HUMSS Faculty Writing Group


The Writing Group kindly organised by Dr Cora Linling Xu is a supportive space to set time apart for research article and grant application writing. The group write in structured intervals, i.e.  1 hour writing followed by 10-15 minutes’ break and so on. They set realistic goals at the beginning of each writing session and  discuss whether goals have been reached at the end of the session. The group usually meet from 9 am to 5 pm but you can join and leave any time as you see fit.
Venue information for July can be found below:

We look forward to seeing you there!

Please contact Dr Cora Lingling Xu if you have questions: l.xu@keele.ac.uk 

July 2017 Location Remarks
1  N/A   No Writing Group
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3  CBB0.010  Chancellor’s Building
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5 CBB0.010 Chancellor’s Building
6 CBB0.010 Chancellor’s Building
7 CBB0.010 Chancellor’s Building
8  N/A  No Writing Group
9 N/A  No Writing Group
10  CBB0.010 Chancellor’s Building
11  CBB0.010 Chancellor’s Building
12 CBB0.010 Chancellor’s Building
13 CBB0.010 Chancellor’s Building
14 CBB0.010 Chancellor’s Building
15 N/A No Writing Group
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17 CBB0.010  Chancellor’s Building
18  CBB0.010 Chancellor’s Building
19 CBB0.010 Chancellor’s Building
20 CBB0.010 Chancellor’s Building
21 CBB0.010 Chancellor’s Building
22 N/A No Writing Group
23 N/A No Writing Group
24 CBB0.010  Chancellor’s Building
25  CBB0.010 Chancellor’s Building
26 CBB0.010 Chancellor’s Building
27 CBB0.010 Chancellor’s Building
28 CBB0.010 Chancellor’s Building
29 N/A No Writing Group
30 N/A No Writing Group

 

How to manage your time during the PhD: Balancing the thesis, writing for publications and gaining teaching experience

This post is written by Dr Cora Lingling Xu, Lecturer in Education at Keele. It was originally published here.

Dr Cora Lingling Xu

During my PhD career at Cambridge (September 2012 to July 2016), I spent around 95 per cent of my time in a magical sphere called the University of Cambridge Writing Group. In this space, I wrote nearly my entire thesis, published three peer-reviewed journal articles, won a Best Paper Award and landed a job as Lecturer in Education immediately after graduation. I now have friends who write to me from time to time to get my advice on time management, on job hunting and on work-life balance. While I keep emphasising to them that publication is the most important, I feel obliged to tell the ‘truth’ behind all these ‘hard facts’ or what some people would call ‘achievements’.

The truth is, when my current Head of School asked me how I found my experience at Cambridge, I told him that these have been the best four years of my life so far. This is the truth. Yet this is not all the truth. There were difficult periods throughout my PhD, moments of doubt, agony, and despair—this is no news to anybody pursuing or holding a PhD. What I want to share in this post, therefore, is how I have survived all the difficult moments. I want to offer three reflective moments.

Moment 1

Venue: Tea Room, Sociology Department, Free School Lane

Date: 31st December 2012

Attendees: Moira, Christine, Dee and Emma

Event: This was probably the second Writing Group session that I had attended. Moira, Christine, Dee and Emma were all senior PhD students finishing their PhD theses. These were the people that I later looked up to and often sought advice from. During one break, Moira made a comment about minding her ‘authorial voice’. This little phrase stuck with me ever since. I started to realise that the PhD experience (at least for social sciences) was really about developing an academic identity that is primarily represented by one’s written work.

Moral: This revelation was pivotal in that I made a conscious decision to frequent the Writing Group, because this was so much more than a writing space. It was a place for me to get inspiration, seek advice and develop friendship; it was my support network and my ‘security net’. I am not asking everybody who reads this post to join the Writing Group (although it is a worthwhile idea), but rather I am suggesting that buddies at the Writing Group were the ones who helped me survive all the self-doubts, agony and despair. It is essential for PhD students to feel secure and supported among like-minded friends. So, your first task is to seek such a space and grow with it.

Moment 2

Venue: Barbara White Room, Newnham College

Date: April 2014

Attendees: Writing Group buddies

Event: I received a notification from the European Educational Research Association (EERA) that my article had won the Best Paper Award and that it would be published in the European Educational Research Journal (EERJ).

