Listed below are a number of workshops which can be made available if OPD receive sufficient demand. If you wish to register your interest in any workshop listed below, please contact

Summary - We want to transform lives locally and globally; this is why we do what we do, our purpose. How we want to achieve this is by becoming a high performance community and what we do every day helps our community to achieve these ambitious goals. Your everyday individual and team tasks, activities, achievements and responsibilities are a vital contribution. This workshop will help you to prioritise, plan and better manage the activity you undertake, challenging you to re-evaluate where you can best assign your resources and helping you to align it always to strategic aims. This interactive, highly practical workshop will enable you to create clear objectives for your work and the work of your team or unit and is designed so that you can use the learning and activities to facilitate your team to work together cohesively and bring strategy to life in their everyday roles.

Aims and Objectives –

  • To give a clearer understanding of what our strategy means for us
  • To understand individual and team contributions to our strategy
  • To align everyday tasks and responsibilities to our strategic aims
  • To enable you and your team to prioritise and better manage task loads

Pre-coursework - participants must come to the session with a list of 15-20 tasks they carry out or responsibilities they have in their roles. Participants may get more from the workshop if they undertake this course with other members of their teams.

Summary - If you want to use Campaign Monitor to send trackable email messages, internally or externally, please book into this session. You can also come if you already use it, but want a refresher.

Aims and Objectives –

You will learn:

  • how to plan your communications
  • how to set up a message
  • how to include photos and links
  • how to write for this media
  • how to import mailing lists

Summary - This workshop introduces the range of unique archive collections held by the University and examines different ways these can be used in teaching across a wide variety of subject areas. Using archives students can:

  • Understand more about the context of their particular subject and how the past
  • can influence the present and future
  • Develop research and other transferable skills
  • Think about issues in a new way and be inspired to create their own responses

We will also look at how the collections have been used to inspire interdisciplinary projects and to contribute to public engagement activities in difference subject areas.

The University Archives is a valuable and distinctive resource of documents, photographs, rare books, and maps and plans. There is material that is relevant to and has been used by subject areas in all of the University’s Schools.

This workshop will include case-study presentations and hands on activities to reveal the potential of the collections.

Aims and Objectives –

Participants will:

  • Become familiar with the material held in the University Archives
  • Discuss how this might relate to their subject area or how the collections might be used in their teaching
  • Examine how to use the collections in an engaging and effective way to develop students’ practical and research skills
  • Explore the potential for interdisciplinary projects or public engagement activities inspired by or using the collections.

Summary – Many funders now require a data management plan (DMP) be submitted as part of their grant application process. The University of Dundee advocates the creation of a plan in its Policy to Govern the Management of Research Data and the LLC provide guidance and support in the creation of a plan. In this presentation participants will be introduced to best practice in data management planning and set up an account on DMPonline to begin creating their own Data Management Plan.

Aims and Objectives –

  • To gain an understanding of the importance of data management generally and the benefits of creating a DMP.
  • To get an overview of Funder and University requirements in relation to data management planning.
  • To inform staff and students on sources of relevant information
  • To provide advice on the support services available for and governance of data storage, sharing, publication and preservation.
  • To create an account in DMPonline and a get a quick guide to its use and features - learn how to populate, share, update and export plans.

Summary - Reading, Writing and Arithmetic - traditionally the tools of a good education. The last few years, however, has seen the proposed addition of a fourth key strand to a student’s skillset – digital literacy. The digitally literate student is able to navigate the world of information available to them,

both effectively and safely. They are resourceful, critical, creative and organised, and ultimately they are more employable. This workshop will look at aspects of digital literacy, how it can be taught and assessed, and how you can start to develop your own digital literacy skills as well as those of your students with the use of some simple digital tools. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion, creativity and even a little fun along the way.

Aims and Objectives –

  • To gain an overview of digital literacy – what it is, why it’s important
  • To understand where digital literacy fits into your curriculum
  • To be equipped to deliver teaching, learning and assessment of digital literacy skills
  • To see digital literacy skills in practice through the use of some key digital learning tools
  • To understand the relationship between digital literacy and employability

Summary - Do you regularly create documents, spreadsheets or other files that contain sensitive or very sensitive data? Do you print these files out, email them, share them in Box, OneDrive or from SharePoint? If you do this course is for you. This would also be suitable for staff who work in areas where sensitive data is collected, who input or use data about staff, students, email colleagues with responses for requests about other staff, students, cohorts and such like. The workshop will cover the key points you need to consider when working with data, the legal, security and retention aspects of the data.

Aims and Objectives –

  • To know the main risks risks to be aware of with the data you handle
  • To understand the legal bases for handling, storing and processing data
  • Be aware of the main options for storing, transporting and transmitting data safely
  • To be aware of some of the available advanced features for information protection
  • Understand what to do when something goes wrong
  • To know where to locate resources for further information as required

Summary - Learn about Student Data dashboards, which offer a wealth of summarised data on our students and their journey with the University.

Aims and Objectives – This session will offer an introduction to accessing summarised student data via Registry Student Data Dashboards available on MyDundee. This session is open to all staff levels.

Summary - A very brief overview of the main UK and World league tables and the measures they use. We will focus on where you can find the results and how to find out more.

Aims and Objectives - Learn about how the league tables are constructed, who uses them and why they’re important.

