WRDTP: PGR Wellbeing in Research and Learning

The White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership is running a range of online courses centred around wellbeing specifically in the context of postgraduate learning and research.

Academic Writing: Reducing Anxiety
4 May
10am – 1pm

The academic writing course is a practice-based 7-step strategy developed by Dr Catriona Ryan SFHEA which turns the traditional approach to academic writing on its head. It has helped many students over the years (from undergraduates to Doctoral students) to overcome writers block and build confidence as academic writers. The focus is on argument construction and removing blocks that generate writing apprehension.

The Balanced Researcher
25 May
10am – 12pm

No matter how much you enjoy your research it’s a fair bet that there are other parts to your life too. For example you probably have a family or friends, you may have social commitments and you may even have some personal interests. This workshop will describe the most useful strategies that thousands of researchers have found helpful in balancing the many demands on their time.

Creative Thinking in Research
6 June
10am – 1pm

This online workshop is based on a new approach to creative innovation in research based on Dr Catriona Ryan’s research into poetic language and creative thinking. The workshop encourages students to take an unconventional approach to their research by contextualising it in a creative context using the multi-layered interpretative potential of poetic language and using that lyrical language (related to their research) in a visual context such as drawing, sculpture or video.

Stress Reduction Techniques
9 June

This course for PhD students is designed to help with developing techniques for self-care around the research process and within the research process.

More Strategies for Staying Well
14 June

In these difficult days you can get worn down by the isolation, the setbacks and the uncertainty. If you want to stay well and get things done, don’t leave it to chance. You need to look after yourself. And you need some strategies for getting things done.

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Christine Comrie

Student Communications Officer

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