Research Students Seminars Booking System

Welcome to the online research skills booking system for workshops and training courses. On these pages you can view details of workshops, book places, view and manage your bookings, and run a transcript of workshops attended.

The online management system will keep track of your bookings for you. Once logged in the student area, you will be able to view those workshops you have requested; those which are confirmed, those you have attended, and those you are on a waiting list for. You will also be able to produce a personal transcript of your attended workshops.

All Seminars

New Introduction to Microscopy and Imaging

Students will be introduced to microscopy and image formation. We will cover how light can be used to study biological samples, the important difference between magnification and resolution, and the various types of microscope platforms that are available.
Staff Contact: Dr Darren Robinson

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New Academic Publishing - Editing and Peer Review Featured

This workshop is intended to introduce potential peer reviewers and copy editors to the Track Changes journal, and explain what the roles entail.
Staff Contact: trackchanges@sheffield.ac.uk

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New Academic writing for PhD students (12 week course)

Staff Contact: James Foley, ELTC

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New Achieve More for PGR - Cross-Faculty Research Challenge

The PGR Cross faculty Research Challenge module aims to develop students’ transferable skills with a view to enhancing employability and their ability to think outside the box.
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Advanced Quantitative Methods: Introduction to Structural Equation Modelling using Mplus (1 day school) Social Sciences DTC Researchers Only

This course is aimed at two distinct groups; those seeking a beginners' course in Path Analysis techniques such as Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) and Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA);
Staff Contact: Chris Stride

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Advanced Quantitative Methods: Data management using SPSS syntax (1 day school) Social Sciences DTC Researchers Only

This course is aimed at a very wide audience, namely anyone who ever has to handle data using SPSS! It is particularly beneficial if you collect your own data and need to convert it to SPSS format, and/or have to create variables, merge data from different files, etc.
Staff Contact: Chris Stride

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Advanced Quantitative Methods: Modelling Non-Continuous Outcomes and Panel/Longitudinal data using STATA (2 Day Schools) Social Sciences DTC Researchers Only

This course is focused upon modelling discrete outcomes, e.g. probabilities, and censored outcomes, e.g. consumption.
Staff Contact: Karl Taylor

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Automated Sequence Analysis

This module will equip students with the analytical and practical skills to manipulate DNA and protein sequences in useful ways.
Staff Contact: Prof Jon Sayers

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Before you go on your Internship

This session is for postgraduate researchers who will be going out on an internship as part of their degree.
Staff Contact: Hilary Jones

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Careers 1:1 Consultations

Every week throughout the year, one of the specialist careers advisers for postgraduate researchers will be available at the Graduate Research Centre for 30 minute one-to-one consultations.
Staff Contact: Jane Simm

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New Communicating with Impact Featured

Empower yourself! Learn how to stand your ground and be more assertive as well as developing strategies for coping with criticism and put-downs.
Staff Contact: ucs@sheffield.ac.uk

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Critical Review of Research Papers Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Only

This unit will provide training in the detailed critical assessment required to review a scientific paper.
Staff Contact: Dr Dan Hampshire

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CV and Linked-In profile retreat for researchers

This drop-in retreat provides the space, IT and support to enable you to enhance your CV and LinkIn profile.
Staff Contact: Rachael Roberts

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New Doctoral Internships

The Doctoral Internship aims to provide employment-relevant experience for PGR students. This may be an integral part of their research project or experience unrelated to that.
Staff Contact: Hilary Jones (hilary.jones@sheffield.ac.uk; 20932)

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Effective Presentation and Seminar Participation Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Only

Ever wanted to watch yourself present? Ever wanted to ask a question at a seminar but too afraid to ask? Students will be provided with practical guidance on how to prepare and deliver an effective presentation and how to get the most out of attending seminars.
Staff Contact: Dr Alison Gartland

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Fast Track: literature searching & reference management

This 4-hour This Fast Track workshop combines content from Tools for literature searching (LIB101) and Introduction to EndNote (LIB102). You will have the opportunity to use and evaluate a range of literature searching tools to help find journal papers, books and other types of information for your research. The workshop will also introduce EndNote Online reference management software, to help you collect and organise references and format citations and bibliographies.
Staff Contact: Brenda Steel, Emily Stock, Liam Bullingham & Peter Barr

