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THESIS FORUM: Call for papers


The THESIS FORUM is an informal meeting in the Library for Postgraduate Research Students to share tips on the practice of researching and writing a PhD thesis. Whether you're in Arts or Sciences, a UK or International student, waiting for your APG upgrade or close to submission, you all have one aim in common: to survive the process of getting your PhD and emerge from it successful and unscathed!
The THESIS FORUM would like to hear short presentations of up to 15 minutes on your experiences of research so far. Here are some suggestions for topics, but we would like to hear presentations on anything that is important to the life of a postgraduate researcher:

• Getting started
• Supervisor issues
• The APG
• Studying away from home
• Staying motivated
• Finding sources
• Writing
• Balancing research with everyday life
• Finishing the thesis
• Getting published
• Coping with research setbacks

Whatever your journey has been, even if you’ve only just started, the FORUM would…

Social Media: Networking for Researchers

For eveyone attending the social networking workshop, welcome to the blog! When you've read this post I've got a few things for you to do!
1. Time managemnent is an important issue for postgraduates. Post a comment giving your top tip for using your research time effectively.
2. Find some other blogs in your research area.
3. ... if you have time you might want to set up your own blog!
Happy blogging!


Bored of PowerPoint?

I've recently discovered Prezi, a new zooming presentation editor, and so far I'm finding it to be an exciting alternative to PowerPoint. Prezi is a web based presentation application that displays your ideas on a huge canvas rather than individual slides. It's like making a mind map, but you can then zoom in and show your audience individual parts of the map while you're presenting. Your presentation objects can include text, images and videos. Have a look at my first prezi, which I presented to a bemused History Lab audience last Friday.

Welcome to Leicester!

For all new postgraduate researchers starting at Leicester: welcome to the Graduate School Reading Room! You can find us on the first floor of the David Wilson Library. The reading room is your own study space where you can: get some peace and quiet in the silent study zone; use the open access PCs; read and relax in the Quiet Zone; collaborate with your peers in the group study rooms; read guides on how to write your thesis; print and photocopy... and much more!

My name is Emma. I'm Research Forum Facilitator in the reading room and I'll be around from 2-5pm on weekdays to show you around and answer your questions. I look forward to meeting you and hearing about your research!