Broadcast: Events

Thinking Strategically About Your Research

Wednesday 18 March 14:00 until 17:00
Fulton 214
Speaker: Dr Natalie James, Independent professional development coach-mentor and trainer
Part of the series: Research Staff Development Series


Thinking Strategically About Your Research


Wednesday 18th March, 14:00-17:00


Fulton 214


This participative workshop is aimed at researchers 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 workshop participants will:

  • Have examined the components of a successful research career and their own motivations for pursuing research
  • Understand the drivers for taking a strategic approach to research planning
  • 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

Previous Participants Said

  • “Engaging – makes you think about the right aspects”
  • “Helped me to think more long-term about my research career”
  • “Stimulating and inspiring”
  • “Very effective at getting us to think about how we approach research”


Dr Natalie James is a professional development coach-mentor and trainer and holds a European Mentoring and Coaching Council accredited qualification in Organisational Coaching and Mentoring. She is a practicing coach ( specialised in coaching for academic researchers and Higher Education professionals. She designs, manages and advises on University mentoring schemes and regularly provides training for professionals in coaching and mentoring skills. She is passionate about the value of coaching relationships for professional development and witnesses daily the transformative benefits of coaching for recipients.

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Booking Information

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By: Alexander Aghajanian
Last updated: Monday, 13 January 2020