Dr Suzanne Hocknell

Graduate School Skills Workshops

9th November 2016:

Introduction to NVivo for project management and data analysis using 5-level QDA

29th September 2015:

Advanced Training: Creative & Participatory Methods. SWDTC, Bristol. Graduate School of Education.

Two days of training combining theoretical inputs, co-facilitated hands on workshops in methods and analysis and reflective learning groups, in which academics from across the SWDTC co-facilitated sessions with a practicing artist in order to explore real-life use of creative methods and offer juxtaposed experiences of their use and critiques.  The training also made space to explore risk, ethics, reflexivity and critical engagement.

11th September 2015:

Developing Skills for Research Collaboration in ‘Sustainable Futures’

Invited Participant, GW4 Event - Cardiff

8th July 2015:

Research Excellence Framework – What this Means for You and Your Research

  • Understand what the REF is for;
  • Understand who the REF is for;
  • Understand how the REF can affect you and your research;
  • Understand what you should be doing to make sure your research has impact that will benefit not only the University, but your future career.

25th June 2015:

Managing Research Stakeholders

  • Identify different stakeholders;
  • Determine what interest each stakeholder has in your research;
  • Consider how you will manage and communicate with different types of stakeholder;
  • Have a better awareness of the potential impact of your research.

22nd June 2015:

Communicating Your Research Online

  • Identify who your audience is and where they spend time on the web.
  • Choose digital communication tools that are relevant to your audience.
  • Write digital communications that are accessible and interesting and help promote your research.
  • Know when it is appropriate to send certain messages and understand how to ensure you are not giving too much away.
  • Identify when to use blogs, websites and social media.
  • Ensure your online presence is manageable and doesn’t stagnate.

12th June 2015:

Communicating your research to the Media and the Public

  • Identify newsworthy, ‘media-friendly’ elements of your research
  • Prepare for a media interview and understand what key elements are required
  • Write clearly and concisely, avoiding jargon, so that readers with little or no prior knowledge can understand what is being communicated;
  • Use examples, anecdotes and metaphors that the audience can relate to;
  • Step outside of your own expertise and look for the 'hook' which will make the content relevant to the values of the audience;
  • Be aware of the audience's differing perspectives and be sensitive to their needs and values;
  • Construct an effective ‘press release’ which show cases your research to a wide audience.

10th June 2015:

The Feminine Voice: Authority and femininity in the academy

  • Understand some of the issues surrounding the spoken and written feminine voice in the academy.
  • Evaluate the state of the academy for women at the start of their career.
  • Know a range of vocal techniques to give confidence and authority to your voice.

4th June 2015:

Completing Your Thesis

  • Assess your writing progress to date;
  • Project manage the writing up and completion process;
  • Organise your thesis chapters;
  • Understand the role of the external examiner and what the examiners are looking for;
  • Summarise the achievements of your research project;
  • Manage your supervisor and the feedback process during the writing up phase.

1st June 2015:

An Introduction to Leadership for Postgraduate Researchers

  • use basic leadership strategies in your research;
  • create a purposeful leadership plan for your future;
  • develop your own leadership style;
  • understand how to get the best out of yourself and others; 

6th May 2015:

Equality and Diversity in Research Environments

  • understand and interpret the equality and diversity agenda;
  • understand manage equality and diversity in your research team;
  • understand the Universities polices and how they can benefit your research;
  • discuss scenarios and come to practical and legally acceptable outcomes.

10th March 2015:

Research Ethics & Integrity Training

  • An introduction to issues of research integrity, misconduct and publication ethics, including discussions on case studies;
  • An introduction to the UUK Concordat to Support Research Integrity and the University of Exeter  Code of Good Practice in the Conduct of Research;
  • Sources of advice, support and guidance for all aspects of research integrity, ethics and governance;
  • Information on when a research project requires ethical approval and how to gain that approval, both through the University and external (e.g. NHS) organisations;
  • An introduction to relevant legislation and professional guidance; including Research Council and Professional Society guidance, the Research and Governance Framework for Health and Social Care, the Human Tissue Act (2004) and the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.

20th February 2015:

Research Impact - What is it and why is it important?

  • Understand the meaning of Impact;
  • Appreciate the value of research Impact;
  • Understand the methods for increasing the likelihood of research which leads to impact;
  • Identify potential beneficiaries and end users of your research;
  • Understand impact in the context of HEFCE and RCUK.

20th February 2015:

SWDTC Peer Review Training

  • Respect confidentiality
  • Ask honestly if you have the relevant expertise to review this article
  • Stick to deadlines
  • Is the article well-organised?
  • Does the article contain all the components you would expect?
  • Are each of the sections properly developed?
  • Does the author do a good job of synthesizing the literature?
  • Does the author answer their own questions?
  • Is the methodology clear?
  • Does the theory connect with the data?
  • Is the article well-written and easy to understand?

18th February 2015:

Creative Approaches to Writing your Thesis

  • Further understand how imagination and invention are vital to adding something exciting to a field/specialism
  • Activate imaginations and consider ways in which writers convey information through stories and poems
  • Think of creativity, writing and research as mutually supportive
  • Consider academic articles and thesis’s in terms of storytelling and structure
  • Further value and understand the power of language and refining any writing
  • Understand the importance of keeping writing lively and interesting
  • Value your own voice and writing style
  • Let people you trust read your writing and utilise constructive criticism
  • Recognise the importance of allowing time for the editing process

2nd February 2015:

Public Engagement Workshop

How to identify potential collaborators.

