Resources

In addition to the face-to-face development sessions and community-building events offered at Sheffield Hallam University, there are many online resources that you have access to:

Epigeum Online Courses

Epigeum online courses are created through the collaboration of leading universities and shared by subscription. Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) has been part of the development group for several courses and subscribes to those listed below. In order to access the modules, you will need to set up an account on the epigeum system using your SHU email address (@student.shu.ac.uk; @my.shu.ac.uk; @shu.ac.uk).  Please do not use a personal email address as this will not link you to the SHU subscription and you will be charged to access each module.

As of August 2018, all SHU staff and students can access the Epigeum online modules via an external website hosted by Oxford University Press (the owners of Epigeum), rather than via the Academic CPD Blackboard organisation site as has been done previously.

Research Skills

The ‘research skills’ portal contains six online programmes covering skill sets and professional development for researchers at all levels, from postgraduate students to postdoctoral, early career and experienced academics.

These courses are now available direct from Epigeum.  You will need to register for an account on this site via https://researchskills.epigeum.com using your SHU email address.  This guidance document Epigeum Research Skills Modules – Getting Started explains the registration process and how to access the modules.  (You are advised to access these using Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge to gain full functionality as users have reported difficulties when using Internet Explorer)

Research Skills (18 courses grouped into 4 categories):

•  Introduction to Research Skills

  • The importance of skills training and features of the Research Skills programme (60 mins)

•  Research Ethics

  • Ethics 1:  Good research practice (120 mins)
  • Ethics 2:  Research with humans in the health and social sciences (180 mins)

•  Research Methods

  • Research methods in the arts and humanities (150 mins)
  • Research methods in literature review (180 mins)
  • Research methods in the sciences (180 mins)
  • Research methods in the social sciences (180 mins)

•   Transferable Skills

  • Getting published in the arts (150 mins)
  • Getting published in the sciences (120 mins)
  • Intellectual property in the research context (150 mins)
  • Career planning in the sciences (150 mins)
  • Career planning in the arts, humanities and social sciences (150 mins)
  • Working with your supervisor (120 mins)
  • Managing your research project (180 mins)
  • Conferences, presenting and networking (120 mins)

•   Entrepreneurship in the research context

  • Academic entrepreneurship:  An introduction (150 mins)
  • Entrepreneurial opportunities:  Recognition and evaluation (180 mins)
  • Entrepreneurial resources:  People, teams and finance (180 mins)

Research Integrity

  • Research Integrity – Arts and Humanities (300 mins)
  • Research Integrity – Biomedical Sciences (300  mins)
  • Research Integrity – Engineering and Technology (300 mins)
  • Research Integrity – Natural and Physical Sciences (300 mins)
  • Research Integrity – Social and Behavioural Sciences (300 mins)

Professional Skills for Research Leaders

  • PSRL – Introduction (90 mins)
  • Developing and consolidating your research career (165 mins)
  • Funding your research (120 mins)
  • Managing a research team (180 mins)
  • Research collaboration (150 mins)
  • Communicating your research (210 mins)

Enhancing Research Impact 

  • An introduction to research impact (55 mins)
  • The research impact process (120 mins)
  • Tools and techniques for research impact (155 mins)
  • Writing about impact:  Guidance and templates (55 mins)

Statistical Methods – Biomedical Sciences / Business / Engineering / Natural Sciences / Social Sciences

  • Introduction – Statistics in the context of research (135 mins)
  • Thinking statistically – Describing data well (105 mins)
  • Thinking statistically – Making good generalisations (115 mins)
  • Which hypothesis test should I use? (108 mins)
  • Statistical modelling (101 mins)
  • Analysis of categorical data (91 mins)
  • Conclusion:  Putting your skills into practice (86 mins)

Supervising Doctoral Studies

  • Introduction:  The doctoral context (60 mins)
  • Attracting and selecting doctoral applicants (75 mins)
  • Approaching supervision (75 mins)
  • Setting your candidate on the right course (90 mins)
  • Managing progress (105 mins)
  • Expectations and preparing for examination (90 mins)
  • Issues in supervision (90 mins)
  • Continuing your supervisory development (60 mins)
  • Conclusion:  Practice scenarios and full programme resources (25 mins)

Learning and Teaching Development

These modules are now available direct from Epigeum.  You will need to register for an account on this site via https://learningtechnologies.epigeum.com using your SHU email address.  This guidance document Epigeum Teaching Online Modules – Getting Started   explains the registration process and how to access the modules. (You are advised to access these using Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge to gain full functionality as users have reported difficulties when using Internet Explorer)

•  University and College Teaching

  • Lecturing
  • Resources to Enhance Student Learning
  • Making the Most of Discussion
  • Supervising Projects and Dissertations
  • Marking and Giving Feedback
  • Understanding the Principles of Course Design
  • Developing your Teaching
  • Teaching with Patients

•  Teaching Online

  • Introduction to Teaching Online
  • Mastering Online Pedagogy
  • Designing and Developing your Online Course
  • Being a Successful Online Teacher
  • Using Technology Tools for Teaching Online
  • Studying Online – A Guide for Students

The content below is accessed via the Academic CPD Online courses Blackboard site and will not be moving to external hosting.

  • Research Data Management (login to Blackboard on another tab of your browser before clicking this link)
    • What counts as research data
    • Why manage research data
    • Planning
    • Managing: creating data / storing and backing up data / organising and documenting data
    • Archiving and sharing

Pansophix guides (SHU login required)

Videos (SHU login required, only works in Internet Explorer)

Reading (recommended) SHU Library Gateway

  • Becoming a Successful Early Career Researcher (Adrian R Eley)
  • Success in Research (Sage series)
  • Research Skills (Palgrave series)