Webinar Series

After the cancellation of the Researcher Skills Forum 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, participants offered a series of replacement webinars.

This webinar series is now complete, but you can catch up on recordings and content here.

Wednesday 8th April 1 – 2pm
Literature Searching and Reviewing Online
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 – from home, using your personal device to connect to Edinburgh Napier University Library resources. It will also briefly introduce ways to manage your results using reference management software, and reading and analysis. This session maps to the RDF’s sub domains of Knowledge base (A1) and Cognitive abilities (A2).

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Powerpoint slides
Literature Reviewing LibGuide

Tuesday 21st April 1 – 2pm
Making it fit – Time management strategies in the virtual age
Dr Gráinne Barkess and Dr Sophie Morris – Researcher Development team
Good time management is vital for researchers, especially within a home-working setting. 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, and to separate our working from our personal lives. 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 in order to maximise home-working in this virtual age. This session maps to the RDF’s sub domains of Self-management (B2) and Personal qualities (B1).

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Powerpoint slides

Wednesday 29th April 1 – 2pm
Planning for publication
Laura Ennis – Subject Librarian
This webinar is for researchers who are thinking about publishing an academic journal article. We’ll cover how to develop a publication strategy including tips on journal selection, writing titles and abstracts, working with open access, and promoting your work. This session maps to the RDF’s sub domains of Communication and dissemination (D2) and Professional and career development (B3).

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Wednesday 6th May 1 – 2pm
Playing the Game – How to get jobs and build your career
This panel session will introduce researchers and Career Development Consultants – each bringing their unique perspective and sharing their personal stories and experiences.

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.
  • Emma Anderson and Iona Phillips are Career Development Consultants within the Student Futures team.  Emma supports students and graduates in the School of Computing and School of Applied Science, and Iona is based in The Business School.  They have both been involved in designing and delivering employability programmes to prepare students for applying for work experience and graduate opportunities.  They also provide one to one career guidance appointments to students, graduates and researchers at all stages.

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.

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The myFuture portal has information about all the support the Careers team provide – workshops, 1:1s and other resources.
Vitae’s RDF online planner
All research degree students have access to the RDF planner to help with skills and career development.
FutureLearn Career Management
An online course aimed at early career academic researchers.