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February 2024

Wed 28

Join Sarah Cruise, a human communication expert, for two hours to explore the core skills of communicating effectively to engage with any audience. This workshop has been designed to cover various communication theories with illustrative demonstrations and practical exercises. Although this will be options should you not be able to take part. During this time you will cover: • the fundamentals of all good communication • two simple ways to enhance your own personal impact • tools for collating and structuring engaging and accessible content • guidance for creating effective visuals • and a model for handling interactive communications

You can find out more about Sarah on her website eloquential.co.uk and if you have any questions, accessibility issues or anything else you’d like to discuss prior to the workshop, you can contact her on sarah@eloquential.co.uk

March 2024

Thu 7
Copyright and your research new [Places] 13:00 - 14:00

You own your own research right? Well it depends...

This session will explore the sometimes complicated world of copyright and what can happen when publishing work through formal routes such as journals or through more informal routes such as pre-print servers. The session will also introduce concepts such as third party copyright and rights retention, as well as how licensing tools such as Creative Commons can be used to not only help maximise the reach of research but also navigating reusing other people's work.

Mon 18
The Key to Communicating Well new [Places] 10:00 - 14:00 Bioinformatics Training Facility - The Pembroke Teaching Rooms

A highly interactive and fun session including group and individual work that takes a looks at what active listening is, how to use it, what impact it can have on our day to day communication and how to build an active listening practice.

April 2024

Wed 24
Setting Boundaries and Saying No new [Places] 10:00 - 13:30 Bioinformatics Training Facility - The Pembroke Teaching Rooms

A participative session including group and individual work considering how setting boundaries can be helpful, which boundaries to set and how to establish and maintain them.

Fri 26
Getting to Grips with Challenging Conversations new [Places] 10:00 - 16:00 Bioinformatics Training Facility - The Pembroke Teaching Rooms

A full day session including group and individual work, enabling you to think about what a challenging conversation is, whether you need to have one, how to navigate it, if and when you and then how to help avoid further escalation of a difficult situation.

May 2024

Thu 30
Open access and you new [Places] 13:00 - 14:00

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June 2024

Mon 10

This session discusses the benefits and challenges of maintaining an online presence as a researcher. Part of two sessions on this topic, this first session looks at setting up your academic persona and using academic platforms. Starting with exploring what comes up through a quick Google search all the way through to maintaining profiles on academic sites, we will look at the pros and cons of online engagement. This will include tools such as ORCID, and networking sites such as academia.edu and ResearchGate.

Participants should expect to have the opportunity to critically evaluate the various options presented in this session with the overall aim of being better informed when deciding where to invest their time and efforts when building an academic presence online.

How to Smash In-Person Networking new [Places] 10:00 - 14:00 Bioinformatics Training Facility - The Pembroke Teaching Rooms

A highly participative session including group and individual work. To help build your confidence when networking in-person; looking at preparation, who to approach, how to start and finish any conversations well and manage post event contact.

Wed 12
How to Smash Online Networking new [Places] 10:00 - 13:30 Bioinformatics Training Facility - The Pembroke Teaching Rooms

A participative online session including group and individual work, enabling you to feel more confident when online networking; looking at how if differs to in-person networking and what this means your approach and thoughts about it.

Thu 20

This session discusses the benefits and challenges of maintaining an online presence as a researcher. Part of two sessions on this topic, this second session looks at using social media as a researcher. We will look at the practicalities and pros and cons of online engagement through tools such as Twitter/X, Mastodon, YouTube and LinkedIn.

Participants should expect to have the opportunity to critically evaluate the various options presented in this session with the overall aim of being better informed when deciding where to invest their time and efforts when building an academic presence online.