Faculty of Arts

Directed Studies Week 8-12 November

Reading Week Nov 19

Directed Studies Week is a break in the teaching schedule. It gives you the opportunity to catch a breath, get up to date with reading and prepare for assessments. 

We also organise a series of events during the week to help:

  • develop new skills
  • career planning
  • broadening horizons

They are all free and feedback from past events has been very positive.

Look forward to seeing you at some of the events!

Professor Christopher Woodard
Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education and Student Experience

Registration

Most events will be held as Teams sessions. We've provided the joining link for all of the online events but please also register using the form. This means we can make sure you have access to the resources you'll need.

 

 

Event details

What makes a great dissertation? Models and approaches - Monday 8 November

  • Aimed at: Faculty of Arts undergraduate final year students only
  • Time: 10am-12pm
  • Led by: Professor Christopher Woodard, Dr Daniel Mutibwa, Professor William Bowden

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Work experience for Arts students - Monday 8 November

Come along to this friendly, interactive session, facilitated by Cathy Sibley from the Careers and Employability Service, to find out:

  • What the different types of work experience are
  • Where to search for work experience
  • How to apply for work experience

 

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Academic skills for peer mentors - Monday 8 November

As peer mentors, you may be required to support your mentees through a variety of academic and personal situations. In this online workshop, we will be looking at why careful time management can have a huge influence on student well-being, and how you can support students in their organisation of time. We will then explore a range of both digital and hand-written note-making techniques which you can share with your mentees.  

  • Aimed at: Faculty of Arts peer mentors only
  • Time: 3.30-5pm
  • Led by: Student Academic Skills team

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Building your resilience - Tuesday 9 November

In this workshop we’ll consider what it means to be resilient, and why this is important. We’ll also share some top tips for responding to challenges and building personal resilience.

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The future of teaching and learning in the Arts and Humanities - Tuesday 9 November

Would you like to take part in research about the future of teaching and learning in the Arts and Humanities? If so, please come along to this workshop in which we will:

  • explore your experiences of teaching and learning during the pandemic with a focus on what, from your own perspective, worked and what was less positive
  • use your feedback to flesh out a vision of the future of teaching in the Arts and Humanities in Higher Education

 

  • Aimed at: All Faculty of Arts students
  • Time: 1-3pm
  • Led by: Dr Neil Hughes

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Building your own amazing business - Wednesday 10 November

Join Terri Holloway and Janet Wallace to learn about setting up in business for yourself and how the Ingenuity Lab, the University’s free business incubator can help. You will also hear about the Witty Entrepreneurial Scholarship, a University of Nottingham fund and scholarship programme available to support you in getting your ideas established. 

  • Aimed at: All Faculty of Arts students
  • Time: 11am-12pm
  • Led by: Terri Holloway and Janet Wallace

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Year-long placements: where to start? - Wednesday 10 November

If you’re interested in the idea of completing a year-long placement as part of your degree then this session is for you. We’ll introduce the optional placement year, how it works and how to decide whether it’s right for you, and explain all the support available to help you secure your placement.

This session will take place in-person and places are therefore restricted to suit room capacity. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and the location will be sent to you by email once your booking is confirmed.

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Career planning for masters students - Thursday 11 November

In this workshop we’ll look at making the most of your masters year to help plan and succeed in your next steps.

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Planning and structuring an essay - Thursday 11 November

Approaching your essay writing with a plan can help you feel prepared and confident as you write. In this session we will be exploring several techniques for planning out and structuring an essay including argument mapping, using your word count, and how different software can aid you along the way.

  • Aimed at: Faculty of Arts undergraduate students only
  • Time: 12.15-1.15pm
  • Led by: Student Academic Skills team

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Proposing a PhD - Thursday 11 November

This event is tailored towards masters students in the Faculty of Arts who are considering making the transition to PhD. The session will discuss what a PhD is, and the things to consider when deciding on the right route for you. We will also cover practical matters such as: identifying supervisors, drafting a proposal, and looking for funding.

  • Aimed at: Faculty of Arts masters students only
  • Time: 1-2.30pm
  • Led by: Dr Peter Kirwan (Faculty Director of PGT) and Dr Lucy Bradnock (Faculty Director of PGR)

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Essay writing for masters students - Thursday 11 November

In this interactive session, we consider the journey of essay and assignment writing from your initial thoughts to the finished product. We will use the Artist, Architect, Carpenter, Judge concept of writing roles (adapted from Flowers, 1981) to help you think about your own writing process. We will look at how to incorporate critical analysis across the different stages of your writing to enhance your critical voice as a postgraduate writer.

  • Aimed at: Faculty of Arts masters students only
  • Time: 3.30-4.30pm
  • Led by: Student Academic Skills team

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Strategies to manage your time - Friday 12 November

Whatever your degree and year group, you are likely juggling independent studying alongside face-to-face and online teaching sessions. Managing your time carefully can help you stay on top of your work and to ensure you have a healthy approach to university life. This interactive workshop will give you the opportunity to test a range of strategies for time management in the long term, medium term, and short term as well as setting goals which work for you.

  • Aimed at: All Faculty of Arts students only
  • Time: 12.15-1.15pm
  • Led by: Student Academic Skills team

This session will take place in-person and places are therefore restricted to suit room capacity. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and the location will be sent to you by email once your booking is confirmed.

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Boosting your reading and note-making - Friday 12 November

You spend so much time reading at University, but we hardly ever talk about it! In this interactive workshop, we will help you explore effective reading strategies including techniques for speedreading. We will be looking at shortcuts for great note-making, and helping you find note-making strategies that suit your own learning preferences. We will also introduce you to software that can help you make great notes which you can return to again and again.

  • Aimed at: All Faculty of Arts students only
  • Time: 3.30-4.30pm
  • Led by: Student Academic Skills team

This session will take place in-person and places are therefore restricted to suit room capacity. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and the location will be sent to you by email once your booking is confirmed.

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Register for the events

Please select all the sessions you would like to attend. Registration ensures you can access any resources you will need.

  • Deadline for registration: 5pm, Friday 5 November

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