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Some tips, exercises and resources covering a number of key areas of professional and research development from SAGE's Success in Research series ( covered include: presenting research, developing research proposals, developing transferable skills, publishing journal articles, achieving impact in research, and teaching in higher education.



Each title page is followed by the two resources that relate to that topic; once you've clicked on the resource you can make it larger, if it’s tricky to read, by clicking on it again. Presenting Your Research.

The book that the two accompanying resources on this page are taken from, Presenting your Research, tackles the obstacles to effective and successful presentations, considering the range of material which might be presented, the occasions which suit different types of material and the skills needed to present research in a way that is engaging and persuasive. To find out more visit – sallyransom

The week of your presentation event checklist. Using your nerves: relaxation exercise.

A relaxation routine to help you should you suffer from nervousness when presenting. It’s worth trying this out to see if it works for you in any stressful situation which comes up in the coming weeks and months, not necessarily when you have a presentation to do. – sallyransom

Developing Research Proposals.

Developing Research Proposals, from which the two accompanying resources on this page are taken from, will help readers to understand the context within which their proposal will be read, what the reviewers are looking for and will be influenced by, while also supporting the development of relevant skills through advice and practical activities. To find out more visit – sallyransom

Funding Sources Suggestions. Literature Review Tips.

These two boxes help you to avoid the pitfalls of a bad rational/literature review in a research proposal by highlighting what a poor one would be like, and providing a checklist to use against a good draft of your literature review. – sallyransom

Developing Transferable Skills.

The book from which the two accompanying resources on this page come from, Developing Transferable Skills, provides a succinct guide for doctoral and early career researchers about the nature of transferable skills, why they are needed and how they can be acquired, evidenced and marketed. To find out more visit – sallyransom

Development Cycle Diagram.

A diagrammatic overview of the development cycle which can be used when providing a programme to develop transferable skills with mechanisms to monitor and review progress. – sallyransom

Learning Preferences.

This activity helps you to reflect on your own learning preferences, with a view to being able to help with the process of acquiring new, transferable skills. – sallyransom

Publishing Journal Articles. Using Spider Charts in your planning.

One of a host of planning methods, the spider chart (or diagram) helps to create an argument by looking at various aspects of a situation. These boxes help you to decide if a spider chart could work well for the planning of your journal article, and some tips if you are planning on using this method. – sallyransom

Writer's Block - tips for combatting.

Some quick tips for coping with writer’s block, to make sure it doesn't get in the way of you writing your journal article (or any other piece of work, of course!) – sallyransom

Achieving Impact in Research.

The following two resources on impact are taken from Achieving Impact in Research, which addresses the importance of understanding and achieving impact for the purposes of gaining research funding and reporting achieved impact for the Research Excellence Framework (REF). To find out more visit – sallyransom

Stakeholder engagement. A Work Package Approach.

This shows an example of a work package approach that can be used in the process of planning impact evaluation. – sallyransom

Teaching in Higher Education.

The two accompanying resources on this page have been taken from Teaching in Higher Education, which is designed to take you step by step through each teaching experience you will face, and show you how teaching can support your research. To find out more visit – sallyransom

Teaching Aids chart.

This chart allows you to record your experiences with teaching aids, and helps you to make sure you're not missing out by overlooking an aid that would substantially improve the learning experience you are offering. – sallyransom

Research Seminar checklist.

Some things to think about when you’re preparing to do a research presentation to your peers (while not an obvious HE teaching experience, it’s one that will need you to draw on many of the skills needed to teach in HE). – sallyransom