Two more book contributions in ‘Developing as an EFL Researcher: Stories from the Field’

Volha and I both have contributions in the book ‘Developing as an EFL Researcher: Stories from the Field’ edited by Siân Etherington and Mark Daubney. This book is based on poster presentations from the IATEFL Research SIG pre-conference event held in Manchester in 2015. Both those posters are on the walls in the B3 corridor in Read More …

Health and well-being for researchers: Free online Q&A tomorrow (14th March)

I’ve just found out about this and am posting it here in case anyone is interested. It’s being run by Vitae and the topic is: Coping with stress and anxiety: health and well-being for researchers. It will  take place on the 14 March between 2-3pm (UK Time). This is an opportunity for your researchers to Read More …

Intercultural Summer School in Finland

Introducing and Exploring Intercultural Relations in Everyday Life  August 9-19, 2016 in Turku, Finland We keep hearing that we are living in an intercultural world and that we need to prepare for it. What does this really mean? How do we meet ‘other’ people? What are intercultural relations made of? This introductory course will tell you Read More …

Research Methods in IC (new book)

http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118837436.html In this brand new volume (Link), there are chapters by the usual suspects including: Holmes, P., Fay, R., Andrews, J. and Attia, M. (2016). How to research multilingually: possibilities and complexities. In Z. Hua (ed.), Research methods in intercultural communication (pp.88-102). London: Wiley.

Some preliminary thoughts on ‘Bringing it Back Home 2016’

These are some initial thoughts about this year’s BiBH event, and I would love to hear your comments. With the LANTERN Lunchtime Talks running this year, there seems less need to create a space for us all to share academic findings/presentations (if you would like to do a LLT, please let me know!). One of Read More …

Postgraduate workshop – Researching Multilingually: Possibilities and Complexities, University of London, February 2016

This is a one-day workshop looking at the sorts of questions researchers who are working in more than one language might ask: Am I allowed to include scholarly literature in Turkish? What if I conduct my interviews in Mandarin but have to write all my thesis in English? If I include data in Hindi, how Read More …

Artful Prose: A writing and visual thinking course for postgraduate researchers (MRes, MPhil, PhD), nurturing academic writing and making

Min has sent me information for a very interesting (free!) course that is being led by Dr Amanda Ravetz and Dr Myna Trustram, Manchester School of Art, MMU. It is a series of four day workshops looking at the writing experience using art, drama and even bookmaking! To me it sounds like a very novel approach Read More …

Bringing it back home, Mindfulness and sources of information about research methods

I realise that this is only one aspect of what we heard yesterday, but FutureLearn are offering a MOOC on Mindfulness from September. There are quite a lot of MOOCs from all the providers on aspects of Developing Researcher Competence. Sarah Twiby, one of our current MAs working on her dissertation, is using this YouTube Read More …

Reflections on a writing workshop

Last week I attended a two day writing workshop in Durham run by the NEDTC. It was a bit of a mixed experience, but I would like to share some reflections on the workshop that might possibly be useful for others too. There were 45 of us from a real cross section of disciplines, with very different Read More …

‘Narrative workshops’ for SEED postgraduate students

These workshops are being organised by Fitri and Kelly among others, so if you are interested in finding out more about narrative in research, do go along. Kelly writes: Workshops are run by students for students. The aim being to share and learn how narrative in being used in research generally and SEED as a Read More …

Reflections on being federated to a large, interdisciplinary research project

One of the huge advantages of being a GTRA (apart from the fact that you actually get paid for being a student), is that you get an opportunity to experience and learn from a variety of teaching and research situations. For me, the most exciting opportunity by far to this point is being involved with Read More …