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Warwick RSSP Getting Real Training presents: Getting it done

A three-day Summer School combining planning and profiling skills, mindful breaks, and time to finish your own project. Join us for the full three days or select from the sessions that work for you. Reserve your place via SkillsForge.

NOTE: You must be logged in with your username and password to be able to make a booking in SkillsForge

The first morning of the Summer School will help you plan how to make the most out of these three day, and get your project done! Use the button below to book the full day, or click on the individual workshop titles to select a session.

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Time Session Details
10:00-11:00 Project Management Workshops icon

Whether you are planning to write a funding proposal, to organise a conference, to finish a chapter, or making the plan for your full PhD, every project needs time management. In this workshop, you will:

  • Learn about various project and time management tools
  • Create your individual planning for the three days of the Summer School
11:00-12:30 Networking & collaboration Workshops icon

Working with others can provide great opportunities for future projects. In this workshop, you will:

  • Get to know the other Summer School participants and explore how you could support each other
  • Practice networking techniques
  • Gain an insight into the possibilities and benefits of collaborative working
12:30-13:00 Lunch break  
13:00-14:00 Staying well whilst working Effective breaks icon

Looking after yourself is very important. During this effective break, you will:

  • Gain Some insights into the importance of taking regular breaks and looking after your mental health in high pressure environments.
  • Put this into practice with some creative mindful activities.
14:00-16:00 Getting it done! Independent work icon Independent work on your individual projects, supported by facilitators.

This morning’s workshops will revolve around the theme of developing and using your transferable skills in the future. Whether you plan on staying in academia or not, knowing how to communicate and frame your strengths is an important quality. Use the button below to book the full day, or click on the individual workshop titles to select a session.

Book day 2

Time Session Details
10:00-11:00 Selling yourself in academia and beyond Workshops icon

The PhD process will provide you with an abundance of experiences and skills, but how do you use those to present yourself in the future? In this workshop, you will:

  • Consider the value of the skills you have acquired, and how to frame those in different contexts
  • Identify any gaps in your profile and the ways in which to fill them
  • Work on creating a coherent profile for the job market
11:00-12:30 Leadership & communication Workshops icon

Communicating with various types of people and in different settings might be the most important skill you acquire during a PhD. In this workshop, you will:

  • Work with others to experience various communication and leadership styles
  • Develop an understanding of your own preferred communication style and how to adjust this to your advantage in particular situations
  • Learn to use your leadership qualities to take charge of your own development
12:30-14:00

Wellbeing walk
(incl. lunch break) Effective breaks icon

 
14:00-16:00 Getting it done! Independent work icon Independent work on your individual projects, supported by facilitators.

There comes a point where your research has to leave the page and be disseminated to a wider audience. This is never a pleasant time for anyone, even established academics. This workshop provides advice and training on how to go about this important duty. Use the button below to book the full day, or click on the individual workshop titles to select a session.

Book day 3

Time Session Details
10:00-11:00 (Faking) Confidence in Presentations Workshops icon

Confidence is key in presentations, and this workshop will help you develop and fake it. In this workshop, you will:

  • Understand and improve your body language
  • Learn to speak confidentially
  • Develop tactics to overcoming your personal difficulties with presentations
11:00-12:30 Designing Presentations Workshops icon

You can be the most confident speaker in the world, but if your structure is poor, it’s over. In this workshop, you will:

  • Use a Storyboard to create an understandable structure
  • Learn techniques used by storytellers to maintain your audience’s interest
  • Consider the use of physical tools, images and graphs to better represent your ideas
12:30-13:00 Lunch break  
13:00-15:00 Getting it done! Independent work icon

Independent work on your individual projects, supported by facilitators.

15:00-16:00 Presentations and round-up over afternoon tea Participants present the work they established over the three days of the summer school, linked to the intentions they set in the first workshop.
Workshops iconEffective breaks iconindependent work icon

Getting Real programme

June 2019

GRT logoFraming yourself: Understanding and building your profile as a PhD

Tuesday 4th June 09:30-11:30

Doing your PhD can be like building an ever-growing tower: on top of your thesis, there are papers to write, conferences to organise, seminars to teach, committees to sit on… The amount of possibilities can seem overwhelming. And at the top of your tower future employment is gleaming as a distant goal. It can be tempting, or even seem necessary, to agree to every offer that comes your way, but this can lead to a heavy workload. Reaching the top isn’t about accumulating as many building blocks as possible, but choosing the right ones.

In this workshop we will explore how to build a coherent profile for yourself, that says who you are and what you’re capable of. Using examples from our experience as PhD students, we will discover how to make the best use of all these opportunities, choosing the ones that will help you be ready for employment, either within or outside of academia. We will look into the value of the skills you have acquired, and how to frame those in the context of the job market.

Together, we will take a look at your current profile as a PhD student and help you use the experiences you have towards creating a story that clearly describes who you are, what you want, and what skills you have.

By the end of the workshop, you should be able to:
  • Articulate the value of your skills and extra-curricular activities (and sell yourself on the job market).
  • Make considered decisions about which activities to pursue, that will help your employability.
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GRT logoPhD woes: Collaboratively grappling with the tough questions

Thursday 13th June 10:00-12:00

Our PhDs can be a solitary experience, but many of the problems that you are facing have been faced by others.

This workshop provides the opportunity to bring forward problems related to your PhD (if you prefer, anonymously), so that we can begin to solve your problems collaboratively. The whole Getting Real Training team will be in attendance, bringing forward our diverse experiences across a range of departments and phases of the PhD.

There will be an emphasis on dialogue throughout this workshop, identifying and informing the problems you are facing, while also asking of you to bring your own experience to assist others.

By the end of the workshop, you should be able to:
  • Find ways to collaboratively work through issues you thought you could only solve alone.
  • Recognise methods to assist with your current problems.
  • Understand how your own experience can assists others in their research and learn from what they are going through to pre-empt problems that you may face in the future.
Please note: Not all the facilitators of this workshop are professional psychologists or therapists. The aim is to cope with general challenges, but we are not trained or experienced to deal with individual or deep-rooted issues.
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View list of past workshops

Getting Real Training logo

Getting it done summer school logo

1 July 2019

Project Management

Networking and collaboration

Staying well whilst working

Getting it done!

2 July 2019

Selling yourself in academia and beyond

Leadership and communication

Wellbeing walk

Getting it done!

3 July 2019

Confidence in Presentations

Designing Presentations

Getting it done!

Presentations and round-up

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Part of the Research Student Skills Programme