Research Bites 2017 – New Programme of Events

Information Services and Research & Innovation Services are pleased to announce the 2017 Research Bites programme will launch next week. These are short, one hour sessions over lunch, to give you relevant information and skills regarding your research activities.

All sessions and sign-up links are below, and session descriptors are also provided.


Date Time Room Title Presenter Sign up link
24 May 12.30-1.30 Training Room 1 EndNote Fundamentals Shirley Millar Sign-up
31 May 12.30-1.30 Enterprise Zone UK-Scholarly communications licence Lisa Haddow Sign-up
07 Jun 12.30-1.30 Enterprise Zone ORCID Lisa Haddow Sign-up
21 Jun 12.30-1.30 Training Room 1 EndNote Advanced & Systematic Review Shirley Millar & Valerie Wells Sign-up
28 Jun 12.30-1.30 Enterprise Zone Hidden Treasures: research opportunities in the University Archives Karl Magee Sign-up
12 Jul 12.30-1.30 Enterprise Zone Using Altmetric: strategically promoting your research Clare Allan & Kevin Tipton Sign-up
02 Aug 12.30-1.30 Enterprise Zone Understanding yourself to engage in a policy-making environment Peter Matthews Sign-up
09 Aug 12.30-1.30 Enterprise Zone Media relations for researchers Corrie Campbell Sign-up
16 Aug 12.30-1.30 Enterprise Zone Kudos Lisa Haddow Sign-up
23 Aug 12.30-1.30 Training Room 1 SAGE Research methods Rebecca Evans   & Valerie Wells Sign-up

Session descriptors:

EndNote Fundamentals Introduction to the most commonly used EndNote functions including: import PDFs, import references from online databases, Find Full Text etc. We will also have a quick look Cite While You Write to automatically create in-text citations and bibliography in a Word document.
UK-Scholarly communications licence The University plans to adopt the UK-Scholarly communications licence what does it mean to you as an author?
ORCID Why do you need an ORCID? This session will explain what an ORCID is and how it will benefit you as a researcher
EndNote Advanced & Systematic Review EndNote is reputed to be the referencing software of choice for research projects and systematic reviews but are you getting the best from it? Come along to this Research Bites session for hints and tips to make EndNote work harder to organise your references. We will look at de-duplication, customising your reference panel, annotating records and custom fields (e.g. to help with screening), using smart groups to filter references and a variety of other advanced features. If you would like a particular EndNote function to be included please contact in advance.
Hidden Treasures: research opportunities in the University Archives The University of Stirling Archives hold a wide range of collections covering subjects including history and politics, literature, film and media, medicine and sport. This talk will introduce these unique research resources; provide information on current projects and new collections; and highlight their research potential.
Using Altmetric: strategically promoting your research Altmetric is a tool that tracks social media attention to research papers and other research outputs. This session will give a brief overview of how to use Altmetric. Then Kevin Tipton, Professor of Sport, Health and Exercise Science, will talk on how he is using Altmetric to help strategically promote his research.
Understanding yourself to engage in a policy-making environment Much published work on getting evidence into policy-makers focuses on academics learning to better understand policy-makers and what drives them. In this fun session, the results of co-produced research will be presented focusing on academics, and what drives us to behave the way we do, which from a policy-makers’ perspective is often quite odd!
Media relations for researchers The media can have a big influence on how people understand your research, or whether they hear about it at all. This research communications and media session will highlight how the Communications Office can help ensure the public have access to your scientific findings and expertise, through the news media, The Conversation and social media. You’ll hear first-hand how research news is broken, what it means for an academic, just how big a reach it can have and how it can influence research reputation, citiations, partnerships, altmetrics and impact.
Kudos This session will help you grasp the basics of disseminating your research using Kudos. The University is working with Kudos throughout 2017, to help you maximize the reach and impact of your published work. Kudos is free, easy and quick to use. You need to invest just a few minutes explaining your work in plain language, enriching it with links to materials that add context, and sharing it via your social, web and email networks. This makes your work more accessible, and helps ensure it is found, read and applied by people all over the world, both within and beyond your field.
SAGE Research methods This interactive workshop on SAGE Research Methods will give you the chance to discover all the available resources, from books and videos to dictionaries and datasets, and how these resources can help you find the answers to your research questions. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the platform first-hand, and discover some of the tools within SAGE Research Methods that you can use to help you with your research projects and enhance your methodology knowledge and skills.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the Information Centre on 01786 467250 or by email at