Research Training: Engagement, influence & impact

1. Working with others

  • Actively works in an inclusive, respectful and constructive way with colleagues, stakeholders and research users.
  • Recognises and acknowledges the contribution of others and own part in team success.
  • Builds relationships in academic and commercial contexts; approachable and interacts constructively with others; manages expectations and resolves conflict.
  • Supervises, mentors and develops the potential of less experienced researchers and colleagues through support and advice.
  • Leads, motivates and influences where appropriate; persuades through listening and convincing discussion.
  • Builds and sustains collaborative relationships and works pro-actively to create and develop knowledge with a range of stakeholders, including researchers, funders and users of research.
Attitude:

  • Respects the inclusive and collegial manner in which researchers conduct relationships within and beyond academia.
  • Recognises the potential for working in sustained partnerships with a range of stakeholders to generate new ideas, insights and maximise the potential for wider societal and economic impact.
  • Respects individual difference and diversity.

2. Communication and dissemination

Knowledge of:

  • Appropriate communication and dissemination mechanisms for different audiences.
  • The importance of engaging in the processes of publication and dissemination of research results and impacts.
Behaviour:
  • Communicates effectively in both written and oral modes with a range of audiences formally and informally through a variety of different techniques and media.
  • Actively engages in publication and dissemination of research results and impacts.

3. Engagement and impact

Knowledge of:

  • Global, organisational, cultural, economic, and environmental contexts, and the wider impact of research.
  • The social and ethical implications of research, and public attitudes to these issues.
  • The range of mechanisms to support knowledge transfer and maximise the impact of research in academic, economic and societal contexts.
Behaviour:
  • Engages with and shares research through research-informed and student-focused teaching.
  • Contributes to increasing public awareness, engagement and understanding of research and associated impacts.
  • Identifies innovative trends, ideas and applications; is enterprising and entrepreneurial within and beyond academia.
  • Works collaboratively with all stakeholders to create, develop and exchange research knowledge to influence and benefit policy development, society and the economy; seeks new outlets and promotes the application of research in innovative ways.
  • Appreciates and works with diversity and difference in research and education.
Attitude:
  • Values the contribution of research to teaching and teaching to research.
  • Recognises the importance of accountability of research with regard to social and economic impacts, internationalisation and global citizenship.

How to use the media to publicise your research

The course is designed as interactive and practical, but as the aim is to instil confidence in interaction with the media, trainees are taken through guidelines, techniques and mnemonics before engaging in practical exercises. 

These include understanding the elements of a good news story, techniques for taking control of the interview, and for handling difficult or aggressive questioning. 

The final exercise is the most exciting and challenging, a filmed TV interview, which is then analysed in playback. The trainers prepare individual interview scenarios, so it is vital they have the names and study interests of each participant before the training. 

Detailed handouts are provided to reinforce the lessons after the workshop has ended. Even if you have no plans to talk to journalists, the communication you’ll gain will help you in any situation where you need to explain your ideas to people outside your field—potential funders, cross-disciplinary collaborators or businesses.

Intended learning outcomes:
By the end of the workshop the participants will

  • know how to identify newsworthy, 'media-friendly' elements in their research
  • know how to 'pitch' their research to the media
  • gain confidence in giving expert comments to the media
  • gain confidence in giving interviews to print media, radio and TV.

Facilitator: Tim Grout-Smith and Lily Poberezhska, Media Players International
Applicability: Suitable for most research students and research staff

Course dates and times: 

  • 12 & 13 November 2020, 0915-1300 both days (UK time) via Zoom


Bookings and enquiries: researchskills@plymouth.ac.uk

Open Access Publishing for greater visibility and impact (REF, Elements, PEARL, ORCiD, Scopus IDs and other jargon explained)

There is a complex landscape of funder, publisher and institutional policies around Open Access publishing with increasing requirements for authors to use various tools yet there are also great benefits for individuals and research groups to engage and use them effectively for increased visibility and potentially greater impact of disseminated work. This workshop aims to disentangle the policy requirements and provide a straightforward path through the maze of Open Scholarship systems. Session contents include:

  • Overviewof Open Access: its intended benefits and new discovery tools
  • Howto deposit your work to PEARL (the university repository) via SymplecticElements (the university’s Open Access repository) in accordance withUniversity/REF/funder policies yet within the constraints of publishercopyright policies and the possibilities of Open Licences
  • Exploring the profiles we recommend you connect to Elements (ORCiD, Scopus ID, Web of Science ID)
  • Exploring the value of other tools in this arena for maximising access to published research and promoting your work: e.g. Research Gate, Kudos, Publons
  • Using Altmetrics and Library databases to track citation and attention impact of(open) publications and wider considerations to bear in mind when using metrics

 Facilitator: Information Specialists

Applicability: Research students at any stage who have publications.

Course dates and times:

  • 26 October 2020, 1030-1200 (UK time) via Zoom

Bookings and enquiries: researchskills@plymouth.ac.uk

Designing an effective research poster

The session will explain why compelling a research poster is an essential job skill for academics. You will receive training on how to put together a compelling poster that will make your colleagues pay attention.

If you have already designed a poster and want to get feedback and feel comfortable to discuss it within the class please bring a copy to the session with you.

Facilitator: Daniela Oehring
Applicability: All research students

Course dates and times: 

  • 18 November 2020, 1030-1200 (UK time) via Zoom


Bookings and enquiries: researchskills@plymouth.ac.uk

Postgraduate Research Showcase

The Postgraduate Research Showcase is a platform for postgraduate student presentations. The showcase adopts a balanced approach where a presenter shares their knowledge with the audience and in return, the audience provides valuable feedback on their work.

The Doctoral College invites all postgraduate students to present their research findings and work in progress and to exchange ideas and experiences, showcase the excellent work of postgraduates and share best practices at the University of Plymouth.

We wish to invite all postgraduate students who are interested in communicating their research to join us and participate in this great event.

To register your interest to present, show a poster, exhibition or demonstration please contact researchskills@plymouth.ac.uk.

The successful selection of abstracts will be based on the appeal to both a wider and non-specialist audience.

Enquiries and audience bookings: researchskills@plymouth.ac.uk.

Dates: 

  • 10 December 2020, 1400-1530 (UK time) via Zoom
  • 11 February 2021, 1400-1530 (UK time) via Zoom
  • 21 April 2021, 1400-1530 (UK time) via Zoom
  • 24 June 2921, 1400-1530 (UK time) via Zoom

Bookings and enquiries: researchskills@plymouth.ac.uk 

Online training through LinkedIn Learning

All students and staff to have access to LinkedIn Learning, a continually growing and evolving library of training videos and tutorials covering a wide range of software, technologies and business topics. Students and staff members can take advantage of free 24/7 access to the entire library of training; this includes:

  • Over 5,000 online courses with over 245,000 videos
  • Vast array of subjects and software presented by carefully selected authors, classroom educators, best-selling authors, and recognised authorities
  • Rich features including bookmarking videos, chapters or courses for future reference, create collections, make notes and undertake knowledge checks
  • Use Learning Paths where industry experts teach you the knowledge and skills to start your career
What you can do:
    • Manage information in your personal profile
    • Keep track of your course history and recent activity
    • Bookmark your favourite courses or videos
    • Earn certificates of course completion and share these on your LinkedIn profiles
    • Access from a range of devices
    • Create collections

Getting Started

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Teaching

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