PRDP online workshops Semester 1 2021-22

Semester 1: 04 October 2021 – 04 February 2022

Programme overview

Our Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme (PRDP) workshops are taking place online until further notice. All of our own sessions are held on Microsoft Teams, a platform in your university Office 365 account. Sessions from external providers may take place on other platforms such as Zoom. Sessions are usually held on Wednesdays during term-time. Most are scheduled for two hours but will usually be shorter or feature a break in the middle. More workshops will be added as the year progresses.

Booking and joining

Please book your place on PhD Manager via the links below. You’ll find a join code for the main PRDP Teams group on each event listing on PhD Manager. You only need to use this code once to join the main group. Sessions will run in workshop channels in this main group. Once you have joined the main PRDP group, you should be able to see workshop channels. There are no separate links or codes for the channels. For further guidance on using Teams join codes, see our guidance page.

Session recordings

You can find recordings of our key workshops on our PRDP recordings page.

Additional guidance for University of Suffolk doctoral students

UoS doctoral students are unable to access our booking system. Instead, all you need to do as a Suffolk student is turn up to any workshop you wish to attend. We will add all Suffolk students to our PRDP Teams group. In that group you will see all individual workshop channels. Simply go to the appropriate channel at the workshop start time and join the meeting.

UoS PGRs cannot access workshop recordings stored in Microsoft Stream (ie the sessions on our recording page on this blog). You can access recordings stored in our PRDP Teams groups. However, please note, Microsoft has unresolved issues with captions in these recordings so they are not fully accessible. We are trying to find a way to make it easier to locate any recordings stored in Teams – please bear with us!

Research Plan Guidance

Wednesday 13 October, 13.00-14.00 (part of the October 20201 induction programme)

PRDP logoYour first doctoral milestone is one of the most important: submitting your research plan. This document will be the foundation of much of the rest of your studies, and designing and structuring a good research plan is an essential research skill.

Your research plan must be submitted within the first 4 weeks of study, for full time students, and 3 months for part-time students (see CoP section 6).

This session is part of our induction programme (12-13 October) and will help you to:

  • Write research questions and hypotheses
  • Show how your research connects to appropriate literature
  • Articulate aims and objectives
  • Consider suitable research methods and methodologies
  • Structure your research plan into a suitable format

If you have access to PhD Manager, please book your workshop place. If not, just join the session in the Induction Teams group, day 2 channel. (Book your induction place by 05 October 2021.)

An Introduction to Research Ethics and Integrity (mandatory for Year 1)

Wednesday 20 October 2021, 10.00-12.00
Wednesday 19 January 2022, 10.00-12.00

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This workshop (mandatory for year 1 students) will provide a background to the areas of research ethics and research integrity and why they are important. It will include an introduction to the University’s three tier ethics review framework, and the processes involved, and will look at some common ethical issues, and discuss how these can be addressed.

The session will also look at what we mean by research integrity, and will identify some barriers to research integrity and potential causes of research misconduct. Case studies will be used to consider how ethical dilemmas can be resolved, and illustrate how poor research practice can be avoided.

This online session will not be recorded but will be repeated every few months in 2021-22. You only need to attend one workshop.

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Doctoral Milestones and Managing your Research Project

Wednesday 20 October 2021, 14.30-16.30

PRDP logoFor new research students, there’s a lot to take on board. This workshop will help you to understand the structure of doctoral study at Brighton and anticipate the milestones ahead. You’ll gain an understanding of PhD Manager, our online system designed to help you manage your studies, and discover how to use the system to you and your supervisory team’s best advantage. You’ll explore how to apply project management techniques and tools to your research project, helping you to stay on track and complete your doctorate in a timely manner.

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Literature Reviews and Research Diaries

Thursday 28 October 2021, 10.00-12.00 (Please note change of date – was originally 27 Oct)

PRDP logoThis session covers the role of the literature review in research. It looks at aims, strategies for identifying and managing the relevant literature, critical reviewing, and the use of literature and the literature review in a doctoral thesis.


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Working with your Supervisor

Wednesday 03 November, 14.30-16.30

PRDP logoThis workshop will help prepare you for the journey ahead by introducing you to the basics of PhD supervision and offering advice on how to maintain an effective working relationship over the course of your studies in terms of personal, institutional and learning dimensions. You’ll explore ways to manage time, manage the project, agendas and regulations, and how to engage well with roles, dialogues and interactions. You’ll learn how to respond to feedback, deal with challenges and seek support, and how to avoid and overcome blocks and issues.

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Presenting at Conference

Wednesday 10 November, 14.30-16.30 (Please note change of date/time; was originally scheduled for 03 Nov, 10am)

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All researchers understand that an important aspect of research life involves attending and presenting at conference. Conferences often provide an overview of the work carried out by key research leaders and can update you on the latest developments in your field. They can also provide networking opportunities and be a first step to peer review of your work.

This workshop will help you to understand how researcher involvement in conference activities can act as a gateway to research dissemination and networking, and enable you to identify the key components of successful communication at conference.

This workshop will be repeated in Semester 2, 2021-22.

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Academic Writing Skills

Wednesday 17 November, 14.30-16.30 (Please note change of time – was originally 10.00)
Wednesday 26 January, 14.30-16.30

PRDP logoAcademic writing is seen by many as daunting, difficult, challenging. Whilst we can all agree that we have to be able to write for academic audiences, in this session we will look at academic writing in a different way.

