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Postgraduate Summer School

15th Annual PG Skills Development Summer School

Workshop Descriptions

Understanding Plagiarism and the Art of Referencing

Seán Hughes & Andrew Jones, Library

Workshop Objectives:
  • To understand how to recognise plagiarism
  • To explore the consequences of plagiarism
  • To understand when citing and referencing is necessary
  • To practice applying citation rules

Creative Thinking for Research

Gillian Roddie, Tangent

Creativity is an increasingly in-demand skill for University students, particularly considering the rapid changes currently being experiences. Creative thinking and creative approaches to study and work support and enhance students’ research skills, innovation and helps them to stand out with a competitive edge.

This workshop will give students an understanding of creativity and its role in research, as well as exploring several strategies that help students to develop their creativity and generate novel ideas. It is a hands-on, interactive session that will be led and moderated by Tangent staff; Tangent, Trinity's Ideas Workspace offer a suite of certified and professional education programmes that aim to motivate and inspire students, academics and industry professionals. We provide a space where individuals can collaborate, develop ideas, and cross disciplinary boundaries.

Managing Your Supervisor Relationship

Martin McAndrew, Postgraduate Advisory Service

Target audience: This session is suitable for all research students working with a supervisor.

Your Supervisor is a key player in your journey towards achieving your Research Degree; in this workshop we will look at ways for you to:

  • Get the most out of the Student-Supervisor relationship
  • Engage successfully with your Supervisor
  • Manage clear expectations and run efficient meetings
  • Consider your options if things don’t work out as planned

There will be a panel discussion where supervisors will answer student questions, either submitted beforehand or on the day. Join us for this interactive and informative workshop and empower yourself in your role as a TCD Research Student.

Publishing & Promoting Your Research

Edie Davis, Library

Target audience: Early or Late Stage Researcher: Students and early-stage researchers

This workshop will provide an overview of how scholarly publishing works, how to get your work published, and how to promote your work after publication. We will discuss everything from choosing a publisher, to making your work Open Access, and using metrics and social media to help raise your research profile.

Literature Reviewing 1: Process

Caroline Forsyth, SLD

Target audience: Early-stage researchers who are preparing their literature reviews.

Workshop Objectives:
  • To explore purposes of literature reviews
  • To explain elements of the systematic review process
  • To explore how these might be used or adapted to support a thesis literature review
  • To discuss ways different disciplines critically appraise research
  • To consider ways of working with and categorising the literature

Learning Outcome: Students will be able to identify how they will use aspects of systematic literature reviews for their own application.

Planning, Time Management

Tamara O’Connor, SLD

Target audience: Early-stage researchers as well as students seeking to improve their self-management skills.

Workshop Objectives:
  • To explore planning needs and tools
  • To learn principles of goal setting and time management strategies
  • To learn about ways to control concentration
  • To explore reasons for procrastination
  • To review strategies for overcoming procrastination

Learning Outcome: Students will be able to create a project plan and implement strategies to effectively manage their time and resources, and deal with procrastination.

Literature Reviewing 2: Search Strategies

Geraldine Fitzgerald, Terry McDonald, Library

Target audience: Early-stage researchers who are preparing their literature reviews.

Workshop Objectives:
  • To know how to find and select relevant Library databases
  • To understand the importance of using Library databases to find quality assured sources for a Literature Review
  • To learn how to construct a search strategy using Library databases
  • To understand the role of the Subject Librarian in the Literature Review process

Wellbeing During the Postgraduate Experience

Sara Oroz, Student Counselling

This session will explore common themes and issues which arise for students as they adjust to and progress their postgraduate study. These themes often relate to the challenge of managing performance and self-esteem while navigating new academic environments, coping with feelings of isolation and managing relationships with peers and supervisors. In discussing and reflecting on these issues this session aims to explore ways to promote wellbeing and learning by listening to (and supporting) ourselves, and each other.

Thesis Writing Process & Writing Strategies

Tamara O’Connor, SLD

Target audience: Mid- to later-stage researchers. It focuses on generic and not content-specific strategies for the writing of a thesis.

Workshop Objectives:
  • To focus on writing practices and processes
  • To explore strategies for starting and maintaining writing
  • To identify self-management strategies that aid the writing process
  • To consider structuring and outlining strategies for thesis production
  • To share strategies and experiences

Learning outcome: Students will be able to use a variety of strategies to develop good writing practices and routine.

Effective Presentations

Caroline Forsyth, Student Learning Development

If you’re like a lot of students, you probably have some fears around speaking in front of people. In this workshop, we look at how you can improve your skills in developing content, designing slides and delivering a presentation so that you will feel more confident about standing in front of a group of people and talking on a topic.

Target audience: Early-stage researchers or students with limited presentation experience.

Workshop Objectives:
  • To learn about and practise presentation planning strategies
  • To understand the keys to good preparation and practice
  • To become familiar with effective delivery techniques

Learning Outcome: Students will be able to plan, prepare and deliver a high-quality presentation.