Research and knowledge exchange

Training and development

Research Staff Development Series 2018-2019

All research staff development events are run by the Research Staff Office

and are free for University of Sussex staff to attend.


Spring Events

January 2019

Research Staff Induction and Welcome Lunch (Friday 18th January, 12:00-13:30)

Title

Research Staff Induction and Welcome Lunch

Date/Time

Friday 18th January, 12:00-13:30

Location

Fulton 110

Audience

New Research staff

Outline

The Research Staff Induction and Welcome Lunch, is hosted by the Research Staff Office on Friday 18th January from 12.00-13.30 at Fulton 110.

This event is an opportunity to:

  • Meet other researchers that have also recently started at Sussex
  • Find out about the range of support on offer to research staff across the university
  • Find out about opportunities to get involved in the wider university community
  • Ask any questions you may have relating to your role or working at Sussex in general

February 2019

Preparing for Leadership (Wednesday 6th February, 10:00-13:00)

Title

Preparing for Leadership

Date/Time

Wednesday 6th February, 10:00-13:00

Location

BH-233, Bramber House

Audience

Research staff and early career academic faculty

Outline

Have you recently assumed leadership responsibilities? Or are you wondering what might be involved in a supervisory role? In this 3-hour interactive workshop, you’ll discover the skills required and how you can develop them. Through group activities and facilitator-led discussion, you’ll consider different approaches and learn from case studies. 

What we’ll cover:

  • When is leadership required?
  • What is good leadership?
  • How do values and personality affect leadership styles?
  • How do you manage different personality types?
  • How do you motivate people?
  • What is effective communication?

The session is facilitated by Dr Catherine Pope, who has 20 years’ experience of leadership in business and academia.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session, you’ll have:

  • An understanding of the different types of leadership
  • An insight into your own leadership style and preferences
  • Guidance on how to get the best out of people

Format/Duration

This will be a 3-hour interactive workshop. 

Presenters

Dr Catherine Pope, Research and Writing Skills Trainer (https://catherinepope.com/)

WEBINAR: Time Management for Busy Researchers (Thursday 7th February, 17:00 -18:00)

Title

WEBINAR: Time Management for Busy Researchers

Date/Time

Thursday 7th February, 17:00 -18:00

Location

Online

Audience

Research staff, early career academic faculty, and PhD researchers from all stages.

Outline

As researchers, we often face competing demands on our limited time. This one-hour interactive webinar offers tips and practical solutions on how you can boost your productivity and regain control of your workload.

We'll cover:

  • What can you stop doing?
  • Making tasks more manageable
  • Effective prioritisation
  • Productivity tools

Book a place and we'll send you all the information you'll need to join the webinar on the day.

Format/Duration

This will be a 1-hour interactive webinar.

Presenters

Dr Catherine Pope, Research and Writing Skills Trainer (https://catherinepope.com/)

Introduction to Mentoring Skills (Tuesday 26th February, 10:00 -13:00)

Title

Introduction to Mentoring Skills

Date/Time

Tuesday 26th February, 10:00 -13:00

Location

Arts A, 108

Audience

Researchers at any career stage, particularly those that are undertaking or aspiring to undertake leadership and/or mentoring responsibilities.

Outline

Mentoring is practiced worldwide to help people to develop their skills, overcome challenges and reach their goals.

Many of the tools, techniques and skills used by mentors can be learned and put into practice quickly and effectively to achieve positive and rewarding results.

For researchers, mentoring skills are useful in:

  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with peers and senior colleagues.
  • Supporting and developing students or junior members of research groups.
  • Reflecting on personal strengths and challenges and devising strategies for future success.

This practical and interactive workshop will introduce key mentoring concepts and skills. There will be the opportunity to try out some mentoring tools and techniques and discuss how you can use them in your own role and career development.

Learning Outcomes

Following this workshops participants will:

  • Have an understanding of the term ‘mentoring’ and how it differs from supervision and management;
  • Have knowledge of the skills and attributes of effective mentors;
  • Have explored a range of mentoring skills, tools and techniques
  • Have a plan of how they will apply their mentoring skills for positive results in their own role, career and personal development

Format/Duration

3-hour interactive workshop. Participants will be expected to commit to the full session.

Presenters

Dr Natalie James, Independent professional development coach-mentor and trainer (www.researchcoach.co.uk). 

Natalie 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.

Booking Information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place)

March 2019

WEBINAR: Thinking Creatively About Your Career (Tuesday 5th March, 17:00-18:00)

Title

WEBINAR - Thinking Creatively About Your Career: How to Identify Your Skills as a Freelancer

Date/Time

Tuesday 5th March, 17:00-18:00

Location

Online

Audience

Research staff, early career academic faculty, and final-year PhD researchers.

Outline

Flexibility is crucial in the current job market. Identifying your marketable skills gives you increased options around when and where you work, and can also provide greater satisfaction. You can even build a small business to supplement your income from part-time employment.

