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iSolutions Resources

As part of the Festival of Doctoral Research, iSolutions ran a series of helpful workshops, tailored specifically to the needs of our PGR community.

Whether you want to be a wizard in Word, a computer shortcut expert or produce an engaging research poster, there is a resource for you below!

Got a question? Please contact either Nic Monks,,  or Jon Lightfoot,

Surviving Outlook and other time-saving tips


Would you like to get a day of your life back this year?

Saving time is easy. All it takes is shaving 30 seconds off a task you carry out 5 times a day.

Following this Festival session, Nic and Jon have created a helpful and easy-to-navigate online guide, which provides a wealth of computer hacks and time-saving tricks.

Access the online efficiency guide

Learning with LinkedIn

As a member of the University community, you have unlimited access to over 4000 online tutorials through the library.  Courses which may interest you as a doctoral researcher are those focusing on:

As well as a number of others video tutorials on employability skills, soft skills, social media, multimedia, and Microsoft Office.

Visit LinkedIn Learning

Taking control of your thesis in Word

Taking control of writing your thesis in word

During the Festival, Jon assisted doctoral resesarchers to unlock some of the key features of Word and gain control over the look and formatting of their thesis.

He offered insights into how to generate a table of contents, how to navigate around it quickly and add refreshable cross-references - to name a few.

Now you can learn the secrets too:


PC usersMac users

Producing an effective research poster

Producing an engaging research poster isn’t easy: You need to summarise your research into something that will fit onto a single piece of (albeit large) paper and you need to make your design clear and eye-catching.

Catch up on Jon and Nic's Festival presentation now:

Or use these online support guides to help you create your next research poster:

PowerPoint support guidePoster design tips playlist

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