Moral: Start publishing as early as you can. I learned about the EERA Best Paper Award competition when I attended the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) in 2013. The prospect of publishing a paper at the EERJ was appealing. I carefully studied previous winning essays and prepared my article while I was conducting fieldwork. At that time, I only had some preliminary analysis of the first round of interviews. However, I wrote up my analysis and got helpful feedback from my supervisor Professor Diane Reay and my friends, including Dr Erin Spring, who was then a PhD student. This was my first article, published in early 2015.

When I nearly finished my first phase of fieldwork in March 2014, I wrote another article for a conference in Denmark. This article was based on more comprehensive analysis of the bulk of my empirical data. Although the analysis was relatively crude and broad-stroked, I gained some valuable feedback at the conference and my article was included in a special issue, published in October 2015.

As I was writing my findings chapters, I began to write my third article, which was submitted to the British Journal of Sociology of Education in early 2015. I received reviewers’ ‘ruthless’ feedback in July 2015, which, when I look back now, was hugely beneficial to strengthening the rigour of my analysis. I submitted my revised version in September 2015 and the article was accepted in February 2016.

To summarise, it is never too early to write for publications during your PhD. I began writing for publication as soon as I had some data at hand to analyse. I was constantly thinking about the next article and how I could make sure that I had a worthwhile message to communicate to readers of my targeted journals. My motto, which I have inherited from my wise Writing Group buddies, is that you write (a lot) to become a good writer and similarly, you write (a lot of articles) to become a good published author.

What I found most beneficial was that I had supportive but critical colleagues to comment on my drafts. At Cambridge I co-organised a reading group with Dr Selena Yuan in which we regularly critiqued on each other’s works and helped each other publish more effectively. Cambridge is a gold mine of talented and critical friends, so start building a network to support each other’s publication journeys.

Moment 3

Date: Some time in 2015

Venue: Origin 8 Café, FOE

Attendees: Elizabeth and Pu Shi

Event: I came out of GS4 and ran into Elizabeth and Pu Shi, who were having a meeting at the café. Upon learning that I was acting as a Teaching Assistant to facilitate a Master’s research methods class, Elizabeth commented that I was career-oriented.

Moral: Yes, I was quite strategic about gaining teaching experience during the PhD. Since 2013 I had been supervising Tripos Sociology papers and Research and Investigating projects. However, I ensured that such teaching did not take up too much of my time. Now that I think about it, I spent around ten to fifteen per cent of my time doing supervisions and acting as a teaching assistant. I also gave some guest lectures at different universities, such as the University of Northampton and the Open University of Hong Kong. These experiences proved instrumental for informing my pedagogical understanding and helpful in allowing me to construct a coherent narrative about my repertoire of teaching experience.

To return to what I set out to answer in this post: How did I manage my time during PhD in order to balance finishing the thesis, writing publications and gaining teaching experience? Firstly, I established an important network of support from which I gained inspirations, friendship, and a sense of security. Secondly, I began writing for publication as soon as the early stages of my data collection, and I kept writing for publications throughout the PhD journey. Lastly, I strategically sought opportunities to gain teaching experience, while ensuring that teaching did not take up too much of my time.

Dr Cora Lingling Xu graduated with a PhD from the Faculty of Education in 2016. Her doctoral thesis examined the identity constructions of tertiary-level border-crossing students from mainland China to Hong Kong. She is currently a Lecturer in Education at Keele University. You can follow Cora on Twitter @CoraLinglingXu and find out more about her research on Academia.edu and Research Gate.

On 2 May 2017, Cora is organising a British Sociological Association funded Early Career Forum event on Transnational Education Post-Brexit at Keele University. You can sign up for this event here.

With thanks to Dr Cora Lingling Xu for her kind permission to re-post this article. 

The Annual Social Science Symposium 5th May 2017: Call for papers

We are now beginning preparations for the annual Social Science Postgraduate Symposium.  This will be held on 5th May 2017 in the Claus Moser Building.  We invite abstracts to present a paper or a poster or both.  There will also be a 3-minute thesis competition.

Both postgraduate (PG) taught and research students from the Social Sciences are welcome to present.  Abstracts are welcomed on any aspect of your research, regardless of the stage you are currently at.

Our deadline for receiving your abstract and/or 3-minute thesis application is 10th April 2017.

We will provide feedback by 20th April 2017.

Presentations should be no more than 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions and answers.

Posters can be submitted at any size suitable for the project. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers on the posters.  This will be on the agenda for the symposium.

Abstracts for presentations or posters should be about 200 words.

3-Minute Thesis Competition: Your thesis title and slide should be submitted by the deadline.  We will timetable 3 minute slots for the symposium.  A member of staff and 2 students (chosen on the day) will be appointed as judges.

