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Catherine Pope - Doctoral Research Workshops

Doctoral Research Workshops with Catherine Pope

Various dates | Foundling Museum, London

Dr Catherine Pope is an experienced coach and workshop facilitator. Since completing her PhD in 2014, Catherine has worked with thousands of researchers and writers to help them achieve their goals. She runs workshops and writing retreats at many universities, including Sussex, Birkbeck, Canterbury Christ Church, Portsmouth, and Surrey. Catherine has also published books in her field of Victorian literature and on technology. She divides her time between the 19th and 21st centuries.


+ Preparing for Your Viva: Successful Strategies for Planning & Performance - FULLY BOOKED

Tuesday 15 January | Foundling Museum, London | 10.00-17.00

This training event is fully booked

Have you submitted your thesis, or are you close to completion? This one-day workshop is designed to guide you through the process of preparing for your viva and giving your best possible performance on the day.

Through activities, discussion, and short training sessions, you’ll learn lots of techniques for successfully defending your thesis. We’ll also stage some mock vivas to get you used to the format in a supportive environment.

By the end of the session you’ll have:

  • An understanding of the purpose and format of a viva
  • Techniques for preparing your research material
  • Sample viva questions to practice
  • Experience of a mock viva

Outline

10.00-10.30 Welcome & Introductions

10.30-11.00 What are you concerns about the viva?

11.00-11.30 What is a viva & how do I prepare?

11.30-11.45 TEA BREAK

11.45-13.00 Preparing for examiners’ questions

13.00-14.00 LUNCH

14.00-14.30 Mock Viva I

14.30-15.15 Answering Strategies

15.15-15.30 TEA BREAK

15.30-16.15 Mock Viva II

16.15-16.45 Performance Tips; Summary; Finish


+ Becoming an Effective Doctoral Researcher

One-Day Interactive Workshop for New PhD Students

Thursday 17 January OR Wednesday 30 January | Foundling Museum, London | 9.30-16.00

Make a successful start to your PhD with this practical workshop, designed to prepare you for the doctoral journey ahead. You’ll get the opportunity to meet researchers from across CHASE and build your skills in communication, problem-solving, and time management.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • What skills do you need for your PhD and beyond?
  • Project Managing Your Thesis
  • Establishing Your Priorities
  • Staying Focused and Motivated
  • Working with Your Supervisor
  • Identifying Training & Development Needs

Feedback from previous participants

"It was a really interesting & informative day with a wide range of topics covered, I found them all really helpful to me & relevant to my own work”

"It was really great to meet other researchers & share experiences & insecurities within such a warm and supportive environment. Thank you!”

“Got some great tips, ways to get over procrastination and boost motivation.”

“Practical tips/resources that can be used immediately. Lots of discussing and thinking for ourselves. Exercises that we can apply immediately.”

“Thank you very much for making things so clear and also entertaining!”

OUTLINE

09.45 – 10.00 Coffee & Registration

10.00 – 10.15 Welcome & Introductions

10.15 – 11.00 What skills do you need for your PhD and beyond?

  • Group discussion & feedback

11.00 – 11.45 Project Managing Your Thesis

  • Who’s in your team?
  • What resources do you need?
  • Organising your research

11.45 – 12.00 Tea break

12.00 – 13.00 Establishing Your Priorities

  • Working out what’s important
  • Work/life balance
  • Mental health

13.00 – 13.45 Lunch

13.45 – 14.30 Staying Focused & Motivated

  • Overcoming procrastination
  • Setting milestones
  • Dealing with setbacks

14.30 – 15.00 Working with Your Supervisor

  • Managing expectations
  • Improving communications
  • Building autonomy

15.00 – 15.15 Tea break

15.15 – 15.45 Identifying Training & Development Needs

  • Training Needs Analysis & the Researcher Development Framework
  • Planning & recording training
  • SWOT analysis

15.45 – 16.00 Review of day & Finish


By registering below you are requesting a place on this training programme or selected sessions that form part of the programme. A member of the CHASE team or the workshop leader will contact you in due course to confirm that a place has been allocated to you. If you no longer require a place, please email enquiries@chase.ac.uk as soon as possible so your name can be removed from the registration list.  

If you are allocated a place but can no longer attend, please email enquiries@chase.ac.uk so that your place can be reallocated. CHASE training is free to attend and events are often oversubscribed with a waiting list. Failure to notify us of non-attendance in good time (ideally 5 days prior to the workshop/programme) means your place cannot be reallocated and may result in your access to future CHASE training being restricted.


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