Welcome to the new Doc Blog for Humanities PGRs!
This is a new blog designed for PGRs in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester. Here I will aim to post information of relevance, comments and information about PGR Development issues. I have also linked to other useful blogs and websites of interest, I hope you find it helpful!
New Skills Training Programme 2009/10
The new academic year 2009/10 is nearly upon us and the Skills Training Team are running a brand new and much improved PGR Skills Training Programme! We have a considerable number of 2 hour workshops on offer which aim to provide an interactive and thought-provoking approach to generic skills training. Our workshops are aimed at different levels of competency – it’s up to you to choose the workshop which is appropriate for your skill level (please use the Skills Audit regularly). The brochure to accompany the new programme is currently being printed and will be available shortly and all new courses will be taking bookings in late September.
A word of warning – I noticed during the course of the last academic year that several people signed up to courses and then did not turn up – without excuse. In doing so, other PGRs have been deprived places. If you have no intention of attending a course then please cancel your place in plenty of time in order to give others a fair crack of the whip. We will be more vigilant against those ‘repeat offenders’ who don’t turn up this year. You can learn more about our new policy at the beginning of our 2009/10 brochure.
2009 PGR Transitions Programme
Now I have finally had the opportunity to design the new training programme I am piloting a new project which is aimed at those PGRs in the 3rd/4th years of their thesis. The new PGR Transitions Programme has been designed to help those PGRs to make the transition from student to professional. In total there will be roughly 20 new courses available, divided into two categories: ‘finishing up’ and ‘moving on’. ‘Finishing up’ courses will include new workshops such as ‘Editing and Proofreading Your Thesis’ and ‘Viva Survivor’. ‘Moving on’ workshops will include things like ‘CV Surgeries’, ‘Entrepreneurship’, ‘Interview Skills’ and so on and so forth. You can pick and choose which workshops to attend. Further details are available on the website and in the new Skills Training brochure.
I look forward to seeing you soon!