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Researcher Development Programme

The Graduate School

Researcher Development 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.

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About the Programme

RGU Researcher Development Programme is designed to support Graduate Students and Early Career Researchers as members of a diverse research community. The Programme brings together a range of existing training opportunities as well as bespoke sessions drawing on the expertise of scholars within RGU and beyond.

There are over fifty workshops, masterclasses and events in the Programme which supplement and expand on the PgCert Researcher Development courses and research retreats run by The Graduate School.

The launch of the Programme in September 2020 marks a significant step in emphasising the value of research at RGU. It offers opportunities to broaden knowledge and skills as well as foster interdisciplinary dialogue as part of a vibrant research culture. All sessions running as part of the Programme correspond with themes in the Researcher Development Framework – 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.

 

Workshops

All events can be booked individually as they become available.

Upcoming workshops

 

Regular Sessions and future events

2020/2021

  • 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

Spring 2021

  • Three Minute Thesis
  • Scopus
  • How to Write a Great Research Paper and Get it Accepted by a Scholarly Journal?
  • Understanding Research Metrics and Indicators
  • Introduction to ECR Funding
  • Funding Journeys
  • Lay Summary
  • Funding Drop-In Clinic
  • Research Integrity
  • Spotlight on Personal Effectiveness
  • Spotlight on Resilient Leadership
 

Contacts

For further details, feedback and future workshop suggestions, please contact the Research Training Coordinator:

The Researcher Development Programme is available to download:

Careers after PhD - Application Processes

17 March 2021

Having developed and fine-tuned your self-awareness and connected this new understanding of you to options and ideas in both academia and industry, this session will focus more on telling the story of ‘you’ in an effective, focused and concise way. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme

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SPSS for Beginners and Data Manipulation

21 March 2021

This one day course is designed to help a complete beginner to acquire the skill necessary to create SPSS files from paper based questionnaire responses, import Excel datasheet or Online Survey data into SPSS for analysis; and correctly generate descriptive statistics and graphical summaries. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme

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Impact through Engagement

31 March 2021

Demonstrating the impact of research has never been more important, but what does successful impact through engagement look like? This workshop guides you step-by-step through the processes to maximise the chances of your work fostering real and long-lasting change outside of academia. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme

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The Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Research Students

21 April 2021

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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Writing as Thinking Writing and Thriving

05 May 2021

This workshop with Dr Sally Shakti Willow will look at different aspects of composing your doctoral thesis: from fostering positive attitudes, to working on academic language, to making sure that the entire piece is well structured and gets your research message across. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme

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Writing as Signposting: Considering your Reader while Writing

12 May 2021

This workshop with Dr Sally Shakti Willow will help you move from content creation to reader consideration, as you begin to see your academic writing in its wider context. You’ll share ideas for keeping your reader in mind while writing, This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme

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Writing as Editing: Redrafting your Writing for Submission

19 May 2021

Everything you’ve done up to now has led you here. How do you make the leap to your best possible writing? Focusing on planning in time for editing and redrafting before submission, this workshop with Dr Sally Shakti Willow will help you learn how to maximise your own potential as an academic writer. This workshop is part of the Researcher Development Programme.

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