Approximately two weeks before the symposium day we will hold a 3-minute thesis practice heat at a date and time to be arranged.  Feedback will be given and this may be used to select the final competitors for the symposium.

Why should I present at this Symposium?

This event gives you the opportunity to

  • gain experience in presenting your research in a friendly, receptive environment, before presenting at external conferences.
  • share ideas, experiences and guidance.
  • receive constructive feedback on your research.
  • build your confidence of presenting in front of an academic audience.
  • draw on perspectives and feedback from outside of your main academic discipline.
  • advertise your research to the rest of the Social Science community at Keele
  • learn about the research of other PG students.
  • network and discuss your research.

Why should I present a poster or enter the 3-minute thesis competition?

  • all of the above.
  • designing a poster or presenting your thesis in 3 minutes brings focus to your research thinking.
  • skill-building for national competitions.

All abstracts, applications and enquiries should be sent to :-

Stephen Meachem – s.j.meachem@keele.ac.uk  

All applications should be labelled with your name, centre affiliation, presentation type (poster and/or paper and/or 3-minute thesis), email address and proposed title. In the case of a 3-minute thesis application your slide should also be submitted.

Abstracts and applications will be reviewed and notification of acceptance will be sent out to the email address you have submitted.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts and/or 3-minute thesis applications by the deadline: 10th April 2017.

Publish or Perish: Welcome to the Wonderful World of Academic Publishing

If you’re reading this, it’s because you’re a PhD student and you’re starting to think about making steps towards publishing – congratulations! You’ll be up to your armpits in thesis and at the moment that’s great. I apologise for what I’m about to say next: you need to publish this beast. It’s taken you too long to write to abandon it. There are a number of questions to think about before you do, of course.

Let’s leap forward: the viva is done (praise be!) and any corrections are submitted. You are a Doctor – now you have to make your mark. Here are the questions:

  • Publish? Okay, this isn’t a question. Yes, publish! Yes, get it out there!
  • How publish – monograph or articles? This is only for you to answer (possibly with some input from your supervisors). Does your thesis lend itself better to a series of articles in carefully-selected journals or would it make a bigger splash as a monograph? In the Humanities, the answer is usually “MONOGRAPH!”
  • Where publish? Ah, there’s the thing. Think about your field and the books you read in the same field. Does one publisher stand out as being ‘the one’ for your topic? For me, it had to be the University Press of Mississippi.[*] They publish a lot of great stuff in Comics Studies and have a brilliant reputation. It was a no-brainer. Take a look at the publishers you’re considering – do they have a series you could contribute to? Do they have a lot of titles in a similar area? Ask around – see if you can gather testimonies about different publishers – not just what they publish but also what it’s like to work with them. This will be very important soon enough.
  • Why publish? Didn’t I just tell you you should? Well, yes, but you also need to know why you’re doing it. It’s not just ‘Because I wrote this thing and now need to get it out there’. Writing a monograph means taking a leap into the academy. You’re making a contribution to an international conversation that is bigger than all of us. This is not small feat. You need to be prepared to make this contribution and to receive all that may come your way because of it. I’m not talking internet hate – academia is not Twitter – but I do mean that you will receive reviews and you will have to, to some extent, let go.

You’re braced. You’re publishing – you’re on your way! The publisher is selected. And here the work begins.

  1.  Write the proposal. Some publishers have a set form you can download from their website. Others have some guidelines. Others still have basically nothing. The proposal is for someone who is not an expert in your field to understand the point of your book and (more importantly) to view your book as a worthwhile addition to their publishing catalogue. Why should they publish you? Tell them! In addition to a strong overview of the whole book (and chapter synopses too) you’ll need to consider things like who is going to buy the book, what texts/authors are your competitors, if this is designed to fit with certain courses and how this book adds to existing scholarship. You will also need to include a sample chapter or two.
  2.  You wait. This bit is not easy.

