Researcher Workshop Series


A series of unique and interesting workshops have been organised throughout early March, designed for Researchers to improve aspects of their career that may not have been considered before. Hugh Kearns works with researchers, academics, PhD students, and many other high performers to help them complete their research faster and with less stress. It is expected that the workshops to be popular and places will be limited, so please register early and make sure that you will be able to attend.

Workshop: Defeating Self-sabotage
Date: 02/03/2014
Time: 09:30-12:30
Description: Do you find that despite your best efforts to ‘work on your thesis’ or get your research output going it just doesn’t seem to be happening? Does there always seem to be something more urgent, interesting or important to do? Perhaps you are self-sabotaging. If you think you procrastinate, are a perfectionist, don’t say no often enough, are disorganised or are always ‘busy’, this seminar will help you to understand why your thesis or research isn’t getting done and what you can do about it.


Workshop: Presenting your Research with Confidence
Date: 03/03/2014
Time: 09:30-12:30
Description: If you’re a researcher then at some stage you are going to have to present your findings. It’s tempting to get up and just read your paper, but to really speak to your audience you need to be able to communicate skilfully and with conviction. We’ve all been to dull presentations so it’s worth your while spending a little time to learn how to do it properly.


Workshop: The Balanced Researcher
Date: 03/03/2014
Time: 13:30 – 17.00
Description: So you’re a researcher. Chances are then, you are pretty busy. Firstly, there is your research. Proposals. Ethics. Paperwork. Meetings. Applying for grants. Getting grants, then managing the money and the people. Writing reports. And that is all before you even get to the actual research. You probably have a family or friends, you may have social commitments and, who knows, you may even have some personal interests! This workshop will describe the most useful strategies that thousands of researchers have found helpful in balancing the many demands on their time.


Workshop: The Imposter Syndrome
Date: 04/03/2014
Time: 13:30 – 17:00
Description: How can it be that so many clever, competent and capable people can feel that they are just one step away from being exposed as a complete fraud? Despite evidence that they are performing well they can still have that lurking fear that at any moment someone is going to tap them on the shoulder and say “We need to have a chat”. This workshop will look at what the latest psychological research has to tell us about ‘The Imposter Syndrome’ and more importantly some strategies for dealing with it.


Thinking Imaginatively about Impact – Presentation


Thinking Imaginatively about Impact: Transistors, Mini-Skirts & Global Warming

A presentation is being held regarding the do’s and don’t’s of writing about ‘Impact and Innovation’, and will be an ideal opportunity learn more about what is required of an ‘Impact’ statement.

Anyone who interacts with the Research Councils, the EU,  and other funders will have come across terms like ‘Impact’ and ‘Innovation’. Major grant applications are not being approved due to deficiencies in the ‘Impact’ section. Among researchers there is sometimes a wariness about the whole idea of ‘Impact’, and a confusion regarding what it really means. The talk will be given by a consultant specialising in Innovation and Knowledge Transfer, and will offer a systematic approach to ‘Impact’, identifying the ‘benefits’ and placing them in the context of ‘opportunities’, alongside offering practical advice about how to write about scientific concepts in a clear way. Minconceptions regarding impact will also be tackled, particularly the statements “It’s all about commercial outcomes” and “that its only relevant for STEM (science technology engineering and maths)” subjects. Lunch will be provided.

Date: 9th December 2014
12:30 – 13:30
Lecture theatre, Pitt Rivers Museum

Places are limited, so to sign up – Click here