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Skills development workshops

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Develop the key academic, writing and speaking skills that you need to succeed in your studies in our interactive workshops.

Covid-19 update

Term 3 sessions will be delivered online - we're working on the details over the Easter vacation.

Stand-alone workshops

Develop key academic and writing skills and prepare for assignments. These workshops are very communicative, and are based on interaction and sharing your ideas with other participants. 

Book your place

Book a workshop using the link in its description below, or find it on the online Events Calendar.

Signed up but can't make it? Please cancel your place using the same booking link, so another student can attend.

Fully booked?

If a workshop is fully booked, please join the waiting list. We can tell you if a place becomes available, and if there is enough demand we may add extra sessions.

You can also try our Academic skills lecture series, or check out the online Skills Guides.

Workshops

Click to find out more about each workshop and book your place.

Week 4 | Successful academic poster presentations

This workshop focuses on preparing and delivering a successful academic poster presentation.

You will compare poster and powerpoint presentations and focus on what is expected of you and what you need  to achieve. You’ll identify skills and strategies you can use to ensure you meet expectations and requirements. 

Term 2, Week 4 | Tuesday 28 January, 16:00 - 18:00, LFA/144

Book this workshop: Poster

Can't make it to the workshop?

Try these online resources instead:

*Cancelled* Week 5 | Reading: purpose & process

This workshop focuses on strategies for effective academic reading.

You'll consider how academic reading is different to other types of reading, think about what effective readers do and share strategies to read effectively.

*Cancelled* Sorry folks, we'll advertise any rearranged session.

Can't make it to the workshop?

Try these online resources instead:

Week 7 | Reading and critiquing research reports

In this workshop you will analyse short research reports and consider how to approach them critically.

Term 2, Week 7 | Wednesday 19 February, 16:00 - 18:00, AEW/105

Book this workshop: Reading research reports

Can't make it to the workshop?

Try these online resources instead:

Week 8 | What more can I do? Moving from good to better

This workshop focuses on understanding marking criteria and assignment feedback, to help you move from good to better.

You'll consider feedback you have received and decide how you can respond to it to move forward successfully in your studies.

Term 2, Week 8 | Thursday 27 February, 16:00 - 18:00, K/159 (King's Manor)

Book this workshop: What more can I do

 

Week 9 | Style and language in academic practice

In this workshop you'll identify what academic style and language looks like in different genres of academic writing.

You'll compare samples of your own work against departmental marking criteria for written assignments and with published material and consider what you can do to ensure your work matches norms and expectations.

Term 2, Week 9 | Thursday 5 March, 16:00 - 18:00, K/159 (King's Manor)

Book this workshop: Style & language

 

Can't make it to the workshop?

Try these online resources instead:

Week 10 | Self-proofreading: tips and tricks

This workshop aims to help you edit and proofread your written work.

You'll analyse samples of written work in which the tutor has highlighted common issues which need addressing, and will also learn strategies you can use in the future to help you check your own work and avoid mistakes. 

Term 2, Week 10 | Tuesday 10 March, 16:00 - 18:00, LFA/144

Book this workshop: Self-proofreading

Can't make it to the workshop?

Try the self-proofreading sessions held throughout term as part of the small group academic skills / language sessions.

COMING SOON: Group work? How to work well together for success.

This workshop focuses on group work type activities you may have to do as part of your academic study.

You'll reflect on your personal strengths and weaknesses when working with others, and as a group, you’ll identify some of the benefits and challenges of group work and identify strategies you can use to make group work work well. 

*Cancelled - will be rescheduled for later in Term 2*

Book this workshop: Group work (coming soon)

Can't make it to the workshop?

Try these online resources instead:

Confidence to Speak workshop series

Develop your confidence to speak out in front of others. Learn strategies for successful verbal communication, such as in seminar discussions, group work or presentations.

Schedule

Workshops are held Thursdays, 10:00 - 12:00.

The course will run twice in Term 2:

  • Course 1: Weeks 3 - 6
  • Course 2: Weeks 7 - 10

Book your place

To book, sign up for all four workshops in the series.

Course 2 is now open for booking. Use the links in each workshop below to book. 

Workshops

Click to find out more about each workshop.

Workshop 1 | Confidence, communication and voice

This workshop focuses on speaking up in front of others, listening and reacting, examining perceptions and preconceptions, and using your voice well - control and care.

Course 2 | Thursday 20th February, 10.00 - 12.00

Book Course 2, Workshop 1 (you must also book onto the other three workshops)

Workshop 2 | Participating in group and collaborative activities

This workshop focuses on negotiating, sharing ideas, presenting/refuting argument and opinion, examining self-belief and effective communication skills. 

Course 2 | Thursday 27th February, 10.00 - 12.00

Book Course 2, Workshop 2 (you must also book onto the other three workshops)

Workshop 3 | Speaking without planning

This workshop focuses on being spontaneous: handling a Q and A, dealing with verbal challenges, explaining concepts and terms to a non-expert audience and sharing tips and techniques for clear communication.

Course 2 | Thursday 5th March, 10.00 - 12.00

Book Course 2, Workshop 3 (you must also book onto the other three workshops)

Workshop 4 | Speaking on your own

This workshop focuses on presenting ideas to a small group, combining voice with visuals, how to best help your listeners, strategies to control nerves and reflections on your confidence development.

Course 2 | Thursday 12th March, 10.00 - 12.00

Book Course 2, Workshop 4 (you must also book onto the other three workshops)