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The Research & Knowledge Exchange Office coordinates a variety of research events throughout the year. Details of upcoming events can be found within this page and wider university events are also listed here. Please contact research@marjon.ac.uk if you would like further information.

Brown Bag Series

Our monthly Brown Bag series is an informal presentation forum delivered online.  Staff & PGR students are invited to present their research and gain feedback.  Our Research Groups will also present themed sessions:

12 Oct - No theme

10 Nov - Sustainability, Creativity and Innovation (SCION)  

10 Dec - Context, Agency, Place and Education (CAPE) 

27 Jan - No theme

28 Feb - no theme

 

If you would like to present at a Brown Bag session, please contact research@marjon.ac.uk 

Outlook invites for upcoming Brown Bag sessions will be circulated to staff, PGR & MRes students.

Researcher Developer Series: Creative & Productive Thesis Writing

11 May 2022

09:30-16:30

Dr Helen Kara, Independent researcher, writer, teacher and speaker

Whether you are doing a scholarly PhD or a professional doctorate, you effectively need to write the equivalent of a book. Learning the necessary skills is essential but challenging. This course will combine practical information and advice on the craft of writing, creative writing techniques, and 'shut up and write' sessions to clarify, improve, and accelerate your doctoral writing process. It will teach you how to become an effective and productive writer.

Open to PGR students and staff.

Register to receive event invitation.

Research Masterclass: The What, Why, and How of Autoethnography

8 June 2022

10:30-13:00

Mark Leather, Abigail Gurr, Alison Milner, Jonathan Harvey, Natalie Raven and Kass Gibson, Plymouth Marjon University 

T​​​his event will have presentations from the above on 'The value of personal experience as a research tool' and a panel discussion on 'Countering the Challenges, Critique and Criticism of Autoethnography'.

Open to all staff and PGR students.

Register to receive event invitation.

Researcher Developer Series: Infographics

20 June 2022

12:00-13:00

Alister McCormick and Melodie Benson (Year 2, BSc (Hons) Psychotherapy and Counselling student)

It’s important for researchers to share their findings with specialist academics (e.g., through journal articles and conferences) as well as non-specialists in the general public who may benefit from the research findings (in Alister’s case, ‘real-life runners’).

This Researcher Developer Series event will introduce some of the literature and guidance on sharing research with the public through the likes of webpages, workshops, blogs, and social media. The event will then focus on creating infographics (using Canva.com), which can be used to support communication in journal articles, presentations, webpages, blogs, and social media such as Twitter.

Open to all staff and PGR students.

Register to receive event invitation

Researcher Developer Series: Qualitative Techniques

21 June 2022

13:30-15:30, on-line

Dr Jason Scott, Associate Professor, Northumbria University and Dr Steph Scott, Lecturer in Public Health and Qualitative Methods, Newcastle University

This session will cover both qualitative theory and practical tips for conducting various types of qualitative research with different groups of people (eg patients, clinicians, members of the public), including semi-structured interviews, focus groups, diary entries, and using documentary data.

Open to all staff and PGR students.

Register now to receive calendar invitation confirming the event details.

Researcher Developer Series: Publishing - Hints and Tips

28 April 2022

11:00-12:00, on-line

Steve Gunard, User Education Librarian, & Dr Jon Ord, Assoc Prof Institute of Education

Session content:

  • questions to consider helping you decide where to publish
  • how to spot predatory journals
  • lessons from the peer review process

An ideal session for PGR students & Early Career Researchers.  All staff welcome.

Register to receive event invitation.

Researcher Developer Series: Statistics Workshops, online

Dr Joanne Hosking, Senior Research Fellow, Peninsula Medical School

Thu 10 Feb: Introduction to quantitative methods and study design

  • Overview of study designs
  • How to formulate a research question and identify appropriate study design
  • Data collection – types of data, form design, data checking and cleaning
  • Sample size considerations

Thu 3 Mar: Statistical methods (1)

  • Descriptive statistics – appropriate summary statistic and plots using SPSS
  • Introduction to p-values and confidence intervals

Thu 7 Apr: Statistical methods (2)

Choosing a statistical test and interpreting results

  • Association between variables – correlation and simple linear regression
  • Comparing groups - t-tests and ANOVA

The workshops will be interactive and a mix of both theory and practical application using SPSS.

