Research Skills Development Programme

Research Skills Development Programme for Academic Staff and Research Students

The programme is designed to offer support and advice to meet the needs of any researcher; from those who have not yet started to those who are more experienced or feel they need to update their skills. We will cover every stage of research - from keeping up to date with the developments in academic fields to applying for external funding and leading collaborative projects. The sessions aim to encourage and support people to become more effective researchers. Take as many sessions as you feel you need - the programme is designed to help you develop general research skills and update those you already have. The programme is not designed to help academics update their professional training, which is another very important area of scholarly activity. The programme is closely linked to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework Planner. To access the Planner please email Dr John Rule (j.rule@yorksj.ac.uk) for registration to the website.

Please view the current Research Skills Development Programme below:

Research Skills Development Programme 2017-18 April to June (DOCX, 48.2kB)

To book onto any of these courses, please email v.carpenter@yorksj.ac.uk 

Research Skills Development sessions are now available on Moodle:

A number of sessions are available within this programme and further information is available below in the following sections:

  • For Postgraduate Research Students only
  • For Postgraduate Research Students and Early Career Researchers
  • For Publicising Research
  • For More Experienced Researchers, Mid-career Researchers and Associate Professors
  • For PGR Supervisors

If you have any questions about these sessions or would like to discuss which ones are best suited for you, please contact Dr Victoria Carpenter, Head of Research Development (v.carpenter@yorksj.ac.uk).

View course materials from previous sessions (password protected)

Sessions for Postgraduate Research Students only:

Postgraduate Research Student Induction

Cohort Induction (for new YSJU research student from any School): Starting Your Research Degree This is a mandatory course for new YSJU research student from any School (and previous starters for YSJU or University of Leeds who have not yet attended this). The topics covered in the session are:

  • The research degree process - being a research student at YSJU
  • Getting the best from your supervisor
  • Your research degree in context – where do you fit in at YSJU?
  • Information Learning Services (library, IT & copyright) for research students
  • Doing the Right Thing – researching with integrity
  • An introduction to career planning
  • Looking ahead – being prepared for your research degree

Preparing for your Transfer/Upgrade

This session is for YSJU or University of Leeds PhD students only.

Preparing for your Viva

This course is for YSJU research degree students only. University of Leeds research degrees students are examined under different regulations and should attend the equivalent University of Leeds course.

Sessions for Postgraduate Research Students and Early Career Researchers:

Developing your Search Strategy

This session will focus on framing answerable research questions and developing a search strategy directly from the research question in order to pinpoint the most relevant and key literature within your research area.  The session will, in particular, cover systematic approaches to literature searching taking students through the processes of developing more sophisticated and robust search strategies to support a systematic review.  The session aims to help attendees develop increased awareness of available information sources to support literature searching and will also cover the practical aspects of the process, offering attendees the opportunity to carry out supported searches relevant to their own area of study.

Ethics and Ethical Review and Specific Ethical Issues

Ethics and Ethical Review/Research with Human Participants

This session examines principles of research ethics, general ethical considerations, and the process of York St John Research Ethical Approval applications.

Specific Ethical Issues in Research

This is an interactive session exploring subject-specific ethical issues, including research with children and young people.

Getting Started in Research

This interactive session addresses the nature of the research tripod and explores each component in depth. You will practice defining and unpicking concepts, trends and anomalies, learn about finding and formulating a knowledge gap, and framing a research question in any discipline area.

Literature Search and Review

Literature Search

In this interactive session, you will learn about research library databases, keyword searches, and how to create a search tree.

Literature Review

This session will:

  • Introduce researchers to the requirements of literature reviews and the range of methodologies used
  • Provide definitions, purpose, approaches and typology
  • Describe the three phases of literature review
  • Discuss literature reviews in the arts and systematic review methodologies
  • Provide a practical opportunity to review literature reviews.

Planning a Research Project

This interactive session examines the research tripod in practice. You will learn about formulating a research plan with outputs and outcomes, putting together a project pack, dealing with issues around data collection and analysis, and planning backwards.

Qualitative and Quantitative Methodologies and Overview

Qualitative Research Methodologies

This session focuses on how to design and conduct research involving non-numerical data. The session starts by introducing some of the key theoretical and methodological principles underlying the notion of ‘qualitative research’ and then explores the major differences between qualitative research conducted in the interpretivist and emancipatory paradigms. We will consider the main benefits and limitations of using qualitative approaches. Finally, the session focuses in more detail upon case study, ethnography and critical discourse analysis as specific methodologies that are commonly used within a broadly qualitative approach.

