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Part-time and distance learning researchers

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At Nottingham, more than 15% of all doctoral researchers are studying part-time or at a distance. Typically part-time and distance doctorates are spread over six or more years, which is a long time to balance all the demands on your life. The Graduate School seeks to support you throughout this period by providing access to a comprehensive researcher development programme.  All classroom based and online courses are available to you free of charge.

Nottingham Part-Time Researcher Workshops

In collaboration with the University of Birmingham, The University of Nottingham coordinates a programme of training and development sessions specifically for part-time researchers. The Nottingham Part-Time Researcher Workshops are a day long training and development events which give part-time research students the opportunity to explore issues that affect their research study. Facilitated by research development staff from both universities, the event includes discussion on the nature of researching part-time, dedicated development workshops, and professional networking opportunities with fellow part-timers. Some of the problems faced by part-time researchers specifically are addressed during the events.

Collaborative Workshops

Friday 27 October 2017, 9.30-4.30pm

A11, Highfield House, University of Nottingham

Tutors: Dr Claire O’Callaghan (University of Nottingham) and Dr Eren Bilgen (University of Birmingham)

Attendance requirements: None – all sessions are optional

The events will include two development workshops specifically tailored for part-time research students:

  • Structuring your thesis
  • Getting the best from long-distance supervision

Visit Eventbrite to book your place on this course: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nottingham-birmingham-part-time-researcher-workshop-tickets-38105682121

Thursday 7th December 2017, 9.30 – 4.30pm

University of Birmingham, room TBC

Tutors: Dr Claire O’Callaghan (University of Nottingham) and Dr Eren Bilgen (University of Birmingham)

Attendance requirements: None – all sessions are optional

The events will include two development workshops specifically tailored for part-time research students:

  • Planning to manage your time
  • Making programme, avoid defeatism and self-sabotage

Booking via Eventbrite to follow

Saturday 24 February 2018, 9.30 – 4.30pm

C09, Engineering and Science Learning Centre, University of Nottingham (for part-time researchers at the end of their studies only)

The event is for part-time postgraduate researchers at the end of their studies and is entitled ‘Finishing your part-time PhD’. The mini workshops on this event include:

  • Structuring your thesis
  • Editing and finishing your thesis
  • Staying motivated
  • Preparing for the viva

Visit Eventbrite to book your place on this course: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nottingham-birmingham-part-time-researcher-workshop-tickets-38105682121

Saturday 12 May 2018, 9.30 – 4.30pm

University of Birmingham, room TBC

Tutors: Dr Claire O’Callaghan (University of Nottingham) and Dr Eren Bilgen (University of Birmingham)

Attendance requirements: None – all sessions are optional

The events will include two development workshops specifically tailored for part-time research students:

  • Structuring your thesis
  • Getting the best from long-distance supervision

Booking via Eventbrite to follow

Friday 3rd August 2018, 9.30-4.30pm

University of Nottingham, A11, Highfield House, University of Nottingham

Tutor: Dr Claire O’Callaghan (University of Nottingham) and Dr Eren Bilgen (University of Birmingham)

Attendance requirements: None – all sessions are optional

The events will include two development workshops specifically tailored for part-time research students:

  • Planning to manage your time
  • Making programme, avoid defeatism and self-sabotage
  • Visit Eventbrite to book your place on this course: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nottingham-birmingham-part-time-researcher-workshop-tickets-38105682121

 Any questions?

If you have any questions about the Nottingham Part-time Researcher Workshops, please contact Claire O’Callaghan in the Graduate School.

Saturday Courses 

We know that many part-time students juggle many commitments which can make attending courses on weekdays particularly difficult. We therefore offer a selection of our most popular training courses on Saturdays.

  • How to be an effective researcher for research students
    13 January 2018, 09.15am-5pm, A01 & A02, Highfield House
  • Nature of the Doctorate and the Supervision Process      
    13 January 2018. 09.30am-12.30pm,  MHSGC
  • Planning your research
    3 February 2018, 10.00am – 13.00pm, A11, Highfield House
  • Preparing for the viva    
    3 February, 13.30 -16.30pm, A11, Highfield House
  • Further presentation skills for researchers           
    17 February, 09.30am-13.00pm, A11, Highfield House
  • Further presentation skills for researchers           
    17 February, 13.30-17.00pm, A11, Highfield House
  • Presentation Skills for Researchers (all disciplines)            
    7 April   09.30am-15.30pm, A11, Highfield House

Online Courses


The Graduate School offers a growing portfolio of online research training courses and resources. Some of these are stand-alone and can be taken by you at a time most suitable to your needs. Other courses are moderated and run over a set period (of usually a week). They provide an opportunity for you to work collaboratively with other doctoral researchers to enhance your skills and share your experiences in a facilitated online learning environment.

We recognise that you may have further training needs and The Researcher Development team is happy to discuss your needs with you. In the first instance it is best to contact the Researcher Training and Development Manager with responsibility for your faculty.   

 

Access to Libraries

 
Online resources

Visit the libraries webpage to find our more about online resources available at the University of Nottingham.

The Studying Effectively pages include step-by-step interactive tutorials and answers to frequently asked questions from students regarding their study and information skills.

Access a library in your local area

SCONUL Access is a reciprocal scheme for many library users working or studying at over 170 participating higher education libraries in the UK and Ireland. It enables staff and students from one institution to access resources at other SCONUL Access member libraries.

 

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