Bath Spa University Research News Blog: 1st June

Welcome to Summer 2018!

With the sun fighting away the expected thundery showers, we hope that you’ve all had a good week and ready for a relaxed weekend!! Please read on to hear about a highly recommended FREE Data Management Training Course, Lydia Halcrow’s new exhibition, and a few key training opportunities – the last few of the academic year!


PhDs and ESRs – Have you heard about Data Tree?

What is Data Tree?

Data Tree is a new free online data management training course, which is due to launch in June 2018. Funded by NERC through the National Productivity Investment Fund, the course is targeted at eliminating the data management skills gap and improving communication between academia, industry and policy-making.

Their self-paced course consists of eight structured modules including video, quizzes and real-life examples of data management. It covers data management practicalities, techniques for scientific data analysis, and ways to engage and share data with business, policymakers, media and the wider public. Course materials can be used for structured learning, but also to dip in for immediate problem solving.

Who is it for?

Data Tree is especially aimed at PhD students and Early Career Researchers in the environmental sciences, who want to learn new data skills and develop the right data habits, including thinking about the end users of their data.

How can you take part?

The course is being launched with a competition and a series of workshops around the UK that will each explore a key theme in more detail. Workshops are open to all, and they’re particularly encourage PhD students and early career researchers to come along.

Data Tree

  • 21 June 2018 – Communicating with the media and public (Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation)
  • 29 June 2018 – Publishing papers and data (Institute of Physics, London)
  • 2 July 2018 – Data visualisation (University of Birmingham)
  • 10 July 2018 – Engaging with public policymakers (University of Bristol)
  • 18 July 2018 – Communicating with business (University of Leeds)

All are half-day events, starting with lunch at 12:30 for 13:00 until 16:30. You will need to bring a laptop which can connect to the internet.

For more information, or to register to attend a workshop, please see the Data Tree website.

Now for a few events!

Exhibitions & Training Opportunities!

Porlock 4 (1).jpg

Lydia Halcrow, a PhD Practice-Based Researcher in Fine Art and MFA Alumni from BSAD has a new solo exhibition opening in Cardiff called Hold the Line, showing work to date that forms part of her PhD research.

The show features work made in response to two coastal locations she is walking and researching; Porlock Bay in North Somerset and Bideford Bay in North Devon. The work on show relates to mapping and recording these places through paintings, drawing and mark-making.

The exhibition is open Wednesdays – Saturdays 12.30 – 5.30pm until June 16th!

Arcade Cardiff CF10 3BY,, a gallery in the Queen’s Arcade near the Post Office


Looking To The Future – Intensive Half Day Workshop

Monday 11th June, 12:00 – 16:00
Newton Park, Commons 111

An intensive afternoon session for academic staff looking to develop their research profile and become more independent. This is particularly suited to those who are returning to research after a break or who are in the process of developing a new project.

Topics covered in the session will include:

  • planning proposals
  • understanding the review process
  • building and managing productive collaborations


Promoting Your Public Event!

Thursday 14th June, 13:00 – 16.00
Newton Park, CM.134

Does your work involve interacting with members of the public, or putting on events for non-academic audiences? If it does, or may do in the future, please join us to develop your skills in event promotion, considering and planning for impact, communicating to the public, defining your audience, and writing the perfect event description!

Article Of Interest:

AHRC releases new communications toolkit designed to help arts and humanities researchers get their research out to a wider audience

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