NB: What follows is based on my experiences – different publishers have different ways of doing things but it’ll be mostly like this…

  1.  The commissioning editor will get back to you. They’ll maybe have some questions. They will hopefully want to send your manuscript for review – some ask for suggestions of reviewers, others do not – and so will ask for the complete thing. Don’t pick people to review you know very well (nepotism is not a good thing). If you really can’t think of anyone, look at your bookcase and suggest other academics in the field.
  2.  Send off the MS and a list of names and then wait again. All this waiting is good for the soul, according to my mother.
  3.  The review. Brace yourself. You’ll get a document that outlines suggestions for the MS. Some reviewers write very little. Mine wrote 11 pages. 11! I nearly fainted. You must read this through carefully at look at what they’ve written. A good reviewer will want to make the MS stronger and will be looking at the weak points with a view to strengthening them. Read the review several times through and then write your response. Think about how you will address each concern in the review and outline your plan for improvement. If your reviewer questions your use of a certain text, say you’ll add a section to explain and defend your choice of texts. Address each point in turn. If there’s anything you don’t want to do – for whatever reason – say so… but say why. Why is it beneficial to the text NOT to do this? Send off your response to the editor.
  4.  More waiting… *musical interlude*
  5.  If your response is accepted, you may be offered a contract. If not, you may be asked to make the proposed changes first. Do it – honestly. It’ll feel like you’re tearing your thesis to bits but it’s not a thesis anymore – it’s almost a book and they are different beasts. It has to move away from being a thesis before it can be published. Trust me. It’ll be worth it.
  6.  If you got the contract, make the changes and send it back. Do it quickly. If you were asked to make the changes, make the changes and send it back. Do it quickly. Don’t lag. This is important. Get it done and get it out there.
Cover design by Todd Lape at the University Press of Mississippi, featuring art from C. Tyler's 'You'll Never Know'

Cover design by Todd Lape at the University Press of Mississippi, featuring art from C. Tyler’s ‘You’ll Never Know’

There’s a lot of other stuff to deal with (Marketing questionnaires! Cover designs! Woo!) but that’ll come and you’ll handle it. Just know that, by the time you get there, your book is becoming a thing. I recently saw my cover design for the first time and my dad said it was looking at an ultrasound – something you created that’s on its way but not here yet. Writing a monograph takes an awful lot of work – even after you’ve already written the thesis and you think you’re done – but it is absolutely worth it. I sound like a parent trying to convince you to do something horrific to reap the rewards later… no matter. I can’t guarantee it will be easy – I learned some new and innovative swear words during the revisions and am probably still keeping Hendricks and Schweppes in business – but surely nothing easy is worth it. Publish! Get your book out there and then thank me later.
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[*] Shameless comment: UPM are, hands down, BRILLIANT. The editorial team are endlessly supportive and all the staff I’ve had dealings with have been professional, friendly, incredibly knowledgeable and also very calming. I can’t speak of them highly enough.

Written by Dr. Harriet Earle, Birkbeck College, University of London.
@ComicBomb

Dedicated PGR writing time available

If you are feeling the weight of a deadline or simply need a quiet, peaceful place to write and be creative with no distractions, Dr Ceri Morgan is trialing a dedicated ‘writing time’ for postgraduate researchers.

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Frustrated with writing? Dedicated writing time might help

No talking, all phones on silent mode; just writing and thinking (and perhaps a little quiet daydreaming to get the creative juices flowing!).

While this opportunity is aimed primarily at Humanities PGRs, other postgraduate researchers are welcome if there is room. However, participation will be on a first come, first served basis so don’t miss out!

These dedicated writing sessions will be held in Keele Writing room (CBB1.056) on every Thursday of this semester 10am to 12 noon.

An introduction to Under Construction @ Keele

The prospect of academic publication is one of the most daunting sides of the postgraduate experience. Besides being a considerable undertaking alongside the completion of your dissertation/thesis, it can often seem like the Holy Grail; something that, if achieved, would confirm the legitimacy of your research and prove to yourself and to others that you actually know what you’re talking about!

Because of these apprehensions, which we all deal with at one point or another, publication can be an intimidating prospect. The decision to apply can be a big step in the postgraduate journey; often a step into the unknown, with obstacles and procedures not encountered up until that point in your studies.

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It was a desire to help students familiarise themselves with these issues, and gain fluency with the process of journal article submission, that inspired the creation of Under Construction @ Keele, a postgraduate journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences. The journal is made up entirely of work written, edited and published by Keele postgraduates, and was established in order to allow students to develop their understanding of the application and writing process. Whilst the UC@Keele committee strives to ensure that the experience runs as close as possible to that of any external journal, the aim is to also create a friendly, more inclusive atmosphere, so that its contributors are better prepared when the time comes to apply ‘in the real world.’

We publish issues twice a year, in December and June, so our current issue is well under way, with the call for papers for the next issue set to go out at the end of the year. Our journal is mostly a digital publication, although a small number of physical copies are available across campus.  In terms of our committee, we have roles in editing, communications, publicity and peer review co-ordination, with vacancies in at least some of these roles usually coming available at the end of each issue.