This interactive webinar guides you through the process of thinking more creatively about your career options. 

We’ll cover:

  • Why do you need to think creatively?
  • What would you like to do?
  • What skills do you have?
  • How can you acquire more marketable skills?
  • Are you suited to life as a freelancer?

Book a place and we'll send you all the information you'll need to join the webinar on the day.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the webinar, you’ll have:

  • Learned more about life as a freelancer
  • identified your marketable skills
  • considered options for further development

Format/Duration

This will be a 1-hour interactive webinar. 

Presenters

Dr Catherine Pope, Research and Writing Skills Trainer (https://catherinepope.com/)

Booking Information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place)

WEBINAR: Preparing for Leadership (Thursday 14th March, 17:00-18:00)

Title

WEBINAR: Preparing for Leadership

Date/Time

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

Location

Online

Audience

Research staff and early career academic faculty

Outline

Have you recently assumed leadership responsibilities? Or are you wondering what might be involved in a supervisory role? In this 1-hour interactive webinar, you’ll discover the skills required and how you can develop them. Through facilitator-led discussion, you’ll consider different approaches and learn from case studies. 

What we’ll cover:

  • When is leadership required?
  • What is good leadership?
  • How do values and personality affect leadership styles?
  • How do you manage different personality types?
  • How do you motivate people?
  • What is effective communication?

The webinar is facilitated by Dr Catherine Pope, who has 20 years’ experience of leadership in business and academia.

Book a place and we'll send you all the information you'll need to join the webinar on the day.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the webinar, you’ll have:

  • An understanding of the different types of leadership
  • An insight into your own leadership style and preferences
  • Guidance on how to get the best out of people

Format/Duration

This will be a 1-hour interactive webinar. 

Presenters

Dr Catherine Pope, Research and Writing Skills Trainer (https://catherinepope.com/)

Booking Information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place)

Qualitative Interviewing Skills Workshop (Wednesday 20th March, 10:00-13:00)

Title

Qualitative Interviewing Skills Workshop

Date/Time

Wednesday 20th March, 10:00-13:00

Location

Jubilee G30

Audience

Research staff and PhD researchers from all stages

Outline

Interviews are a commonly used data collection method in qualitative research designed to explore rich material in depth. Although there are many different types of qualitative interviewing styles, there are some common features – practical, ethical and relational - that the workshop with cover. Using a combination of presentations and practical exercises, participants will learn about how to prepare for interviews including a consideration of contextual factors, as well as developing interview questions. The workshop will also provide a space to practice interviewing skills.

Learning Outcomes

The programme includes the opportunity to:

  • To understand the relational, practical, ethical and contextual issues relevant to conducting qualitative interviews
  • Through hands-on practice, develop the skill base required for qualitative interviewing

Format/Duration

The workshop is 3 hours long and combines interactive presentations and hands-on exercises. 

Presenters

Dr Liz McDonnell, Research Fellow (Sociology) & Dr Mari Martiskainen, Research Fellow (SPRU)

Booking Information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place)

Introduction to REF2021 (Wednesday 27th March, 14:00-16:00)

Title

Introduction to REF2021

Date/Time

Wednesday 27th March, 14:00-16:00

Location

Fulton 213

Audience

Research staff and early-career academics

Outline

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the UK’s national system of research assessment, driving the distribution of core research funding to universities. The next REF exercise will take place in 2021. Every UK university submitting to the REF uses the publications, other research outputs, and wider social impact produced by its researchers to form its submission; the quality of that submission determines the level of core research funding the university receives, and also has broader implications.

Understanding the REF - its requirements, and its effects on Higher Education and research culture - is essential for everyone who is building a research career in the UK.

In this session, Dr Dominic Dean, REF Academic and Operational Manager for the University of Sussex, will explain the background and structure to REF2021, and will take the group through a detailed exploration of its effects and the key elements of which early-career researchers need to be aware.

This session will cover:

  • What is the Research Excellence Framework?
  • What is assessed and when?
  • What is eligible?
  • What’s new for 2021?

Format/Duration

2 hour interactive session

Presenters

Dr Dominic Dean, Research Excellence Framework Academic and Operations Manager

Booking Information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place)

April 2019

Thinking strategically about your research (Tuesday 2nd April, 10:00-13:00)

Title

Thinking strategically about your research

Date/Time

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

Location

Freeman F40

Audience

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

Outline

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.

Format/Duration

This will be a 3-hour interactive workshop. 

Presenters

Dr Natalie James, Independent professional development coach-mentor and trainer (www.researchcoach.co.uk). 

