If you have missed a CADRE event or workshop, you can find information and links on archived events here. It's not possible to cover everything here, so physical attendance at our events is highly advisable, however if you really couldn't be there here are some links to help you find your way.
18th May 2017 - Public Engagement
Dr Serena Dyer took the students through some very practical and achieveable ways to engage with the public. The presentation will be made available here shortly. PGRs also expressed a desire to learn more about Twitter and other social media, so you can book onto one of our University social media courses here. Or take a look here for some specific hints and tips.
1st March 2017 - Interdisciplinary 'Speed' Networking Event
This event aimed to describe the benefits of interdisciplinary work and networking and included a fun 'speed networking' element which helped participants learn to describe their research succinctly with a view to partnering up potential research matches. Those unable to make it can see the slides from the event's presentation here.
21st February 2017 - How to get Postdoctoral Research Funding
Dr Liese Perrin from Research and Impact Services shared her invaluable experience and gave an overview of the postgraduate funding landscape in the Arts including common pitfalls and useful strategies for success. Those that couldn't make it can view Liese's presentation here.
9th February 2017 - How to Design a Module and Apply for Academic Jobs
Dr Zahra Newby hosted an interactive event in which students considered their own ideas for an undergraduate module and how that could be shaped into an interesting whole module. Students discussed common issues and were encouraged to share ideas with one another. Zahra's presentation can be found here, Whole Module Design.
Clare Halldron and Marjorie Walsh from Student Careers and Skills gave an invaluable overview of academic CVs and the types of services they provide that are open to our students. Their presentation can be found here, Academic CVs for the Arts.
31st January 2017 - Getting Published
Attendees were able to question and learn from book and journal publishers as well as publishing academics. Below are a set of links which may be useful to those looking to get published:
Author Tools/Guidance Sites
Books about the publishing process
Planning your publication strategy: Yvonne Budden - University of Warwick, Scholarly Communications Manager
Publishing with Palgrave Macmillan: Emily Russell - Palgrave Macmillan, Senior Commissioning Editor for History
18th & 25th January 2017 - An Introduction to GIS
A practical workshop that was useful to anyone using mapping software. Those unable to make it who are interested in learning more should contact Mairi Gkikaki M dot Gkikaki at warwick dot ac dot uk.
17th January 2017 - Completing your PhD
PGR Students towards the end of their PhD were able to consider what problems they faced in completing their PhDs. Advice was given by experienced examiners and a recent doctoral graduate and the PGRs were encouraged to ask about any particular concerns.
Practical advice included:
- Offer to read another person's 'yet to be submitted' thesis and ask them to read yours
- Ensure you leave time to do a final formatting - this takes more time than you might think
- Make sure you have back-ups of everything
- Consider what is not in your thesis and be prepared to answer why
Useful links to the Graduate School website and the thesis submission and examination can be found here.
30th November 2016 - Research and Technology
Dr Clare Rowan gave an engaging workshop on research related technology including social media, databases and technology and ideas about how to communicate your research - including why you might want to do this. Clare's slides can be found here.
24th November 2016 - HRC Conference Organisation Workshop
16th November 2016 - Developing a Critical Voice through academic writing and critical reading.
Described as 'Life-changing' by one of the attendees, this workshop encouraged the student researchers to reflect on their own critical thinking and learn some techniques to improve the way they interact with literature in their topic.
The session started with Dr Yvette Hutchison and Prof Alison Cooley asking each student to write a paragraph about their research question and to identify what is original about their research.
In discussion, the following tips on 'How do you think you can develop a critical voice in your research?' were given:
• Have clear focus for argument. Don’t just summarise what others have said. Generate your own arguments.
• Drill down to details: follow up references/ primary sources.
• Don’t read too narrowly
• Don’t be boring.
• Don’t be tetchy/ rude in criticising others
• Be open to modern analogies/ relevance of your research to the present
Students were then given text to analyse with discussions on:
- Using the personal voice ‘I’ in scholarship.
