Event 2: Teaching and Curriculum Design Workshop

Midlands Philosophy Research Training Network
Birmingham, Birmingham City, Keele, Staffordshire, Warwick

Event 2: Teaching and Curriculum Design Workshop
Birmingham City University, 2 December 2009

REPORT ON FEEDBACK
Attendance: 7 PhD students (BCU: 1, Birmingham: 2, Warwick: 4)

Quantitative questionnaire scores (averages, marked out of 5):

Sessions:

Running seminars and lecturing to a large class: 4.6

Curriculum development: 4.7

Designing a whole module: 4.7

Overall:

Content of the workshop: 4.7

Presentation of the workshop: 4.6

Overall satisfaction: 4.7

All the participants except one said they were ‘very they approach their PhD/professional development activities as a result of the workshop.

Some comments from participants:

• “Really focused on philosophy- lots of detailed knowledge.”

• “The curriculum design discussion was particularly illuminating.”

Suggestions for improvement/additions from participants:

• “Even more focus on specific philosophy centred work.”

• “Some time set aside to have a go at designing modules.”

• “A ward a certificate of attendance.”

Comments from workshop presenter:

Dr David Mossley (Manager of the Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies) delivered the first session which was well received.

There was lively discussion and participants felt that they had gained a great deal from the day as a whole. Several of them remarked that the workshops met a real need from both students and departments that was not wholly satisfied by the generic training usually offered to doctoral students. Everyone who has participated in the workshops thought that they will gain much from the network in terms of professional development, networking and information.

The comments about practical activities and working through a module in detail are useful. Time constraints impose selectivity on what material can be covered but it should be possible to incorporate both these suggestions in future deliveries of the workshop.

It is worth considering introducing a certificate of attendance.

Delivering and Designing Modules and Courses

Birmingham City University, Wednesday 2 December 2009
Venue: Birmingham City University, Attwood Building (room A213), City North campus

10.30-11.00 Arrival and coffee
11.00-12.30 Session 1: Running seminars and lecturing to a large class
12.30-1.15 Lunch
1.15-2.45 Session 2: Curriculum development
2.45-3.00 Coffee
3.00-4.30 Session 3: Designing a whole module

Preparation

For the first session it would be useful to reflect on your experience of teaching seminars. As regards curriculum development you could think about your experiences as undergraduates and taught postgraduates and how the learning experience could have been improved. For the final session you could design a module in an area of interest. If you would like to share this design with the other participants and have it discussed please email a copy to Mark Addis (mark.addis@bcu.ac.uk) BY 30 NOVEMBER so it can be copied.

Travel expenses

We have a limited budget to reimburse your travel expenses if you are not at Birmingham or BCU. Please keep all receipts; we will give you a claim form on the day. Please note we can ONLY pay for public transport (no taxis) or private car, up to a maximum of £10 per person (so if you want to drive, give some other people a lift and you can claim more).

Getting to the University

The easiest way is by bus. From Carrs Lane (which is near Birmingham Moor Street and Birmingham New Street stations) take the limited stop 934, 993 or 997 buses to the University. The service is frequent and takes 10 minutes. Attwood building is a few minutes walk from the bus stop. See the campus map; Attwood Building is A.

If you wish to attend please let Mark know by Monday 23 November.

Employability workshop for advanced Philosophy PhD students

University  of  Birmingham,  Wednesday  11  November  2009

G51,  European Research Institute

1.00-­‐1.30 Arrival  and  lunch

1.30-­‐2.00   What jobs are there out there?

2.00-­‐3.00 Writing your academic CV

3.15-­‐4.15 Preparing for academic job interviews

4.15-­‐4.45     Coffee

4.45-­‐5.45     Giving  an  academic  job  talk

5.45-­‐6.00     Q&A    About  the  workshop

The   philosophy   job   market   is   incredibly   competitive,   so   poorly   presented   CV,   ill-­‐prepared   interview  or  misguided  job  talk  will  almost  certainly  ruin  your  chances.  This  workshop  provides   you  with  some  guidance  on  how  to  present  your  qualifications  and  experience  in  a  way  that   maximises  your  chances  of  success.   The   workshop   will   be   led   by   Prof.   Helen   Beebee,   with   some   help   from   one   or   two   newly-­‐ appointed  staff  who  have  recent  experience  of  the  job  market.  It  is  aimed  at  PhD  students  who   are  getting  towards  jobs;  however,  PhD  sthink  ahead.

Travel  expenses

We  have  a  limited  budget  to  reimburse  your  travel  expenses  if  you  are  not  at  Birmingham  or   BCU.  Please  keep  all  receipts;  we  will  give  you  a  claim  form  on  the  day.  Please  note  we  can  ONLY   pay   for   public   transport   (no   taxis)   or   private   car   mileage,   up   to   a   maximum   of   £10   per   person/car.

