Academia 101

Academia 101

Academia 101 has been created to support you in your professional journey as a researcher both during your PhD and beyond, with a series of introductory sessions on key research topics.

Upcoming Academia 101 sessions:

Pitching contributions in PhD research

  • Date: Wednesday 15 May 2024
  • Time: 10-11.30 am 
  • Location: 1-7 Abercromby Square – Seminar Room 6
  • Online: TBC 

This Academia 101 session will be hosted by Dr Ahmed Al-Abdin, Deputy Associate Dean International and Senior Lecturer in Marketing at the University of Liverpool Management School.

In this session Ahmed will  cover:

  • Mapping out your PhD research contributions (regardless of what stage in your PhD you are at)
  • How you can lexically phrase your contributions
  • How you can broaden your contributions beyond just a gap spotting approach
  • How you can narrate your contributions with internal and external stakeholders

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PhD Project Planning

  • Date: Tuesday 11 June 2024
  • Time: 10-11.30 am 
  • Location: Rendall Building – Seminar room 1
  • Online:

This Academia 101 session will be hosted by Professor Liz ParsonsChair in Marketing at the University of Liverpool Management School.

This workshop will help you to translate a paper into a presentation, by covering the following areas:

  • Presenting your paper
    • Understanding your objectives and audience
    • Getting the pitch right while keeping it simple
  • Preparing your material - Structuring, designing and rehearsing your talk
  • Delivering your talk - Key tips on delivery and addressing potential pitfalls 

The session will also include a series of practical exercises.

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How Academia 101 supports your development as a researcher

These sessions have been built around the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF), the national professional development framework for planning, promoting and supporting the personal, professional and career development of researchers.

The Vitae RDF is structured into 4 domains to capture the knowledge, behaviours, and attributes identified as significant for researchers across a wide range of stakeholders:

This also allows you to select sessions that are particularly relevant to your personal research development.


Joining Academia 101 sessions

Academia 101 sessions are hybrid and open to student from any of the North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP) universities:

Please, only register if you are able to commit to engaging fully with the training event.

You will be expected to engage with the training leaders and one another, so cameras should be switched on at all times where possible.

Please, note that non-attendance is monitored, so if you are no longer able to attend an event you have registered for, please do let us know in advance by emailing Academia 101 Lead Charlie Harding (

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