Doctoral Development Programme (DDP) workshops

The library offers a range of sessions for PhD researchers as part of the Doctoral Development Programme. Find face-to-face and online workshops and webinars to help you develop research skills.



Through a mix of face-to-face activities and webinars, our workshops aim to help you to develop the skills you need throughout the research process, from literature searching, referencing, managing research data, to identifying places to publish your work.

Visit the student researcher webpages to explore the Library's support for research or contact your librarian for more information.


Beyond the Impact Factor: Using metrics to identify influential research

With an ever-increasing amount of published research, it can be difficult to identify key publications and authors in your field.

This session will give an overview of citation metrics and altmetrics and introduce a range of tools that can be used to find highly-cited and highly-discussed journals, authors and papers. You can use them to help discover topics, researchers, papers and journals which generate interest and attention within academia and beyond.

Whilst metrics should always be used alongside qualitative judgements and are not an indication of quality, they can provide a useful insight into how research is shared, cited and discussed. We’ll discuss the strengths and limitations of metrics such as the impact factor and provide guidance on how to use metrics responsibly.

  • Thursday 17 November 2022, 11:00–12:00 (webinar). Book here
  • Tuesday 21 February 2023, 10:00-11:30 (face-to-face). Book here

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Copyright and open access: Your thesis and beyond

What is copyright and how does it affect you as a researcher? Sign up to this webinar to find out how you can reuse material fairly and legally in your writing - and how copyright protects works that you produce. Discover the possibilities of open access publishing and what your responsibilities are as a doctoral researcher to make your research available to the widest possible audience.

  • Tuesday 22 November 2022, 10:00-11:30. Book here
  • Thursday 16 February 2023, 14:00-15:00. Book here

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Introduction to reference management - Endnote 

This one-hour workshop will introduce you to the purposes and principles of using reference management software to keep track of your reading, from exporting citation data from online resources to organising and annotating your references and PDFs of full-text articles.

We’ll concentrate on using Endnote for this session. Please download Endnote onto your laptop and create an account in preparation for the workshop if possible. We can provide laptops as necessary.

Research data management and writing a DMP

This interactive workshop will help you to get the most out of your research data. You will learn how to organise, store and share your data while keeping them safe and secure, and look at using existing data in your research. You will also find out how to create a data management plan (DMP), which is a submission requirement of the confirmation review.

This workshop  is recommended for all non-final-year research students, ideally between 6 and 12 months into their course. 

  • Thursday 3 November 2022, 10:00-11:30 (face-to-face). Book here
  • Tuesday 31 January 2023, 11:00-12:00 (webinar). Book here
  • Tuesday 25 April 2023, 14:00-15:30 (face-to-face). Book here
  • Thursday 18 May 2023, 14:00-15:00 (webinar). Book here

You can find details of other research data management training here.

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Tools for literature searching

This workshop introduces the literature searching tools provided by the University Library and provides opportunities to use and evaluate them with support from Library staff. Search tools included are StarPlus (the Library catalogue), multidisciplinary citation databases (such as Web of Science and Scopus) and subject-specific databases.

Book your place on one of the sessions by following the booking links below:

  • Tuesday 15 November 2022, 10:00-11:30 (face to face workshop). Book here
  • Thursday 1 December 2022, 13:00-14:00 (webinar). Book here
  • Tuesday 17 January 2023, 10:00-11:00 (webinar). Book here
  • Wednesday 8 February 2023, 14:00-15:30 (face to face workshop). Book here

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