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All the latest news, announcements and information about the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Researcher Development Programme 2017-2018.

There are also details about our optional skills and development training opportunities for PGRs, such as the Writing Class, Methods and Methodologies, Early Career Researcher (ECR) Group , Research Online Web-Tech ‘121’ & Drop-in sessions and PGR Buddies Scheme.

There are additional researcher development classes run by The Graduate School.


REMINDER: Book into all the Weds classes on Skills Forge so it is recorded in your Skills Forge Development section.

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IMPORTANT *Changes to the Researcher Development Programme 2017-18*

We have had to make some changes to the programme in the Come Together booklet. If you have any questions ask Myna Trustram (m.trustram@mmu.ac.uk)


Come Together booklet Event The Change
Page 4 25 October 10.00-12.00. Doing research interviews Moved to 6 Dec 13.00 – 14.30
Page 4 1 Nov. Open research Taught by Mary Pickstone (Research support librarian)
Page 5 8 Nov. Using basic quantitative methods Cancelled
Page 5 15 Nov. EndNote Web Takes place in JD E217 (John Dalton building)
Page 9 6 Dec. On the philosophy of social science Moved to 21 March 13.00 – 14.30
Page 10 Beyond Google scholar Takes place in GM Lab 112 (Geoffrey Manton building)
Page 11 21 March 13.00 – 14.30 Additional session: On the philosophy of social science (moved from 6 Dec)
Page 19 One-to-one tutorials Unfortunately Sam Colling is no longer able to provide tutorials.
Page 8 8 Nov 10.00 – 12.00 Using basic quantitative methods Cancelled
Page 23 25 Oct 10.00 – 12.00 Doing research interviews Moved to 6 Dec 13.00 – 14.30
Page 24 8 Nov 10.00 – 12.00 Using basic quantitative methods Cancelled
Page 25 6 Dec 13.00 – 14.30 Doing research interviews Moved from 25 Oct 10.00 – 12.00
Page 27 21 March 13.00 -14.30 Additional session: On the philosophy of social science (moved from 6 Dec)

Welcome to the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Research Degree Programme

The PDF below outlines some of the activities you can take part in throughout your time at the University. Some of these will guide you through the processes of doing an MA by Research or a PhD. Others will help you with the wider intellectual and creative elements of your research.

Most of the activities described here are designed especially for research students but are open to postgraduate taught students, early career researchers and staff new to research. Note that there are many other events, seminars, lectures, conferences and workshops taking place throughout the Faculty and the whole University that are of relevance to your research.

We encourage you to make the most of all these opportunities. They will strengthen the quality of your research and make you part of a community of research students and staff in the Postgraduate Arts and Humanities Centre (PAHC).


Writing Class 2017-18

21 Feb, 28 Feb, 7 March, 14 March, 21 March, 18 April, 25 April, 2 May, 9 May, 16 May

This ten week course is designed to help you become a confident and creative writer of academic prose. It will encourage individual writing voices and nurture academic writing skills. The approach is exploratory and experiential: you will draw on your practice whether as a historian, theorist, curator, artist, sociologist and so on.

Regular writing inside and outside the classes is required. You must sign up in advance and commit yourself to regular attendance. It is not a drop-in class.

Places will be allocated on a first-come basis.

Tell Myna Trustram by 12 January if you would like to join.

Writing Up Writing Down

6 June, 13 June, 20 June

This three week course is for students about to enter, or already in, their final year (or final two years if part-time). It is designed to help you with the process of bringing together your research into a thesis that meets academic requirements and that is satisfying to write. What is your research really about? How can you leave it alone and say, this is good enough? You will share and critique your writing with each other and be expected to come to each session – not a drop in.

Further details nearer the time.

Methods and Methodologies for Research Creation in Arts and Humanities

A bi-monthly, co-produced, peer-learning group convened by Amanda Ravetz.

