it is possible to have multiple careers and how the nature of employment in the 21st century has changed dramatically. Currently Suzanne is Non-Executive Director for Cross Keys Homes, Consultant Trainer for Advance HE, Non-Executive Director for The Fifth Trust, External Examiner for University of Greenwich, and Director for Student Recruitment and Student Experience at Canterbury Christ Church University

This live training session sits within an online programme supporting PPD skills for postgraduates: http://ppd4phd.com/

Now you have come to the end of the programme, Abigail Docherty, will work with you to reflect on your employability skills, how your views and perspectives may have altered since the first week of the programme and how you plan to go forward having now identified your key abilities and values.

This live training session sits within an online programme supporting PPD skills for postgraduates: http://ppd4phd.com/

December 2020

Tue 1

How can you be effective using social media – learn key strategies around how to ensure you are noticed positively and explore all the different platforms and how they can be used appropriately for your research. Working with Tyler Shores, learn how to write a blog and how to set up your own web page, including:

- How to find online communities - Using free online resources that can make your social media much more efficient and effective - Learning the basics of online metrics

This live training session sits within an online programme supporting PPD skills for postgraduates: http://ppd4phd.com/