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Durham University

Durham Centre for Academic Development

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We offer a wide range of development opportunities from face-to-face to online classes. This page provides links to all the development opportunities on offer.

Academic Development

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GD917: The Enterprising Researcher; Develop your knowledge and Engagement abilities. - 1 July 2020 13:00

Course information
Course codeGD917
Course titleThe Enterprising Researcher; Develop your knowledge and Engagement abilities.

Wouldn’t it be great if every time you published your research, a paper or wanted to connect, you already had an established network of influencers ready to share it? Success in getting your research out there would be a breeze!

Unfortunately if you are just now tapping into the broader world, you’ve likely found yourself in a position where you need to start building relationships, and quickly. While there is no shortcut we’ve discovered that developing real, genuine relationships is key.

Join us for a supported virtual ‘Tweetup.

A Tweetup is usually when a group of Twitter users meet up in person, for an event that's orchestrated via Twitter. Ours will be slightly different.

The session is open to the full range of Twitter users new, experienced, one (re)tweet-ers, empty account holders and indeed those without. Hosted and supported via Zoom by Graham Soult and Paul Stafford. Described on BBC Look North as “the region’s best-known retail expert”, and by ITV as “a North East Mary Portas”, Graham Soult BA (Hons) MA FIPM, the owner and founder of, is a consultant, blogger and media commentator whose experience and interests straddle retail, marketing and the web.

So what's the benefit? Is meeting the people behind all those witty tweets and tinyurls really beneficial? Actually, tweetups can be a great way to get to know people in your research area who share similar interests and the session is based on the Vitae Researcher Development Framework for professional development of researchers, as they strive for research excellence, innovation and impact.


Tutor(s)Paul Stafford (contact course provider)
Course Notes


Scheduling Notes

Zoom details will be sent closer to the date

Free places40
Booking policyNo booking policy description is available for this course provider.
Course sessions
RoomDateStart timeEnd time
Online, External1 July 202013:0016:00

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