Summary - This workshop is designed to provide an overview to admissions and student recruitment reporting that is available on MyDundee. This hands-on workshop will go through each report in detail, explain their purpose and features and enable participants to customise the reports to fit the user requirement.

Aims and Objectives –

To provide the user with an understanding of MI reporting within Admissions and Student Recruitment.

  • To ensure all users can access the reports and have knowledge of the reporting schedule
  • To examine each report in detail and provide an overview of their contents
  • To understand the functionality of each report and customisation tools
  • To recognise which report to use for specific queries and explain their different purposes
  • To provide an overview of ad-hoc reports and how to request them

Summary - A whistle-stop tour of the surveys we use to gather student feedback, including the National Student Survey (NSS) and International Student Barometer (ISB). We will focus on where you can find the results and how to find out more.

Aims and Objectives –

Learn about the various surveys we use to gather student feedback, including NSS and ISB.

Summary - The University vision and strategy are core to the functions of the University, determining how we fulfil our mission through to realising our values and aims. In this workshop we’ll introduce the different granularities of the vision and strategy, why each is important and how they together form a cohesive planning tool.

Aims and Objectives –

  • Gain an understanding of the different parts of the University Vision and Strategy
  • Learn who is responsible for delivering each aspect
  • Learn how the strategy is relevant for each member of staff

Summary – Introduction to the five key league tables and how they are relevant for attendees.  Learn about the sources used, how measures and ranks are calculated and how our performance can influence the future of the University.

Aims and Objectives –

The University appears in five key league tables, three UK and two international.  This workshop will introduce the tables and how they are relevant for each part of the University.  We will start by looking at where the tables draw data from, how they calculate measures and where they are published.  We will then look at our latest performance and talk about what our next steps are and how attendees can contribute to improving the results.

Summary - Ever wondered why we have a University Court? What does Senate do? What is Staff Council? How does that relate to Schools and Professional Services? This short workshop will guide participants through the University Structure, describing who's who, the rationale for the structure and why we have the committee structure we have.

Aims and Objectives -

  • Overview of our governance structures
  • Overview of key roles
  • Overview of different committees

Summary - Pure is the software which underpins the University's institutional repository, the Discovery Research Portal. This workshop aims to inform researchers about the benefits of using Pure to organize and promote their work. We'll show you how to create a Biography for your Discovery Research Profile and how to add research outputs and activities.

We will also provide a brief overview of role of LLC Research Services and the types of support we provide.

Aims and Objectives -

Workshop aims:

  • To explain briefly how Pure and Discovery work.
  • To show participants what information is currently held in Pure, where it comes from and how to check, update and report problems.
  • To provide information about the types of support the LLC Research Services team can offer.

Objectives: after attending the workshop, participants will:

  • Have signed into Pure, updated and activated their Discovery Researcher profile.
  • Be able to add research outputs and activities.
  • Know who to contact for support, and what types of services are available to them.

Summary - The workshop will explain the terminology around data management and the importance of adopting good practice at the start of a project. In practice this will make it easier for you and others to work with and build upon your data. It will also help bring your data to a wider audience and potentially increase citations. Good practice is straightforward and easy to put in place and will save you and others time and work. Various research funders have specific mandated requirements of grant holders and their institutions with regard to the data they create to ensure that it is managed correctly and, where possible, shared. Some academic journals require that authors provide access to the datasets underpinning conclusions drawn in their published findings. The University has systems and support in place to help researchers fulfill these criteria.

Aims and Objectives –

Understanding researchers' responsibilities to funders, publishers and the wider research community for making data available;

  • Knowing how to put together a data management plan and where to get help at the University of Dundee;
  • Understanding the importance of setting in place good practice at the start of a project;
  • Knowing how to store data securely at the University of Dundee and to make sure it is backed up;
  • Understanding better how to organise and document data, how to evaluate datasets and how to decide what to keep;
  • Learning how to share data legally and ethically taking into consideration security, copyright and restricted access;
  • Learning about the resources, policies and tools available.

Summary – This workshop will show students how they can make the best use of the Discovery Research Portal to promote and record their research and research activities. We’ll discuss how Research Services can help you meet your funder and corporate partner expectations with regards to Open Access, Creative Commons licenses and intellectual property.

Aims and Objectives –

The workshop aims:

  • To explain the archiving requirements of the University of Dundee regarding research postgraduate theses, including when, and how, to apply restrictions on access.
  • To cover issues affecting the online dissemination of research.
  • To give a brief overview of the Discovery Research Portal and Pure, and how to get support.

Objectives: after attending the workshop, participants will:

  • Understand their obligations regarding the archiving of their thesis, and how they can comply with requirements.
  • Know what administrative processes are involved relating to archiving their work and who to contact for support.
  • Have a better understanding of how to avoid conflict with intellectual property law and other issues relating to the digital dissemination of research.

Summary - IELTS is the most commonly used test to measure the language proficiency of students who do not have English as a mother-tongue. Entry to the University is, in part, determined by achieving a certain score on the IELTS test, but what do these scores tell us about the language proficiency of these students and what realistic assumptions can we make about their ability to use English in an academic environment, based on the IELTS score?

Aims and Objectives –

  • To describe the basic format of the IELTS test;
  • To explain what language competencies are being tested;
  • To examine how these competencies align to language in an academic context;
  • To consider realistic expectations of students' language ability, based on their IELTS score;
  • To discuss the impact of language level on student learning.