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Fast Track: the influential researcher

This workshop will explore various ways to raise your online profile and increase the visibility of your research. The workshop combines Where to Publish? (LIB301) Sharing your research (LIB302) and Standing out from the crowd (LIB303) which are also available as separate modules.
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First Steps with NVivo

This course is designed for users to be able to create an NVivo document, introduce their sources to NVivo and start annotating and coding their sources
Staff Contact: Jean Russell

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Getting Data into SPSS

For users to be able to open SPSS, set up a data set, manually enter a data set and also enter data from other packages e.g. Excel
Staff Contact: Jean Russell

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Getting experience during your PhD

This 2 hour session should help you understand ways in which you can gain work and other experience during your PhD
Staff Contact: Rachael Roberts/Jane Simm

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Going Further with SPSS

To introduce users already familiar with basic SPSS to some of the most commonly used advanced statistical techniques in SPSS.
Staff Contact: Jean Russell

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New Have a go at Group Exercises used in Recruitment and Selection (including at assessment centres)

This participative session will give you the opportunity to try exercises typically used by recruiters and experience what it is like to be both a participant and an assessor.
Staff Contact: Rachael Roberts

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New Help! I need to use R

To enable researchers to make an assessment of whether they want to use R
Staff Contact: Jean Russell

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How to engage with employers recruiting on campus

This talk is for researchers considering a career outside academia, who would like to gain an insight into employment opportunities via the Careers Service.
Staff Contact: Darcey Gillie

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Introduction to Advanced Microscopy Techniques

During this session students will learn about the resolution limits of optical microscopy and how advanced techniques are employed to push these physical boundaries.
Staff Contact: Dr Darren Robinson

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New Introduction to Basic Statistics for Biologists

There are actually very few statistical tests that scientists (as compared to statisticians) use. A few can be done by hand: these include the two most common ones (t-test and chi-squared test). In addition, most of the common calculations (mean, standard deviation, t-test) can be done in Excel.
Staff Contact: Professor Mike Williamson

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Introduction to Endnote

This session introduces Endnote Online, a web-based tool to help you collect, organise and format your references, citations and bibliographies. It is aimed at beginners with no prior experience of using Endnote.
Staff Contact: Liam Bullingham, Maria Mawson & Peter Barr

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Introduction to ImageJ (FIJI)

Students will be introduced to the free software platform ImageJ that enables users to open, process and analyse microscopy data from any platform currently available in the LMF.
Staff Contact: Dr Darren Robinson

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New Introduction to Microscopy and Imaging

Students will be introduced to microscopy and image formation. We will cover how light can be used to study biological samples, the important difference between magnification and resolution, and the various types of microscope platforms that are available.
Staff Contact: Dr Darren Robinson

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Introduction to planning your academic career

In this session you will learn about the different career paths in academia and about a range of employers in higher education, including those outside the traditional university sector.
Staff Contact: Rachael Roberts

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Introduction to Planning your career outside academia

At this session you will be able to explore the career routes outside academia which are open to those with a research degree.
Staff Contact: Darcey Gillie

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Introduction to Science Policy Faculty of Science Researchers Only

Engaging with policy-makers is becoming increasingly important for researchers.
Staff Contact: scienceinpolicy@sheffield.ac.uk

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Introduction to Scientific Thinking

This Unit will explore approaches to problem solving and in particular contrast the strategies used in everyday life with those that we need to develop to undertake sound scientific research.
Staff Contact: Dr Colby Eaton & Dr Francois Guesdon

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Looking after your research data

This workshop will help you to get the most out of your data by keeping it safe and secure, organising, describing, archiving and sharing it, and by augmenting it with pre-existing data from a variety of sources.
Staff Contact: Jez Cope

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Looking for a Job in the UK

This talk will cover the process of applying for jobs, both academic and non-academic, in the UK.
Staff Contact: Darcey Gillie

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New Making the most of your final year

This 2hr session will cover ways in which you can ensure you get the best value out of your final year of PhD study in order to be more ready for life after your PhD.
Staff Contact: Rachael Roberts

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Networking for Career Success

This session will provide an opportunity to find what networking is, why it's important, and how learning to network effectively can enhance your career opportunities.
Staff Contact: Darcey Gillie