Getting  to  the  University

The  easiest  way  is  by  train.  From  Birmingham  New  Street,  take  a  train  to  University  (the  trains   are  normally  heading  for  Longbridge  or  Redditch);  the  service  is  frequent  and  takes  less  than  10   minutes.  The  European  Research  Institute  is  a  5-­‐10  minute  walk  from  University  station.  See  the   campus   map   available   at   www.bham.ac.uk/documents/B2661_edgbaston_all_zones3.pdf;   the   ERI  is  building  no.  G3,  on  Pritchatts  Road.  If  you  come  by  car,  the  South  Car  Park  on  Edgbaston   Park  Road  is  a  pay-­‐and-­‐display  car  park  for  visitors.

If  you  would  like  to  come,  please  let  Helen  know  (h.beebee (at) bham.ac.uk)  by  Monday  2  November.

Report on Workshop 4 at Staffordshire University

Midlands Philosophy Research Training Network

Birmingham, Birmingham City, Keele, Staffordshire, Warwick

 

Event 4: Employability for Early Stage PhD Researchers

Staffordshire University, 11 March 2009

 

REPORT ON FEEDBACK

Attendance: 4 PhD students (Staffs : 3, Warwick : 1)

Quantitative questionnaire scores (averages, marked out of 5):

Sessions:

Comparative National systems of doctoral training   5.0

Reading and understanding job advertisements         4.5

What to expect in application & interview:                4.5

How to start preparing your CV now.                                    4.5

Overall:

Content of the workshop:                                           4.8

Presentation of the workshop:                                                4.8

Overall satisfaction:                                                    4.8

 

Everyone said they were ‘very likely’ to change some aspect of how they approach their PhD/professional development activities as a result of the workshop.

 

Some comments from participants:

  • “Very pleased with the discussions and concrete advice”
  • “[This] helps me reflect on the wider professional context of my work”

 

Suggestions for improvement/additions from participants:

  • “I’d like it better if the workshop started in the morning and finished earlier in the afternoon”
  • “It would have been nice to have longer discussion periods at the end of each session”

 

Comments from workshop presenter:

Professor Douglas Burnham: The aim of this session was to work backwards from what a well-qualified candidate looks like to the steps that a PhD researcher can take now in order to reach that point. I think this went down well, and there was some revealing, detailed and practical discussion. I picked up on the idea of looking at real job advertisements from the feedback to event 1. The international dimension to the presentations was welcomed.

I believe I made a mistake in timetabling, in not quite leaving sufficient time in each session for discussion – once the ideas and examples start flowing, in fact, each session could have been double the length – and in running rather too long into the afternoon. The latter decision was to try to encourage more part-time PhD students to come along,

Happy New Year

A Happy New Year to all The Midlands’ Philosophers, I hope you spent the Christmas break working hard…

We have several workshops lined up for the first part of 2009 and I look forward to bringing you more details as soon as they are finalised.

In the meantime please keep us updated on your research and, if you are in need of any particular advice, please post the information on this site under ‘Comments’ and hopefully we will be able to match you with someone who can help.

Kirsty

Report on Workshop 2 (Dec 3rd 2008)

Midlands Philosophy Research Training Network

Birmingham, Birmingham City, Keele, Staffordshire, Warwick

 

Event 2: Teaching and Curriculum Design Workshop

Birmingham City University, 3 December 2008

 

REPORT ON FEEDBACK

Attendance: 5 PhD students (BCU : 3, Warwick : 2)

(3 students did not attend despite registering with apologies received from 1.)

Quantitative questionnaire scores (averages, marked out of 5):

Sessions:

Running seminars and lecturing to a large class:        5.0

Curriculum development:                                            4.8

Designing a whole module:                                         4.8

 

Overall:

Content of the workshop:                                           4.8

Presentation of the workshop:                                    5.0

Overall satisfaction:                                                    5.0

 

Everyone said they were ‘very likely’ to change some aspect of how they approach their PhD/professional development activities as a result of the workshop.

 

Some comments from participants:

  • “The whole workshop was of the highest quality.”
  • “I’m looking forward to the fully developed website of the RTN.”

 

Suggestions for improvement/additions from participants:

  • “It would be good to work through a module in detail to see how all the ideas are actually applied.”
  • “More attendees please!”
  • “More (if there’s time!) practical activities.”

 

Comments from workshop presenter:

Dr David Mossley (Manager of the Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies- www.prs.heacademy.ac.uk) delivered the first session which was very well received.

I am pleased that everyone found it both useful and enjoyable but as with the first workshop it is a shame that attendance was not higher. Everyone who has participated in the workshops is keen to see the development of the research training network and thinks that they will gain much from it in terms of professional development, networking and information.

The comments about practical activities and working through a module in detail are useful. Time constraints impose selectivity on what material can be covered but it should be possible to incorporate both these suggestions in future deliveries of the workshop

Welcome to our Website

A warm welcome to all members of Midlands Philosophy Research Training Network. This Network has been designedto facilitate the development of all Midland PhD Philosophy Students. If you would like more information please contact Kirsty who will be pleased to help.

In the meantime we look forward to seeing you at one of our Workshops in 2009.