Materials

We believe that it's important to stay current, not just by reading and studying, but also by writing and publishing. Here you can find out about our most recent books, writings and published materials.

Enhancing the Doctoral Experience: A Guide for Supervisors and their International Students

Enhancing the Doctoral Experience: A Guide for Supervisors and their International Students

Dr. Steve Hutchinson, Dr. Helen Lawrence and Dr. Dave Filipović-Carter
Gower
ISBN-13: 978-1-4094-5175-4

One of the major intangible benefits associated with the post-graduate research experience is precisely that: the experience. And more specifically, for an increasing number of international research students: the British doctoral experience. This experience is often largely defined and shaped by their relationship with, and support from, their supervisor.

Against a challenging background of growing numbers of students but also increasing pressures on time and costs, Enhancing the Doctoral Experience offers an approach to improve the effectiveness of the doctoral student and increase the professionalization of research supervision.



An endorsement from Prof. Tom McLeish, PVC Research, Durham University

This is a practical yet scholarly treatment in support of a vital but underrated academic relationship – that of doctoral supervisor and student. Although focussed on the needs of international students, its sage advice and helpful suggestions are more generally applicable. I wish I had been able to access such material when starting off as a new academic; I anticipate transformational effects when put into practice.

53 Interesting Ways to Communicate Your Research

53 Interesting Ways to Communicate Your Research

Irenee Daly and Aoife Brophy Haney
The Professional and Higher Partnership
ISBN-13: 978-1-907076-63-3

Effective researchers need both to conduct high-quality research and to communicate it in innovative and interesting ways. This book provides fresh, creative, ways of making the most of communication opportunities.

We contributed chapters on Creating Effective Networks and Research Posters - a graphical research connection.

Playing With Purpose: How Experiential Learning Can Be More Than A Game

Playing With Purpose: How Experiential Learning Can Be More Than A Game

Drs Steve Hutchinson and Helen Lawrence (Key Associate)
Gower
ISBN-10: 1409408051
ISBN-13: 978-1409408055

Playing with Purpose shows how a facilitator, coach, manager, people developer or trainer can invent or reinvigorate an artificial learning experience and make it so much more than a game. The authors look at a range of dilemmas, challenges and problems faced by anyone wanting to run memorable training sessions, classes and project meetings and then demonstrate how to get powerful lessons from the simplest of household and office objects and situations. The exercises and ideas outlined provide a focused examination of a range of training aims and outcomes including leadership, teamwork, communications, equality and diversity, feedback and personal effectiveness as well as general energisers, closers and problems to be solved. Steve Hutchinson and Helen Lawrence believe that seeing their sustainable, creative approach to experiential learning explicitly laid out, will give you the confidence to develop your own solutions.

The Postgraduate's Companion

The Postgraduate's Companion

Edited by Gerard Hall and Jo Longman
SAGE Publications Ltd.
ISBN-10: 141293026X
ISBN-13: 978-1412930260

The Postgraduate's Companion is the most comprehensive, practical and accessible source of support and guidance for anyone contemplating starting, or already undertaking, their research degree. Leading experts in their fields address the fundamental questions of what a research degree involves; how to choose the best institution; secure an offer; and fund your research degree. For students who are currently working towards a research degree the book deals with the process thoroughly, including coverage of: getting the most from the supervisory relationship; planning and writing the thesis; navigating and succeeding in research training; learning to teach in HE and balancing teaching and research; beating the blues and learning how to complete in good time; and, succeeding in the viva voce examination.

Dr. Steve Hutchinson wrote the Chapter "Beating the Research Blues"

Skills Training in Research Degree Programmes

Skills Training in Research Degree Programmes

Richard Hinchcliffe, Anthony Bromley and Steve Hutchinson
Open University Press
ISBN-10: 0335221483
ISBN-13: 978-0335221486

This book tells the story of the development of generic research skills training and its wide-ranging impact on the UK research degree. It provides a comprehensive coverage of skills training in research degree programmes in the UK, providing instructive, self-contained chapters that can serve as a resource to all academics, trainers, research administrators and senior management involved in the postgraduate research community.

Counter Intelligence

Counter Intelligence

Dr Steve Hutchinson and Dr Helen Lawrence (Key Associate)
RSVP Designs

Counter Intelligence is a group problem-solving exercise. It focuses on task supervision: establishing and controlling a process, giving clear instructions, asking for and summarising inputs and setting out next steps. However, it also deals with the way people use their values when they approach tasks. You can order a copy through RSVP Design.