  • The ways in which you can make those first approaches to discuss initial ideas for research and events with external partners.
  • The skills required to be a good ‘engager’ and for supporting engagement.
  • How to communicate research to different audiences.

16th December 2014:

Applying for Postdoctoral Funding

  • Information on how to find postdoctoral positions
  • Advice and guidance on applying for postdoctoral positions/funding
  • Tips on writing applications
  • Opportunity for discussion with current specialist staff involved in advising on grant applications

5th December 2014:

Research Strategy: linking to disciplinary, institutional and broader contexts and aims

  • Understand where your research sits in relation to broader social and economic contexts;
  • Understand the need to position you research correctly to ensure maximum returns, both in terms of output and research income;
  • Plan the future direction of your research;
  • Understand how to link to colleagues in other disciplines and involve them in your research.

12th May 2014:

Academic Journalism Workshop

• conceiving research as a news object
• making a successful pitch to a newspaper editor
• thinking about form, genre and voice
• structuring and writing a comment piece

7th April 2014:

Creative Writing Workshop

PGRs Exeter – £500 Funding Awarded to:

Frances Rylands (LES – Exeter) with Katie Ledingham, Patrick Weir, Timothy Wilkinson, Anna Jackman, Suzanne Hocknell, Dominic Walker, Rose Ferraby. 


Writing Academic Work Creatively:

Professional development of researchers in the Humanities and/or Social Sciences:

  • To question the role of creativity within their research.
  • Identify and employ creative approaches as and when appropriate.
  • Identify the agency and power of writing within the academic profession.
  • Develop our writing skills and techniques for these different audiences.

2nd April 2014:

NVivo workshop

  • An introduction to the NVivo workspace and terminology
  • How to import data, including text, PDF, audio/video and pictures into NVivo
  • An introduction to nodes and coding
  • Attributing socio-demographic characteristics to research participants
  • Performing queries (lexical, coding and matrix coding queries)
  • Parent-nodes and child-nodes
  • Fine-level coding vs. broad-brush coding

6th January 2014:

Grand Challenges Facilitator Training

14th October 2013:

Health and Safety in Research

  • Understand the legal requirements
  • Be able to identify hazards involved in the work you do
  • Be able to risk assess your work / activities
  • Know how and where to get help in the future

28th February 2013:

Exeter University Researcher Development Induction Event

31st January 2013:

Beginners Guide to the REF

23rd January 2013:

Planning & Writing Your PhD Thesis

18th January 2013:

Introduction to Endnote

15th January 2013:

Tackling a Doctoral Literature Review

22nd November 2012:

An Introduction to Research Materials Management

9th November 2012:

Efficient Reading in Research

7th November 2012:

Using Posters to Communicate your Research

5th October 2012:

Postgraduates who teach GEES one day workshop

Provided by The Higher Education Academy and held at the RGS (with IBG), London

October 2012:

Learning to Teach in Higher Education (LTHE) Stage Two

A 6-week course taking an in-depth look at learning, teaching, student support, assessment, and evaluation.

September 2012:

Learning to Teach in Higher Education (LTHE) Stage One

An introduction to a range of principles of teaching and learning.

Student Mentor

September 2013:

Mentor to new PhD students 2013 - present

One-to-one mentoring of first year PhD students.  Drawing on my experiences, successes and mistakes during the PhD and research process to facilitate the mentees in negotiating the idiosyncrasies of the department, college, and University.  As well as advising on time-management, ethics procedures, fieldwork practices, making the most of supervision, the upgrade procedure etc.

March 2013:

One-to-one informal meetings with Human Geography PhD applicants

Postgraduate Representative - RGS-IBG Social & Cultural Geography Research Group (SCGRG) 2014-2015

August 2015:

Member of judging panel for SCGRG Undergraduate Dissertation Prize 2015

10th April 2015:

Meeting with RGS-IBG AC15 committee members in order to discuss ways to facilitate improving the postgraduate experience at the Annual Conference.

26th March 2015:

Invited Convener & Facilitator:  Methods Workshop, RGS-IBG PGF mid-term conference, 2015.


Co-convener & Chair RGS-IBG AC2015 session 'Postgraduate Shapshots: Provocations and Possibilities ‘in’ and ‘of’ the Anthropocene'


Building & day-to-day management of SCGRG postgrad wordpress blog https://soculg.wordpress.com/


Liaison with other committee members, including collaboration with other Postgraduate Representatives.


Skype meetings involving agenda preparation, facilitation and compilation of minutes. 

Professional Training

20th October 2016:

ESRC Media Training. Medical Research Council, London.

December 2016:

GIS Training (Esri)

Going Places with Spatial Analysis MOOC

ESRC Student Conference

17th April 2015:

Attendee ESRC final year student conference, University of Oxford

7th February 2013:

Attendee ESRC first year student conference, LSE

Personal Development



The Springboard Programme is a national, personal and professional development programme designed especially for women. This programme helps women recognise their own potential and reach their goals and is run on an annual basis.

It helps women to look at ways in which they can prepare themselves for the opportunities in life and fulfil their potential in their careers and their lives in general.

The objectives of the programme are:

  • to enable participants to value what they have and build on their strengths
  • to develop self confidence to make things happen
  • to take more control of their lives (whatever that means to them)
  • to develop assertiveness and to reduce stress and anxiety

Social Media Officer Food Geographies Working Group RGS-IBG

September 2016:

Set up Jiscmail list, built and manage wordpress site, opened and manage twitter account.

14th March 2016:

FGWG representative at Research Group Sub-Committee Meeting

Other Training:

4th April 2016:

Fire Marshall Training

Peer Reviewer

March 2016:

Local Environment