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Researcher Development Programme

The Graduate School

Researcher Development

The annual Researcher Development Programme is open to Graduate Students and Early Career Researchers at Robert Gordon University. It is designed to support you on your journey as a member of an inter-disciplinary researcher community.

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About the Programme

The annual Researcher Development Programme is open to Graduate Students and Early Career Researchers at Robert Gordon University. It is designed to support you on your journey as a member of an inter-disciplinary researcher community. There are over eighty workshops, masterclasses, events and resources which supplement and expand on the PgCert Research Development courses and research retreats run by The Graduate School. The training programme draws on the expertise of RGU academics and external scholars, offering opportunities to broaden knowledge and skills, following the themes in the Researcher Development Framework (RDF) – the most comprehensive and nationally-recognised document establishing the desirable standards of practice for  successful researchers.

Each session is mapped onto one of the RDF Domains:

A - KNOWLEDGE AND INTELLECTUAL ABILITIES

The knowledge , intellectual abilities and techniques to do research.

B - PERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS

The personal qualities and approach to be an effective researcher.

C - RESEARCH GOVERNANCE AND ORGANISATION

The knowledge of the standards, requirements and professionalism to do research.

D - ENGAGEMENT, INFLUENCE AND IMPACT

The knowledge and skills to work with others and ensure the wider impact of research.

 

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Workshops

All events can be booked through the Researcher Development booking and resource hub available on Moodle:

Upcoming workshops

 

Regular Sessions

  • Research Power Hour
  • Quick Cross-disciplinary Colloquium
  • Shut Up and Write
  • KnowHow to SearchSMART
  • KnowHow to Reference: Harvard
  • KnowHow to Reference: RefWorks
  • Data Management Planning for Postgraduate Students and ECRS
  • What is the Point of Metadata?
  • Getting Started with Worktribe
  • Managing and Sharing Research Data
  • Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance
  • Academic Publishing and Peer Review

Future Sessions

  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration
  • Data Management Planning
  • Time Management and Motivation
  • Getting Social
  • Careers after Phd: Marketing Yourself to Employers
  • Presenting Confidently at Conferences
  • SPSS
  • Introduction to Policy Engagement
  • Careers after PhD: Interviews
  • Shameless Self-Promotion
  • Annual Research Retreat at the Burn: Thesis Bootcamp
  • Introduction to Systematic Review
 

Contacts & Further Info

For further details, feedback and future workshop suggestions, please contact the Research Development Officer:

SPARK! Creativity Booster

25 January 2022

The Spark! programme comprises a motivational, pre-workshop video, a three hour live workshop filled with creativity exercises, grounded in your thesis, and a one-to-one inspiring coaching session with Chartered Psychologist, Dr Natalie Lancer. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme

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Research Resilience and Zen Part II

02 February 2022

The second part to this workshop dedicating time to reflecting on mindset and perspective, and introducing a set of methods to overcome challenges and learn from experience. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme

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The Challenge of Impact

03 February 2022

The challenge of impact: we all want our research to make a positive difference in the world and to emphasise its public value, but connecting research to policy and practice is complex. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme

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Introduction to Intellectual Property

09 February 2022

During this session you will be introduced to the various forms of intellectual property protection available under law and get insight into the advantages and disadvantages of IP protection, administration and management. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme

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Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Research Students

16 February 2022

What do research higher degree students do to finish on time, to overcome isolation, doubt and writer’s block, and to enjoy the process? This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme

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Careers after PhD: Industry and Commercial Careers

17 February 2022

How does your research and your skills as a researcher connect you to opportunities in the ‘real’ world of industry and commerce? This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme

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Commercialising your Research

23 February 2022

This course looks at understanding why and when research should be commercialised. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme

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Interdisciplinary Collaboration

02 March 2022

Learn about the skills required for interdisciplinary working and gain the tools and techniques that will support communication when thinking collectively about complex problems. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme.

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ECRN Coffee Catch-up with Dr Kostas Stavrianakis

03 March 2022

ECR Coffee Catch-ups are an opportunity to informally discuss research, exchange ideas and share experiences of the ECR journey in a peer environment. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme

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Data Management Planning

09 March 2022

Having a good data management plan helps research students with study design and methodology. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme.

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Time Management and Motivation

11 March 2022

This workshop will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of tried and tested tools and techniques in relation to effective time management. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme.

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Getting Social

16 March 2022

We live in an online world where lives, work and memes are constantly shared around the globe. This session will help you find your online voice in a crowed internet as you explore how you share your work through social media. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme

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Data Management Planning

02 June 2022

Having a good data management plan helps research students with study design and methodology. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme.

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