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Thinking strategically about your research

Tuesday 2 April 10:00 until 13:00
Freeman F40
Speaker: Dr Natalie James, Independent professional development coach-mentor and trainer
Part of the series: Research Staff Development Series


Thinking strategically about your research


Tuesday 2nd April, 10:00-13:00


Freeman F40


Research fellows and early career academics interested in taking longer term approach to planning their research careers.


In order to build a long term sustainable research career it is important to have a clear understanding of your research field (its pace, breath, depth and culture) and how you and your research fit within it. It is also essential to have a good awareness of interconnecting research areas/sectors in order to stay ahead of the curve with new innovations and developments that will have an impact on your own research area.

With a well-developed strategic awareness you will be in the best position to make decisions about how to build your long term research portfolio within a dynamic research environment.

In this interactive workshop we will explore strategic tools and approaches to assist longer term research planning. You will have an opportunity to take an objective view of your broader research field and start to build a research career plan that enables you to be proactive in pursuing your research goals and responding to the big questions in your field.

Learning Outcomes

Following this workshops participants will:

  • Have examined the components of a successful research career and their own motivations for pursuing research.
  • Have strategically mapped their research field(s) and have an awareness of how their research fits within the broader ‘research landscape’.
  • Have considered key stakeholders within research environments and how best to engage with them.
  • Have considered the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for their research career over the longer term.
  • Have developed a plan for taking a more strategic approach to their future research career.


This will be a 3-hour interactive workshop. 


Dr Natalie James, Independent professional development coach-mentor and trainer ( 

Natalie holds a European Mentoring and Coaching Council accredited qualification in Organisational Coaching and Mentoring and is a member of the Association for Coaching. She designs, manages and advises on University mentoring schemes and regularly provides training for professionals in mentoring skills.

Booking Information

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By: Alexander Aghajanian
Last updated: Friday, 15 February 2019