Wednesdays 15.00–17.00 (Oct 11th and 25th; Nov 8th and 22nd; Dec 6th; Jan 10th and 24th; Feb 7th and 21st; Mar 7th and 21st; Apr 18th; May 9th)

Methods and methodologies across the arts and humanities range from quantitative to qualitative, empirical to hermeneutic, and co-produced to artistic. While handbooks on “quants”, “quals”, and “mixed methods” are plentiful, there is less guidance available on what, in Canada, has been called ‘research-creation” and is here known as practice-led research. In this course we will be interested not only in research-creation in its narrower sense of artistic process, but also in action-research, participatory research, scholar-activism and so on. The aim is to explore the uncertainties, techniques, questions and also the rigour of such approaches, so as to better understand, carry out and articulate the practices and methods we become involved in.

A core principle of the sessions will be co-production. Planning, running, teaching and learning will be the joint responsibility of group members, supported by the course convenor. This does not mean there will be no roles or leadership, but that we will try as far as possible to devise a programme of learning which is based on what those in the group are collectively concerned by and interested in.

During the initial sessions we will scope out the interests and existing knowledge of the group, gather materials and create learning and teaching pathways for the coming months.

Regular attendance is a pre-requisite of joining, as building trust and connection is an important condition for co-production.

The course is suitable for those interested in practice-led research, scholar activism, co-production and other forms of ‘research-creation’. The group will benefit from members who are curious, prepared for ‘not knowing’ as much as for ‘knowing’, and who are keen to take part in peer-learning.

Please send an expression of interest to Amanda Ravetz (a.ravetz@mmu.ac.uk) by October 6th latest if you wish to join, with a paragraph or more about your proposed research, the kinds of methods you are considering using, existing experience of methods, areas of uncertainty and why you think this group is suitable for you. If you are not sure if your interests fit, or if this is the group for you, do get in touch with Amanda for an informal chat or email conversation.

Early Career Researchers (ECR) Group

The Early Career Researcher (ECR) Group is a new forum to share ideas and experience with your peers. The aim of the group is help new researchers answer questions that they have regarding research, to develop a better understanding of the opportunities that are open to them by learning from each other, from experienced staff in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities and key figures from the wider community. It will meet once a term with an additional programme of talks delivered by invited speakers – in response to an agenda set by the group.

While the AHRC’s formal definition of an ECR is:

“an individual who is within eight years of the award of their PhD or equivalent professional training, or an individual who is within six years of their first academic appointment. These durations exclude any period of career break, e.g. for family care or health reasons. The ‘first academic appointment’ is defined as the first paid contract of employment, either full-time or part-time, which lists research and/or teaching as the primary functions.”

…we welcome anyone who defines themselves as an early career researcher to come along.

We also welcome final year research degree students interested in looking into future options and opportunities beyond their studies.

More details about ECR Group activities at http://ecr.harts.online

To express interest contact the ECR Group co-ordinators:

Dr Magnus Quaife

Lecturer, Fine Art

Days of Work – Monday and Tuesday

M.Quaife@mmu.ac.uk

Dr Lewis Sykes

Online Support Tutor, Postgraduate Arts & Humanities Centre

Days of Work – Wednesday

L.Sykes@mmu.ac.uk

Research Online – Web-Tech ‘121’ & Drop-in Sessions

Lewis Sykes, Online Support Tutor, offers support, training and technical advice in online documentation, working with Social Media and setting up and structuring practice blogs and online research journals through bookable, one-hour Web-Tech ‘121’ sessions – 11am and 3pm weekly from the start of the new academic year through to the end of Spring term (sign up sheet on the noticeboard next to Jim and Myna’s office), First Floor of the Righton Building.

For anyone interested in setting up and structuring a practice blog and/or online research journal and sharing approaches with and getting feedback from other PGRs in an informal, supportive environment there’ll be a bi-weekly lunchtime (12.00-1.00pm) Research Online ’Drop-in’ from 24th January 2018 and for as long as the group finds it useful, First Floor of the Righton Building. There’s no fixed agenda – the group will decide how to use time to best effect. Bring your laptop and some lunch and share and find about how other PGRs are using the Web, Social Media and other Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) to help structure, document and disseminate their research.

If you’d like to chat with Lewis but can’t make these particular time slots due to other regular commitments then arrange an alternative time – he can be found on the First Floor of the Righton Building most Wednesdays, 11am-4pm during term times, or drop him an email – L.Sykes@mmu.ac.uk.