Funding Applications: getting a yes – 22nd Nov 2018

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22nd November 2018, G14/G15, Ground floor, Exchange Station

Securing funding for your research involves a big investment in time and energy. And with more people vying for smaller pots of money, it’s more important than ever that your funding application stands out – for all the right reasons!

This workshop is an opportunity for you to reflect on your attitude/approach to applying for funding and review the ground work that is necessary before you apply. You will cover the essentials of writing funding applications and be introduced to core techniques to make your writing more impactful and persuasive.  Do you appreciate the value of telling your research story?  And of being compelling? You will explore ideas around what makes a strong application – including the importance of considering who you are writing for.

There will also be an opportunity to reflect on your experiences of applying for funding as well as sharing the experiences of other academics.  You will come away with some practical tips that can be easily applied and which will help to elevate your applications from ‘good’ to ‘great’!

For more information and to book your place at this event, click here: https://fundingapplicationsgettingayes221118.eventbrite.co.uk

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Managing References with Endnote – 19th November 2018

publishingMon 19th November 2018, 10:00am – 12:00noon – Avril Robarts Library, IT Training Room

EndNote X7 helps you to store, manage and search for bibliographic references in a personal database.

LJMU Academic Liaison Librarians will provide training and notes to help you begin to use EndNote effectively.

For more information and to book visit our Eventbrite page

Social Media for Researchers – 15th Nov 18

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15th November 2018, 11am-12noon, Avril Robarts IT Training Room

Come along to find out different ways that you can utilise new and exciting social media tools to promote your research profile, find out about research in your field and understand social media more generally.

This session will involve:

  • Looking at different social media tools
  • Hands-on practice using Twitter and Twitter analytics
  • Looking at social media metrics within publishing

No prior experience is necessary but booking is required.

For more information and to book at place visit our Eventbrite page

Research Café I: Faculty of Education, Health and Community – 14th Nov 18

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14th November 2018, 12.30pm – 2pm, Avril Robarts, Seminar Room 1

LJMU’s Research Cafés are designed to bring researchers from across the University together to discuss and share their expertise.

LJMU’s Research Cafés are informal gatherings where established academics, PhD students and early career researchers can share their research and practice from across different faculties. Organised by LJMU Library Research Support team, these free lunchtime events will feature 15 minute talks from up to three different LJMU researchers – spanning a range of disciplines and research activities. There will also be time for questions and further debate.

Who should attend? All staff, students and members of LJMU alumni as well as interested members of the public are welcome to attend these events. Join us for fascinating talks and a free lunch!

For more information and to book visit our Eventbrite page

Surveying Your Funding Landscape – 14th Nov 2018

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14th November 2018, 10:30am – 1:30pm, G24, Ground floor, Exchange Station

When you are relying on funding in order to fulfil your research ambitions, you need to know as much as possible about who is ‘out there’ funding work like yours, what they prioritise and how your research could ‘fit’.

This workshop will provide an opportunity for you to talk to other researchers about your experiences of looking for funding and start thinking about the benefits of collaboration.  You will pick up some ideas around how best to keep your ear to the ground and look at some of the invaluable (and freely available!) resources available within LJMU to help you identify appropriate sources of funding. You will reflect on what to pay particular attention to when assessing opportunities and discover some interesting information about success rates…you might be surprised!

For more information and to book your place at this event, click here: https://surveyingyourfundinglandscape141118.eventbrite.co.uk

Ready, Steady, Publish: how to make sound publishing choices – 7th Nov 2018

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Wednesday 7th November  2pm-4pm, G14/G15 Exchange Station

Getting your research published can feel like a confusing and challenging task.  Not only do you need to consider the wide range of options available, there is also the thorny issue of journal quality to consider, as well as potential financial costs and implications for REF 2020.

The starting point for this interactive workshop is that where and when to publish should be a strategic decision and therefore require careful planning. We will encourage you to reflect on how you currently make publishing choices and explore ways that you can plan you publishing strategy even before you start writing up your research. We will look at how being proactive about publishing can increase your chances of getting your work ‘out there’. We will also consider journal and article-based metrics and discuss the importance of both qualitative and quantitative data for deciding where to publish.  Finally, we will look at alternative places to publish your work and the implications of Open Access and the REF.

