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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Academic Publishing - Editing and Peer Review

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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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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Beyond the Impact Factor: using metrics to help identify influential research

This session will give an overview of research metrics, and introduce a range of tools that can be used to help identify highly-cited and highly-discussed journals, authors and papers. We'll discuss the strengths and limitations of these metrics, and how to use them responsibly.
Staff Contact: Anthea Tucker & Oliver Allchin

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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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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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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: Charlotte Williams (charlotte.williams@sheffield.ac.uk)

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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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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 Featured

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, Peter Barr and Steve McIndoe

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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 Mendeley

This session introduces Mendeley, free software that can help you collect, organise and format your references, citations and bibliographies. It is aimed at beginners with no prior experience of using Mendeley.
Staff Contact: Liam Bullingham, Peter Barr and Steve McIndoe

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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 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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New Rights & reuse: copyright and your thesis

What is copyright and how does it affect you as a researcher? Come along to this workshop to find out how copyright affects reuse of material in your thesis, and how it protects works that you produce.
Staff Contact: Ruth MacMullen & Jen Smith

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Sharing your research: open access and open data

This workshop will introduce the principles of Open Access publishing. We will explore the benefits of sharing your research, and discuss how this can boost the impact of your research outputs and raise your profile. We will introduce ways to share your research publications, data and other outputs, and demonstrate the University’s open access repositories.
Staff Contact: 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: boosting your digital presence

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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The influential researcher

This 4-hour workshop will explore various ways to raise your online profile and increase the visibility of your research. This workshop combines elements from Sharing your research (LIB302), Standing out from the crowd (LIB303) and Beyond the Impact Factor (LIB301) which are also available as separate modules.
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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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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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