For more information about the journal, as well as our past issues, you can visit our website.

We look forward to working with some of you in the future, either as contributors or committee members!

This post was provided by the Under Construction @ Keele editorial team. If you have any questions or want to contact the team for further information they can be found here:
Email: underconstruction@keele.ac.uk
Blog: https://underconstructionkeele.wordpress.com/
Twitter: @UCKeele
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UCKeele/

 

 

 

2nd Annual ‘Century of the Soldier’ – English Civil War Conference 10/09/16

(This post was originally posted here on thebumblinghistorians, a new blog started by two of Keele’s Early Modern History Postgrads.)

I learnt about this conference by happenstance. In a book I purchased a few weeks ago, I found the publisher had inserted a small card for registering with their mailing list. It also included their twitter handle. Now us budding academics are told we must have an online presence to facilitate and improve our academic profile. Short version, I have a Twitter account focused around my academic studies and so followed this company – Helion Books – on Twitter. During one of my (very rare, honestly) bouts of procrastination I decided to trawl Twitter and spotted that Helion Publishing were advertising their 2nd Annual ‘Century of the Soldier’ conference, to be held in Shrewsbury and supported by the Pike and Shotte Society.

PhD students are also told, by various academic and non-academic university staff, that we need to attend conferences or seminar series, even ones not fully connected to our topic. As I am still in my first year of my part-time study (if only just!) while writing this, I have not been able to attend as many as I would have liked. Those that I have attended have usually been run by one of the constituent departments of the university. So seeing that the ‘Century of the Soldier’ series of books concentrated on military history between 1618 and 1721 (my topic is 1638-1651) I looked into it. The conference was very reasonably priced and advertised that it would include unlimited drinks, a lunch and opportunity for a free tour around Civil War Shrewsbury.

Food, limitless cups of tea, Civil War papers AND a historical tour in the sunshine? Decision made.

So what was it like?

Well, it was a great choice of venue at Rowley’s House in Shrewsbury. The atmosphere when I walked through the doors was very welcoming and informal. Admittedly I did not take COMPLETE advantage of it as I am a little bit of a “socially inhibited gremlin” in the words of one of my more polite colleagues. However, the opportunity was there. Included in the foyer of the building throughout the day was a stall for the current and upcoming books in the Century of the Soldier series. I found no objection to this marketing as the conference was run by Helion and it was also a great opportunity for some pre-orders at a fantastic value (I may have partaken of a few…)

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20% on new releases and pre-orders. I ask, what was a poor PhD boy supposed to do?!?

The papers presented at the conference were along the topic of ‘professionalism’ and they all fit around that theme very nicely. What was very well done was, despite the last minute cancellation of one of the papers, the conference chair comfortably rearranged the order of a couple of papers so there maintained a nice cohesive ‘flow’. Additionally, we were treated to a second presentation by Professor Malcolm Wanklyn who briefly covered the topic of the missing paper. I quite liked this touch and, if Prof. Wanklyn of necessity could not go into detail on the topic, at least those people who had attended in part for the missing paper were not totally disappointed.

For myself, I found all of the papers interesting and several of them directly useful for my own work – the pages of my A5 notebook were filled with my scribbled notes. I was able to talk to a few people during the regular breaks and get some contact details that might prove useful later. “Networking” is the key phrase that is always thrown about for these things.

The tour was a nice touch for those of us without much knowledge of Civil War Shrewsbury and, as mentioned previously, it was lovely weather for a nice end to an interesting and fun day. One other point I feel I should mention about the food provided. Apart from being really high quality, it had little signs detailed what sandwiches had what including which were vegetarian or suitable for various allergies. Now this did not really affect me as I will eat anything if it is between a couple of pieces of bread, but I thought it a nice touch for those that need to be a bit careful on their diet.

So, taken all in all, it was a lovely, relaxed and informative conference. This was only its second year and it seems there are some discussions that a new series of books Helion will be producing will join in the conference, alternating each year between the two titles. This second series would cover military history from 1722 through to 1815 giving the two series a combined coverage of over 200 years. I have no hesitation in saying I will eagerly attend future conferences run by either series and commend them very highly to anyone with interest in and around the topics.

Glenn

This post was produced by Glenn Price, a PhD student in History.
Glenn, who began his research in Autumn 2015, examines military logistics, supplies and the course and conduct of warfare in the British Isles in the middle of the seventeenth century.

g.w.price@keele.ac.uk
@gwprice207

HUMSS Faculty Social Media

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Before the new academic year starts fully, we thought it would be time for a reminder about the opportunities available via our Faculty Social Media Team.

