MENY

Skills Development Courses

In addition to subject-specific courses, UiS offers training aiming at the development of personal and professional skills that are useful in a future working life, whether it is in or outside academia.

Most of the courses are held on a half-yearly or yearly basis, whereas others can be one-time courses. PhD candidates at UiS will find the annoucements for upcoming courses on our website or will be informed via e-mail. The list below shows courses hold on a regular basis: 
 

Academic Writing for PhD candidates 

This workshop deals with the different dimensions of successful academic writing. Participants will learn how to establish good writing habits, how to form core arguments, develop structure and make sensible use of headings, figures and tables. The focus will be on the scientific article as one of the most common genres of scientific writing.  

Next date: December 4, 2019 | (fully booked) | Instructor: Lynn Nygaard, PhD
Please contact our course administrator in case of any queries: robert.radu@uis.no
 

Writing the "kappe" of Your PhD Thesis

A thesis by publication comprises not only the articles aimed at publication, but also the narrative (“kappe”) that is intended to convince your examiners that you have successfully met the criteria of “doctorateness”. In this one-day workshop, we reflect on what your examiners want to you demonstrate, discuss how to approach the writing process, and look at the elements of a good “kappe”.  

Next date: December 5, 2019 | (fully booked) | Instructor: Lynn Nygaard, PhD
Please contact our course administrator in case of any queries: robert.radu@uis.no

 

PhD Get Started - Introductory seminar for new PhD candidates

The aim of this one-day introductory seminar is to provide general information on PhD training at UiS and make the PhD candidate familiar with the different parts, key milestones and main challenges of their doctoral training. The seminar will cover topics such as “An ideal course of studies”, “Supervision”, “Career Planning”.

The seminar is organized on institutional level and is to be seen as complementary to possible introductory courses on faculty level. Previous participants have found the seminar very useful, and we would like to encourage you to join us for the upcoming seminar

Next date: October 30, 2019 | Registration: upon invitation | Organiser: Research Department 
Please contact our course administrator in case of any queries: robert.radu@uis.no 


Planning your next career steps 

This 1.5 day workshop is aimed at PhDs and postdocs, to help you understand the basic theory of career planning, and be able to apply it to your own career strategy; to be more knowledgeable about your own skills and interests and able to link this with potential careers; to be more knowledgeable about job-seeking strategies; to be better able to present yourselves in person and online; and to feel more confident about the structure and content of your CV and how to adapt it to different jobs, as well as giving you a personal plan of action to follow up after the workshop.

Next date: 13th November (full day) and 14th November (half day) | registration is closed | Instructor: Sarah Blackford
Please contact our course administrator in case of any queries:  gwen.wathne@uis.no

 

Getting the best out of your supervision

Managing the relationship with your supervisor(s) throughout your research degree can be highly challenging, as well as greatly rewarding. This course will look at the different expectations that supervisors and students have of the doctoral process. It will help you to clarify what you need from your supervisor(s) and identify a range of approaches for getting the best from busy academic staff.

Next date: No event planned | sign up (not yet open) | Instructor: Dr. Anne Lee
Please contact our course administrator in case of any queries: robert.radu@uis.no 
 

Getting Your Message Across

The aim of this one-day programme is to help the participants deliver their presentation message in an interesting and lively manner so that it is clear to the audience. The focus will be on communication techniques, the use of different media in order to deliver your message and the English Language.

Next date: spring 2020 | (not yet open) | Instructor: Louise Rankin
Please contact our course administrator in case of any queries: robert.radu@uis.no 
 

On Stage - voice, body language and nerves

The aim of this course split over two half-days is to equip you with crucial presentation techniques in orderto be more comfortable on stage and focus on delivering your message to the audience. The main objectives of the course are to further develop your competences in presentations skills, achieving contact with the audience and managing stage fright.

Next date: October 22 (half day) and October 23 (half day) | sign up here (not open) | Instructor: Aud Berggraf Sæbø
Please contact our course administrator in case of any queries: gwen.wathne@uis.no
 


Creating Powerful Presentations

The aim of this one-day programme is to help the participants structure and organize their presentations with their key purpose in mind at all times. The main focus will be on creating an understandable flow of information and visual content in English so that they achieve more of the desired impact on their audience and can handle the questions more effectively.

Next date: spring 2020 | sign up here (not open) | Instructor: Louise Rankin
Please contact our course administrator in case of any queries: robert.radu@uis.no

 

Kurs i forskningskommunikasjon (in Norwegian)

The course focuses on research communcation and provides you insights into how researchers can approach different types of media and shows you how to publish your own research in social and conventional media.  

Next date: spring 2020 | (not yet open) | Instructor: Leiv Gunnar Lie
Please contact our course administrator in case of any queries: gwen.wathne@uis.no
 

Time and Stress Management

The aim of this one-day programme is to help the participants become more aware of how they currently use and waste their time and to provide them with many techniques, ideas and best practices which will help them to improve their use of time and reduce their stress levels.

Next date: October 2, 2019 | sign up here (not open) | Instructor: Louise Rankin
Please contact our course administrator in case of any queries: robert.radu@uis.no

 

Presenting Science Visually

This introductory course focuses on the use of text and visual elements in order to deliver information and messages in the medium of posters. The tool we will concentrate on in the course is PowerPoint, and you will learn how to use its broad potential when it comes to setting up documents and posters, producing content and finalizing the product in form of print-outs or PDF-files: Course description.

Next date: 11th December 2019 | (not yet open) | Instructor: Roy Annar Norås
Please contact our course administrator in case of any queries: gwen.wathne@uis.no
 

Innovation and project comprehension

The purpose of the course is to raise awareness among PhD candidates about the practical implications of their research. This involves understanding how research results can lead to innovation, i.e. implemented to achieve the intended utility value for society. Another intention is to increase the candidates' awareness about the further societal implications of research and innovation.

Next date: fall 2019 | This course is administered by the Faculty of Science and Technology. For more information and registration, please click here.
 

Writing thesis, using sources

Writing thesis, using sources deals with literature search, critical assessment of sources, citation, and plagarism. The course particularly addresses to students within science and technology, but most parts are also useful for other students.

You will find more courses offered by the University liberary here