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On Track is our programme of workshops, designed to help you maintain your work-life balance and provide practical information and support for your academic development and research.

The workshops focus on academic skills, self-development and wellbeing - perfect if you're working on your dissertations, independent research projects and much more.

We always want your suggestions on how to improve the programme: get in contact with the Community Engagement team at pgcommunity at warwick dot ac dot uk.

You can also catch up on our recent session with Dr Anastasia Stavridou, Getting a Job in Academia, below:


Upcoming Sessions

Creative Planning - Write Here, Write Now, Training Room, Library floor 2, Wednesday 8 February 2-5pm

This session will be split into three parts, encouraging participants to use creativity to inform their academic practice, with free tea and biscuits throughout! Building on the Pomodoro technique - which facilitates focussed study time through protected breaks - the session will consist of:

- Creative time, making and decorating journals or planners to facilitate tactile control over your life and work

- Planning time, filling these planners with your events and schedules

- Study time, to get your revitalised work plan off to a positive start

You can find out more about the Pomodoro technique here.

Please register your interest in advance here.

Qualtrics - Creating Surveys - Step 1 (IT Services) Online via Teams, Tuesday 28 February 2023 3-4.30pm (rescheduled from 21 February)

This session will Introduce how to access Qualtrics, create a survey, edit the survey options, and translate your survey. Qualtrics access can be requested here: Qualtrics | Software | University of Warwick

This 1.5 hour online seminar is the first of two sequential modules on Qualtrics - please reserve your place hereLink opens in a new window.

Teams links will be sent out on the day of the event.

Qualtrics - Distributing and Analysing - Step 2 (IT Services) Online via Teams, Wednesday 1 March 2023 3-4.30pm (rescheduled from 28 February)

In this session we will prepare our survey to distribute, discuss the different methods of distribution, view and export responses as well as looking at the different analysis and reporting tools available in Qualtrics.

This 1.5 hour online seminar is the second of two sequential modules on Qualtrics - please reserve your place hereLink opens in a new window.

Teams links will be sent out on the day of the event.


Previous Sessions

***EVENT POSTPONED - NEW DATE TBC*** Eating Behaviours Whilst Studying, and in the Workplace (Dr Sophie Clohessy) Seminar Room, Wolfson Research Exchange Rooms 1 & 2, Library floor 3 extension, Monday 30 January 2023 5-6pm

Healthy eating is simply not just about what we eat, but how we eat.

This session will cover:

- Importance of healthy eating behaviours/habits in the workplace

- Discuss how work can impact our eating behaviours

- Practical tips for cultivating positive habits and eating behaviours at work.

*Please note this workshop is not focussed on dietary suggestions (e.g. recipes or meal plans); instead we will focus on cultivating positive behaviours around food.

Please sign up hereLink opens in a new window. Nb although this event is being held in a PG space, a member of staff will be on the door to welcome guests, and the event is open to undergraduates, postgraduates and staff alike.

OneNote in One Hour - 11 Oct 3 - 4pm

Microsoft OneNote is an easy-to-use note-taking programme that allows you to make notes and capture text, images, video and sound from a variety of sources including the internet and e-mail. Your OneNote Notebook (if saved on OneDrive) is accessible and editable on most devices including mobile phones and tablets. Further details will be sent out when you sign up on Moodle.

Microsoft 365 Productivity Tools (IT Services) Online via Teams, 25 Oct 3-4pm

As well as the main programs in Office365, there are some useful tools than can help you organise your notes, your studies and your daily schedule.

In this session we will introduce and briefly demo three Microsoft 365 Apps; OneDrive, OneNote and To-Do. We will discuss how these apps can help you to stay organised and increase your productivity.

This workshop will be held as a webinar via Microsoft Teams. If you would like to attend this session please sign up on Moodle

Setting Your Digital Storage up for Success (Dr Ishwar Kapoor) Seminar Room, Library Floor 2, 31 Oct 5-6pm.

Research data management (RDM) means the storage, curation, preservation and provision of continuing access to analogue and digital research data. RDM is a way of codifying these research good practices in a way that can make it easier for you to conduct your research.

In this lecture, participants will learn

  • The basic introduction to research data, metadata and research records
  • What is RDM?
  • RDM tools
  • University of Warwick RDM support

This lecture is open to university students and staffs who are interested to learn RDM and its usage in their day-to-day academic activities.

