University of East Anglia Online Training Series for PGRs 2019-20


The ‘University of East Anglia (UEA) Online Training Series’ offers research and professional skills training for postgraduate research students (PGRs) in a ‘live-taught’ online format. Last year, over 4000 students attended the series, drawn from more than 30 UK universities and a very wide range of disciplinary backgrounds. Attendance is only available to PGRs at subscribing universities, so please check that your institution is a member before signing up. Training sessions are delivered via a virtual classroom on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings between 7pm-9pm. The series is organised and administered by Dr Simon Watts, PGR Training Coordinator for the Faculty of Social Science at UEA, who also teaches the majority of sessions. For your convenience, the training has been organised into five modules, each focused on a specific area/topic. You are nonetheless free to sign up for individual sessions (and not a whole module) if you prefer. Here is a full schedule of the modules, individual sessions, and relevant dates for 2019/20:

MODULE 1 - ACADEMIC WRITING: (1) What Should a Literature Review Do? (Tues 8th Oct 2019; Weds 9th Oct 2019; Tues 28th Jan 2020; Weds 5th Feb 2020; & Weds 22nd April 2020); (2) Writing Effectively (Tues 15th Oct 2019; Weds 16th Oct 2019; Tues 4th Feb 2020; & Weds 12th Feb 2020); (3) Academic Publishing (Tues 22nd Oct 2019; Tues 11th Feb 2020; & Weds 19th Feb 2020); (4) Writing & Structuring an Effective Thesis (Weds 23rd Oct 2019; Tues 29th Oct 2019; Tues 18th Feb 2020; Weds 26th Feb 2020; & Weds 29th April 2020)

MODULE 2 - QUALITATIVE RESEARCH SKILLS: (1) A Comparison of Qualitative Methods (Tues 5th Nov 2019; Weds 27th Nov 2019; & Tues 25th Feb 2020); (2) Qualitative Interviewing (Tues 12th Nov 2019; Weds 4th Dec 2019; & Tues 3rd Mar 2020); (3) Analysing Qualitative Data (Tues 19th Nov 2019; Weds 11th Dec 2019; Tues 10th Mar 2020; & Weds 6th May 2020)

MODULE 3 - FINISHING YOUR PHD: (1) Preparing for your Viva (Tues 26th Nov 2019 & Tues 17th Mar 2020); (2) Securing a First Academic Post (Tues 3rd Dec 2019 & Tues 24th Mar 2020); (3) Preparing Impactful Research Proposals & Grant Applications (Tues 10th Dec 2019 & Tues 31st Mar 2020)

MODULE 4 - TEACHING SKILLS: (1) Preparing & Delivering Seminars (Tues 7th Jan 2020 & Tues 21st Apr 2020); (2) Preparing & Delivering Lectures (Tues 14th Jan 2020 & Tues 28th Apr 2020); (3) Assessment, Feedback, & Module Design (Tues 21st Jan 2020 & Tues 5th May 2020)

MODULE 5 - QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH SKILLS: (1) A Beginner’s Guide to Quantitative Research (Tues 12th May 2020); (2) An Introduction to Scale Development (Tues 19th May 2020); (3) An Introduction to SEM (Tues 26th May 2020)

Booking Information

Bookings for all remaining sessions will now open on TUESDAY 29th OCTOBER 2019 at 7.00am. If you have any problems with any aspect of your booking, please e-mail [] and we will be happy to help.

How to Book

To book a particular session just click on the relevant entry in the schedule below. The sessions will appear in the schedule only when they are open for booking. Go to Book this Session, click Select and then View Selections. You will be asked to provide your full name, university affiliation, and e-mail address (please use an official university e-mail address if you have one). When you confirm your booking you will receive an e-mail confirmation to the address provided. Please read the mail and keep it safe - it includes the hyperlink that will allow you access to the virtual classroom. The e-mail also contains a calendar invitation which can be used to add the date and time to your calendar, and you will receive a further e-mail, five days before the relevant session, reminding you of your booking. If you find you can’t attend for some reason, please cancel your booking in advance. Instructions about how to cancel are provided below.

Waiting Lists & Additional Sessions

If the session you want to book is full, you can still add your name to a waiting list. Having your name on the waiting list opens the possibility that you might subsequently receive an e-mail offering you the chance to book a place. You will need to respond to this mail quickly (within one hour), or the place will be offered to the next person on the waiting list, the next, and so on. Mails will be sent whenever the place becomes available, including during the middle of the night! The first person to respond to their waiting list e-mail will get the place. It is also possible, where there is particularly high demand, that additional sessions will be added to the schedule. These typically run between 10am-12pm or 2-4pm on weekdays and information will be provided to your institution, and added to this website, if/when a new session(s) is added.

Accessing/Setting Up the Virtual Classroom Software

In order to attend the online training, you will need to download the appropriate virtual classroom software, provided by Electa-Live. This can be accessed direct from the Electa website at: []. Please do this as soon as possible and do not wait for the evening of the session. The software can be downloaded to a PC, laptop, tablet, or even a smart phone. Remember, however, that downloading to a work computer may require administrative permissions to be granted. For this reason, the use of a personal computer is often the easier option. If you are having problems, or would like to receive a test hyperlink to ensure the software is downloaded and working correctly, please e-mail [].

Cancelling Your Booking

Please cancel your booking if you are unable to attend. There is likely to be a waiting list for most sessions and someone else will happily take your place (if you give them the chance!). You can cancel until 12pm on the day of the session by using your booking mail - click on View Booking, then Ticket Options, and finally Cancel Ticket. Alternatively, you can go direct to the website at: [], login to your account (if you haven't set one up, just enter the e-mail address you used to book and click 'forgotten password'), and follow the same procedure. PLEASE NOTE: If you fail to attend two booked sessions without cancelling in advance (or without mailing [] to offer suitable apologies and excuses), any further bookings you have made will automatically be cancelled. Please attend diligently! Thanks for your help with this. #Sign up, Turn up!

About the Sessions

If you have any particular issues/topics you’d like to see covered in the session(s) you've booked, things that are already troubling you or questions you’d like answered, please feel free to get in touch []. All the online training sessions take advantage of the skills and academic experience of the presenter – gathered over too many years in Simon’s case – and offer many useful tips and tricks-of-the-trade, to render potentially complicated and multi-layered academic tasks a little more simple. We hope you enjoy. The session slides, a session recording, and other relevant materials will be forwarded after the session, but it is still a good idea to take some notes as you listen along. It’s a sensible thing to do and too few students do it effectively.

Looking forward to seeing/hearing you all during the sessions…

Best wishes,

Dr Simon Watts,
PGR Training Coordinator & Deputy Director of the Graduate School,
Faculty of Social Science,
University of East Anglia.

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