Master course: Job application workshop for researchers with employer TeachFirst (RD026)

Date: Tuesday 30 January 2018

Time: 5.30-7pm

Venue: Bancroft 3.23

This workshop will help you, as a researcher, anticipate common competency based questions and practice them ahead of writing applications and attending interviews. It will give you an understanding of what major employers look for and an insight into common recruitment processes. It will help you craft stories based on your research experience that will help you demonstrate your value add for companies and organisations. During the workshop you will develop an awareness of the ideal structure of application and interview answers and there will also be chance to review your CV.

This will be a useful session for anyone looking to go into the job market.

The TeachFirst programme places talented people in secondary/primary schools to teach where they are needed the most to help end educational injustice in the UK. It offers a prestigious Leadership Development Programme that combines a fully funded PGDE with full-time employment and will set you on a path to leadership in any sector. Almost a third of Teach First’s 2017 cohort were people who came from other careers / research backgrounds.

To book visit:


Thesis Boot Camp & Retreat 2018 Saturday 17 February – Saturday 24 February 2018

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If you are:

  • Struggling with the writing up process
  • Good at putting off writing with creative procrastination
  • Easily distracted and lacking focus
  • Battling researcher blues, writer’s block or thesis fatigue
  • Finding the writing-up process exhausting, stressful or isolating
  • In need of inspiration

Or you want to:

  • Get away from the distractions of everyday life so that you can focus on thinking, reading and writing in peaceful and luxurious surroundings
  • Gain new inspiration and accelerate the progress of your thesis in a week
  • Write 20,000 words of first draft material
  • Spend some time relaxing and enjoying meals prepared for you each day

Then this retreat is exactly what you’re looking for.

Spend a week achieving your writing goals in the beautiful surroundings of a luxurious Norfolk newly renovated country house, and leave feeling accomplished and refreshed.

Includes: 7 nights accommodation, 3 meals a day (buffet breakfast and lunch, sit down evening meal) unlimited tea, coffee and filtered water, daily yoga and meditation sessions, fluffy towels, fine linen, Plum & Ashby toiletries, free wifi.


Single person in double room: £525 per person (£75 per night)
Two people sharing a twin room: £400 per person (£57 per night)

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis (a deposit is required to secure a place).

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Thinking Writing PhD events for January and February 2018

Enjoy some relaxation time over Christmas, knowing that you have a plan for tackling your thesis reading/writing in the new year!

We’ve got a few retreats coming up in January and February to help you make progress on your writing and reading. So why not book now, and make sure you start 2018 as you mean to go on.

First Timers Writing Retreat – 10 January 2018 – booking opening 14 December 2017
Particularly suited for those who have never been on a retreat before (although all are welcome), you’ll have time and space to make progress on a writing project, and to discuss your writing processes with other PhD students.

Writing/Reading Retreat – 26 January 2018 – booking to open soon
If you’re not sure yet whether you’ll need to be writing or reading at the end of January, this retreat gives you a chance to do both. Running much the same as our other retreats, this one-day event will enable you to make progress on your writing, your reading, or both.

Writing Retreat – 6 February 2018 – booking opening 14 December 2017
This one-day retreat will give you a time and space to get away from everyday pressures, and to make progress on a writing project such as a thesis chapter(s) or conference paper.

For more information see the Thinking Writing website.

Information Literacy sessions at the Library, Mile End all week

Tuesday, 05 December 2017:
10-12 Endnote
14-16 Let’s search it!

Thursday, 07 December 2017:
10-12 Mendeley

Friday, 08 December 2017:
10-12 Visualise it!

Some feedback from previous participants:

  • Excellent lesson content, it is really useful for researchers
  • It’s really helpful, I really learned a lot. Thank you
  • (I was) able to ask questions about anything I didn’t understand

To book yourself on to one of these sessions go to:

It is OK to just show up, but to make it easier to claim your RDF-points it is better to sign up before the session.

British Library Doctoral Open Days 2017 & 2018

British Library Doctoral Open Days are a chance for PhD students who are new to the Library to discover the British Library’s unique research materials. From newspapers to maps, datasets to manuscripts, ships’ logs to websites, collections cover a wide range of formats and languages spanning the last 3,000 years. Each day concentrates on a different aspect of the Library’s collections and most take an inter-disciplinary approach.  As well as hearing from expert and friendly staff students will have the opportunity to meet researchers in all disciplines. Students are welcome to choose the day they feel is most relevant to their studies.

The Open Days are as follows:

8 December  –            Music Collections
11 December  –          News & Media Collections
22 January –                Asian & African Collections
29 January –                Social Sciences Collections
31 January –                Exploring the Collections at Boston Spa
5 February –                Pre 1600 Collections
12 February –              17 & 18th Century Collections 
19 February –              19th Century Collections
26 February –              20th & 21st Century Collections

All events take place in the British Library Conference Centre at St Pancras, London, except for the event on Wednesday 31 January 2018, which takes place at the Library’s site in Boston Spa, Yorkshire. This event is suitable for researchers of all disciplines and subject areas as it will showcase the expanding range of research material accessible to researchers at Boston Spa. However, speakers will also provide an overarching introduction to the Library that will be of interest to anyone planning to explore our collections for PhD research – whether that is in Yorkshire, in London or online.

For further details of the all Open Days and how to book please see the British Library website.

Places cost £10.00 including lunch and other refreshments.

LIDC and The Guardian Debate: Can Aid Help Counter Violent Extremism and Terrorism?

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On Tuesday 5 December 2017 the fifth debate of the LIDC & The Guardian Development Debate Series will take place at City, University of London. The debate will be looking at whether aid can help combat violent extremism and terrorism, and is free for all alumni, staff and students at LIDC member colleges to attend.

See all details here

Speakers include:

  • Dr Farid Panjwani (Director of the Centre for Research and Evaluation in Muslim Education (CREME) at UCL Institute of Education),
  • Dr Sara Silvestri (Senior Lecturer in International Politics at City, University of London),
  • Lucy Holdaway (Senior Peacebuilding Adviser at International Alert)
  • (Imam Sheikh Dr) Usama Hasan.

Venue: Oliver Thompson Theatre
City, University of London
Northampton Square

Date: 05 December 2017
Time: 6pm to 8pm

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