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St Mary's Researcher Development Workshops

Date: 8th March 2023
Venue: Hybrid (Room G1 & online)
Presented by Kyriaki Myrissa

  • For PGR supervisors: 10-10.45am
  • For PGR students: 11-11.45am

Workshop objectives

  • What is the Purpose of Confirmation/Transfer Review?                 
  • What are the Possible Outcomes?                
  • What are the Processes?                                          
  • The Forms 
  • Deadlines                          

Related courses/workshops

You may also be interested in:

  • ​Getting organised with your PhD
  • What to expect at the Viva.

Date and time: Wednesday 15th March 2023, 2-4pm
Venue: online Zoom webinar
Presented by Matt James

For PhD students and academic staff.

Brief outline

Research Integrity refers to the standards and conduct expected of members of the University engaged in research. At St Mary’s we are committed to protecting the health, safety, rights, and academic freedom of researchers and the reputation of the University as a centre for properly conducted, high quality research. We recommend all PGR students and researchers to attend this session.

The University is committed to ensuring that we act at all times in accordance with the principles outlined in the Concordat to Support Research Integrity launched in July 2012 by Universities UK. The Concordat outlines what is expected of researchers and their employers to ensure the highest standards of research.

Workshop objectives

As a result of attending the workshop participants will:

  • be familiar with the principles of the Concordat to Support Research Integrity
  • understand what good practice in research is
  • know what to do if things go wrong
  • understand the process for ethical approval at St Mary's.

Additional resources

Date and time: Monday 20th March 2023, 10am-12pm
Venue: online
Presented by Simon Watts (UEA/GuildHE)

Brief outline

Every thesis must include a review of relevant literature. Indeed, conducting a literature review is often the first thing a PGR student is asked to do. This session discusses the purpose of this literature review and the importance of summarising, analysing and synthesising the arguments of others as a means of providing a context for your own research. It also considers some alternative models for writing and structuring a literature review chapter. Understanding your research ‘field’, and being able to guide your reader around it, are very important first steps on the road to doctoral success. This session is designed to facilitate that process.

Date and time: Monday 27th March 2023,10am-12pm
Venue: online
Presented by Simon Watts (UEA/Guild HE)

Brief outline

This session, as the name suggests, will focus on the writing - style, structure and presentation - of an effective PhD thesis. Issues covered will include the overall chapter structure, the aims and presentation of specific chapters (including the introduction, literature review, theoretical/methodological chapters, study chapters, and general discussion), and the manner in which they should be combined to create an effective and impactful thesis. 

Date and time: 31st March 2023, 4-5.30pm
Venue: Room G1 & online via Zoom
Presented by Gherardo Girardi

Brief outline and workshop objectives

The last hurdle in your PhD journey - your viva examination!

What will it be like? What will the examiners ask? How can you prepare for it?

This workshop aims to provide you with an insight into the process, and helps you understand what to expect within a doctoral degree viva. We will explore the viva's purpose and issues relating to the conduct of the viva (typical processes and procedures, who is there and what they do, and so on). We will discuss the type and nature of questions which are most likely to be posed by examiners during viva examinations.

Please email to register your place.

Related courses/workshops

You may also be interested in:

  • Getting Organised with your PhD
  • Confirmation and Transfer Review training
  • Annual Monitoring Review training.

Date and Time: 17th April 2023, 2-4pm
Venue: Online
Presented by Andre Alves

Limited to 12 students

Please contact the Research Office at to register in advance.


This session will:

  • present different strategies for formulating research questions and the most common pitfalls in that task
  • address the centrality of a solid research question for the research process
  • examine the connection between the question and the theoretical and empirical components of research.

The open exchange and discussion of different experiences in formulating and adjusting research questions will be encouraged.

Related courses/workshops

You may also be interested in:

  • ​Getting organised with your PhD
  • Online Thesis Writing Workshop.

Dates: 19th and 26th April 2023, 3rd and 10th May 2023
Venue: online


Date: 4th May 2023
Venue: online
Presented by Christine Edwards-Leis

  • For PGR supervisors: 10am – 10:45am
  • For PGR students: 11am – 11:45am

Workshop objectives

The Annual Monitoring Review (AMR) process begins in May. In these sessions we will be covering:

  • What is the Purpose of Annual Review?                 
  • What are the Possible Outcomes?                
  • What is the Process?                                          
  • The Form     
  • Deadlines.         

Related courses/workshops

You may also be interested in:

  • ​Getting organised with your PhD
  • What to expect at the Viva.

Date and time: 14th June 2023, 10am-3pm
Venue: on campus
Presented by Stephen Bullivant

Outline coming soon.