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

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place)

Manage stress, challenge ‘imposter’ feelings and build your resilience (Thursday 11th April, 14:00-17:00)

Title

Manage stress, challenge 'imposter' feelings and build your resilience

Date/Time

Thursday 11th April, 14:00-17:00

Location

Fulton 213

Audience

Research staff and PhD researchers

Outline

Managing stress, tackling imposter feelings and boosting resilience are all skills that can be learned and developed. As a result you can increase your sense of wellbeing and productivity (within and outside of work).

‘Imposter phenomenon’ is characterized by feeling like a fraud and fear of being ‘found out’. This can lead to individuals experiencing bouts of high stress as they put themselves under constant pressure to achieve more. Resilience describes the ways we function under pressure, recover from difficulties, and develop adaptive coping behaviours as a consequence of experiencing adversity.

This workshop will provide you with a selection of techniques to manage stress better in the short-term, build your resilience in the long term, and effectively handle imposter feelings if they arise.

Learning Outcomes

Participants who engage with this workshop will:

  • Identify the origins and consequences of stress, resilience and imposter feelings
  • Analyse your responses to adversity
  • Practice and evaluate some techniques to reduce stress and challenge imposter feelings
  • Create a personal action plan to boost your resilience and handle imposter feelings

Format/Duration

This will be a 3-hour interactive workshop. 

Presenters

Dr Sarah Robins-Hobden (Learning and Development Consultant)

Booking Information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place)

May 2019

Introduction to Coaching Skills for Principal Investigators and Research Managers (Wednesday 1st May, 14:00-17:00)

Title

Introduction to Coaching Skills for Principal Investigators and Research Managers

Date/Time

Wednesday 1st May, 14:00-17:00

Location

Fulton 213

Audience

This participative workshop is aimed at academics and research managers looking to develop knowledge and skills in coaching, particularly current (and aspiring) leaders of research teams.

Outline

Coaching is practiced worldwide to help people to develop their skills, overcome challenges and reach their goals. Many of the tools, techniques and skills used by coaches can be learned and put into practice quickly and effectively to achieve positive and rewarding results in the workplace.

For PIs and Research Managers, coaching skills are useful in:

  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with colleagues and collaborators.
  • Supporting and developing students or junior colleagues.
  • Developing effective team practices
  • Reflecting on personal strengths and challenges and devising strategies for future success.

This practical and interactive workshop will introduce key coaching concepts and skills that can be used effectively in management/leadership relationships. There will be the opportunity to try out some coaching tools and techniques and discuss how you can use them in your own role and working relationships.

Learning Outcomes

During this workshop participants will:

  • Consider how coaching differs from and relates to management and supervision
  • Understand scenarios in which coaching approaches will be beneficial for management interactions with individuals and teams
  • Gain knowledge of the skills and attributes of effective coaches
  • Explore a range of coaching skills, tools and techniques
  • Experience a 1:1 coaching scenario as both coach and coachee
  • Plan how they will apply their coaching skills for positive results in their own role and working relationships

Format/Duration

This will be a 3-hour interactive workshop. 

Presenters

Dr Natalie James, Independent professional development coach-mentor and trainer (www.researchcoach.co.uk). 

Natalie 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.

Booking Information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place)

Research Staff Induction and Welcome Lunch (Thursday 9th May, 12:00-13:30)

Title

Research Staff Induction and Welcome Lunch

Date/Time

Thursday 9th May, 12:00-13:30

Location

Silverstone, SB 317

Audience

New Research staff

Outline

The Research Staff Induction and Welcome Lunch, is hosted by the Research Staff Office on Thursday 9th May from 12.00-13.30 at Silverstone, SB 317.

This event is an opportunity to:

  • Meet other researchers that have also recently started at Sussex
  • Find out about the range of support on offer to research staff across the university
  • Find out about opportunities to get involved in the wider university community
  • Ask any questions you may have relating to your role or working at Sussex in general

Booking Information

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Sussex Direct Login required)

(If you do not have a Sussex Direct login, please email researchstaffoffice@sussex.ac.uk to book your place)


Other opportunities for research staff training and development

Bookings are now open for the October 2018 to March 2019 Sessions of the Early Career Researcher (ECR) Mentoring Circle. The Mentoring Circle is a regular group (mixed-discipline) mentoring session where early career researchers meet to discuss professional experiences and challenges in a supportive peer group as well as with more experienced colleagues. 

 

In addition to the events on offer through the Research Staff Development series, research staff are eligible to attend training and development workshops and events provided by:

 

 

Vitae

Vitae logoVitae is an international programme led by the UK charity, Careers Research and Advisory Centre, working to enhance the potential of researchers.

Vitae's website has many useful resources and all our staff and students get full access to the Vitae website and resources if you register with your Sussex email address.

 

University commitment to supporting researcher's development

Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers Logo

The University of Sussex is committed to supporting the development of its researchers and holds the European Commission's 'HR Excellence in Research' award. This award is in recognition of our commitment to supporting research staff and to implementing the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers [PDF 2.70MB]   

  

Contact Us

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