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May 2016

Wed 11
Presentation Skills: Small Group Practice & Coaching (Materials Science & Metallurgy) new Finished 13:30 - 16:30 Department of Material Science and Metallurgy, Goldsmiths Lecture Room 1

Part two of the Presentation Skills workshop is about practice, coaching and feedback in a small group setting.

Preparation for next week:

Please prepare a presentation, of no more than three minutes, on an area of your research, suitable for the mixed audience you will be presenting to. Do not use PowerPoint. We challenge you to really embrace your natural presentation style and stretch that style to try out new ways to develop that style to make real impact.

Look forward to seeing you again next week.

September 2016

Tue 20
Scientific Writing (School of Physical Sciences) Finished 09:30 - 17:30 Department of Chemistry, Wolfson Lecture Theatre

This workshop will focus on the structure of good scientific writing, first at the micro-level of sentences and paragraphs and then at the macro-level of abstracts and entire papers. We will look at the practical process of writing, the nature of scientific publishing and the importance of editing. The day will finish with a group editing session in which you apply the ideas you have learnt by editing each other's work.

For the group editing session you will need to write a 300-word abstract about your work in advance and bring it with you as a print out (more information is below).

REGISTRATION starts at 9.00am on the day. Please ensure you arrive on time as late comers may be refused entry.

Please note that due to the popularity of this course any cancellations must be received by 15 September. Cancellation after this date, non-attendance or failure to attend for the full day will incur a cancellation fee of £50 and blocking from further attendance. In addition, we will inform your supervisor and Head of Department of your absence! Only book if you know you can come!

November 2016

Tue 29
Effective Researcher (School of Physical Sciences) Finished 10:00 - 16:30 Department of Material Science and Metallurgy, Goldsmiths Lecture Room 1

This interactive and intensive one-day course is intended for PhD students in their first year. You will look at practical ways to increase your effectiveness and meet the challenges of your PhD. The programme covers:

  • Looking at your PhD as a project
  • Working with other people
  • Managing your relationship with your supervisor

March 2017

Mon 20
Creative Thinking and Problem Solving (School of Physical Sciences) new Finished 13:30 - 16:30 Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Meeting Room 13, EL.05

Effective problem solving starts with effective problem definition. From there you can creatively apply human imagination and problem solving skills. This half-day practical workshop is a chance to use tools and techniques that enhance your existing skills and practice them on existing challenges.

Bring your scientific challenges with you.

Fri 24
Innovation and Enterprise: A Commercial Perspective new Finished 09:30 - 16:30 Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Meeting Room 13, EL.05

There is growing expectation for business acumen in academics. This workshop provides you with insight and skills to work more effectively with industry. The aim is to develop project management skills in the context of industry academia collaborations (IAC).

In this workshop we explore a formal project development process from idea inception through to project implementation. You will practice project management tools and techniques and discuss cognitive and behavioural skills needed to implement them.

We will discuss current UK industry, government (BIS) and research council expectations of IAC and the existing funding opportunities.

The skills learned will support your effective interactions and well-managed projects with industry.

Thu 30
Developing Effective Teams new Finished 09:30 - 16:30 Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Meeting Room 13, EL.05

What is required to develop efficient and productive working relationships?

In this workshop we explore research that provides insight into individuals’ different working styles. We discuss how to develop effective teams and discuss mechanisms to deal with different team dynamics and difficult relationships.

We practice ways that the team can communicate and collaborate more effectively and look at key practical communication and knowledge management processes.

Outcomes:

  • Understanding the facets of an effective team
  • Belbin team role insight
  • Learning styles and communication techniques
  • An insight into individual motivations and drivers
  • Mechanisms to manage different team dynamics

May 2017

Thu 4
Communicating Science new Finished 16:00 - 17:00 Department of Earth Sciences, Harker 1 Seminar Room

Professor Lloyd Peck of the British Antarctic Survey will be running a workshop on Communicating Science. This is an excellent session that will make you aware of how much (or how little!) people retain of what is communicated and help you identify useful strategies for communicating science both to the general public and to other scientists.

Mon 8
Presentation Skills (School of Physical Sciences) new Finished 13:30 - 16:30 Department of Material Science and Metallurgy, Goldsmiths Lecture Room 2

This workshop will develop skills to become more confident, credible and engaging as a presenter. Starting with presentation theory and technique, part one is about understanding the tools you need to be engaging and become more confident.

Part two, that will take place a week after part one, is practice and coaching in a small group. You will be asked to deliver a two-minute presentation and try out alternative techniques to find your unique style and show how you can use this to inform your audiences.

You will be able to book for Part two part of the workshop after attending the first part. It will be open only to few students, and it is not compulsory.