- Using a variety of sentence structure, i.e. Long sentences not necessarily helpful. Clarity key; variety.
- Don’t over-use particular ‘verbal ticks'
Students were then encouraged to consider their own positionality by:
- Defining their own methodologies - and the impact of these
- Defining theoretical approaches to their study
- Defining their own contributions to the field of study
And they looked at sources and how this would affect style in the following two slides:
Students considered how the question they were asking determines the response and examined the following:
- Is it: Social, Historic, Gendered, Performative, a combination, Or ???
- Interdisciplinary research – make sure how each discipline approaches the concepts, define how You are using them … Check with specialists.
- Why do a literature review?
• Gives background and context to your study
• Determines the extent to which the issue/ question has already been researched
• Helps you see what your research will add to the body of knowledge
• Allow you to make comparisons of your own findings/ interpretation with previous research on the issue.
Before finishing, students were encouraged to further examine their sources:
Archival / Library
• Note-taking: include own comments; question marks/ exclamation marks
• Read prefaces to find out which ‘school’ someone comes from: thanks to supervisors/ colleagues revealing. Kristina Milnor example.
• Book reviews: read several for important work in your field + do own. Key new book.
• Use an annotated bibliography.
• Think about how to use footnote referencess to log alternative ideas/ interpretations to your own – lit review not the only way: also permeate the whole to show appreciation of scholarly context. ‘contra’
• Need to respond directly to primary sources, with own views, ideas – sometimes it is good to write with no reference to secondary material at all
Action/ people based
• Conferences/seminars – be active listener: ask question; chairing. Analyse how other people respond: embrace the difficulties. Note what irritates you and don’t do it…
• Observing groups – video, analysing material, situate yourself as participant observer, be clear how your autobio as a person and researcher is impacting on the research, be overt about this…
Mapping - Our minds are not linear – see synapses – so work out strategies to reflect this in note-taking, planning writing – using mind-maps, idea cards, post-it notes…
Research and writing require
• critical engagement and analysis of the material,
• that you formulate your position in relation to the material,
• that you keep making interim conclusions regarding the material
• That you think about DISSEMINATION
At the end of the session students were challenged to the following three take away tasks:
- Find a book to review for publication
- Strategise mapping your research
- Ask a question at the next research seminar attended
2nd November 2016 - Locating your Sources: Libraries, archives and reference management
Whether you missed the session or want to recap on the information presented, you can find links to the presentations and speakers here:
Kate Courage, kate dot courage at warwick dot ac dot uk - Academic Support Librarian
Kate gave an overview of what is offered by the library including what services are offered, how to find your sources, how to obtain material Warwick don't hold, how to set up search alerts and managing your references. Kate's presentation can be found here.
Helen Ford, H dot Ford at warwick dot ac dot uk - Modern Records Centre, Archives Manager
Helen gave a presentation about archives which included where they can be found, how to access them and what we have at Warwick. Helen's presentation can be found here.
Jo Garde-Hansen, J dot Garde-Hansen at warwick dot ac dot uk from the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies
Jo asked the audience to consider what a media archive was and how it could be useful in their research. Her presentation included where you might find archival holdings and how you can access them. Jo's presentation can be found here.
19th October 2016 - PhD Survival Guide
The PhD survival guide was a great interactive workshop with PGR students from across the faculty. Some of the issues raised and discussed included:
"Staying Engaged", "Dealing with anxiety", "Appropriate worklife balance", "Imposter syndrome" and " The supervisor relationship".
A brief presentation was given and can be found here.
5th October 2016 - PGR Induction and Welcome
Attendees were given a whole host of useful information from our excellent speakers. You can find out more by accessing the links below:
Many thanks to our great speakers, Penny dot Roberts at warwick dot ac dot uk, S dot Rae at warwick dot ac dot uk, E dot E dot Smith at warwick dot ac dot uk, N dot M dot Clarke at warwick dot ac dot uk and Nat dot Panda at warwicksu dot com.
Check out here for up and coming events and see you next time.