Workshops for Postgraduate Research Students January 2017

Guest Workshops for Postgraduate Research Students

January 23rd and 24th 2017

The Graduate Studies Office is delighted to offer a series of workshops for research students facilitated by Hugh Kearns of Flinders University, Australia. Hugh regularly lectures at universities across the world and will join us in Cork for two days before delivering workshops at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Berkeley and Stanford.

Details for the five workshops below along and early sign-up is advised as places are limited. You are encouraged to attend one or more workshops.

Monday 23rd January
9.30am to 12.30pm
The Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Research Student
Brookfield Health Sciences Complex Room 1.21

What do research students do to finish on time, to overcome isolation, doubt and writer’s block, and to enjoy the process? And just as importantly what do they do in order to spend guilt-free time with their family and friends and perhaps even have holidays? If this sounds appealing, then this session will be of particular use to you. This workshop describes the key habits that our research and experience with thousands of students shows will make a difference to how quickly and easily you complete your thesis. Just as importantly, these habits can greatly reduce the stress and increase the pleasure involved in completing a research programme. The workshop helps you to understand how to increase your effectiveness and outcomes in the following key areas:

  • Dealing with your Supervisor
  • Structuring your study time
  • Dealing with writer’s block or having difficulty writing
  • Getting the help you need when you are stuck

To sign up to the Seven Secrets Workshop click here

Monday 23rd January
1pm to 2pm   

The Imposter Syndrome – Why successful people often feel like frauds
Brookfield Health Sciences Complex Room 1.21

How can it be that so many clever, competent and capable people can feel that they are just one step away from being exposed as a complete fraud? Despite evidence that they are performing well they can still have that lurking fear that at any moment someone is going to tap them on the shoulder and say “We need to have a chat”. The session will explain why high performing people often doubt their abilities and find it hard to enjoy their successes. It will also show the links to perfectionism and self-handicapping strategies such as procrastination, avoidance and over-commitment. At the end of the session you will:

  • know what the latest psychological research tells us about the imposter syndrome is and how it operates
  • realise how widespread imposter feelings are and why highly successful people can feel like frauds
  • be aware of evidence-based strategies that reduce imposter feelings

To sign up to The Imposter Syndrome Workshop click here

Monday 23rd January
2.30pm to 5pm
Creative Tools You can Use
Brookfield Health Sciences Complex Room 1.21

This workshop will explain how you can use a range of creative thinking tools in your research. It will cover brainstorming, idea mapping, six thinking hats, lateral thinking and more. These tools will allow you to look at problems differently, seek creative solutions and have fun. This workshop will be hands-on so you will have the chance to try out these tools and see how you could apply them in your role.

To sign up to The Creative Tools Workshop click here

Tuesday 24th January
9.30am to 12.30pm
The Balanced Researcher
Brookfield Health Sciences Complex Room 1.22

So you’re a researcher. Chances are then that you are pretty busy. Firstly there’s your research. Writing proposals. Getting ethics approval. Dealing with the paperwork. Meetings. Applying for grants. Getting grants and then managing the money and the people. Writing reports. And that’s all before you even get to the actual research. Then there’s papers to write, rejection letters to deal with and conferences to attend. And for most people research is just one of the things you do. You might teach or tutor, run demonstrations, or manage a unit or even have another completely different job. And that’s just work. No matter how much you enjoy your research it’s a fair bet that there are other parts to your life too. For example you probably have a family or friends, you may have social commitments and you may even have some personal interests. This workshop will describe the most useful strategies that thousands of researchers have found helpful in balancing the many demands on their time.

To sign up to The Balanced Researcher Workshop click here

Tuesday 24th January
2pm to 5pm
Turbocharge Your Writing
Brookfield Health Sciences Complex Room G.02

Would you like to know the secret to high output, low stress scholarly writing? In academia it is often assumed that writing comes naturally. However, an overwhelming body of research shows that there are very clear and practical strategies that can greatly increase your writing productivity. This workshop will help you to understand:

  • why it is hard to get started
  • how we deliberately use distractions to slow down writing
  • the principles of quick starting
  • how to deal with destructive internal beliefs
  • how to set a writing plan and stick to it
  • how to set achievable goals by writing in a silo
  • how to greatly increase the number of actual words you produce
  • how to clarify your thinking, and improve the quality of your work

To sign up to The Turbocharge Your Writing Workshop click here