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Neuroanatomy Dissection Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Only

This 5 week course comprises practical human brain dissection suitable for PhD students embarking on research in neuroradiology, neurology, psychiatry, psychology and biomedical science.
Staff Contact: Dr Tom Farrow

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Next Steps with NVivo

This course is designed for users to be able to use some of the complex tools that are available in NVivo: to help them with coding, specialist analytic techniques and reporting to others
Staff Contact: Jean Russell

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New NVivo Cafe

A chance to work on your projects with other people who are also working in NVivo and with someone to answer queries that arise.
Staff Contact: Jean M Russell

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New Online thesis writing course (12 week course) for DL students only

Staff Contact: Dinah Ward, ELTC

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Preparing For Viva - Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Students only

The aim of this seminar is to give some useful information about the viva exam, what to expect and how to prepare for it.
Staff Contact: Martina Daly

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Presenting Yourself and Data at Conferences

Staff Contact: Sheila Franks

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Producing an effective CV

This interactive workshop you will show you how to put together an effective and up-to-date curriculum vitae.
Staff Contact: Rachael Roberts

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Promoting yourself well at Academic interviews

This session will help you to understand the interview practices and other selection methods used in recruitment to teaching and research posts in higher education.
Staff Contact: Darcey Gillie

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New Promoting yourself well at interviews outside academia

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Promoting yourself well at interviews outside academia

This session will help you to understand the interview practices used by employers in industry, public services and other non–academic environments.
Staff Contact: Rachael Roberts

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Research Ethics & Integrity (Workshops) Social Sciences DTC Researchers Only

The workshops will be organised around case studies that will provide a focus for student reflection on research integrity and ethics. The workshops will cover - ‘Approaching Your Research’, ‘Doing Research’, and ‘Disseminating Research’.
Staff Contact: Glyn Williams

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Sharing your research

This workshop will introduce the principles of Open Access publishing and explore how sharing your research publications and data online can help boost the impact of your work. We will demonstrate the University’s open access repositories.
Staff Contact: Kate O’Neill, Anna Marshall

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Simple Graphs and Statistics with SPSS

For users to be able to explore their data graphically, carry out simple descriptive analyses and bi-variate analyses
Staff Contact: Jean Russell

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Speaking Skills for Research Purposes - ELT6060 (12 week course)

The course is intended principally for students whose first language is not English.
Staff Contact: Mr George Turner, ELTC

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Standing out from the crowd

This session will introduce you to online tools to help you maximize your influence on the research community, create an online personal profile which will be visible to other researchers and to possible employers, and assess the impact of others.
Staff Contact: Helen Moore & Rachael Roberts

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Successful application forms and personal statements

This interactive session will show you how to complete application forms effectively.
Staff Contact: Darcey Gillie

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Thesis Writing: Principles and Practice - ELT6050 (12 week course)

A practical course, developing the necessary skills to write up your research as a thesis.
Staff Contact: Dr Dinah Ward, ELTC

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Tools for literature searching

This workshop introduces search tools to help you with your literature review, and provides opportunities to use and evaluate them with support from Library staff.
Staff Contact: Brenda Steel & Emily Stock

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Understanding psychometric tests (aptitude tests and personality questionnaires) used in recruitment

This session will explain the variety of tests and questionnaires being used, how they are assessed and how you could improve both your confidence and performance.
Staff Contact: Rachael Roberts

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Visualising & Analysing Biomedical Datasets with R

This unit will teach students how to visualise biomedical data using histograms, scattergrams, line plots, and more sophisticated methods including heatmaps, and how to turn these into publication-quality images.
Staff Contact: Dr Simon Cross

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Where to Publish? Using metrics to find influential journals and authors

This workshop will explore various ways to raise your online profile and increase the visibility of your research. The workshop combines ‘Where to Publish?’, ‘Sharing your research’, and ‘Standing out from the crowd’ in one 4-hour session.
Staff Contact: Anthea Tucker & Oliver Allchin

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Writing Your Thesis - Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Students only Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Only

Staff Contact: Martina Daly

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Your PhD....What Next?

Everyone makes decisions in different ways and so there is no single best way to plan a career. This session will introduce you to a number of ways of making effective decisions about that next step.
Staff Contact: Darcey Gillie

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