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CDT students engage with online opportunities

Published: 27 January 2021

The start of the 2020-21 academic year heralded another term when face-to-face events were not possible due to Covid-19. Undeterred, armed with suggestions from students, the CDT continued to run online seminars on a range of multi-disciplinary topics suited to all stages of PhD study.

The series kicked off with a session on Academic Publication. Professor Les Carr, ECS, led discussions about getting published and the value of different publication types for academic careers in various disciplines. Back by popular demand, Professors Pauline Leonard and Ros Edwards, Social Sciences, extended their exploration of Qualitative Data methodologies, inviting students to discuss theoretical perspectives relevant to their own projects.  A Time Management session, hosted by Dr Mark Weal, ECS, focused on managing PhD progression while maintaining a healthy study-life balance.  For those in need of quiet time without distractions, Mark also ran a one day Virtual Writing Retreat on Microsoft Teams, which encouraged participants to focus on individual writing tasks, interspersed with tips and feedback.

As CDT students and alumni were unable to gather for the customary CDT Winter Networking event, Professor Dame Wendy Hall stepped in and hosted a cheery online Christmas coffee morning to round off what had otherwise been a rather unusual and fairly challenging year.

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