I visit other universities and do workshops for researchers of all ages and stages…

Well I used to, until Covid-19 grounded me…now I mostly teach via Zoom, but people seem to like it, so I have kept working this way.

Below is a list of workshops and lectures I can do live, via Zoom or Teams. In some circumstances I travel, but I do like to watch my carbon footprint! Other than the free lecture, below, I charge a fee to deliver workshops outside of ANU. Please contact me on inger.mewburn@anu.edu.au if you are interested.

Note: I do not offer an individualised thesis coaching or proofreading service. If you need this kind of help, please look at the Recommended page for trusted suppliers.

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So, you’re graduating your PhD in a Pandemic. What next?

A free lecture – contact me if you would like to deliver this for your university.

Covid-19 presents a massive disruption to the academic workforce. PhD students and early career researchers are worried about their future career prospects inside academia and confused about their options outside the university walls. In this one hour lecture I use our team’s research on the post-PhD job market to:

  • Enhance your understanding of the changed academic job market, analysing the effects of hiring freezes and travel restrictions.
  • Increase awareness of career opportunities in industry; which sectors are looking for research talent?
  • Help you approach the non-academic job market with more confidence.

Who? PhD students, supervisors and policy makers
How long? One hour (with Q&A)
How many? up to 500 participants on Zoom

Link to slide deck

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Academic writing workshops

(These are based on our books ‘How to fix your academic writing trouble: a practical guide’ and ‘Level up your essays’)

These short workshops help competent academic writers become outstanding and persuasive scholarly communicators. Run times are included for each session. These sessions can be run seperately, or stacked together into a one or two day intensive workshop:

Here’s how some of the workshops can fit together as a one or two day workshop.

Who? Anyone writing or editing academic texts.

How long and how many?
Each workshop module goes for one hour and places are only limited by your university Zoom capacity. I’ve delivered these to 200+ people at a time, so I don’t limit numbers, but the more people you have, the less personal attention I can give.

Participants should have their own internet enabled device and copies of their work in progress

Copies of ‘How to Fix your Academic Writing Trouble’, which is the key text for each of these workshops, are available from Open University Press.

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How to influence others with your research

In the age of skepticism about experts, it’s even more important we learn to communicate our research to a wide range of audiences. In this workshop we will learn:

  • How the brain processes text and images in our presentations
  • How to communicate complex ideas with concrete analogies and metaphors

This workshop is designed specifically for candidates who are doing the Visualise your thesis competition and the Three Minute Thesis but the principles work for any research presentation. A book based on this workshop ‘How to communicate your research: be visible or vanish’ is coming out later this year, through Routledge.

Who? PhD students and academics who want to improve their communication skills.

How long and how many?
This workshop goes for two hours and places are only limited by your university Zoom capacity. I’ve delivered these to 200+ people at a time, so I don’t limit numbers, but the more people you have, the less personal attention I can give.

Link to slide deck

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Lecture: Academic writing in the time of Covid

Academics often struggle with the question of relevance. With the world in such turmoil, it can be hard to focus on the research and writing tasks at hand. In this 1 hour lecture, Inger will talk about the common blocks to successful writing and some strategies to overcome them. At the end of the session, she will ask bigger questions about the place of academic writing in the future. All writing is a political act, even if the politics are beneath the surface and hard to see. If academia wants to stay relevant and continue to have the social license to seek support from our community, some academic practices must change.

How long and how many?
This lecture goes for an hour, with time for questions. I haven’t included a slide deck because this is a fancy one I prepared on Keynote, with animations and everything. Trust me – it’s a trip!

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Post PhD employment workshops

My research specialty is post-PhD employment opportunities. I am a member of the PostAc team at ANU who use machine learning and natural language processing tools to explore the potential job market for PhD graduates.

Our research shows that 80% of the jobs that are suitable for PhD graduates do not say ‘PhD’ anywhere in the job ad, making the non-academic research job search difficult. Our PostAc platform makes this vast, largely hidden market for PhD level talent more visible.

Explore the PostAc course map to see the training that comes with the tool – I only offer these to PostAc subscribers.

I can do other employability workshops, including whole day workshops to help your candidates prepare CVs and respond to job advertisements. These book out very fast in a year. Please contact me on inger.mewburn@anu.edu.au for more information.

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