Beginning Your PhD: Getting off to a Flying Start
Aimed at those starting their PhD, this session focuses on the early phase of the PhD process with the objective of ensuring participants get off to a good start.
The workshop will begin by considering the selection of a topic, identifying an argument and hypothesis, and examining the role of the literature in the process. Attention will then turn to the phases associated with undertaking a PhD and how to plan and approach the thesis. The purpose of the PhD, and the range of skills required for, and acquired from, pursuing a PhD will also be explored.
The second part of the session will address participants’ training needs and identify sources of advice and guidance. Activities that can help ensure participants are able to make the most of their PhD experience will also be explored, including participating in conferences and research seminars, and contributing to newsletters, e-bulletins and blogs. The workshop will conclude by considering a set of recommendations for successful completion made by supervisors and examiners as well as recent PhDs, amongst them the importance of having the right mind-set and developing an effective record keeping system.
Lunch will be included at the Induction, to enable you to network with your peers and Graduate school Staff, the last session contains information about the Graduate School and the services we provide for PhD students, and introductions from key services such as Library and Student Wellbeing.
By the end of the workshop, participants will have:
Gained a clear understanding of the PhD process and what is entailed
Gained insights into approaches to planning their PhD
Acquired an appreciation of the skills required for, and acquired from, pursuing a PhD
Considered their training needs and identified sources of support
Assessed a range of recommendations for ensuring success in their PhD.