The Universitas 21 & PwC Innovation Challenge is an annual international competition exclusively for postgraduates. PricewaterhouseCoopers set a current workplace challenge and participants record a 3 minute video pitching their solution. In 2020, University of Birmingham Philosophy PGR Eugenia Lancellotta did fantastically well, getting into the top 10. Her video was judged by high level staff both within PwC and their client companies, and she won careers training and mentoring from PwC. Here, she tells us about her experience.
Eugenia Lancellotta – University of Birmingham from Universitas 21 on Vimeo.
It felt great and completely unexpected to be in the Top 10, especially because I realised I was one of the few students of Humanities there! I felt really proud of representing the category and of doing it for the University of Birmingham.
Continue reading “Taking on a challenge”
In this post, Sue Stevens, a Research Skills Advisor in Library Services, talks about systematic literature reviews.
This is a question that I’m often asked, or I have a request to help someone with a systematic review, only to find that what they really need help with is a systematic search of the literature for a literature review. So what is the difference? Continue reading “What’s the difference between a systematic review and a literature review?”
In this post, the University Graduate School’s Entrepreneurial Development Officer, Katie Hoare, introduces “enterprise” and her role in supporting you to develop enterprise skills.
There is often confusion around the term enterprise. It is sometimes used interchangeably with entrepreneurship and so has connotations of starting a business. But enterprise simply refers to the generation and application of ideas to address practical situations (QAA definitions).
Enterprise sits within the Engagement, Influence and Impact domain, however enterprise skills feature in all four sections of the RDF. Enterprise isn’t a stand-alone skill you can develop in isolation, it requires a whole host of competencies and attributes. In fact I have identified 38 descriptors within the RDF which relate to enterprise.
This is not bad news. It does not necessarily mean enterprise is a more difficult skill to develop. On the contrary it means that whilst developing your enterprise skills you are simultaneously acquiring many other abilities. It also means that you are already half-way there to becoming more enterprising… Continue reading “What is Enterprise and why is it in the RDF?”
Soon-to-be Dr Naomi Green, from the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, talks about developing critical thinking “through osmosis”.
I have just passed my viva for my PhD thesis in Biomedical Engineering and I have been reflecting on my postgraduate experience and the skills I have learnt. One of the key skills all PhD students are supposed to pick up during their research is the ability to think critically. But what does critical thinking mean and how do you learn to do it? Continue reading “Learning to think critically”