skip to navigation skip to content


Filter by

Course type

Show only:

Dates available

Places available


Filter search

Browse or search for courses

13 matching courses
Courses per page: 10 | 25 | 50 | 100

How do we build up knowledge in Engineering? What is your PhD contributing to? This session will introduce you to where your PhD fits in the context of academic publishing and wider society, considering academic integrity, peer review, open research and having an impact outside of academia. The following topics will be covered:

  • Placing the First Year Report and PhD in the context of the academic landscape
  • Ethics and integrity
  • Academic publishing and peer review
  • Metrics and Open Research
  • Impact
  • Communicating with different audiences
  • Your online academic identity

Please bring a laptop or other web-enabled device with you to the session. A handout for the session is available on Moodle if you would like to bring it with you, but it is not necessary.

Come along to a one to one session where we will talk you through the process of designing and performing a presentation of your work.

We will ask you to book a follow up session where you present something to us in a safe space using the tips and techniques discussed in the one to one and we will offer feedback.

These sessions are tailored to you and we will cover the issues that are most important to you. Come with all of your questions.

By the end of the sessions you will be more confidant on:

  • Structuring your presentation clearly and sensibly
  • How to design useful slides
  • How to give a good performance

Please email any questions to

8 other events...

Date Availability
Tue 20 Feb 2018 13:00 [Full]
Mon 26 Feb 2018 13:00 [Places]
Wed 28 Feb 2018 13:00 [Places]
Thu 26 Apr 2018 13:00 [Places]
Mon 7 May 2018 13:00 [Places]
Tue 15 May 2018 13:00 [Places]
Wed 23 May 2018 13:00 [Full]
Fri 25 May 2018 13:00 [Full]

This session will look at ways to plan your 4th year project, how and where to conduct a literature review, and include tips on how to manage the information you gather.

We will focus particularly on the electronic resources available to you over the long vacation and on support provided by the Department of Engineering Library.

To get the most out of this session, please bring your own laptop.

3 other events...

Date Availability
Mon 4 Jun 2018 13:00 [Places]
Thu 7 Jun 2018 13:00 [Places]
Tue 12 Jun 2018 13:00 [Places]

This workshop will help you understand the purpose of referencing and how to do it easily. By the end of the hour you will be able to:

  • Understand why we reference
  • Recognise what information makes up a reference
  • Know how to incorporate references into your work
  • Know about difference referencing styles

This is a beginner's class but can be used to refresh your memory on basic referencing.

Please email any questions to

1 other event...

Date Availability
Thu 17 May 2018 13:00 [Places]
Engineering: Report Writing Fri 11 May 2018   13:00   [More dates...] [Places]

Learn to identify the characteristics of a good report. From an accurate, concise and persuasive writing style to a well organised, well-presented layout and format.

This workshop will help you understand the purpose of a report, how to plan it and how best to structure it in terms of presentation and layout. It will also offer 'good advice' on what you should (and should not) do.

There will be a pre-course questionnaire and you will find it helpful to bring along a previously written report Please email any questions to

1 other event...

Date Availability
Tue 22 May 2018 13:00 [Places]

This session will help you understand the ethics and practicalities of managing information and data throughout PhDs and research projects. Whether you are creating your own data through experimental research or reusing data from other sources, we'll tell you what you should think about in order to manage, use and share data responsibly.

Please bring a laptop or web enabled device with you to the session. All slides and notes will be available on the RDC Information Skills Moodle site.

2 other events...

Date Availability
Mon 5 Mar 2018 16:00 [Places]
Tue 13 Mar 2018 15:30 [Places]

This session, given by the Library's Information Service, will develop skills that will help you develop your literature search. From a foundation of knowing how to search for academic sources, you will learn about what to do if your search isn’t working out well, when you can stop searching and how to quickly get information from the sources you find. The following topics will be covered:

• Troubleshooting your search

• Knowing when to stop searching

• Using a reference manager

• Note-taking techniques

• Critical reading

Please bring a laptop or web enabled device with you to the session.

Do you want to increase the probability of completing your PhD on time and be happier doing it? In this workshop, Dr Sue Jackson will share and discuss these 'secrets' which the aim of allowing you to reflect on what you can easily do to help yourself achieve this aim. If you haven't already been to this workshop as part of your RCC, do come along.

This one hour lecture, given by Philip Guildford, Director of Research, will provide you with the basics of what you need to know about intellectual property (copyright, patents, confidentiality agreements) in the context of University Research. A useful starting point, which could prevent you making costly mistakes in the future.

Finishing Up and Moving On: FUMO (Engineering) Thu 8 Mar 2018   09:30 [Full]

Why this course might make a difference:

This course is designed to enable participants to finish their PhD successfully and move on to the next stage of their careers. By the end of this course you will know:

  • what you need to do to submit
  • how to be a (better) leader
  • how to prepare for your Viva
  • how to plan for life after the PhD

Topics covered:

  • PhD submission process
  • Leadership: Skills and qualities of leaders
  • Viva: What to expect and how to prepare
  • Careers: How to do decide what to do, different career options
First Time Author? What you need to know Fri 23 Feb 2018   13:00 [Places]

Are you a first time author in Engineering? Learn about what's expected of you in terms of Open Access requirements, copyright agreements and having an impact.

Note: This session will focus primarily on what you need to do once your paper is accepted for publication, so for questions about where to publish and how to get published, you may be better off attending a different session.

Taught by Jean-Luc Doumont in Lecture Theatre 1 - LT 1.

Writing Your First Year Report (Engineering) Mon 12 Mar 2018   14:00 [Places]

Aimed at 1st year PhD students this course is designed to get you thinking and working effectively on your end of first year report. How do you start? What’s expected? How do you make it work for you? These and many other important questions, hints and tips will be addressed in this session.

[Back to top]