PG Workshops Coming Up in September

Kia ora koutou, we hope you’re looking forward to some warmer weather (and hopefully less sickness going around) as we move into spring.

If you need a little help or inspiration with your research this month, please join us at one of our workshops!

We have some new titles in the programme this month, including two new workshops for you and your supervisors on using digital tools and digital notebooks like OneNote in your supervision (don’t miss these if you’d like to learn about efficient ways to manage feedback from multiple supervisors!).

We also have the ongoing AUT Ventures Impact Series, featuring sessions this month about the financial side of research commercialisation, human-centred design, and pitching your research in clear, concise terms.

Here’s a full round-up of what’s on in September. Click any title to book; and as always, you can browse our workshop listings via elab.

Painted page saying "hello September" surrounded by paints and brushes

Getting started with writing
Focuses on strategies to help researchers initially get words on the page and create more structured writing. Participants try freewriting and mapping concepts.
OnlineThursday 1 September
1pm – 3pm
Tuesday 20 September, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
*NEW* Use of digital technologies for efficient supervision practices
This workshop introduces various digital tools that are available to improve supervision practices. This includes enhancing the transparency of the feedback loop, systematic file organisation, coherence between supervision meetings etc. Bring your supervisor!
OnlineThursday 1 September
2pm – 3pm
Thesis writing: Introductions
An overview of the structure of an Introduction section of a thesis. Identifies typical functions and distinctive features of this section in relation to the whole research project. Participants analyse and discuss text examples and relate these to their own writing.
OnlineThursday 1 September
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Thursday 22 September, 10am – 12 noon
Writing up qualitative research
This training course covers tips and tricks for managing the process of writing up qualitative research, as well as techniques for getting started and keeping going. A demonstration of the writing process is also provided. There will be guidance on representation of the researcher’s voice. Practical ideas for working with NVivo outputs, and effective use of verbatim extracts will also be covered.
OnlineFriday 2 September 10am – 12 noon
Thesis formatting
This is an excellent course for anyone who produces reports, assignments or any long document. Topics covered will include: using styles, section breaks, table of contents, page numbering and using various techniques to move around a long document easily. A comprehensive set of notes is supplied for you to take away, so don’t miss out, register now!
City campusSaturday 3 September 9am – 2pm
*NEW* Building a financial model for innovation
Learn how to build a financial model to set yourself up for success. This workshop will help you: determine the costs of your business; forecast your revenues; correctly price your product or service; and identify your break-even point. Ideal for those curious about the financial commitment behind research commercialisation.
City campusThursday 6 September, 12noon – 1:30pm
*NEW* Thesis writing: Claiming significance
Explores different ways to claim significance for your research and language you can use to make this clear for your reader. Participants will be guided to talk and write about their own research contribution, including what matters and who cares.
OnlineThursday 6 September, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Wednesday 28 September, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Connecting your research
Explores how writers use language to connect to both past and future research. Participants will have time to analyse examples relevant to them and practice using common language patterns to clearly show readers how new research fits in to the wider field.
City campus
Wednesday 7 September, 10am – 12 noon
Monday 26 September, 12 noon – 2pm
Overview of NVivo
This webinar will provide a brief introduction to NVivo and a demonstration of some of its key functionality. It will be particularly useful for students who are considering whether or not to utilise software to assist with the data analysis stage of the research process.
OnlineWednesday 7 September, 1pm – 2pm
Thesis writing: Literature reviews
An overview of the structure of literature reviews within a thesis. Identifies typical functions and distinctive features of this section in relation to the whole research project. Participants analyse, discuss and relate text examples to their own writing. Systematic reviews are not covered.
City campusMonday 12 September, 12 noon – 2pm
*NEW* Use of digital notebooks for effective research progress
This workshop introduces online notebooks that are available to enhance supervision experiences. Learn how to set up a digital notebook, and how to use the notebook for various purposes in supervision (e.g., brainstorming, unpacking or linking ideas for an output). Bring your supervisor!
OnlineTuesday 13 September, 2pm – 3:30pm
NVivo core skills for students
This introductory course covers the basics of NVivo. In addition to gaining an overview of the software, it covers the logistics of setting up a project, importing data (documents and PDFs), coding, and basic reporting tools. Advanced features such as queries and visualisations will also be briefly introduced. This course is ideal for those who are new to the software, as well as more experienced users looking for a quick refresher.
City campusWednesday 14 September, 9:30am – 4pm
Thesis writing: Discussions
An overview of the structure of discussion sections within a thesis. Identifies typical functions and distinctive features of this section in relation to the whole research project. Participants analyse and discuss text examples and relate these to their own writing.
OnlineWednesday 14 September, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Tools for editing your writing
Introduces ProWritingAid as a tool for editing. Focuses on using statistics to examine draft writing. These statistics are related to choices about paragraph structure, and where to condense your writing or elaborate. Participants will have time to use the tool to edit their own work.
OnlineMonday 19 September, 12 noon – 2pm
From thesis to article
This workshop will provide insights and worked examples of the process involved in writing an article.
City campusTuesday 20 September, 10am – 12 noon
*NEW* Pitching your research
Getting people excited about your research can help you make a real-world impact and open the doors to more research. In this workshop, you’ll develop a compelling pitch to communicate your work to non-specialist audiences.
City campusTuesday 20 September, 12 noon – 2pm
Ethical principles in the design of your research
The goal of this workshop is to enable researchers to understand the ethical aspects of researching. This workshop is intended for Pre-EA1, and should be attended before the Fine Tuning your Ethics Application Draft workshop.
City campusWednesday 21 September, 11am – 1pm
Postgrad students wellness toolkit
This is one of the monthly sessions available to enable you to build your own “wellness toolkit” to enhance resilience and wellbeing. Face to face and online attendance options are available.
City campus and onlineWednesday 21 September, 2pm – 3:30pm
Keeping up to date
This Library workshop will look at a range of tools available for keeping up with new research, including those provided by library databases and new options emerging from social media/networks.
OnlineWednesday 21 September, 3pm – 4:15pm
Using Dimensions database
This workshop provides an overview of the content in Dimensions, the search options for finding publications, and the tools for assessing productivity and academic impact.
OnlineThursday 22 September, 3pm – 4:30pm
*NEW* Understanding human-centred design
Human-centred design is an empathetic problem-solving approach that puts people in the heart of the development process. This workshop will introduce the basics of HCD and its applications in healthcare and beyond. This event is ideal for students interested in qualitative and people-focused design methodologies.
City campusMonday 26 September, 12 noon – 1:30pm
Researcher IDs and profiles
This Library workshop introduces some key research IDs and profiles used by researchers worldwide. You will learn how these tools will help you promote your research, increase your research impact and help you to collaborate with other researchers.
OnlineMonday 26 September, 3pm – 4:30pm
Preparing for your doctoral oral examination
Have you completed and submitted your doctoral thesis for examination, or are you nearing the time to submit? If so, you will be in your final 6 months of your doctorate and you will need to know all about the University doctoral examination process, including the oral examination. Find out what it’s like from the perspective of a convenor/examiner’s point of view. Engage in this informative session where you will find out the oral examination process, how to prepare for it and what to expect.
City campusTuesday 27 September, 10am – 12 noon
LaTeX in ninety minutes
If you are preparing your thesis or journal article and are struggling with the formatting, try LaTeX. This Library workshop will introduce setting up a professional looking document in LaTeX and exporting it to PDF for submission to your supervisors or publisher.
City campusThursday 29 September, 11am – 12:30pm

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