Category Training

PhD coaching

I attended a PhD coaching workshop with Will Medd last week as another excuse to distract myself from writing my thesis on the one hand, but also to learn a bit more about techniques that are likely to help me in the long run, on the other hand. The day turned out to be highly motivating […]

My ESRC Internship in the Cabinet Office Government Innovation Group

I wrote this post for the North West DTC after I completed my internship at the end of last year.  ‘I have recently completed a 6 month ESRC internship with the Cabinet Office Government Innovation Group. I came across the internships accidentally and at first I didn’t find any area relevant to my PhD or immediate research […]

PhD experiences: Something that’s been missing

An online course takes between 4 and 10 weeks to complete on average and comes in weekly modules with some reading, videos, notes and options for discussion. In addition to this, there are quizzes and assignments! Did I sell it to you? Well, I certainly got even more interested.

Feedback on my teaching, please!

I just taught a session on EAL (English as an additional language for those who are not in the field 🙂 ) focusing on strategies to improve the learning experiences of children and make them feel more included in the class. Since I planned the session as highly practical and engaging, I decided to ask the […]

Manchester Enterprise School 2012 – Days 3+4 – Business plans and pitching the ideas

This is the final post about Manchester Enterprise School 2012 and my business training. I have put the last two days together as they kind of flow nicely – from developing and actually working on the idea, the business plan and finances to presenting it to the Panel. In these last two days the pressure started building […]

Manchester Enterprise School 2012 – Day 2 – Market research

 Here’s my ramblings from the second day of the Enterprise School at the Lake District… It’s been almost a month since that day and unfortunately I have lost my notes somewhere on the train so I’ll have to rely on my memories which are fading… But I’ll have a go at it. The day began […]

Manchester Enterprise School 2012 – Day 1 – Setting the scene

I am sitting in my hotel room after the first day of Manchester Enterprise School (MES) and reflecting on my experiences while they are still fresh. I am kind of getting myself through the different emotions that shook me off my feet today. I’ll start in rewind… we finished the day by talking about our […]

Manchester Enterprise School 2012

I have just been back from Keswick in the beautiful Lake District where I spent 4 days on a business and enterprise training. The next few posts will outline my learning curve and development of transferable skills along with reflections on the process. Enjoy reading and let me know of your thoughts in the comments […]

Stakeholders, issues and strategies

Transition from primary to secondary school of children learning EAL project: Stakeholders, issues and strategies As part of the ESRC NWDTC Research Impact Training Day I was given an exercise to think about the stakeholders, issues and strategies to address the issues in my research. After identifying the stakeholders, I had to do a little […]

First impressions – describe yourself and your research in 5 words

What would you say to someone you have just met in order to attract their attention and make them want to know more about you? The rules are simple – talk about yourself and your research without being too specific and going into complex terminology and concepts; do that in five words or phrases; you have three […]