Over the summer we have published articles, tweets and posts on a wide range of topics including the Keele Humanities PG conference, the ‘Life after the PhD’ workshop, various funding opportunities available and posts on life and times of being a PhD student.

All these posts (and more) have reached a steadily growing audience amongst, and outside, the faculty and we would encourage anyone, at any career stage, who wants to take advantage of our growing social media channels to advertise opportunities or promote achievements to get in touch.

 

We currently have the following social media channels in place:

Facebook

Twitter

Keele HSS Research Blog

We encourage you to like/follow us on these channels. If you have a Twitter handle, Facebook page or any other accounts associated with research projects or events you may be involved in please let us know so that we can improve cross-faculty connections and disseminate effectively.

We make every effort to promote news about Faculty members or opportunities as we are made aware of them. We’re very keen to promote events across the Faculty, and as part of this would like people to tweet or blog about seminars, conferences or other research events. If you’re interested in live-tweeting or writing a report from an event, including research seminars, please do get in touch at research.socialmedia@keele.ac.uk

The blog is a forum for everyone at all career stages to discuss research practices, reflections and issues.

We’re particularly keen to get posts about research projects, summer research trips, publication announcements, and any workshops or conferences you are hosting.

We also strongly encourage contributions from HUMSS postgraduates on any aspect of their research or research life.  For example, we’re keen to run a series of ‘survival guides’ for different aspects of PhD life (continuation, progression, teaching, working alongside research etc). Please get in touch if you have any suggestions for further topics. We are also looking forward to incorporating the use of video blogging, Vines, podcasts and interviews across our social media channels.

A note on guidelines for submissions: Posts should be 500-1000 words long, and fairly informal and accessible in tone. Please feel free to include images, videos and sound files- we are more than happy to advise on embedding various types of media in blog posts. We’ll be aiming to publish one post a week, so please get in touch with details of your proposed topic.

We will also be updating the HUMSS website to include a list of staff and students’ research related blogs. We strongly encourage you to submit details to increase your academic online presence.

If there’s anything you’d like us to advertise on any of our channels – other than research seminars which are issued through the Weekly Research Faculty email and can be found on the HUMSS Research Calendar – we strongly encourage you to submit details to increase your academic online presence.

Letting us know about these types of things a couple of weeks in advance would be very helpful so that we can plan how best to schedule activity. We’re very happy to meet with anyone to talk about any ideas or requests in more detail, and if you would like any support or have any questions about using social media, we are on hand to assist.

Hannah and Glenn

Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Social Media Team

 

Upcoming researcher development workshops

Blogging for Researchers: Getting Started – Thursday 20 October, 2 –4
If you are thinking about blogging, you may be interested in this introductory workshop which is for those new to blogging and considers benefits, audience, platforms, copyright, etc. Book through Employee Self Service at https://people.keele.ac.uk/

Personal and Professional Development for Postdocs: An Introduction – 25th October, 1-2.30 (buffet lunch for first half hour)
Discuss your personal and professional development with other postdoctoral researchers, find out about upcoming LPDC workshop and about Vitae resources. Book at https://people.keele.ac.uk/

Grant Writing Workshop – 12 December, 10-4
The workshop, delivered by Andrew Derrington, is designed to start you working on an extremely efficient ’recipe’ for a research project grant, such as a research council standard grant, that makes it possible to produce a case for support in 2 weeks. Book throughhttps://people.keele.ac.uk/

Making Your Mark: An Introduction to Impact and Engagement  – 29 March, 9:30 – 4:30
Through discussion and practical activities, this Vitae-designed course draws on the current agendas of research impact but with specific focus on the individual and how they work. Book through https://people.keele.ac.uk/

Research Ethics, various dates
This session is recommended to researchers at all levels and covers the principles of ethics in research, types of research that require formal ethical review, the various external ethical review processes, and the current University requirements and processes. Book throughhttps://people.keele.ac.uk/

Publishing Your Research Open Access Using the Keele Publications Database, various dates
Want to know more about the Open Access agenda and how you as a researcher need to engage with it? The workshop will provide an introduction to Open Access, and explain how you can meet the policy requirements using resources available at Keele. Book throughhttps://people.keele.ac.uk/

If you are not sure how to use the Keele People Employee Self Service (ESS) to view and book workshops please see the help pages athttps://www.keele.ac.uk/lpdc/bookaworkshop/keelepeopleess/