Career Skills Training
Communicating with non-academic audiences using Zines, Blog-posts, Podcasts and other creative methods – 15 June 2021
- In this workshop, MJ Barker explored the use of creative methods to get research and academic ideas to wider audiences, and potentially as a form of ongoing self-care and/or reflexive practice through our work.
- MJ Barker talked about their own experiences working on Queer: A Graphic History and the follow up Graphic Guides to Gender and Sexuality, as well as developing the self-care zines available on their website.
- During the workshop, participants were given the opportunity to try out planning and creating content which might work for communicating their ideas to a wider audience. Workshop attendees were asked to reflect on a number of questions including: Why communicate with non-academic audiences? What are your fears and concerns around communicating/working with non-academic audiences, whether self-care and/or practical? What draws you in or holds you back?
SWDTP 2020 Conference November Series – Online Skills Session
The final session of the November Series addressed the increased need for strong online skills with the context of Covid-19. This included presentation from Dr. Ioannis Costas Batlle, who focused on online teaching and learning. This session was put in place to help prepare attendees for the upcoming conference season
Plan B Training – Run in both May, and as part of the SWDTP 2020 Conference November Series
The focus of this workshop was how PGRs could re-plan activities to achieve intended outcomes and to explore problem-solving skills and flexible approaches to help them adapt to change in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The workshops were specific to student cohorts – 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year were provided with different sessions with slightly different focuses – this enabled small group/pair discussion and peer learning.
The overall objective of this workshop, led by the Institute for Government, was to demystify government and explain how to engage successfully with policy makers. The day was engaging, informative and practical, with lots of opportunities to apply lessons to our students’ own areas of research.