Courses / Workshops

The following are examples of topics that can be covered in interactive workshop/course format e.g., as part of conferences or for individual institutions. Tailored workshops can also be offered. 

More coming soon.

 
 
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Bringing a coaching mindset to supervision and management

Training to be a supervisor or manager is rarely part of the PhD process and the responsibility of these roles can feel stressful. This course provides practical conversational techniques for supervisors and project leads/managers to be more effective in their roles with less work. The technique draws on one of the key principles of being a coach -the 'simple' skill of learning how to stop giving advice as a first response and instead to ask good questions. The key benefit for the supervisor/manager will be less time spent solving other people’s problems, thus significantly lightening the burden that many young academics feel to have ‘the right’ answer. In turn the student/researcher is empowered and helped to think through issues and mobilise their own abilities and expertise, resulting in increased autonomy and development. 

 
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Reflect, Re-claim, Reconnect: Learning to say yes wisely and strategically

Academics often report becoming increasingly overwhelmed with work and are often told to learn to say ‘no’ more often. In this course, we’ll put the emphasis on learning to say ‘yes’ to what is important, which then provides the basis for learning to say ‘no’ with purpose. It is about taking control and making proactive choices wisely and strategically instead of reactively and randomly.

 
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Crafting your good academic life

This 1 or 2 day workshop is highly interactive, with the specifics driven by the needs of participants, and participants are encouraged to contribute their own stories, challenges and solutions.

Part 1: ‘Know thy self’: knowledge, skills and strategies : The first sessions will focus on you, giving you a structure for reflecting on what’s important to you, what personal strengths and resources you bring to your work, and practical strategies for dealing with pressures, setting boundaries, saying yes/no appropriately, and looking after your own well-being.  

Part 2: Creating an environment to succeed: Practical structures and processes: Building on the first sessions, the subsequent sessions will focus on how to create a constructive and supportive environment for good work and building a successful career. Part of this will involve practical strategies for aspects over which you have control. Part of it will be working out what you need from others and how to influence this agenda. Example topics could include: key aspects needed to build a profile and plan a career trajectory; engaging in good mentoring relationships; bringing a coaching mindset to supervising students/researchers; creating a supportive peer network; building alliances to support grant applications, etc; building professional networks; engaging in peer service; having fun.

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Doing Academic leadership differently - “small actions, big impact”

While academic leadership shares many commonalities with leadership more generally, it also brings specific challenges, not least in leading clever people. ‘Herding cats’ doesn’t have to be the experience. This workshop is targeted to academic leadership at all levels, and can also be tailored to leadership at specific levels from mid-level academic leadership (deans/heads of departments) to heads of institutes and research groups, to project leaders, to classroom leaders. We will explore evidence-based approaches, drawing from positive organisational research, for how to create collaborative creative cultures, how to unlock the resources throughout the department, and how to lead yourself first so that you can lead others.