Quantitative Research Methodologies

This session explores issues around dealing with quantitative data using SPSS, Excel and other programmes.

Overview of Research Methodologies

This session presents an overview of research philosophies, ontology, epistemology, and cross-disciplinarity.

Research Integrity

This is an interactive session which aims to raise researchers’ (staff and research students) awareness of research integrity issues. You will explore key principles of The Concordat to Support Research Integrity, the York St John Code of Practice on Research Integrity, and consider different forms of research misconduct and their consequences.

Time Management in Research

This is an interactive session discussing how best to use what little free time we may have for research. Get some general time management tips for academics, find out how to deal with time-management stress and balance various commitments while achieving your research goals.

Writing Research

This is an interactive session discussing various approaches to writing, structuring, self-editing, and pump priming the writing process. Learn how to overcome writer’s block; practice writing about your research in 50 words; talk with other researchers about what does and does not work for them.

Sessions on Publicising Research:

Publishing and Peer Review

This is an interactive session discussing how to convert research into publications (including turning conference papers into journal articles), how to deal with and deliver peer review, and the intricacies of Open Access.

Research and Public Engagement

This interactive session will discuss what public engagement means in practical terms and how it differs from impact. We will look at pathways to impact, REF impact case studies, and explore how public engagement events can be planned into a research project and what evidence of impact they may offer.

Selling Research - Looking and Applying for Funding

Selling Research 1 - Looking for Funding

This is an interactive session on converting projects into bids and looking for funding. There will be tasks on reading bidding calls, exploring partnership problems, and understanding various funding frameworks.

Selling Research 2 - Applying for Funding

This is an interactive session on building a case for funding and writing bids. You will look at sample bids, discuss budgets, and explore how to meet reviewers’ expectations.

Telling the World about your Research

This is an interactive session to help you build a publication plan (‘Frankensteining a research project’) that’s achievable and that does not require several research projects running simultaneously. You will discuss how to select publication venues, what’s the most efficient way to write abstracts, how to capitalise on conference participation, etc.

Sessions for More Experienced Researchers, Mid-career Researchers and Associate Professors:

Managing a Research Team

Managing a Research Team focuses on putting together a research team and work packages, coordinating the team, and dealing with inevitable challenges. The sessions are delivered by experienced researchers from York St John University and other universities, representing a range of disciplines.

Publishing from Mature Projects

Publishing from mature projects concentrates on developing academic identity in publications, writing effective book proposals; editing collected volumes; and issues of IP and Open Access. The sessions are delivered by experienced researchers from York St John University and other universities, representing a range of disciplines.

Research Leadership

Research leadership explores mentoring, developing a research plan and strategy – individual and group; and growing your academic external visibility. The sessions are delivered by experienced researchers from York St John University and other universities, representing a range of disciplines.

Risk Management

Risk management examines issues of health and safety, research risks (including academic integrity), and risk assessment and offsetting. The sessions are delivered by experienced researchers from York St John University and other universities, representing a range of disciplines.

Running Funded Projects

Running Funded Projects addresses planning a project against the funder’s conditions, planning outputs and outcomes, and project and financial coordination. The sessions are delivered by experienced researchers from York St John University and other universities, representing a range of disciplines.

Starting and Running a Collaborative Research Project

Starting and Running a Collaborative Research Project explores how to find collaborators, set up a research project taking into consideration the existing skills set, and manage the project to ensure that it is completed on time. The sessions are delivered by experienced researchers from York St John University and other universities, representing a range of disciplines.

Sessions for PGR Supervisors:

Independent Chair Training

Independent Chair Training is for experienced PGR supervisors who have examined PGR theses at York St John University or at another HEI. The session covers the role of a VIVA examination chair and gives an opportunity to try out some real-life examination scenarios.

This session is available as a module on Moodle, titled 'Independent Examiner Chair Training' (moodle link for York St John University staff only), and is open for self-enrolment.

Initial Research Degree Supervision Training

This is a mandatory course for academic staff to qualify to supervise YSJU research degrees in any School.

Internal Examiner Training

Internal Examiner Training is for current PGR supervisors who are looking to act as internal examiners at York St John University. The session covers the role of an internal examiner and gives an opportunity to try out some real-life examination scenarios.

Before signing up to the Internal Examiner Training, please complete the checklist to see if you are eligible for training: Internal Examiner Training Checklist (DOCX, 13.6kB).

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