Trinity Laban offers an extensive programme of professional development events for research students and staff.

Listed below are the sessions for 2018/19.

Sessions may be added throughout the year in response to research students' and researchers' requests.

Research Professional Development Series 2018/19

Sessions listed here take place on occasional Wednesdays in the 

Research Hub, Faculty of Dance.


 

What is plagiarism and how to avoid it

Date/time: 23 Jan 2019, 15.00-16.00
Facilitator: Hazel Bothma
Who should attend: RDP students
By the end of the session you will:

  • Understand what Plagiarism is and that it is considered as academic malpractice
  • Examine examples and activities of what are considered plagiarism
  • Understand what is meant by contract cheating or paid plagiarism
  • Understand how to avoid plagiarising 

 

Project Based Work in the Performing Arts

Date/time: 13 Feb 2019, 15.00-16.00
Facilitator: Charles Linehan
Who should attend: RDP students, MFA students, staff
By the end of the session you will:

  • Have knowledge of the pragmatic nature of how independent artists work with management, funding bodies, promoters, producers and venues to realise work in the performing arts.

 

Planning your research project: setting milestones and objectives

Date/time: 20 Feb 2019, 15.00-16.00
Facilitator: Jonathan Clark
Who should attend: Staff, RDP students, MFA students
By the end of the session you will:

  • Have an understanding of methods to manage time in the planning of research 
  • Learn the importance of deadlines and milestones, both external and self-imposed
  • Have an understanding of a pragmatic approach to plan and complete research projects

 

Understanding your research networks

Date/time: 6 Mar 2019, 15.00-16.00
Facilitators: Louise Jackson, Kate Atkinson
Who should attend: Staff, RDP students, MFA students
By the end of the session you will:

  • Have explored how to identify different forms of professional networks, including personal and online, and the role of learned societies and public bodies;
  • Discussed how engagement with these different networks intersect with your research, including providing feedback, advice and critical appraisal of your work;
  • Understand how professional networking impacts on your self-management of career progression.

 

Conferences: How to Choose, How to Submit 

Date/time: 13 Mar 2019, 15.00-16.00
Facilitators: Sophie Fuller, Emma Redding
Who should attend: RDP students, MFA students, staff
By the end of the session you will:

  • Have gained an understanding of the benefits of attending and presenting your research at academic conferences, study days, symposia etc.
  • Have received advice on how to identify conferences etc. that are relevant to you.
  • Have received advice on how to prepare an abstract and submit it to a programme committee.

 

Preparing for Your MPhil to PhD Upgrade

Date/time: 20 March 2019, 15.00-16.00
Facilitator: Jonathan Clark
Who should attend: RDP students
Format of the session:
presentation followed by Q&A
By the end of the session you will have knowledge of:

  • what materials you will be expected to submit
  • strategies to prepare for and handle the examination

 

Managing your research project/ collaborating and co-authoring

Date/time: 27 Mar 2019, 15.00-16.00
Facilitator: Jonathan Clark
Who should attend: Staff, RDP students, MFA students
By the end of the session you will:

  • Have an understanding of the key ethical and practical implications of working with others on research 
  • Gain insight into the self-management of appropriate research timelines
  • Gain knowledge about planning budgets for research projects

 

Thesis Formatting and Viva-Voce Examination Preparation

Date/time: 1 May 2019, 15.15-16.15
Facilitator: John Irving
Who should attend: RDP students
By the end of the session you will have:

  • Familiarity with presentational issues in the final PhD submission.
  • Preparation strategies for the viva examination.
  • Strategies for handling the viva itself.

 

Diversity and the Arts

Date/time: 8 May 2019, 11.00-12.00 
Facilitator: Louise Jackson
Who should attend: RDP students, MFA students, staff
By the end of the session you will:

  • Understand diversity as an intersectional lens through which research in the arts should be considered.
  • Be aware of diversity in relation to your own research, in particular how research processes can function as ‘gatekeeper’ for excluding the marginalized and under-represented.
  • Recognise explicit bias and normativity in arts research and how to critically question your processes to ensure effective and inclusive practice.

 

Academic and Non-Academic Writing

Date/time: 22 May 2019, 11.00-12.00 
Facilitator: Jonathan Clark
Who should attend: RDP students, MFA students, staff
By the end of the session you will:

  •  Have gained an understanding of the common submission procedures for peer-reviewed journals.
  •  Have received advice on choosing journals.
  •  Have received advice in the main writing requirements of quality journals.
  •  Have received advice on how to negotiate with journals/journal editors during the publication process.

 

Disseminating your research - traditional and new communication platforms

Date/time: 5 Jun 2019, 15.00-16.00
Facilitator: Dario van Gammeren
Who should attend: Staff, RDP students, MFA students
By the end of the session you will:

  • Have reflected on your use of professional networks to engage with the wider research community;
  • Have examined innovative ways of communicating your research, using a variety of traditional and digital technologies; and
  • Understand how digital communication platforms can be used effectively to share information and promote research presence.

Please contact the Research Administrator Angela Kerkhoff for further details on any of the above events.

Trinity Laban staff and students can also find further details on Research PD events on Moodle.