Session details

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9.45 – 10am Welcome and Introduction by Professor Nick Antonopoulos
Vice Principal of Research and Innovation


10 – 10.45am Literature Searching and Reviewing
Sheena Moffat – Subject Librarian
This session will cover what a literature review is and isn’t, planning and organisation, as well as where you may want to start your searching. It will also briefly introduce ways to manage your results using reference management software, and reading and analysis. There will be an initial half an hour overview for all subjects, followed by ten minutes in a group where you will meet the Subject Librarian for your school for a brief chat about specialist resources for your subject and how they can help you. This session maps to the RDF’s sub domains of Knowledge base (A1) and Cognitive abilities (A2). 


10.45 – 11.30am Making it fit – Time management strategies
Dr Gráinne Barkess and Dr Sophie Morris – Researcher Development team
Good time management is vital for researchers. Projects are often funded with limited time and resources and you can easily be working on a number of projects at once. Sometimes it can feel almost impossible to do everything that we need to do. In this session we will discuss some strategies that can help us to regain control over our work and focus on doing the things that will have the most impact. This session maps to the RDF’s sub domains of Self-management (B2) and Personal qualities (B1). 


11.30 – 11.45am Break 


11.45am – 12.30pm Teachmeet 
This session will consist of a variety of short group sessions repeated. Sign up for the sessions you want to attend on the day. Sessions are still to be confirmed, but will include: 

  • Poster design (Joyce Templeton) – This is an overview to help you design a good poster for your next conference or poster presentation. We’ll look at how to get the basics right and go on to have a look at a selection of real-life poster designs. 
  • Public engagement (Dawn Smith) – Come along and speak to Dawn about your ideas for working with communities and hear about some of the public engagement activities that are happening across the University.
  • Apps for Research – Are you addicted to your phone? Having trouble staying focussed and managing your work? Drowning under a sea of literature? There’s an app for that! Eithne Barry (Library E-Learning Advisor) will introduce some of her favourite research-related apps, and give you a chance to share yours. 
  • Sage Research Methods – How do you know what research methods to use in your project? What is qualitative data analysis anyway? Keith Walker (Business School Subject Librarian) will introduce you to the Sage Research Methods database, and let you see what it has to offer for your research. 

12.30 – 1.30pm Lunchtime Showcase and Easter Egg Hunt
Use your lunchtime to find out about people at Edinburgh Napier University who can help you with your research and also win chocolate! There will be a variety of stalls from the Research and Innovation Office (including funding support), the Library, IT, Department for Learning and Teaching Enhancement, and Student Futures.


1.30 – 2.15pm “Let me tell you about my research…” Getting the story across using LEGO ®
Laura Ennis, Subject Librarian
Communicating the abstract nuances of a research project to a layperson can be difficult and daunting. Done well however, these discussions can be an opportunity to provoke excitement, curiosity, and support. This session will use an object oriented facilitation method based on LEGO® Serious Play® to explore how we talk about our research to others. 
Accessibility  – See Lego Serious Play for all. 


2.15 – 3pm Open Access – What do I need to know?
Dr Stuart LawsonResearch Repository Advisor & Dr Lindsay RamageHead of Research Governance.
Dr Stuart Lawson is co-author of the publication ‘Untangling Academic Publishing’. They will give an overview of the issues discussed, including the history of academic publishing, and the role of publishing and prestige in academic careers. Next, Dr Lindsay Ramage will give an introduction to the Worktribe research information system. This will be followed by quick demonstration of how to make your research open access – and a chance to win the Open Access Game. 


3 – 3.15pm Break 


3.15 – 4pm Playing the Game – How to get jobs and build your career
This panel session will introduce number of researchers at different stages in their career, sharing their personal stories and experiences throughout their academic careers. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, come prepared! 

Panel Members: 

  • Dr Laura Muir is an Associate Professor in the Information Systems Group of the School of Computing. Laura’s research is focussed on user-centred design of information systems and services and she has worked with industry in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and consultancy projects. 
  • Dr. Ellis Urquhart is a Lecturer in Tourism & Airline Management within the Business School. Ellis’ research focusses on the role of interactive technologies in Scottish visitor attractions and specifically, how these contribute to a co-creative visitor experience. 
  • Dr Kasia Siemienowicz is a Research Fellow in the School of Applied Sciences. Kasia’s current research project focuses on determining the long-term consequences of early life steroid signalling perturbations and their impact on postnatal health. 
  • Prof Brian Williams has over 25 years research experience and 12 years’ experience of leading two different joint university multidisciplinary research units. Brian’s expertise is around research capacity and capability development, both at the individual and group level. 

Sessions have been mapped to Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework (RDF). The RDF aims to help you whether you are a member of research staff, studying for a PhD or continuing in your academic career.