CHASE Encounters conference, University of Kent

11th and 12th July, Sibson Building

Guide to breakout sessions
Day two
Professional development workshops (11.30 to 13.00)


Researching distressing topics (seminar room 2, Sibson building)

The idea that the researcher should be impartial, distant and objective still has some force in the humanities. However, adopting such a position in practice can be difficult. This panel brings together PhD candidates from across the Consortium to informally discuss their experiences of researching distressing subjects. It will bring together three CHASE student panellists to outline their research and how it can be distressing before initiating an open forum for the audience to ask questions on broad, interdisciplinary and practically focused solutions on how the researcher can overcome these obstacles.

Reading for speed and retention (seminar room 6, Sibson building)

This programme has been written to help you to develop your reading and retention skills, which means that you will be able to:

• Analyse your present way of reading

• Recognise and minimise any poor reading habits you may have developed

• Learn some new reading techniques

• Adapt your reading style to different documents.

By the end of the session, many delegates report an increased reading speed of up to 100%, without losing any depth or detail. Using some of the approaches we discuss, retention levels are vastly improved too.

Please note: All attendees should bring a pen and paper to the workshop.

Turbo charge your writing with Scrivener with Catherine Pope (computer room 1, Sibson building)

Scrivener is a powerful programme designed specifically for writers. It’s much more than a word processor, offering a sophisticated environment to manage all aspects of your writing project. You can keep your drafts, research notes, outlines, and synopses all in one place, and then organise your workspace to display exactly what you need. By the end of the session, you’ll have a clear sense of what Scrivener can do for you and what’s involved in getting started with the software.

Creative networking with Scriptor Cube (lecture theatre 2, Sibson building)

This 90 minute workshop for doctoral students focuses on creative approaches to enhancing multi-disciplinary thinking; how to harness new research ideas through multi-disciplinary engagement & creating opportunities by developing a multi-disciplinary academic networking seminar which includes national and international participation.

An introduction to The Brilliant Club and presenting your research to non-expert audiences (lecture theatre 1, Sibson building)

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that exists to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly-selective universities. They do this by mobilising the PhD community to share its academic expertise with non-selective state schools through The Scholars Programme. As Scholars Programme tutors, researchers support local pupils from underrepresented backgrounds to access university, get expert training and real experience to develop their teaching skills, and earn £500 per placement (plus travel expenses). In this session, participants will hear from current CHASE-funded Scholars Programme tutors about their experiences and professional development on the programme, and have the opportunity to participate in a workshop to build their skills in communicating their research to non-expert audiences.

The funding landscape and the essentials of a good application with Phil Ward (University of Kent) (lecture theatre 3, Sibson building)

The research funding landscape can be confusing, with a bewildering diversity of funders and schemes, all with contrasting policies and procedures. This session aims to make sense of it all. Phil Ward, Deputy Director of Research Services at the University of Kent, will give an overview of the different types of funders out there, their objectives, the success rates of their schemes and what to watch out for with them. He will then move on to look at the five essential elements of a good funding application, which he's gleaned from 20 years working on both sides of the funding fence: first, as a Senior Awards Officer at the AHRC, and then leading the Research Development Team at Kent.

Please note: This workshop will be most suitable for final year students who are considering their next career steps. All students are, however, very welcome.

Decolonising the curriculum: Action within and action without the institution (seminar room 4, Sibson building)

Since 2015 Decolonising the Curriculum has experienced a powerful groundswell across many institutions. But how do we convert this interest into action? And what do we do when institutions obstruct or limit our ability to effect change? This workshop will look at successful decolonisation action in universities and develop ways of thinking about and organising action both within and without our own institutions.

CHASE Feminist Network meeting (seminar room 3, Sibson building)

The CHASE Feminist Network is working to provide spaces of resistance in what continues to be a patriarchal higher education sector, with ongoing and intersectional discrimination happening at all levels. We are aiming to create links with inspirational people inside and outside of CHASE that are challenging this environment and ensure we have space for discussion, and networks that provide both professional and personal support. The network places a strong emphasis on the importance of considering intersectionality and interdisciplinarity, as well as valuing the personal, political and creative, alongside and as integral to the academic. We would like to invite you to our discussion event at Encounters, where we will bring together people interested in getting involved in the network. This will be a great opportunity to meet others from the CHASE network and share your ideas and experiences. The network is trans-inclusive and welcomes people regardless of gender identity who support the aims of the network. There will be opportunities for women only spaces (for those that identify as women as all or part of their gender identity) at future events.