Tue 9
Presentation Skills (School of Physical Sciences) new Finished 13:30 - 16:30 Department of Material Science and Metallurgy, Goldsmiths Lecture Room 2

This workshop will develop skills to become more confident, credible and engaging as a presenter. Starting with presentation theory and technique, part one is about understanding the tools you need to be engaging and become more confident.

Part two, that will take place a week after part one, is practice and coaching in a small group. You will be asked to deliver a two-minute presentation and try out alternative techniques to find your unique style and show how you can use this to inform your audiences.

You will be able to book for Part two part of the workshop after attending the first part. It will be open only to few students, and it is not compulsory.

Tue 16
Presentation Skills: Small Group Practice & Coaching (School of Physical Sciences) new Finished 13:30 - 16:30 Department of Material Science and Metallurgy, Goldsmiths Lecture Room 2

Part two of the Presentation Skills workshop is about practice, coaching and feedback in a small group setting.

Preparation for next week:

Please prepare a presentation, of no more than three minutes, on an area of your research, suitable for the mixed audience you will be presenting to. Do not use PowerPoint. We challenge you to really embrace your natural presentation style and stretch that style to try out new ways to develop that style to make real impact.

Look forward to seeing you again next week.

Wed 17
Presentation Skills - Small group practice & coaching (School of Physical Sciences) new Finished 13:30 - 16:30 Department of Material Science and Metallurgy, Goldsmiths Lecture Room 2

Part two of the Presentation Skills workshop is about practice, coaching and feedback in a small group setting.

Preparation for next week:

Please prepare a presentation, of no more than three minutes, on an area of your research, suitable for the mixed audience you will be presenting to. Do not use PowerPoint. We challenge you to really embrace your natural presentation style and stretch that style to try out new ways to develop that style to make real impact.

Look forward to seeing you again next week.

June 2017

Mon 12
How to Write an Academic Paper and Get it Published new Finished 09:30 - 16:30 CCTL, Revans Room

The course takes an evidence-based approach to writing. Participants will learn that publishing is a game and the more they understand the rules of the game the higher their chances of becoming publishing authors. They will learn that writing an academic article and getting it published may help with their careers but it does not make them better researchers, or cleverer than they were before their paper was accepted; it simply means they have played the game well.

Suitable for researchers in any discipline who are keen to learn how to write academic papers and articles efficiently and/or who have had papers rejected and are not really sure why.

If you want a better chance of your name on a paper, this is for you!

Trainer Olivia Timbs is an award-winning editor and journalist with over 30 years' experience gained from working on national newspapers and for a range of specialist health and medical journals.

Cancellation and Non-attendance Policy Due to high demand we cannot accept cancellations for this course within 48 hours prior to the event. Any cancellations made after this time will be considered as a non-attendance. Participants who do not attend on the day will be subject to a £50 fee. By booking a place on the course you accept these terms.

Tue 27
How to Write an Academic Paper and Get it Published new Finished 09:30 - 16:30 CCTL, Revans Room

The course takes an evidence-based approach to writing. Participants will learn that publishing is a game and the more they understand the rules of the game the higher their chances of becoming publishing authors. They will learn that writing an academic article and getting it published may help with their careers but it does not make them better researchers, or cleverer than they were before their paper was accepted; it simply means they have played the game well.

Suitable for researchers in any discipline who are keen to learn how to write academic papers and articles efficiently and/or who have had papers rejected and are not really sure why.

If you want a better chance of your name on a paper, this is for you!

Trainer Olivia Timbs is an award-winning editor and journalist with over 30 years' experience gained from working on national newspapers and for a range of specialist health and medical journals.

Cancellation and Non-attendance Policy Due to high demand we cannot accept cancellations for this course within 48 hours prior to the event. Any cancellations made after this time will be considered as a non-attendance. Participants who do not attend on the day will be subject to a £50 fee. By booking a place on the course you accept these terms.

Thu 29
Voice Projection: An Introduction new Finished 10:00 - 14:00 Department of Engineering, Lecture Room 4

If you occasionally suffer from vocal strain or wish to discover your true vocal range and power then this course is for you. We will work together to improve your vocal projection using vocal techniques practised by actors by using various physical and vocal exercises in a relaxed atmosphere. Be prepared to relax, kick off your shoes and lie on the floor.

