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Training Programs

Induction Training:
Aim: To aid the adjustment of each new postgraduate researcher into their new environment within the Institute & sponsoring School. The induction programme is normally run in November or December of the academic year and involves short presentations on topics such as 

Getting to know your research environment

Equality and Diversity

Research Regulations

General Health & Safety Issues

Good Research Practice & Ethics in Research

Services Available to Postgraduate Students

Managing Your Time on Your Research Project

Sports & Recreation

Academic Writing & Presenting Research Results

Making the Most of Your Library

Using Statistics in Research

Q&A Session with experienced postgraduate students of ITT Dublin

Intellectual Property and Postgraduate Research

 

In addition the Library run small group 2 hour training sessions which focus on your specific needs as a researcher between October and December of the academic year. For those students conducting research in engineering and science disciplines your sponsoring Academic School organises a one-day Health and Safety training session in December or January of the academic year. 

Project-Specific Training:
This is normally provided throughout the project under the guidance of your supervisor(s). In some discipline areas this is achieved by attendance at specific short courses provided within the Department or Research Centre/Group. It is also augmented by seminars from postdoctoral fellows, other Institute academic staff and external recognised experts in thematic areas of research which are normally organised within the sponsoring Department or Research Centre/Group. Hence, your training is ongoing throughout the programme and goes beyond the initial induction training received.

Where multi-disciplinary training (for example across a different Department/School) is required the Supervisor(s) normally arrange this in consultation with the appropriate Head of Department and collaborating academics in that Department.

Training in Presentation & Publication of Research Results
An essential part of your training as a researcher is in presentation of research results. Guidance and training on the standard norms and methods for presenting research results from the specific project, in the form of reports, articles for journals and reviews is provided throughout the project by your Supervisors.

An essential component of this is a presentation of your own research results in a seminar at least once during your programme. Presentations are followed by a question and answer session where the work is thoroughly investigated by the audience which is normally made up of other academics, postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers. Attendance and presentation at national and international conferences is also strongly encouraged.

Generic Skills Training:
As part of the postgraduate experience students are encouraged to acquire and develop the broader skills associated with personal effectiveness and communication, networking and team working, to improve career management, and employability beyond the world of academia. Students should actively develop their CVs, be aware of academic developments in their professional area and, where appropriate, engage in networking, as well as participating in conferences and publishing their research. For further information see the following:

A recent addition to generic training dea ls with the area of ethics in research. This is delivered through an interactive 3 hour workshop, and while organised through the Department of Science is open to all postgraduates of the Institute.

Writing a Thesis/Transfer Report:
Your Supervisor guides you in the preparation of (a) transfer reports and (b) a thesis, detailing how to write an abstract, introduction, discussion, results and experimental sections, where required, and suited to the level of award sought by the student. Training in writing styles for theses is provided by the Institute library on request. Check out also Academic English for Researchers for additional support provided during the write up stage.

Preparation for Submission & Surviving the Viva Examination:
A 1 hour session focusing on: thesis structure, layout and format; steps in the submission & examination process; surviving the viva. The following documents provide more detail on these topics:

  • Research Thesis Template
  • Submission Flowchart
  • General Guidelines for Vivas.
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