RDP Online

New for 2016-17 the university is pleased to launch RDP Online. RDP Online is a series of skills development webinars targeted at key areas of the Vitae Researcher Development Framework. 13 webinars will run this academic year with more scheduled for 2017-18.

RDP Online is a key part of the overall UWTSD Researcher Development Programme and each session will count as 1 unit and will contribute the 30 units of professional development that the University recommends you undertake during your research degree.  

Details of the framework can be found here: Researcher Development Programme

While you are free to participate in as many courses as you wish, we recommend around 10 throughout the tenure of a PhD, and 5 for a MPhil.  You should use your personal account on the Vitae Researcher Development Framework Online Planning Tool (available here)  to identify those sessions that will benefit you most.  Your supervisory team will help you in this planning.

Each session will be delivered on an online only basis using the Skype for Business platform to enable participation by the University’s sizable cohort of international and distance students as well as those who cannot travel between our Lampeter, Carmarthen, Swansea, Aberystwyth, London and Cardiff Campuses.   Skype for Business is available free of charge to all registered students and can be downloaded through logging into your Microsoft 365 account (details in PDF which can be downloaded here).

What format will RDP Online take?

Each webinar session will be highly interactive and a very engaging, involving participation by a number of means, including voice, text, joint document editing, video, presentations and voting. For those who cannot attend, a recording of each webinar will be made available until that session runs again. 

How to participate?

Participating iseasy, but must be booked in advance.  Either look out for the email from Research, Innovation and Enterprise Services advertising the session and reply reserving your place, or email Nicola Powell (nicola.powell@uwtsd.ac.uk) before the webinar with your request.  In either case you will be sent an email invitation to join the session. Simply click on the link within the email at the start time and Skype for Business will launch, automatically joining you into the webinar. It’s that simple!

RDP Online, the content.

Each webinar will address the attitudes, knowledge, behaviours and competencies required to be successful researchers.  These are mapped to the four RDF domains:

The four RDF domains

RDP Online 2016-17 

RDP Online 2016-17 webinars

 

Date

Topic

Delivery

 
2nd November
2.00 - 4.00
 
Dr Matt Briggs & Dr Catriona Ryan
 
 
INTRODUCTION TO THE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK
 
RDF: A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B3, C1, C2, C3, D1, D2, D3
 
The Research Development Framework (RDF) is a professional development framework for planning, promoting and supportingthe personal, professional and career development of researchers in higher education. It articulates the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of successful researchers and encourages them to realise their potential. The framework is designed to help researchers to evaluate and plan their professional development and to help supervisors of researchers in their role of supporting their research students. It is important that all doctoral students and their supervisors use the RDF as part of the student’s development as a professional researcher. This course will provide direction to doctoral students on how they can use the RDF planner.
 
Attending this webinar is worth 1 RDP Unit

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15th November 2.00 - 4.00

 
Dr Mererid Hopwood

ACADEMIC WRITING SKILLS

RDF: A1, A2, A3,D2

As a doctoral researcher you are probably familiar with academic writing for undergraduate essays or MA dissertations. This interactive session focuses on the types of writing you will do as a doctoral candidate, examining the styles and techniques appropriate to different text types and in different disciplines.
 
Attending this webinar is worth 1 RDP Unit

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21st November 2.00 - 4.00
 
Dr Christine Davies

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY TO SUPPORT RESEARCH

RDF: A1, A2, A3, C2, D2

Technology is at the heart of modern education systems especially postgraduate research. This course will develop your skills and knowledge needed to progress as researchers who will engage with all aspects of the intersection between learning and technology in a wide range of contexts.
 
Attending this webinar is worth 1 RDP Unit

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6th December

2.00 - 4.00

Dr Jill Venus

ETHICS IN RESEARCH

RDF:B2, B3, C1, C2, D2

All new research projects undertaken at the University have to go through an ethics review. This session will explain what is expected from you, and the practical process involved, dealing with issues such as:
  • the suitability of the research methods,
  • identifying and mitigating risks to investigator, participants and the university,
  • consent, confidentiality and feedback,
  • the management of research data.
These issues are central to wider processes of research governance and conduct in the sector, and attendance is strongly recommend for students from all disciplines.
 
Attending this webinar is worth 1 RDP Unit

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15th February 2.00 - 4.00
 
Professor Bettina Schmidt
PROGRESSING YOUR ACADEMIC CAREER (UNDERSTANDING HEI RESEARCH ENVIRONMENT & POLICY)
 
RDF: A1, B3, C1, C2, D3
 
A research career, like most other careers, requires many elements in order to develop successfully. These elements are not always immediately obvious or transparent. This workshop explores the question of how to succeed in a competitive and complex research environment. There will be an emphasis on various aspects of policy and procedures which are important to postgraduate research.
 
Attending this webinar is worth 1 RDP Unit

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4th April
2.00 - 4.00
 
Dr Matt Briggs

CAREER DEVELOPMENT: POST-DOC FUNDING

RDF: A1, B3, C2, C3

It’s an unfortunate fact of life that the process of undertaking research is normally quite expensive, and that while there is an array of funding opportunities available to researchers, accessing them is often a complicated and highly competitive process. This workshop will give a brief overview of the research funding landscape and work with examples of successful projects to enable you to gain an understanding of the sorts of things you can do to maximise your success of securing funding, and also what funded research projects look like. While these is no magic formula, there are some do’s and don’ts which we can identify, and which you can build upon.
 
Attending this webinar is worth 1 RDP Unit

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11th April
2.00 - 4.00
 
Val Davidge
CAREER DEVELOPMENT: CAREERS SERVICES AND NON-ACADEMIC CHOICES
 
RDF: B1, B2, B3
 
Not all doctoral students will follow the academic route when they complete their doctoral studies. Research has shown that some doctoral students can have very successful non-academic careers after their doctoral studies. This workshop will include an exploration of alternative careers available for post-doctoral students.
 