Open to PGR students and all staff. Register to receive event invitation.

Creative Pedagogies for Sustainability and Citizenship

9 March 2022

09:45-15:30

on campus, E206

Organised by the SCION and CAPE RKE Groups (Prof Debby Cotton & Prof Tanya Ovenden-Hope)

This event aims to bring together academics and practitioners with an interest in citizenship, creativity and sustainability, to explore ways of teaching and learning about these topics which allows students and teachers to consider their own perspectives and those of others and to commit to taking active steps to improve their planet. The event will be discursive and interactive, involving practical engagement with a range of pedagogic tools which open new conceptual spaces for learning. It will include lunchtime activities and posters related to creativity, sustainability and citizenship.

Register to receive event invitation.

Academy Lecture Series: Marjon Masterclass - Exploring Professional Learning in Education

16 March 2022

10:00 - 17:00

Online

The Marjon Academy Lecture Series Event in association with CAPE (Context Agency Place and Education) Research and Knowledge Exchange Group.

Masterclass with Plymouth Marjon Uni Visiting Professors in Education. Once registered you will be welcome to attend the sessions of your choice. 

Full details and to register attendance visit here

Themes - relevant to school, college and university educators

Coaching in education, Early Career Researcher journey, Whole School Professional Learning, Writing for Academic Journals, Trustworthiness of data in educational research.

Speakers: Visiting Professors in Education at Plymouth Marjon University and Member of Context Agency Place and Education Research and Knowledge Exchange Group (CAPE):

Professor Gerry Czerniawski, University of East London

Philippa Cordingley, CUREE (Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education)

Professor Stephen Gorard, Durham University

Professor Linda La Velle, Bath Spa University

Professor Rachel Lofthouse, Leeds Beckett University

Open to all staff, students and public

 

 

Academy Lecture Series: Response and responsibility: the role of universities in a more sustainable future

1 April 2022

15:30-16:30

on campus, E206

Prof Zoe Robinson, Professor of Sustainability in Higher Education, Keele University

Academy Lecture Series with Visiting Professor Zoe Robinson.

Open to all staff, students and the public

Register to attend

Researcher Developer Series: Health Resilient Researcher

17 February 2022

10:00-12:00

Dr Joyce Reed, Managing Director, Fast Track Impact

We will be welcoming Dr Joyce Reedr who will be leading an online training workshop titled 'The Health Resilient Researcher'. This interactive session will help to discover new ways to view personal health and become a more resilient researcher. . 

Open to all staff and PGR students.

Register to receive event invitation.

Researcher Developer Series: Behaviour Change

16 February 2022

11:00-12:00

John Downey, Senior Lecturer, Plymouth Marjon University

The aim of this session will be:

  • To increase understanding of what behaviour change is and is not
  • Trace the development of the field
  • Consider behaviour change within other contemporary methodological trends
  • Develop an applied approach to behaviour change principles 

Open to all staff and PGR students.

Register to receive event invitation.

Researcher Developer Series: ‘Perfecting your 3 minute pitch’, Dr Jamie Gallagher

9 February 2022

09:30-12:30

Welcoming back Dr Jamie Gallagher, Freelance Public Engagement Trainer

This session is primarily aimed at the PGR students in preparation for the Three Minute Thesis competition, however staff are welcome to join if you think this could be useful to you.

Being able to describe what you do and why is an essential skill for any researcher and this workshop will help you take your communication to the next level. Science Communicator and previous international 3MT winner Dr Jamie Gallagher will show you how to turn your research into the most interesting, engaging and memorable presentation possible. Discover the hints and tips that will make your talk stand out from the crowd and how to banish nerves to give a confident performance.

Register to receive event invitation.

Inaugural Lectures

Plymouth Marjon University is home to a fantastic professorial community. Find out more about past and upcoming inaugural lectures.

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