Leeds University Library

Training and development


Participants at a Library workshop in a computer cluster

The Library offers support for researchers undertaking literature reviews, and runs workshops on finding and managing information.

Also a number of other useful sources for training across the University



Training and Development

The University offers a range of training including on literature searching, open access, academic skills, IT and other skills to help you with your research.

Library workshops for postgraduate researchers

Courses offered in 2017/18 for postgraduate researchers are:

Webinar EndNote Training Sessions (1 hour)

Over the course of your research, you'll gather, read and review hundreds, if not several thousands of references. Keeping track of extensive bodies of literature can be challenging for postgraduate research students and staff.

Reference management software (EndNote) can help researchers from all disciplines to efficiently import, store and manage thousands of references. EndNote can also help you to easily create bibliographies and add references into Word documents.

The sessions will consist of demos to help you develop your EndNote skills to facilitate reference management.

Sessions will be delivered by research support advisors and learning advisors from the Library via Webinar.  Each session lasts for 1 hour.

Postgraduate research students and Undergraduates are welcome to attend.

Increasing the visibility of your research (1.5 hours)

This workshop focuses on ways to get your research noticed. Through presentations, videos and group discussion you will learn about how you can increase the visibility of your research. By the end of the session you will:

  • Know why you should try to make your research more visible
  • Be familiar with some of the techniques you can use to increase the visibility of your research, such as making your research and your data open access, using social media to promote your research and using bibliometrics and altmetrics to track the impact of your research.

Literature Searching for your Research Degree (2 hours)

This workshop focuses on literature searching for your research degree. You will develop effective strategies for planning, controlling and conducting a comprehensive literature search, be introduced to advanced techniques for literature searching and keeping up to date, and uncover appropriate search tools for your subject area. By the end of the session you will:

  • Understand the importance of planning your literature search and defining your research question
  • Know what literature search tools are available
  • Understand and be able to apply advanced keyword searching techniques
  • Be introduced to techniques to improve your search results
  • Understand the importance of recording your searches
Literature Searching for your Research Degree - *Variation on this session for Faculty of Medicine and Health researchers* (2 hours)

This workshop focuses on literature searching for a medical-focused research degree. You will develop effective strategies for planning, controlling and conducting a comprehensive literature search using Medline, be introduced to advanced techniques for literature searching and uncover appropriate search tools for your subject area. By the end of the session you will:

  • Understand how to apply the PICO technique to plan a search
  • Understand and be able to use advanced search techniques including subject headings
  • Be introduced to techniques to improve your search results
  • Understand the importance of recording your searches

Literature Searching for your Research Project (1.5 hours)

This Library workshop gives an introduction to literature searching for University of Leeds staff working on research projects. We offer literature searching guidance and support throughout the session, including the opportunity to practice your own literature searching skills at the end the session (optional).

By the end of the session you will:

  • Understand the importance of planning your literature search and defining your research question
  • Know what literature search tools are available
  • Understand and be able to apply advanced keyword searching techniques
  • Be introduced to techniques to improve your search results
  • Understand the importance of recording your searches and keeping up to date with new studies.

Literature Searching for your Research Project - *Variation on this session for Faculty of Medicine and Health researchers*  (1.5 hours)

This Library workshop gives an introduction to literature searching for Faculty of Medicine and Health University of Leeds staff working on research projects. We offer literature searching guidance and support throughout the session, including the opportunity to practice your own literature searching skills at the end the session (optional).

By the end of the session you will:

  • Understand the importance of planning your search using the PICO technique
  • Learn about advanced search techniques including medical subject headings
  • Be introduced to techniques to improve your search results
  • Understand the importance of recording your searches and keeping up to date with new studies.


Book onto a course

PhD workshops are available to book online through the course search engine when details become available.

Shut up and Write!

Shut up and Write!

If you easily get distracted, find that you are a professional at procrastination, and struggle to focus, Shut Up and Write provides a quiet, supportive space to get down to work. With free refreshments!

All postgraduate researchers, post-docs, research staff welcome, from any subject.

This is not a conventional workshop - there will not be any teaching on how to improve your writing.

How it works:
Turn up to Research Meeting Room 1 in the EBL Research Hub (Level 13)
Mingle with your fellow procrastinators/colleagues - share stories of all the work you've yet to do...
Settle down in a work space, with your laptop/notes/pens/paper/thoughts.
The session will last three hours in total, with over two hours dedicated to focused writing time. The schedule for the event: 
* 10 mins social time: intros, writing goals for the day (and biscuits) 
* 5 mins sharing writing goals 
* 25 mins writing 
* 5 mins silent break, no talking in the room 
* 25 mins writing 
* 10 mins social break, coffee (and biscuits) 
* 25 mins writing 
* 5 mins silent break, no talking in the room 
* 25 mins writing 
* 5 mins goal setting and next steps 
* 15 mins social time; follow-up, feedback, discussion (and more biscuits...) 
* 25 mins optional final write 


Book onto a course

PhD workshops are available to book online through the course search enginewhen details become available.


Research Data Management Training

Safeguarding confidential / sensitive / restricted research data 

How to build confidence when working with confidential / sensitive / restricted data.
This 2 hour workshop will identify a suite of data safeguards to be applied to data with restrictions on dissemination.

There are two workshop types:
  • Safeguarding confidential / sensitive / restricted research data : for research staff (2 hours)
  • Safeguarding confidential / sensitive / restricted research data : for your research degree (2 hours)

Suitable for: anyone with personal, confidential, restricted, commercially sensitive research data for potential dissemination.

