Researcher Development Programme (RDP)

The Researcher Development Programme (RDP) is here to support you throughout your doctorate, from getting started with research, enhancing your personal effectiveness, through to engaging others and successfully communicating your work. Each workshop is mapped to the relevant Researcher Development Framework skills domain, and is stand-alone, so that you can pick and chose the most relevant events according to your training needs. The Training Needs Analysis function on eDoc can help you to assess your current skills and plan your development (if you're not sure how to use this, sign up for one of our eDoc workshops below). 

Please click on the links for more details of each workshop and to book a place. You can also use eDoc to view forthcoming events in a calendar format.

If you have any queries at all about any events or resources, please contact Victoria Sheppard, v.m.sheppard@ljmu.ac.uk or Jo McKeon, j.m.mckeon@ljmu.ac.uk in the Doctoral Academy. If you can't access any of the booking links but would like to attend, please just get in touch.

A: Knowledge and Intellectual abilities

Knowledge base, cognitive abilities, and creativity - tools to conduct research.

Webinar/online event

PGR stage aimed at

Date and Time

Using academic databases effectively

Early

2021 dates tbc

Strategic searching and Sage Research Methods online

Early

2021 dates tbc

Introduction to systematic reviews

Early

2021 dates tbc

EndNote for PGRs

Early

2021 dates tbc

Evaluating and synthesising your literature 

Early

Thu 11 Mar, 14:00-16:00

SciVal for Researchers

Any

2021 dates tbc

Online Research Methods: the world at our fingertips?

Early/mid

Tue 8 Dec, 10:00-12:00

Getting to grips with method and methodology

Early

Wed 13 Jan, 10:00-12:00 

Interviewing for Research

Early/Mid

Thu 14 Jan, 10:00-12:00

Creative Research Methods (2 part course)

Early/Mid

Mon 18 Jan, 14:00-17:30 
Tue 19 Jan, 14:00-17:30

Vitae resources on Knowledge and Intellectual Abilities

All

Online. Register using your LJMU email address

B: Personal Effectiveness

Personal qualities, self-management, professional and career development.

Webinar/online event

PGR stage aimed at

Date and Time

Cross-institutional PGR networking event: supporting you on your research journey (hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University)

Early

Tue 19 Jan, 11:00-13:00 (booking details tbc)

Attending to you: the C word (Confidence)


Any

Mon 1 Feb, 10:00-12:00

Attending to you: thinking about thinking 


Any

Thu 4 Feb, 10:00-12:00

Getting started #1: using eDoc 

Early

Wed 17 Feb, 10:00-11:00

Getting started #2: planning your development

Early

Fri 19 Feb, 10:00-11:00

Getting started #3: making the most of your PhD supervisor

Early

Tue 23 Feb, 10:00-11:00

Seven secrets of highly successful research students (with Hugh Kearns)

Any

Fri 26 Feb, 9:30-12:00

Academic failure: a guide for PGRs

Any

Tue 9 Mar, 14:00-15:00

Wednesday Writing Afternoons (weekly)

Any

Every Wed, 14:00-16:30

Community Writing Day (monthly)

Any

First Fri of every month, 9:30-16:00

PhD Support Group (fortnightly)

Any

Every alternate Tue, 17:30-18:30. Email counselling@ljmu.ac.uk for joining instructions. 

Vitae resources on personal effectiveness

Any

Online. Register using your LJMU email address

C: Research Governance and Organisation

Professional conduct, research management, finance, funding and resources.

Webinar/online event

PGR stage aimed at

Date and time

LJMU Research Ethics Training

Early

Online through Canvas

eDoc for PGRs

Any

Thu 14 Jan, 14:00-15:00
Thu 18 Mar, 14:00-15:30

The alternative guide to postgraduate funding

Any

Tue 2 Feb, 14:00-16:00

The confirmation process

Mid

Tue 15 Dec, 14:00-15:30

Preparing for submission and assessment

Late

Tue 1 Dec, 10:00-11:30
Mon 8 Feb, 10:00-11:30

Seven reasons you'll pass your viva

Late

Fri 15 Jan, 10:00-11:00
Tue 16 Mar, 10:00-11:00

Data management for beginners

Early

2021 dates tbc

Vitae resources on research governance and Organisation

Any

Online. Register using your LJMU email address

D: Engagement, Influence and Impact

Working with others, communication and dissemination, engagement and impact.

Webinar/online event

PGR stage aimed at

Date and time

Enhancing public speaking using improvisation techniques

Any

Mon 25 Jan, 10:00-11:15
Tue 23 Mar, 16:00-17:15

Get media savvy: communicating with impact via lens and microphone

Mid/late

Fri 29 Jan, 9:30-12:30

Posters and infographics

Any

2021 dates tbc

Evaluating and synthesising your literature 

Early

Tue 17 Nov, 14:00-16:00

Academic writing for your PhD

Early/mid

Thu 25 Mar, 14:00-16:00

Wednesday writing afternoons (weekly)

Any

Every Wed, 14:00-16:30

Community writing day (monthly)

Any

First Fri of every month, 9:30-16:00

Social media for researchers

Any

2021 dates tbc

Altmetric for beginners: tracking your reach

Mid/late

2021 dates tbc

ORCiD for Research

Mid/late

2021 dates tbc

Open access publishing: what are your options?

Mid/late

2021 dates tbc

SciVal for researchers

Any

2021 dates tbc

Journal Finders and Scopus for publishing

Mid/late

2021 dates tbc

Engaging with Parliament

Any

Wed 16 Dec, 11:00-12:00

Vitae resources on Engagement, Influence and Impact

All

Online. Register using your LJMU email address.

You can also access various resources asynchronously through the Researcher Development Canvas site. There are workshop materials, recordings and tutorials on here covering over 40 different topics from information management, personal effectiveness, and research governance, through to presenting, writing and publishing. 

The Library and the academic skills teams are offering a number of webinars and virtual drop-ins on a range of topics including referencing, EndNote and statistics. You can see what sessions are coming up on their calendar.

You can also arrange for virtual one-to-ones for any support with library skills, academic writing, maths and stats (including survey design and survey validation). Or contact your liaison librarian who will be happy to help with any specific queries around databases, systematic reviews etc.