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Reaching out with research: promoting academic scholarship and synthesis via research cafes - Stephan


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Reaching out with research: promoting academic scholarship and synthesis via research cafes - Stephan

  1. 1. Reaching out with Research: Promoting Academic Scholarship and Synthesis via Research Cafes Katherine Stephan, Research Support Librarian, Liverpool John Moores University
  2. 2. Research cafes: Bit of Background Library Library Services Research Support Academic Services
  4. 4. Research Cafes: What we used to do
  5. 5. Mixed results
  7. 7. What We Found: The Good Stuff
  8. 8. Increased Attendance
  9. 9. Easier to Organise
  10. 10. Excellent Feedback
  11. 11. What We Found: The Bad Stuff
  12. 12. No Shows
  13. 13. Leftover Food
  14. 14. Members of the Public
  15. 15. Getting speakers
  16. 16. Audience member and new PhD student Victoria Brennan said, ‘I think it’s really important for postgraduate researchers to hear about research within fields you would not encounter on a daily basis as there are many examples of good practice that transcend all research disciplines. These events are at the heart of what it means to be a student at LJMU; whereby you are encouraged to share your achievements and seek feedback and guidance from likeminded people.’
  17. 17. Lucy Wallis (PhD student and speaker in 2015-2016): ‘From a presenter’s perspective I think that it offers a really nice relaxed atmosphere where people ask questions because they are genuinely interested and are not trying to catch you out.’
  18. 18. Kathryn Smith: …it was so valuable. We have so many common interests and concerns (other speaker on the day); we’ve promised each other a follow-up meeting and hopefully many more. So actually, thank you!
  19. 19. Dear Katherine I am the liaison account manager for LJMU with the XXXXXX and XXXXX, we have recently had a Ideas Generating session day at the XXXXXX with LJMU academics and XXX staff ,and one of the things mentioned was the Research Café events. The Development Manager at the XXX, XXXXXXX has mentioned as part of our partnership relationship that they would be interested in hosting a Research Café eventobviously it would have to be a mutual date and time on both sides. Let me know if you think this is a feasible. Thanks Kind Regards XXXXXXX
  20. 20. Hi Katherine, I understand that you are involved in the research cafes. I’m PGR coordinator for NAH and I’ve been wanting to run something like that for our PhD students who have very specific needs. Is this something you can advise on or at least point me in the right direction. Many thanks XXXXXX
  21. 21. But I’m so glad that I could squeeze in the Research Café today in the busiest of my days. And to no surprise of mine, it was an amazing experience!! So relaxed, so straight forward, and despite being the similar thing we do in many international conferences, it was yet ‘Minus’ the pressure bit and clocks ticking. But I strongly back these types of event be open to the public as well, meaning that we are going to the community and society to showcase them what are our inventions, helping directly or indirectly in the living.
  22. 22. Any questions? @msiowaintheuk
  23. 23. Photo credits:,