Workshop Aims / Outcomes 

By the end of this session participants will be better able to: 

  • Safeguard research data to manage risk 
  • Describe issues that impact / affect research data sharing
  • Identify a suite of university policies that support safeguarding research data 
  • Articulate research data sharing expectations and researcher responsibilities
  • Understand the relationship between research data, ethics and law
  • Identify dataset identifiers, anonymisation, pseudonymisation
  • Undertake a set of practical actions and adopt a range of tools that facilitate safer research data sharing
  • Apply the workshop aims and objectives to their research data management practice


Details of future sessions to be announced soon here.

Research Data Management Essentials 

An introduction to managing and sharing research data, research funder requirements, depositing data in a repository and a chance to discuss some of your own data management challenges and solutions. Primarily aimed at research staff but all welcome. 

This workshop includes: 

1. Scene setting 
2. Writing a data management plan 
3. Managing data during your project 
4. Depositing and sharing data 
5. Discussion 

Workshop Aims / Outcomes 

By the end of this session participants will be better able to: 

* Write a data management plan. 
* Deposit data with Research Data Leeds. 
* Describe how managing research data effectively will decrease the risks of data loss and increase professional impact. 
* Describe the forms research data takes and the role of contextual documentation and metadata in enabling data reuse. 
* Describe University of Leeds and research funder data management expectations. 
* Evaluate how, when and if to share data. 
* Identify sources of information and guidance on managing research data effectively, including additional training courses.

Details of future sessions to be announced soon here. 

Research Data Management Essentials for Your Research Degree 

An introduction to managing and sharing research data and a chance to discuss some of your own data management challenges and solutions. Primarily aimed at PhD candidates but all welcome. 

1. Scene setting 
2. Writing a data management plan 
3. Managing data during your project 
4. Depositing and sharing your thesis and data 
5. Discussion 

Workshop Aims / Outcomes 

By the end of this session participants will be better able to: 

* Write a data management plan. 
* Deposit data with Research Data Leeds. 
* Describe how managing research data effectively will decrease the risks of data loss and increase professional impact. 
* Describe the forms research data takes and the role of contextual documentation and metadata in enabling data reuse. 
* Describe University of Leeds and research funder data management expectations. 

* Evaluate how, when and if to share data. 
* Identify sources of information and guidance on managing research data effectively, including additional training courses.

Details of future sessions to be announced soon here.

The Research Data team is happy to deliver training and awareness sessions to specific Schools or Research Groups. If you want us to do a 10 minute slot as part of another event or if you want a longer session - say a whole lunchtime training slot - please contact us:

researchdataenquiries@leeds.ac.uk

As we cover many disciplines, some of the content will be generic but will we aim to make it relevant for your discipline. Where discipline specific training is required, ideally we would like to design and deliver the training in conjunction with a researcher/specialist from your School/Faculty. 


Book onto a course


PhD workshops are available to book online through the course search engine when details become available.


Open access training

Open access and the post-2014 REF

To be eligible for submission to the next REF, journal and conference papers accepted for publication from April 2016 need to be open access. Our webpages explain what you need to do now to make sure your research outputs meet HEFCE requirements.

Open access training on request

If schools or faculties wish to book a session on open access for their researchers, they may do so by contacting us directly at research@library.leeds.ac.uk

Online resources

Researcher@Library

The Researcher@Library webpages include information, videos, and downloadable resources on topics including literature searching, bibliometrics, developing your research profile, open access and research data management.

There is also a new Quickstart guide for Researchers, providing you with essential information when starting your research journey. 

Skills@Library

While primarily aimed at taught students, the Skills@Library webpages have useful resources and information on how you can develop your academic skills.

Other training and development opportunities

Researcher Training and Development: information about opportunities for postgraduate researchers. Includes a list of training and support providers within and beyond the University.

OD&PL courses and workshops for research students: including workshops on the PhD process, writing and presenting research, research ethics, learning and teaching and personal effectiveness.

OD&PL Online: online learning resources for staff and postgraduate researchers.

OD&PL training for academic staff: including training on applying for research funding, supervising research students, presenting and publishing research, and research ethics.

IT training

IT run courses covering a wide range of research-related subjects.

Training for researchers: online courses and face-to-face workshops for researchers, including Excel for research and using Word to produce long documents.

Classroom-based courses for researchers: a course from IT to help researchers build an online identity using various online tools. The course consists of brief presentations and practical exercises to build a personal website, blog and wiki.


Internal/external training and support

The following include training opportunities within the University and from external organisations. 

OD&PL workshops

Organisational Development and Professional Learning (OD&PL) offer a range of courses relevant to research data management, including:

  • Research Ethics training
  • Starting your Research Degree
  • Data Protection and Research
  • Increasing the Visibility of Your Research

UK Data Archive

The UK Data Archive curates the UK's largest collection of digital social and economic research data and offers a range of training and guidance materials on their website.

Although aimed at social sciences and humanities, many of their materials are of general interest.

The UKDA run a number of training courses and webinars.

Digital Curation Centre

The Digital Curation Centre (DCCO is an internationally-recognised centre of expertise in digital curation with a focus on building capability and skills for research data management. The DCC run regular training events and also provide many useful resources on their website.


Online data management training

Research Data Mantra

Online learning materials aiming to reflect best practice in research data management grounded in three disciplinary contexts: social science, clinical psychology, and geoscience. Self-paced online course including videos and exercises.

Research Data Management and Sharing MOOC

Created by The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The University of Edinburgh. Free five week course - but you can proceed at your own pace. Topics covered:

  • Understanding Research Data
  • Data Management Planning
  • Working with Data
  • Sharing Data
  • Archiving Data