On Thursday 2 November, Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students attended a whole day training and development workshop in the new Seminar Room in the Medical and Dental Library. Forty five students attended: presentations were given, many questions were asked and much discussion took place.
The objective of the workshop was for the HDR students to develop their research skills, engage with, learn from and be inspired by current health and medical science researchers, and to meet other students.
The event offered a number of insights:
- tips from early-mid career researchers reflecting on what they had learnt since finishing their PhD, but wish they had known before;
- an overview of peer review and journal publishing;
- learning about the value and use of metrics in databases like Scopus;
- other uses of databases – finding key researchers in their field, identifying potential contacts/collaborators, monitoring their own articles; and
- important elements in building a Track Record and developing a research career, with insight from other researchers.
The workshop was a great success, with the outcome to continue with ongoing sessions once a month, focussing on different topics relevant to HDR students.
If you are interested in attending future workshops, contact Dr Susan Yates, Research Development and Training Coordinator.