There is no one best way to write, approach writing or revise our writing. Imagination, planning and preparation, revision are all needed but, most of all, we must be able to read well. We’ll start by looking at how we read academic texts before going on to look at useful strategies that help you start, continue and complete a writing task before trying a range of writing exercises to find the strategies and tactics that work best for each of us.

And, unlike the often recited story about academic writing, we’ll have some fun along the way.

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Crafting a research profile and getting to grips with Pure

Wednesday 24 November, 14.30-16.30

PRDP logoThis participatory workshop explores how to create an engaging, informative research profile. You’ll learn how to adopt some of the best practices and avoid some of the pitfalls of profile building.

You’ll also find out more about Pure, the University of Brighton’s repository of research and our research website. We’ll talk you through the technical elements and offer advice on crafting a strong Pure profile that will effectively communicate your research to a non-specialist audience.Attendees will have the opportunity to take advantage of live support and begin building their Pure profile during the session.

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Demystifying the Viva

Thursday 25 November, 14.30-16.30 (Please note change of date – was originally 24 Nov)

PRDP logoFor many doctoral students, the viva looms large on the horizon of their research degree. At Brighton, we offer comprehensive support for students nearing submission including workshops and mock vivas, and we have a dedicated Exams Officer to guide you through the process. But students often want to know what to expect before they reach those final stages.

In this session aimed at early and mid stage students, we’ll take a look at what happens prior to, during and after your viva. We’ll explore the different roles of participants (chair, candidate, examiners) and we’ll also discuss the specific circumstances that pertain to online vivas. We’ll offer advice on what you can do now to help ensure that your thesis is ready to be examined and you are equipped to defend it successfully.

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Developing your Critical Thinking in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Wednesday 08 December, 10.00-12.00

PRDP logoTo do well in our thesis, we need to learn how to improve our thinking: not just how to generate our own ideas, but how to develop them. Good thinkers are self-reflective: they think about their thinking while they think!

This workshop will help you develop tools for showing connections between your ideas so that these can be developed rationally and consistently; and ensuring that those connections you make between your ideas are then made in a coherent way. We will look at examples relevant to arts, humanities and social sciences to illustrate the particularities of doing research in these disciplines.

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Working with and Safeguarding Vulnerable and Marginalised People

Monday 13 December, 10.30-12.00 (Please note start time of 10.30 not 10.00)

PRDP logoIn this workshop, we will look at reasons why research participants might be vulnerable or excluded, and what ethical issues might need to be considered, including how risks can be addressed and participants safeguarded. We will also explore some of the benefits of working with marginalised or vulnerable groups.

This workshop has been jointly developed by Hilary Ougham, Ethics and Governance Manager at the University of Brighton, and PhD students and graduates, Viktoria Erlacher, Marisol Hernandez-Garn and Anne Rathbone. The Doctoral College is grateful to the workshop team both for highlighting the need for this training and for the work they have undertaken to address this need by designing this session for doctoral and early career researchers.

Doctoral students: Book your place on PhD Manager
ECRs: Please join the PRDP 2021-22 Teams group with the join code cnpcfzt

An Introduction to Research Ethics and Integrity (mandatory for Year 1)

Wednesday 19 January 2022, 10.00-12.00

PRDP logoSee October listing above for session details.

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MS Word: Time-saving tools for working with long documents

Wednesday 26 January 2022, 10.00-12.00

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This workshop will help you to use Word more efficiently. Whilst especially useful in the preparation of long documents such as theses, this session is invaluable for anyone working with Word.

Topics include:

  • using Word’s in-built styles to save time
  • building automatic tables of contents
  • taming page numbering
  • creating a reusable template to save you having to do it all over again.

And this session is a 2-4-1 as many of the techniques will not only save you time, but will also help you make your documents more accessible.

Many of our PhD students have found this practical session from Information Services invaluable. Attendees often comment that they wished they’d known about the various time-saving tools earlier. Don’t miss it!

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Academic Writing Skills

Wednesday 26 January 2022, 14.30-16.30

PRDP logoSee November listing above for session details.

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Preparing for your Viva

Monday 31 January, 10.30-15.30 (Please note change of date – was originally 27 Jan)

IPRDP logot’s the culmination of your research degree: submitting your thesis and defending your work in an oral examination. But what’s the procedure for submission and how can you prepare for the final hurdle? This practical workshop provides an insight into the process, helping you understand the requirements, purpose and possible outcomes of the examination, the roles of those involved, and what to expect from a typical viva. You’ll receive tips and advice on handling nerves, responding to difficult questions and offering a defence without being defensive.

This workshop is aimed at students in the final six months of study. You will be invited to participate in a simulation to help prepare for a mock viva and are asked to bring along an abstract of your work to help shape the discussion.

This session will not be recorded but will be repeated regularly. The next scheduled session is 17 May 2022, format and location tbc.

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Structuring your Thesis

Wednesday 02 February 2022, 14.30-16.30 (Please note change of date and time twice – was originally 10.00, 01 Dec then postponed from 02 December due to UCU strike action.)

PRDP logoThe task of writing and compiling upwards of 60,000 words of text can feel daunting. In this session we will look at some methods and strategies for compiling and structuring your doctoral thesis.

Central to this workshop and its approach is a focus on what your thesis is meant to ‘do’ and what audiences will be expecting. Using recent examples of successful doctoral theses we will look at how real world cases map onto, or diverge, from the text book advice available on how to structure your thesis.

This workshop is directed towards early / mid stage doctoral students but all are welcome.

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