Research Training Events at DkIT November 2011 & December 2011

Research Report Writing plus Thesis Submission

Date: Wednesday 9th November 2011
Time: 9.15am to 12.15pm
Trainer: Prof Tony Fell, University of Bradford
Venue: Board Room, T.K. Whitaker Building

Workshop Description: This workshop is designed for all postgraduate research students (full or part-time) and staff writing a report or presenting a dissertation for Masters or Doctoral Degree (full or part-time). This workshop will focus on strategies for planning and writing a research report – and also for drafting a Masters or Doctoral thesis or dissertation. The main issues will be explored for effective writing with clarity and structure. Tried and tested methods will be demonstrated to reduce the time to completion. The process for identifying an External Examiner will also be discussed, together with the key points to remember when submitting a thesis at Dundalk Institute of Technology.

 

Surviving the Viva

Date: Wednesday 9th November 2011
Time: 13.15pm to 15.30pm
Trainer: Prof Tony Fell, University of Bradford
Venue: Board Room, T.K. Whitaker Building

Workshop Description: This workshop is designed for all postgraduate research students (full or part-time) and staff preparing for a Viva. Strategies for preparing for a Viva – and surviving the Viva – will be presented. These will include:

• Proven techniques for preparing for the Viva exam itself

• The supervisor's role in arranging a practice Viva

• Tips on anticipating the questions and handling discussion with the Examiners.

Discussions in small groups will enable each participant to explore the key issues in a very positive and supporting atmosphere – sharing perspectives and developing an appreciation of the issues for their own Viva at DkIT. The Viva Workshop is designed for all research students and staff preparing for a Viva. It will be illustrated by a short training DVD based on a real Viva, where the opinions of the Examiners – plus the student's candid reaction to the experience – will be seen.

How to write a competitive proposal for EU Framework 7

Date: Wednesday 23rd November 2011

Time: 9.30am to 13.00pm

Trainer: Sean McCarthy, Hyperion

Venue: Board Room, T.K. Whitaker Building

Workshop Description: The aim of this half-day course is to train research managers in writing professional and competitive proposals for the Framework 7. The course describes the relevance of Framework 7 to EU policies, the common problems in proposal writing and the success criteria for proposals. The course provides tips on how to collect information, how to select strategic partners and how to avoid duplication in proposal writing. The final section describes a strategy for proposal writing. Course contents as follows:

  1. Political Background to Framework 7
  2. Structure and Terminology of Framework 7
  3. How Proposals are Evaluated
  4. How to Streamline the Writing of the Proposal
  5. How to Write the Impact of the Proposal
  6. Where to Find the Best Partners

 

Best Practice for Research Degree Examination - plus preparing postgraduate research

Date: Wednesday 14th December

Time: 9.15am to 4.30pm

Trainer: Prof Tony Fell, University of Bradford

Venue: Board Room, T.K. Whitaker Building

Workshop Description: This workshop is designed for all staff (full or part-time) preparing their students for a Viva and preparing to serve as an internal or external examiner. Strategies for examining a research degree plus preparing students for the PhD Viva will be presented by an experienced Tutor – covering the whole process from start to finish.

This Workshop deals with the 3 stages of the process – before, during and after the Viva – illustrated at each stage by case histories of real candidates. Topics covered include:

Best practice for helping students prepare for their Viva – including the mock or practice Viva, and proven methods for confidence-building, summarising corrections to the thesis and preparing a PowerPoint introduction (if required)The defined roles of Chair, Internal and Extern Examiners under HETAC regsThe all-important issue of how to select the Extern and Internal Examiners – what should be expected of them and how can the many pitfalls in selection be avoidedCan examiners be changed after selection?Setting up best arrangements for the Viva examination – location, seating, timing and managing the ExaminersKey issues involved in examining a thesis or dissertation – before the Viva and during the Viva – including strategies for ensuring a good and fair discussionNegotiating an agreed outcome between examiners – the award optionsWhat happens when examiners disagree – and file separate reportsThe correction/revision process – involvement of student, supervisor, and examiner/sThe responsibility of the supervisor and DkIT during the thesis correction/revision process

Participants will review case studies in small groups and collectively identify the key issues both from an Examiner's perspective – and also from the candidate's viewpoint.