Archives for the month of: November, 2015

In September I attended the 1st Researcher Education & Development Conference at Halifax Hall. We focused on how we could support researcher development, which is no small task when you consider the expansive Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) ,that identifies 63 possible areas. Read the rest of this entry »

You may have read a recent post by my colleague, Bryony, which introduced the Thirty30 Staff Development Festival at The University of Sheffield. Well, we’re now in November and the festival is well underway, with lots of activity taking place around campus (have you checked out the Lego Lunches and the Active Learning Sets?) and the hashtag #myThirty30 seemingly a major fixture on our twitter timeline.

One of the ideas behind Thirty30 is that “development is everywhere”. I was thinking about this in the build up to the festival as my role is to support Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Researchers with their professional development but, if I’m honest, I rarely take time to attend development events myself. I can feel a bit of a fraud advocating to others to take the time out to invest in themselves when I don’t really do that as much as I should. Read the rest of this entry »


Drawing on the format of our Sheffield super-popular monthly academic writing retreats (adapted from Prof. Rowena Murray’s model), we are running 12 (yes TWELVE, you heard it) throughout the month of November.

Is 2h of sitting in a room getting writing done exactly what you need right now?

November is Academic Writing Month (#AcWriMo), an academic write-a-thon that happens every November, catering to the specific needs of academic writers. It’s hosted by PhD2Published, as an space where the global academic community can pledge their writing projects, record progress and share thousands of time via the #AcWriMo hashtag on Twitter. Read the rest of this entry »

Our MOOC on Succeeding at Interviews is about to run again! Starts 16th November:

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When it comes to writing job applications do you struggle to find the right words to tell the recruiter or why you think you’re the best candidate? Maybe you’ve submitted an application recently but not received that call or letter inviting you to interview and you’re wondering what, if anything, you’ve done wrong?

WE HAVE A MOOC FOR YOU! This was designed for all students but plenty of researchers have now signed up.

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