December 2017

Fri 8
Effective Researcher Finished 10:00 - 16:30 Department of Material Science and Metallurgy, Goldsmiths Lecture Room 1

This interactive and intensive one-day course is intended for PhD students in their first year. You will look at practical ways to increase your effectiveness and meet the challenges of your PhD. The programme covers:

  • Looking at your PhD as a project
  • Working with other people
  • Managing your relationship with your supervisor

January 2018

Wed 17
Effective Researcher Finished 09:30 - 16:30 Department of Engineering, Lecture Room 4


This interactive and intensive one-day course, based on the programme developed by Vitae, is intended for PhD students in their first year. You will look at practical ways to increase your effectiveness and meet the challenges of your PhD. The programme covers:

  • Looking at your PhD as a project
  • Working with other people
  • Managing your relationship with your supervisor

March 2018

Tue 13
Athena AWAN focus group (Physics) new Finished 14:00 - 16:00 Department of Physics

This is a focus group designed to explore your experience as a graduate student at Physics department.

A focus group is a group discussion that is guided by an independent facilitator in order to explore and record more detailed opinions of a specific cohort of individuals.

Confidentiality is guaranteed and all recorded information will be anonymised.

Thu 15
Networking new Finished 10:00 - 13:00 Department of Engineering, Lecture Room 3

The aim of the workshop is to find out how others see you and what you can do about it. We will also explore your feelings about networking, and sets you up with the opportunity to really talk with confidence about yourself, in order that you are ready to do it when it really counts.

MBTI - Myers Briggs Type Indicator new Finished 14:15 - 17:15 Department of Engineering, James Dyson Building, Seminar Room

This is the half day workshop and the aim is to understand more about yourself and your preferences for energy, information, decision making and how you organise yourself. Once you have a good grasp of what makes you tick, we will consider ways of improving your relationships with others through practical exercises and discussions.

May 2018

Wed 2
Voice Projection: An Introduction new Finished 10:00 - 14:00 Department of Engineering, James Dyson Building, Seminar Room

If you occasionally suffer from vocal strain or wish to discover your true vocal range and power then this course is for you. We will work together to improve your vocal projection using vocal techniques practised by actors by using various physical and vocal exercises in a relaxed atmosphere. Be prepared to relax, kick off your shoes and lie on the floor.

Tue 15
Presenting with Impact (School of Physical Sciences) new Finished 13:30 - 16:30 Department of Material Science and Metallurgy, Goldsmiths Lecture Room 2

This workshop will develop skills to become more confident, credible and engaging as a presenter. Starting with presentation theory and technique, part one is about understanding the tools you need to be engaging and become more confident.

Part two, that will take place a week after part one, is practice and coaching in a small group. You will be asked to deliver a two-minute presentation and try out alternative techniques to find your unique style and show how you can use this to inform your audiences.

You will be able to book for Part two part of the workshop after attending the first part. It will be open only to few students, and it is not compulsory.

Wed 16
Presenting with Impact (School of Physical Sciences) new Finished 13:30 - 16:30 Department of Material Science and Metallurgy, Goldsmiths Lecture Room 2

This workshop will develop skills to become more confident, credible and engaging as a presenter. Starting with presentation theory and technique, part one is about understanding the tools you need to be engaging and become more confident.

Part two, that will take place a week after part one, is practice and coaching in a small group. You will be asked to deliver a two-minute presentation and try out alternative techniques to find your unique style and show how you can use this to inform your audiences.

You will be able to book for Part two part of the workshop after attending the first part. It will be open only to few students, and it is not compulsory.

Tue 29
How to Manage Your Research Project new Finished 10:00 - 16:00 CCTL, Revans Room

This introduction workshop to project management will provide the basic understanding and tools needed to complete a research project successfully. The workshop covers all aspects of project management and includes the full life cycle of a project, methodological aspects of project management as well as the importance of communication and stakeholder engagement.

June 2018

Fri 1
The art of getting heard: developing effective communication new Finished 10:00 - 16:00 CCTL, Revans Room

This highly participative workshop will help you develop your ability to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders. In order to be successful in your PhD and academia, you need to be able to communicate and work successfully with others. This one day workshop will help you develop your communication skills in order to engage more effectively with your supervisor, peers, and wider networks.

This session will cover:

  • The communication process
  • Active listening
  • Assertiveness and managing expectations
  • Feedback frameworks
  • Working in collaboration with others
  • Stakeholder mapping

July 2018

Thu 5
The art of getting heard: developing effective communication new Finished 10:00 - 16:00 CCTL, Revans Room

This highly participative workshop will help you develop your ability to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders. In order to be successful in your PhD and academia, you need to be able to communicate and work successfully with others. This one day workshop will help you develop your communication skills in order to engage more effectively with your supervisor, peers, and wider networks.

This session will cover:

  • The communication process
  • Active listening
  • Assertiveness and managing expectations
  • Feedback frameworks
  • Working in collaboration with others
  • Stakeholder mapping