We run a number of skills training sessions each term.
Digital skills training sessions and Digital Wednesdays are open to all members of the University. Academic Skills Community and other sessions may be limited to students only. You can filter the list to only show sessions of relevance to staff or research postgraduates.
To book onto a session, follow its link below (you'll need to log in to the booking system). If a session you're interested in is full, sign up onto the waiting list — if we have enough interest in a session we may repeat it. You'll also find copies of our slides throughout the Skills Guides
Most of our training is online but we've made space available on campus should you need somewhere to join from.
We also run a number of specialised training sessions for staff and research postgraduates:
The Open Research team offer training to postgraduate researchers and staff through the Building Research and Innovation Capacity (BRIC) programme.
Our next sessions start in the Autumn Term. If you need information, take a look at the:
You can also contact the team by email firstname.lastname@example.org to:
Alternatively, book an Open Research Online Appointment to discuss your individual needs.
We have a broad range of content as part of the programme (including our Digital Wednesdays), but each term we aim to include the following eight core sessions:
|"Where did I read that thing?": Reference management|
|Let's get critical I: Credible sources|
|Let's get critical II: Finding the right reading|
|Let's get critical III: How to read an article|
|Let's get critical IV: Active critical reading|
|Academic posters: Posers with a Power(ful) Point|
|It's all in the presentation: creating and presenting your slides|
|Microsoft Word: Academic documents|
Follow the links above for more help on the topic and to see if any forthcoming sessions have been scheduled.
Digital Wednesdays are a range of sessions on various themes outside of our core selection of training. They may have a specialist focus, or they may just be plain out there! The only essential is that they're on a topic that's remotely digital.
For Digital Wednesdays this term, we are running a series of sessions with a focus on research and the digital tools that can help you with dissertations and theses.
From gathering and visualising data to communicating your findings, these sessions will look at how digital applications can help you with different stages of the research process, regardless of discipline or level. You'll find them all on the training list under the Digital Wednesdays banner.
Further advice and resources from the sessions and beyond can be found on our Practical Guide to digital tools for research.
Most of our teaching this term will be delivered online via Zoom, but we’re making rooms available as somewhere you can go if you want to join the sessions while on campus. Before 6pm, whenever there isn’t face-to-face teaching booked in LFA/144 it will be available as a place to drop in and join any online training event, including Academic Skills Community, Digital Skills Training and Digital Wednesdays sessions. We’ve also booked out PC classrooms for more hands-on sessions (see individual event booking pages for more details). These rooms won’t be staffed. You will need to bring your own device if you’re using LFA/144, and please use headphones. Laptops are available for loan within the Library, and these will require headphones with a 3.5mm plug (Bluetooth headphones won’t work). You will also need to install Zoom on these devices to get the most out of the sessions.