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Success in Research: A Positive Start to 2020

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Through a celebration of ways to inspire, empower and boost confidence in doctoral supervision and assessment, collaboration and engagement, mentoring, publishing and seeking funding.

The world of doctoral researcher, supervision and assessment is rapidly changing, presenting new and exciting challenges.  Whether you are a doctoral researcher, supervisor, researcher developer and/or supporter of researchers, we are all striving to add value to our research communities and to the greater society through mentoring, publishing, collaborating and engaging with a wide range of people, seeking funding to undertake new research and through supervising and assessing the new generation of researchers.

The presenters recognise the challenges inherent in the complex, multi-modal research world but, at the same time, they are also passionate about highlighting the considerable benefits, both professional and personal, of engaging with these activities.  This passion has spurred them to compile interactive and practical new books in the Success in Research series, packed with ideas, reflections, activities and tips for good practice to support researchers whatever their HE role. These authors and contributors offer you a fun and interactive day, bringing to life the ideas and activities within these books by presenting key points, activities and excerpts. You will be able to sample them in a supportive, positive environment in the company of fellow researchers to aid you in creating impactful research and research outputs, while finding joy in the process.

The programme, which includes lunch and refreshment breaks, will incorporate short interactive sessions for each book topic. All workshop participants are invited to stay on after the session to join in a celebratory book launch. 

ContributorsThere will be a range of expert contributors including:
Pam Denicolo, Dawn Duke Head of the Researcher Development Programme, University of Surrey;  Julie Reeves Researcher Developer, University of Southampton;  Marcela Acuna Rivera, Research Development Manager,  Royal Holloway, University of London; Sue Starbuck, Head of Research Services, Royal Holloway, University of London;  Alison Yeung, Teaching Fellow in Postgraduate Researcher Writing Skills,  University of Surrey 

Book titles:

Supervising to Inspire Doctoral Researchers         Publishing for Impact

Delivering Inspiring Doctoral Assessment              Navigating Research Funding with confidence

Mentoring to Empower Researchers                       Inspiring Collaboration and Engagement

Participants should arrive between 9.30 and 10.00 for pre-workshop refreshments

The programme will commence at 10.00 am, the workshop activities will be completed by 4.00 when the corks will be popped! If you are unable to attend the workshop, but would like to join us for the launch, please RSVP by emailing

Provisional Programme

9.30   Registration and Refreshments

10.00 Introductions, to each other, the authors and editors and to the Series – its origins and nourishment

10. 20 Supervision to Inspire Staff and their Researchers

11.00 The Value of Collaboration and Engagement

11.40 Refreshment Break & Questions

12.00 Navigating the Quirky World of Funding

12.40 Making an Impact through a Range of Publications

13.20 Lunch & Questions

14.00 The Empowering World of Mentoring

14.40 Refreshment Break & Questions

15.00 Doctoral Assessment should be Empowering

15.40 Questions and Round up

16.00 Celebratory Book Launch

An example of a review of one of the books:

This engaging and inclusive book provides supervisors and examiners with a complete guide to assessment in the doctoral process. It provides invaluable insights into the role of assessment and assessors from the early stages of a PhD to the final assessment and beyond. The book’s highly collegial tone is built upon the authors’ rich understanding of doctoral assessment. Anyone who is supervising or examining a PhD will benefit greatly from its wisdom and candour.

Professor Paul Ashwin, Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University. 

Network: Postgraduate Issues
Date(s): Tuesday, 25 February 2020
Times: 10:00 - 16:00, followed by book launch
Location: SRHE, 73 Collier St, London N1 9BE
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A Positive Start to 2020
Pam Denicolo Dawn Duke Julie Reeves Marcela Acuña-Rivera Sue Starbuck Alison Yeung
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