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SSDS Workshops

November will be a good month for workshops: SSDS has a really good schedule with sessions on topics including publicising your research, developing enterprise skills, thinking about the future and structuring your thesis. Visit the SSDS website for more details of what's on offer.

Creative Cuppa

There was some hot debate on new media and the future of traditional journalism this lunchtime at Creative Cuppa (not to mention some very nice cakes!). Is the professional journalist a dying species? Is conventional news reporting obsolete in the face of twitter, the blog and the citizen journalist? The only consensus from the session was that more time for debate on these issues is needed!

First meeting of the Thesis Workshop

The first meeting of the Thesis Workshop was held at 3pm on Wednesday in the Library Seminar Room. The wide range of people who come along, from different departments and at different stages of the PhD process, made for a vibrant event with some interesting discussions!

After an ice-breaker of getting to know people from different disciplines, we settled into three groups (pre-apg, post-apg and final year) to discuss problems that crop up at different stages of the writing process. A summary of the main issues raised produced an overview the main stressors at different points, from "too much information" on beginning a thesis, to a sensation of "losing our grip on reality" when lost in the middle year(s), through to "not knowing how/when to stop" at the end of the thesis! The groups also had issues in common, such as problems with language, including the difficulties of writing in a foreign language and the challenges, even for native speakers, of getting …

Creative cuppa next event

I'm looking forward to the next Creative Cuppa seminar on Monday 26 Oct. The last seminar was a great opportunity to listen to an excellent paper, take part in some thought-provoking discussion and eat cake with like-minded people! Details below...

Upcoming Event: Creative Cuppa 12th Coffee Meetup
Theme: Digital Journalism / Media Convergence
Title: New media: New journalism?
Time: 12:00pm - 13:00pm (Monday, 26 October 2009)
Venue: ATT SB2.09 (Attenborough Tower), City Campus, University of Leicester
Guest Speaker: Dr. Kostas Saltzis
Event Coordinator: Mokhtar Elareshi

Event description: by Dr. Kostas Saltzis
"Faced with the challenges of the converging media environment, traditional news organisations expand their activities on the internet and they are slowly redefining themselves as multi-media instead of single media organisations based on media-neutral competitive advantages. At the same time, there is an impetus towards multimedia production and distribution which is achieved th…

The GSRR has a blog!

Welcome to the GSRR blog. This is part of the project to create a Virtual Reading Room that will form a counterpart to the physical research space in the Library. The GSRR and its associated events and community will be amplified online via twitter, facebook and on our own website (soon to come...watch this space).

The purpose of this virtual presence is to provide a space for interaction and networking, both for researchers who use the GSRR and for those who are based outside Leicester and would like to take part in an online community.

You can look here for events, research training and other news items relevant to postgraduate research students. Subscribe to us with RSS or atom to receive feeds of new posts and comments, or simply come and visit from time to time.

The blog also welcomes your comments and views. This is your reading room, and we want to know how you like to use it.

Emma