This ACTivator Side is relevant for both unpublished and published researchers who want to ensure that their attitude and approach to publishing are serving them well.

To book a place on this workshop, please follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ready-steady-publish-how-to-make-sound-publishing-choices-tickets-48154986862

Research Café II: Faculty of Business – 21st Nov 18

research cafe21st November 2018, 12.30pm – 2pm, John Foster Building G26

LJMU’s Research Cafés are designed to bring researchers from across the University together to discuss and share their expertise.

LJMU’s Research Cafés are informal gatherings where established academics, PhD students and early career researchers can share their research and practice from across different faculties. Organised by LJMU Library Research Support team, these free lunchtime events will feature 15 minute talks from up to three different LJMU researchers – spanning a range of disciplines and research activities. There will also be time for questions and further debate.

Who should attend? All staff, students and members of LJMU alumni as well as interested members of the public are welcome to attend these events. Join us for fascinating talks and a free lunch!

For more information and to book a place visit our Eventbrite page

Involving stakeholders in the design and delivery of research – 6th Dec 2018

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Thursday December 6th, 2pm-4pm, G15 Exchange Station

Would involving stakeholders in the design and delivery of your research add to its value?  How would you go about this?  What are the potential benefits and challenges of making stakeholders collaborators in your research projects?

This interactive ACTivator Side will begin to look at and explain the ‘how, what and why’ of involving stakeholders in the design and delivery of your research. The session will provide an overview of how to identify and engage with key stakeholders from the outset of your research and will look in detail at:

  • scoping activities that can help you to identify the main purpose of your research, your target audience and your key stakeholders
  • the range of and use of engagement events and activities
  • the relevant outputs and outcomes of your research from the perspective of key stakeholders
  • the use of Participatory Action Research (PAR)

The session will also provide you with the opportunity to share ideas about how to involve stakeholders as collaborators in your current/potential research projects and ask questions from academic colleagues with extensive experience in this field.

The session will be facilitated by Ellie McCoy, Beccy Harrison and Dr Hannah Timpson from the Research Engagement and Impact Team at the Public Health Institute. The team has expertise in working with vulnerable populations and engaging with a wide range of stakeholders.

For more information and to book a place please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/activator-side-involving-stakeholders-in-the-design-and-delivery-of-research-tickets-48593055136

Making Your Data Openly Available – 2nd Nov 18

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2nd November 2018, 2pm – 3.30pm, Aldham Robarts Library Seminar Room 1

“Research data management concerns the organisation of data, from its entry to the research cycle through to the dissemination and archiving of valuable results.” (Whyte, A., Tedds, J. 2011)

The activities involved can include; planning, documenting, formatting, storing, anonymising, licencing and controlling access to the data.

During this session we will discuss why data management is important and we will cover the above activities and more when we look at data management best practice.

We will also consider the merits of making research data openly available, tell you how you can get a DOI for your data and will give you an overview of funder requirements when it comes to data management plans.

This session is for you if:

  • You work with research data
  • You write data management plans
  • You are a PhD student and want to get data management right from the start
  • You are an early career researcher and want to know more about open access data
  • You are a PI and want to set some data management ground rules
  • You spend too much time looking for your own data and want guidance on how best to organise it

For more information and to book at a place visit our Eventbrite page

Public Engagement Matters – 31st Oct 2018

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31st October 2018, 1:30pm – 4:30pm, G14/G15, Ground floor, Exchange Station

‘Public Engagement’ (P.E.) describes the myriad of ways in which the activity and benefits of research can be shared with the public for mutual benefit. For researchers at all levels, P.E. can prove to be an inspirational, rewarding and career enhancing experience but, too often, it is seen purely as a way of disseminating research findings rather than the consultative and collaborative process it can and should be.

In this interactive workshop we will discuss the different forms P.E. can take, the imperatives to do it well and how to get started. There will be input from highly experienced, publicly engaged LJMU researchers from a range of disciplines who will help to illustrate best practice around P.E., how to evidence the outcomes of P.E. and how they have benefited professionally from engaging with their ‘publics’. This session will be valuable to staff interested in improving how they interact with non-academic communities or organisations at various stages of the research life-cycle.

For more information and to book your place at this event, click here: https://activatorpublicengagementmatters311018.eventbrite.co.uk