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

Find session dates for 2019-20 below.

Researcher Development Series (RDS) and

Professional Development for Research Students (PDRS)

Sessions take place on occasional Wednesdays in the 

Research Hub, Faculty of Dance.


 

PDRS: What is plagiarism and how to avoid it

Date/time: 30 Oct 2019, 15.00-15.45
Facilitator: Hazel Bothma
Who should attend: RDP students, MA/MFA 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 

 

RDS: Planning your research project: setting milestones and objectives

Date/time: 13 Nov 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

 

PDRS: Preparing for Your MPhil to PhD Upgrade

Date/time: 27 Nov 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

 

RDS: Managing your research project/ collaborating and co-authoring

Date/time: 15 Jan 2020, 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

 

RDS: Understanding your research networks

Date/time: 29 Jan 2020, 15.00-16.00
Facilitator: 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.

 

PDRS: Thesis Formatting and Viva-Voce Examination Preparation

Date/time: 19 Feb 2020, 15.00-16.00
Facilitator: Jonathan Clark
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.

 

RDS: What journal editors are looking for in submissions

Date/time: 26 Feb 2020, 15.00-16.30
Facilitator: Prof Helen Thomas (Editor in Chief Dance Research Journal)
Who should attend: Staff, RDP students, MFA students

In preparation for the session it would be useful if you:

  • Familiarise yourself with a few journals in your field (dance, music, theatre etc.) that interest you and to which you might consider submitting an article, (standard academic type, practice based, or a book review).  Think through what you consider to be the benefits of publishing in a journal.

By the end of the session you will learn:
the key factors to consider when submitting an article or a book review for consideration to be published in a journal.

  • Important to know what journals are looking for in regard their areas of interest?
  • Follow the submission guidelines (don’t annoy the editor)
  • Highlight your specialisms in your biography
  • The importance of the Title and Abstract
  • Ensure that your paper reflects the above
  • If you get to the review stage, don’t be upset if the feedback seems negative.

 

RDS: Conferences: How to Choose, How to Submit 

Date/time: 4 Mar 2020, 15.00-16.00
Facilitators: Sophie Fuller, Emma Redding
Who should attend: Staff, RDP students, MFA students
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.

 

RDS: Project Based Work in the Performing Arts

Date/time: 22 Apr 2020, 15.00-16.00 - cancelled
Facilitator: Charles Linehan
Who should attend: Staff, RDP students, MFA students
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.

 

RDS: Disseminating your research - traditional and new communication platforms

Date/time: 20 May 2020, 15.00-16.00 - cancelled
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.