Attending this webinar is worth 1 RDP Unit

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15th May

2.00 - 4.00
 
Professor Catrin Williams
 

GETTING WORK PUBLISHED

RDF: A1, B1, B2, D2

 
Whatever your subject area, turning your research into publications is a vital academic enterprise. This is important as academic careers are built on the foundation of regular and substantial publication. Making publication a habit from the commencement of your research degree is a good idea, especially if you think you want to pursue an academic career. New ideas, questions, methods and practices emerge from the dissemination of research. In short, to develop as a researcher or to create a research profile for yourself as an academic, you need to subject your research ideas to the testing and scrutiny of your peers and experts in your field. This workshop will explore what’s involved in the process, in practical steps (of putting pen to paper) but also, in terms of thinking about your audience and of approaching publishers and journals.
 
Attending this webinar is worth 1 RDP Unit

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20th June
2.00 - 
4.00
 
Dr Catriona Ryan
HOW TO WRITE A JOURNAL ARTICLE
 
RDF: A1, A2, A3, D2
 
This course will focus on methods involved in writing a journal article. It will deal with issues concerning structure, creating an argument and style. It will also examine ways to approach planning an article in a way that reduces writing anxiety. There will also be advice on how to improve your writing style.
 
Attending this webinar is worth 1 RDP Unit

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14th July
2.00 - 
4.00 
 
Dr Paul Jeff
RESEARCH IMPACT AND ENGAGEMENT
 
RDF: D1, D2, D3
 
Research impact is broadly defined by Research Councils UK (RCUK) as ‘the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy’. For RCUK, impact from research has two main strands, ‘academic impact’ (or scholarship that influences the academy) and ‘economic and societal impact’, but as highlighted by the ESRC ‘It is not enough just to focus on activities and outputs that promote research impact, such as staging a conference or publishing a report. You must be able to provide evidence of research impact, for example, that it has been taken up and used by policy makers, and practitioners, has led to improvements in services or business.’ There is an emphasis on ensuring that impact is made beyond the walls of the university, beyond contributions to knowledge within academia so that research has some form of effect on, or benefit to the economy, policy, services or quality of life. In order to make such ‘economic or societal impact’, engagement with people outside of academia, with the public, with
practitioners, with businesses and other organisations is likely to be a starting point to doing research which leads to impact.
 
Attending this webinar is worth 1 RDP Unit

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20th July
2.00 - 
4.00
 
Dr Nicola Welton
PRACTICE BASED RESEARCH
 
RDF: A1, A2, A3, C2, D1, D2, D3
 
This session will look at key elements of practice-based research, situating it within the wider academic context and explore its uniqueness and transformative potential. Issues explored will include: What is the relationship between the ‘question’ and research? How do questions frame and drive the research process and what is the ‘contribution to knowledge’? During the workshop you will be asked to think about the relationship between research methods and methodologies and describe your methodological intentions, identifying the different modes of research you will be using, and how these will contribute to a coherent process. This workshop will also consider the role of documentation in practice-based research. We will explore the ontological status of the document, per se, and also look at specific methods of documenting practice. We will reflect on the role of documentation in your
own research, and consider how documentation, itself, can be part of a reflective creative and critical practice.
 
Attending this webinar is worth 1 RDP Unit

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4th August
2.00 - 
4.00
 
Dr Errieta Bissa
SECOND LANGUAGE IN RESEARCH
 
RDF: A1, A2, A3, D2
 
This session provides advice and positive examples and solutions to students who are non-native speakers of English currently studying or researching in English. It covers study, research, communication and academic writing for non-native speakers, based upon the experience of a non-native speaker with extensive academic and research experience in the UK.
 
Attending this webinar is worth 1 RDP Unit

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15th August
2.00 - 
4.00
 
Dr Caroline Lohmann Hancock
PREPARING FOR YOUR VIVA
 
RDF: A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, D2
 
Once you have submitted your thesis you will be invited to defend your doctorate at a ‘viva voce’ (Latin for ‘by live voice’) or oral examination. The thesis defence can be a daunting prospect, but many people really enjoy this experience of discussing their PhD research with genuinely interested experts. It can also be a useful networking opportunity. While it is the culmination of your research degree, many postgraduate researchers are unsure what to expect and what they can do to prepare. Here we want to take away some of the mystery - allowing you to take control and look forward to the viva exam as a positive experience.
 
Attending this webinar is worth 1 RDP Unit

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Download the 2016-17 RDP Online brochure here: RDP Online 2016-17

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Vitae - Professional development planning for researchers online course (PDP ROC)

As a researcher at the University you are also able to take Vitae’s professional development planning for researchers online course, which is available free of charge here.

This online course has been developed for researchers who want to make the most of opportunities and create new ones, covers all stages in the process.  It's suitable for researchers at any career stage and can be used together with UWTSD’s RDP and RDP online events and resources.     Each module will count as 1 RDP Unit.

  • MODULE 1 Introducing PDP for researchers. Explore the meaning of professional development planning in your own professional are. You will be introduced to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF)
  • MODULE 2 Analyse your experience and expertise. Consider what broader expertise and  experiences you are developing through your research activities
  • MODULE 3  Collect and organise your evidence. You will be encouraged to take a systematic approach to gathering evidence of your achievements.
  • MODULE 4  Select and prioritise areas for further development. You will identify expertise areas for further development and prioritise your development in the context of broader goals
  • MODULE 5  Plan and achieve your professional development goals.  You will set development goals and find and select opportunities for development.
  • MODULE 6 Professional Development Planning for Researchers: You will provide Vitae with formative feedback on the course Professional Development Planning for Researchers.