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SPS Training 2017-2018

Programme of events provided by Schools of Physical Sciences & Technology
(Fri 8 Dec 2017 - Thu 5 Jul 2018)

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Fri 8 Dec 2017 – Thu 5 Jul 2018

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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