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 help 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.

This session is available as an online webinar and as a face-to-face workshop.

See recordings of previous sessions

More information on metrics is available about tracking citations and online mentions.

  • Thursday 25 November 2021, 11am–12pm (webinar)
  • Wednesday 2 March 2022, 2–3.30pm (face-to-face)

Boosting your digital presence as a researcher

Do you want to stand out from the crowd and promote yourself and your work effectively online? Do you already use online tools but worry you're not making the most of them?

This workshop will help you to

  • share, promote and discuss your research with a wide range of people
  • distinguish yourself from others and promote yourself professionally
  • find people working in the same field and potential collaborators

This session will introduce you to readily-available online tools enabling you to maximise your influence on the research community. Using a workbook, you will be able to choose from a range of platforms and tools to explore, including LinkedIn, ORCID, ResearchGate and Google Scholar.

You will begin to create an online personal profile or enhance your existing digital presence, ready to share with other researchers and potential employers. You won't build your profiles in a day but the aim of this workshop is to get you started. The workshop is recommended for second and third year research students and research staff predominantly, although first year doctoral students are also welcome to participate.

  • Thursday 11 November 2021, 11am–2.30pm (webinar)
  •  Thursday 13 January 2022, 11am–12.30pm (webinar)
  •  Monday 7 March 2022, 11am–12.30pm (mode of delivery to be confirmed)
  •  Tuesday 10 May 2022, 11am–12.30pm (mode of delivery to be confirmed)

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.

New workshop dates will be added in September 2021.

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Introduction to reference management

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 Zotero for this session. You may find it useful to download Zotero onto your laptop and create an account in preparation for the workshop.

We’ll discuss three of the main reference management tools available – Zotero, Mendeley and EndNote – and help you to get started using them.

  • Tuesday 19th July, 10–11am

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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 will not include methods of data analysis or detailed advice on research ethics, it is recommended for all non-final-year research students, ideally between six and 12 months into their course.

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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 webinars by following the booking links below.

Wednesday 9 February 2022, 11am (face-to-face)

Monday 14 March 2022, 11am (webinar)

Thursday 19 May 2022, 2pm (face-to-face)

Tuesday 5 July 2022, 10am (webinar)

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