For more details, please refer, Managing your research data.

For further queries, please contact researchdata@warwick.ac.uk

No sign-up required.

Mastering Microsoft Word (IT Services) Online via Teams, Tuesday 15 November 3-4pm

This session will take you through the essentials of Microsoft Word for using and operating the software effectively. Having these skills will enable you to save time and effort when creating, formatting and editing documents.

Please sign up for this one-hour interactive seminar on Moodle.

**EVENT CANCELLED** Getting Organised: Managing Your PostGrad Brain (Ellie King) Seminar Room, Library Floor 2, Wednesday 23 November 5-6pm

In This Session Library Blog Editor, Postgraduate Ambassador, and doctoral candidate Ellie King will take you through her own experience and practices to help you optimise your research success.

Sign up for this session hereLink opens in a new window.

Write Here, Write Now 1 (focussed study time), Seminar room 3, Wolfson Research Exchange, Library floor 3 extension, Wednesday 30 November 10-1pm

This session provides time for you to focus on your own work without interruptions - you are particularly encouraged to silence your mobile, email and other communications during this work time. We will display a counter enabling you to use the Pomodoro technique of 50 minutes work followed by 10 minutes break (repeated), to have 2.5 hours of uninterrupted study - you can find out more hereLink opens in a new window.

There will also be coffee, tea and biscuits throughout the session.

Please register your interest in advance hereLink opens in a new window.

Write Here, Write Now 2 (focussed study time), Training Room, Library floor 2, Wednesday 11 January 10-1pm

This session provides time for you to focus on your own work without interruptions - you are particularly encouraged to silence your mobile, email and other communications during this work time. We will display a counter enabling you to use the Pomodoro technique of 50 minutes work followed by 10 minutes break (repeated), to have 2.5 hours of uninterrupted study - you can find out more hereLink opens in a new window.

There will also be coffee, tea and biscuits throughout the session.

Please register your interest in advance here.

Wellbeing Masterclass (Janet Winter, Wellbeing Support Services), Seminar Room, Library Floor 2, Thursday 19 January 2023 5-6pm

60 minutes packed with tips and techniques to help you cope with life as a PG.

Come to our masterclass to brush up on coping strategies or learn a few new tricks.

We will cover stress management, work-life balance and more..

Please register your interest in advance hereLink opens in a new window.

Getting a Job in Academia (Dr Anastasia Stavridou, Manchester) Online via Teams, Monday 23 January 2023 5-6pm

When should I start applying for jobs? What does a good cover letter and CV look like? Do I need to ask my supervisor or my colleagues for feedback before applying? These are just a few of the common questions that many of us ask ourselves at some point during our PhD journey, usually when we are close to submission.

This workshop aims at offering you some practical tips and advice related to the rather challenging process of applying for academic jobs.
Sign up for this session hereLink opens in a new window. Teams links will be sent out on the day of the event.
OneNote in One Hour (IT Services) Online via Teams, Tuesday 24 January 2023 3-4pm

Microsoft OneNote is an easy-to-use note-taking programme that allows you to make notes and capture text, images, video and sound from a variety of sources including the internet and e-mail. Your OneNote Notebook (if saved on OneDrive) is accessible and editable on most devices including mobile phones and tablets.

This session will be a 1 hour online seminar which gives you everything you need to get started with OneNote and streamline your note-taking processes.

Sign up for this session hereLink opens in a new window. Teams links will be sent out on the day of the event.

The On Track programme is organised in collaboration with a number of different university departments including, IT Services, Wellbeing Support Services, and the Library's Academic Support Librarians.

Our Academic Support LibrariansLink opens in a new window can help you with literature searching and referencing advice. Find out more about the referencing with Endnote OnlineLink opens in a new window and attend a workshop to familiarise yourself with this software.

Wellbeing Support ServicesLink opens in a new window offer brief consultations between 10am-3pm on weekdays, as well as a range of resources and masterclasses.

Need specific support or unsure where to go?

Let us know if there's a service or department that you would like to know more about or that other postgrads and researchers could benefit from and we will look into arranging a session.

Run a session and be part of On Track!

Have an idea for a session? We can offer resources, support and promotion. Workshops could include advice on note-taking, speed reading, top productivity apps or "Things I wish I had known before starting...". Let us know your ideas.

Email us at lib-community at warwick dot ac dot uk.