We’ve recently heard about attending virtual conferences, but what about presenting your research online? Ciara Harris has recent experience of this, for the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition and her Annual Progress Review (APR). Here, she shares her experiences.
First things first, presenting virtually might have some additional challenges compared to ‘traditional’ presentations, but it has advantages too – there’s no travel time, so you can go straight from another project into your presentation (maybe grabbing a cup of tea in between), you can practice your presentation in the exact environment you plan to present in, and you can have chocolate on your desk ready for as soon as you turn your camera off after presenting!
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?”
Presenting your research in a poster format might seem like a daunting task, but there are many reasons that this is an essential task for PGRs. Jenna Clake, from the College of Arts and Law, shared her experience of participating in the Conference with us…
I presented my research at the Research Poster Conference last year, with a poster entitled ‘Do You Think I’m Crazy?: Feminine and Feminist Humour in the Absurd’. As a Creative Writing PhD researcher, sometimes it is difficult to gain the opportunity to disseminate my research to a wide audience. My research focuses on two main areas: my ‘creative’ work (poetry) and my ‘critical’ work (researching literary theories and trends). I rarely have the chance to talk about the latter, especially to academics and researchers outside my specialism, so the Research Poster Conference offered the chance to receive some much-needed peer review.
An important part of the research process is communicating and disseminating your work. There’s no point in doing the research in the first place if no-one gets to hear about what you’ve discovered. One key route for dissemination is in writing, but equally as important is communication through oral presentation. Oral presentation has a key advantage in that it allows immediate dialogue with your audience, enabling dynamic knowledge exchange and debate which will ultimately benefit your research.
Everyone feels apprehensive about the prospect of presenting their research in front of an audience, but it’s important to focus on the exciting opportunity you’ve been offered to share your research and discuss it with interested people. Remembering why you signed up to present in the first place is helpful in overcoming your nerves, as well as helping you prepare a successful presentation; clarity about your central message and the nature of your audience will help you focus on what really needs to be said and how. Continue reading “Present your research with confidence”