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Graduate School of Life Sciences course timetable


Tue 23 May – Thu 8 Jun

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Thursday 25 May

Working with Schools [Places] 14:00 - 17:00 Postdoc Centre, Seminar Room @ Biomedical Campus

This interactive session will provide the opportunity to start to plan an activity or lesson for secondary school students. You'll be trained by, and given feedback from, qualified teachers and current researchers working at The Brilliant Club (

This session will cover two main areas:

  • Practical tips on how to turn your research into a taster session for pupils, ensuring they are interactive and how to manage practical demonstrations
  • An overview of the British education system and context in local schools

Thursday 8 June

How to write an academic paper and get it published [Full] 09:30 - 16:30 PPD, Revans Room

The course takes an evidence-based approach to writing. Participants will learn that publishing is a game and the more they understand the rules of the game the higher their chances of becoming publishing authors. They will learn that writing an academic article and getting it published may help with their careers but it does not make them better researchers, or cleverer than they were before their paper was accepted; it simply means they have played the game well.

Suitable for GSLS postgraduates in any discipline who are keen to learn how to write academic papers and articles efficiently as well as more established researchers who have had papers rejected and are not really sure why.

If you want a better chance of your name on a paper, this is for you!


Olivia Timbs is an award-winning editor and journalist with over 30 years' experience gained from working on national newspapers and for a range of specialist health and medical journals.

Cancellation and Non-attendance Policy Due to high demand we cannot accept cancellations for this course within 48 hours prior to the event. Any cancellations made after this time will be considered as a non-attendance. Participants who do not attend on the day will be subject to a £50 fee. By booking a place on the course you accept these terms.

Speaking About Your Research to Public Audiences new [Places] 10:00 - 16:30 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room E

Turn your research into a story that both excites and enthuses your audience.

Storytelling is one of the most powerful tools of communication and engagement. In this workshop you will learn the key ingredients of what makes a great story: character, conflict, plot and texture. You will be asked to a craft a short narrative based on your own research using the prompt 'a time you overcame an obstacle', which you will then share with others. Discussion and feedback will be provided by a trainer. Three further elements - empathy, metaphor and message - will be explored with an eye on how to ensure your work can reach a wide array of audiences. You will also explore the different ways that stories can be used to enhance the communication of academia whilst staying true to the research itself.