Opportunities At GCU

Collaboration is at the heart of our community at GCU, and there are many workshops and training options that may be of interest to our Researchers.

At the Graduate School we are proud to share development opportunities from our partners in other University Departments. Click on the titles below to find out more: 

Three Minute Thesis (3MT)

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) was developed by The University of Queensland to celebrate the exciting research conducted by PhD Students. Participants have one slide and 3 minutes to present their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Since its inception in 2008, the popularity of 3MT has grown, and competitions are now held in over 200 universities across more than 18 countries worldwide.

Following the successful first run of 3MT at GCU in 2015, The Graduate School are calling all GCU doctoral students to get involved in this initiative. Training sessions will be provided to everyone to support the preparation of presentations, and there is no obligation to enter the competition after attending the training. A short video interviewing the finalists from last year’s competition gives an indication of what Doctoral students can expect from participating in 3MT.

The GCU 3MT final takes place as part of GCU’s Research Day celebrations each year in June. The winner will go on to represent GCU in the UK 3MT competition.

Interested? Please email graduateschool@gcu.ac.uk for information about training sessions and how to sign up.

PhD Community Group Seminar Series

The key purpose of the PhD Community Group is to develop the PhD student community at GCU, enabling a supportive research environment with a strong focus on research excellence, engagement and impact. The expected benefits of the Group are the following:

  • The opportunity to present, in an informal environment, giving vital practice for upgrades, vivas and conference papers;
  • The opportunity for students to test ideas from their thesis and to receive feedback from different disciplinary perspectives;
  • The opportunity to meet others with shared or similar interests, opening up avenues for future collaborations;
  • The chance to put together further events such as PhD workshops, reading groups and funded colloquia (including conferences, symposiums).

Each monthly seminar meeting consists of a presentation from a recently graduated (within five years or so) Doctor of Philosophy who has successfully completed the PhD journey. In our experience PhD students are always keen to hear from those who have experienced the journey and it is encouraging to hear from those who survived that journey and live to tell the tale! Topics that may be covered in the ‘Trust me I’m a Dr’ seminar series include:

  • Finding your topic and formulating a research question(s)
  • Choosing a methodology
  • Striking a work-life-balance
  • Getting to grips with theory
  • Managing your supervisors
  • When things go wrong
  • Exposing your work – writing and publishing
  • Conducting empirical research – negotiating access/executing the plan
  • Engagement and your research – community/media
  • Building relationships – networking and conferences
  • Preparing for your viva
  • Life after the PhD – career paths and post doc opportunities 

The PhD Community Group does not undertake any such activities that are duplicating efforts elsewhere in the University, including the technical and practical resources available through the Graduate School. Instead, this is intended to be an informal student-led group with little staff involvement. While the group is GSBS led and the key focus is the GSBS aligned PhD cohort, students from other disciplines and research areas are welcome to attend and present as well. This includes also interested PhD students in the London Campus, and postgraduate students on current Masters Programmes in the school considering a PhD.

2015-16 PhD Community Group Seminar Series:

Seminars are on Wednesdays from 13:00-14:30 in the Gradspace (H112, William Harley building). For more information about speakers and to book your place, please click the links below.

If you have questions about the group or the seminars, please contact the GSBS PhD Community Group Organising team on GSBSPhDCommunity@gcu.ac.uk

Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Programme

GCU LEAD hosts a series of Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) workshops aimed at PhD students considering lecturing as a career. Topics that have been covered in the series include:

  • Teaching to small groups
  • Teaching international students
  • Blended learning
  • Teaching through simulations
  • Managing disruptive behaviour in the classroom

For any other information on the courses please contact Frieda Callaghan, GCU LEAD (Centre for Learning Enhancement and Academic Development) by email: e.callaghan@gcu.ac.uk.

ICT Bytes Webinar Sessions

The Learning Development Centre in the School of Health & Life Sciences offer half-hour webinar sessions on various ICT skills. A webinar is a seminar/demonstration conducted over the Internet. The presenter has a microphone and a camera and also can share their screen so the attendees will hear and see the presenter, as well as their computer screen to follow the demonstration. All that is needed to participate is a computer with internet connection and speakers or headphones. Topics that are covered include:

  • Charts in Excel
  • Page numbering in Word
  • Writing equations in Word
  • Drawings and pictures and their formatting in Word
  • SmartArt graphics (diagrams) in Word and PowerPoint
  • Use and formatting of tables in Word
  • Styles and TOC in Word
  • Publications (brochures) in Word
  • Simple Gantt charts in Project
  • Survey Monkey
  • Google Docs for Questionnaires
  • Google Docs for collaborative Writing

To book on to one or more of the webinars please email LDC_HLS@gcu.ac.uk, call 0141 331 3456, or visit the team in Room A107.