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Research Week 2024

Join us for this year’s Research Week, taking place from Monday 18 March to Thursday 21 March 2024.

Open to all staff, students, doctoral candidates, prospective applicants and the public, Research Week 2024 is your opportunity to develop key skills, explore cutting-edge research findings, and connect with our multi-disciplinary postgraduate community.

Over four days of free, online events, you will get tips, resources and support to develop your research capabilities, and hear from our accomplished alumni and renowned visiting academics. Whether you are already conducting research at the Tavistock and Portman, or are interested in learning more about our research work, we encourage you to join us.

Browse the programme below, then sign up for as many sessions as you like.

Research Week Programme

We have an exciting programme of online events scheduled, including:

  • Skills sessions: Join our academic and professional services staff for workshops covering practical research skills, with time for your questions.
  • Keynotes: Hear our own faculty and eminent speakers from other institutions discuss their research, including advice for current and future researchers.
  • Doctoral conference: Join us for a full day of presentations and discussions, featuring a keynote speaker, current doctoral candidates and alumni.

Browse the full Research Week 2024 programme below:

Monday 18 March

10.00am – 11.00am, Critical appraisal skills

Presenters: Kelly Anyfantakis and Angela Haselton

This session will explore critical appraisal – the process of carefully and systematically examining research to judge its trustworthiness, value and relevance.

11.15am – 12.15pm, Advanced literature search

Presenters: Kelly Anyfantakis and Angela Haselton

This session will demonstrate the principle of ‘nesting’ to diversify your literature search, how to use search filters and a thesaurus, how save your searches and the ‘snowball’ technique.

3.15pm – 4.30pm, Writing research proposals: different perspectives

Presenter: Shila Rashid

In this session, some of our current students share their perspectives on the process of writing a research proposal, offering practical tips and advice.

Tuesday 19 March

10.00am – 11.00am, Essex Research Skills: Planning and writing your thesis

Presenter: Samer Gharib

This session aims to guide you through the skills needed to produce your thesis. We will cover aspects such as developing your research topic, managing your research reading, producing a thesis plan and strategies to keep you motivated during writing.

2.00pm – 3.00pm, Essex Research Skills: Preparing for the viva

Presenter: Samer Gharib

The viva can be a source of anxiety. This session sets out to demystify the viva process, explaining what a viva entails and what your examiners expect from you.

3.10pm – 4.00pm, Exploring the contribution of educational psychology services to children in care

Presenter: Lysandra Sinclaire-Harding

In this keynote, Lysandra Sinclaire-Harding will explore the contribution of educational psychology services to children in care, discussing a framework for trauma-informed educational psychology practice.

Wednesday 20 March

10.00am – 5.00pm Doctoral Conference

The Doctoral Conference is an opportunity to hear from our current students and alumni about their work and the impact it has had on research, policy and practice. The day will also include a keynote from Dr Michelle O’Reilly, Associate Professor at the University of Leicester.

Doctoral Conference:

  • 10.00am – 10.10am, Introductions, Elisa Reyes Simpson
  • 10.10am – 1.00pm, PGR Presentations
    • Tom Casey, D55
    • Nicole Moses, M4
    • Stephanie Davies, D10D
  • 1.00pm – 2.00pm, Lunch
  • 2.00pm – 3.50pm, PGR Presentations
    • Carol Joliffe, M10
    • Liz Darwell, M10 & M6
  • 4.00pm – 5.00pm, Keynote, Dr Michelle O’Reilly, Qualitative health research: benefits and challenges of doing qualitative research with children and young people

Thursday 21 March

9.30am – 11.00am, Writing for publication while completing a practitioner doctorate

Presenters: Dr Philip Archard and Dr Lousie Grant

This practical workshop will explore writing for publication while completing a practitioner doctorate. The session will involve reflection on the advantages of doing so and the challenges, as well as the process of developing initial ideas and writing into a journal article.

11.30am – 1.00pm, Writing an ethics application (for students)

Presenter: Dr Lisa Bostock

About to undertake an ethics application? Unclear on how to approach the ethical considerations of your project? This session is for you. Offering guidance and practical tips, it will cover how to complete your application and ensure your research is ethically sound.

2.00pm – 3.30pm, Assessing ethics applications (for staff)

Presenter: Dr Lisa Bostock

This session is for academic staff – outlining what to look for when reviewing an ethics application and how to give feedback to ensure applicants understand the process.

3.30pm – 4.45pm, Using visual methodologies to generate research data

Presenter: Dr Nick Waggett

This session offers an opportunity to explore creative research methodologies.

Who is this event for?

Research Week 2024 is open to all staff, students and doctoral candidates at the Tavistock and Portman, as well as prospective applicants and the public.

Event details

  • Research Week 2024 will take place from Monday 18 March to Thursday 21 March.
  • Please refer to the full Research Week programme for the timings of each session.
  • All Research Week sessions are free to attend and will be held online via Zoom.
  • Joining details will be emailed to you after you have signed up.

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