Professional and Personal Development
What is available?
- Annual programme of courses and workshops
- Planning your development
- The Enhancing Research Practice Programme
- Financial Support
The Staff Training and Development Unit offers a range of courses and workshops for research staff. We suggest that you spend time planning your professional development activity as your needs will change as you gain more experience of working in the research environment. Therefore as a guide we have listed the courses and workshops by year of employment as a researcher.
Also, please have a look at the full Staff Training and Development Programme for the wide-range of development activities provided for university staff.
Research Writing Retreats
Over the past four years the Staff Training and Development Unit has organised the Queen’s Writing for Publication workshops, facilitated by Dr Dan Soule. As a further way to encourage Queen’s researchers to spend time developing their writing a number of Researcher Writing Retreats have been held, with further retreats taking place in January and June 2015. Read more ...
Effective Researcher Programme Years 1 - 6
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Years 1 & 2
Effective Researcher Programme 1
- Induction for Research Staff
- The Effective Researcher
- Presentation Skills for researchers
- Queen's Writing for Publication Series 2014-15
- Effective Use of Voice
- Project Planning and Time Management for Researchers
- Research Ethics for University Staff
- Introduction to Nvivo
- Doing Focus Group Research
- SPSS 1: Introduction
- SPSS 2: Data Analysis Using SPSS
- Introduction to STATA
- IRAS - Integrated Research Application System
Career Development Workshops
- Planning Your Research Career
- Preparing for Academic Interviews
- Writing Your Academic CV
- Career Exploration for Researchers
- The Collaborative Researcher
- Applying Your Research to Policy Agendas
- Turbocharging Your Writing
- The Strategic Researcher
Career Development Workshops
Years 4 & 5
Effective Researcher Programme 2
- Management and Leadership in a Research role
- Finance for non-Financial Managers
- Developing for Success: Communicating Effectively
- Developing for Success: Presenting with Impact
Planning your development
In order to focus on what is most important to you, you should spend time planning your development activitiy at Queen's. This is part of the annual Appraisal Process, which includes a section on development planning. However, you should also discuss this with your colleagues and you can make use of the Researcher Development Framework to help inform your discussions.
The Enhancing Research Practice Programme
Enhancing Research Practice Programme 2013-14 (ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management)
Do you want to enhance your research practice and plan your career and professional development? Participating in the Enhancing Research Practice Programme will support you to do so.
A series of events designed for researchers - Networking with researchers from across Queen's
|Introductory Session||30 October 13|
|Planning your Research Career||21 November 13|
|The Leading Researcher||27 November 13|
|Presentation Skills for Researchers||1 & 11 April 14|
Queen's Writing for Publication
|5 Dec 13||Effective Teamworking||18 Feb 14|
|Workshop 2:||8 Jan 14|
|Workshop 3:||12 Feb 14||Project Planning and Time Management||12 Mar 14|
|Creative Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making||26 Mar 14|
As a researcher at Queen’s you know that it is important that you have the ability to perform many different tasks. Over time you will have learnt and developed the knowledge and skills to effectively undertake these tasks. Also, you will understand that it is essential to your own career and professional progress that you continue to develop these and new skills and abilities. To assist you to continue developing the University provides you with a range of resources. Many of these are school-based activity but there are also opportunities to meet with researchers from across the University to develop your skills.
During 2013-14 the Staff Training and Development Unit will provide a range of development activities. One of these is a structured programme of events for research staff, which aims to provide development activity to enhance your research practice. The Enhancing Research Practice Programme will support you to achieve your development aspirations and to advance your professional practice. This programme compliments and is part of the wider programme of activity for Queen’s research staff.
There are two elements to the Enhancing Research Practice Programme; a group of core workshops, alongside two optional training pathways. It is intended that participants will attend 6 core workshops in addition to taking either the writing or presenting pathways. As the programme draws upon existing Queen’s Staff Development workshops, it will be possible to claim credit for any of the workshops that the participants have already undertaken. To receive your certificate of completion you must attend the Final Event, at which participants either give a short talk or provide a short piece of writing about their research.
All the workshops are self-contained and with the exception of the introductory session can be taken in any order. Participants should complete the programme within one academic year. However, depending on work commitments the programme can be completed over two academic years.
If you are interested in participating in this programme please complete the application form. If you wish to find out more contact Paul Monahan, firstname.lastname@example.org or ext.6632. The Enhancing Research Practice (ILM) course is now full.
“All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.” Albert Einstein