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.


Autumn Events

October 2018

Introduction to Mentoring Skills (Tuesday 2nd October, 10:00am -13:00pm)

Title

Introduction to Mentoring Skills

Date/Time

Tuesday 2nd October, 10:00am-13:00pm

Location

2D2, Pevensey 1

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.

WEBINAR: Time Management for Busy Researchers (Tuesday 9th October, 17:00 -18:00pm)

Title

WEBINAR: Time Management for Busy Researchers

Date/Time

Tuesday 9th October, 17:00 -18:00pm

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/)

International Researcher Lunch (Friday 12th October, 12:30 -14:30pm)

Title

International Researcher Lunch

Date/Time

Friday 12th October, 12:30 -14:30pm

Location

Quiet Room, Meeting House

Audience

International doctoral and postdoctoral researchers.

Outline

On Friday 12th October the Researcher Development Programme and Research Staff Office are hosting a networking lunch for international doctoral and postdoctoral researchers.

We will be joined by colleagues from across the University that provide support for international researchers.

Book your place to join us for a free buffet lunch and to meet other international researchers from across the University.

Qualitative Interviewing Skills Workshop (Wednesday 24th October, 14:00 -17:00pm)

Title

Qualitative Interviewing Skills Workshop

Date/Time

Wednesday 24th October, 14:00 -17:00pm

Location

Fulton 213

Audience

A three-hour workshop for research staff and PhD researchers.

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) 

November 2018

Preparing for Leadership (Wednesday 7th November, 10:00am-13:00pm)

Title

Preparing for Leadership

Date/Time

Wednesday 7th November, 10:00am-13:00pm

Location

Arundel 228

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: Thinking Creatively About Your Career (Friday 9th November, 12:00-13:00pm)

Title

WEBINAR: Thinking Creatively About Your Career

Date/Time

Friday 9th November, 12:00-13:00pm

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/)

Introduction to Coaching Skills for Principal Investigators and Research Managers (Thursday 15th November, 10:00am-13:00pm)

Title

Introduction to Coaching Skills for Principal Investigators and Research Managers

Date/Time

Thursday 15th November, 10:00am-13:00pm

Location

Sussex Innovation Centre, Seminar Room

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.

Manage stress, challenge ‘imposter’ feelings and build your resilience (Monday 26th November, 14:00-17:00pm)

Title

Manage stress, challenge ‘imposter’ feelings and build your resilience

Date/Time

Monday 26th November, 14:00-17:00pm

Location

Fulton 208

Audience

Research staff and PhD researchers from all stages.

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)

December 2018

Careers Beyond Research: Applying your Skills Outside Academia (Monday 10th December, 14:00pm-17:00pm)

Title

Careers Beyond Research: Applying your Skills Outside Academia

Date/Time

Monday 10th December, 14:00pm-17:00pm

Location

Fulton 205

Audience

Research staff and final year PhD researchers

Outline

There are a number of options outside of academia that are open to Ph.D. graduates and postdoctoral researchers. Not everyone chooses to climb the academic ladder and many researchers are unaware of the variety of other options that are available.

During their career, researchers develop a number of skills that they can utilise in a variety of other positions, whether these are related to their research or not. A key component to finding a job outside academia is presenting yourself well at interviews, writing an engaging C.V. and explaining your academic experience in a way that appeals to certain employers.

Learning Outcomes

This workshop aims to highlight a number of these careers and to explore what particular options might be compatible with individuals. We will include overviews of a variety of different job types, case studies of researchers who have moved into different careers and provide resources to help participants explore their options.

In addition, participants will be invited to complete an individual ElementsTM skills analysis to help them with future job applications and interviews. This has proven very popular with researchers and it is designed to help them reflect on their own skills and experience so that they can communicate these effectively in written applications and interviews.

Format/Duration

This will be a 3-hour interactive workshop. 

Presenters

Dr Joanna Young, Director - The Scientific Editing Company

Professional Networking for Researchers: Strategy and Engaging (Tuesday 11th December, 14:00pm-17:00pm)

Title

Professional Networking for Researchers: Strategy and Engaging

Date/Time

Tuesday 11th December, 14:00pm-17:00pm

Location

Freeman F40

Audience

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

Outline

Building a network and using it effectively is a key requirement for all professionals, whether it is in an academic research setting, industry engagement or a conference. This workshop will focus on how to establish a network and build it to support your career and aims.

We will cover networking strategies, engagement methods and how to “pitch” yourself and/or your ideas. Participants will be introduced to various techniques that they can use in a variety of situations with a range of different audiences. How can we turn conversations to our advantage? How do we approach and engage with senior academics? When and how should we follow up with people?

Each individual will be encouraged create a personal strategy that they can use after the workshop and build on in future. The workshop will comprise a mixture of group work, class discussion and individual exercises. This workshop is ideal for researchers who are looking to engage with people beyond the bench or the office, to set up collaborations, engage with industry and enhance their career prospects.

Learning Outcomes

Following this workshop participants will:

  • Have an understanding of a variety of networking strategies and engagement methods;
  • Know how to use current networks effectively and how to develop networks to enhance career prospects;
  • Know how to effectively network with a range of different audiences and in different situations;
  • Know how to successfully ‘pitch’ themselves and/or their ideas.

Format/Duration

This will be a 3-hour interactive workshop. 

Presenters

Dr Joanna Young, Director - The Scientific Editing Company

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)

Informing and inspiring the public through Outreach (Wednesday 12th December, 11:00am-13:00pm)

Please note that this is the first 2-hour Public Engagement session organised on the day and lunch will be provided between both these sessions. The format of the day is as follows:

11am-1pm – Informing and Inspiring the Public Through Outreach

1-2pm – Lunch with Q&As

2-4pm – Embedding Public Engagement into Research

If you would like to attend the second session between 2-4pm please book here.


 

Title

Informing and inspiring the public through Outreach

Date/Time

Wednesday 12th December, 11:00am-13:00pm

Location

Fulton 104

Audience

Research staff, early career academic faculty and PhD researchers from all stages that are interested in getting more involved in outreach activities or in improving the impact of their existing outreach activities.

Outline

Outreach is a term used for a variety of activities aimed at promoting public awareness and understanding of research. It enables staff and students to disseminate their work to a wider audience, providing an opportunity to inspire and inform others.

In this 2-hour interactive workshop participants will explore outreach and discuss a variety of methods that can be used in a range of settings including, but not limited to: festivals, school activities, performances and community events. The workshop will provide the opportunity to consider how to construct an effective outreach activity, looking at the various types of audiences you will encounter and how to engage with these audiences.

Learning Outcomes

Following this workshop participants will:

  • understand a range of methods for engaging people through outreach
  • appreciate the different elements required to plan engagement activities
  • test some current university outreach activities
  • have started to develop their own outreach activity
  • have assessed options for evaluating outreach activities
  • have greater confidence and skills for use during engagement activities
  • have an awareness of where funding can be obtained for outreach activities

Format/Duration

This will be a 2-hour interactive workshop. 

Presenters

Dr Katy Petherick, Public Engagement Coordinator & Dr Darren Baskill, Outreach Officer

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)

Embedding Public Engagement into Research (Wednesday 12th December, 14:00pm-16:00pm)

Please note that this is the second 2-hour Public Engagement session organised on the day and lunch will be provided between both these sessions. The format of the day is as follows:

11am-1pm – Informing and Inspiring the Public Through Outreach

1-2pm – Lunch with Q&As

2-4pm – Embedding Public Engagement into Research

If you would like to attend the first session between 11am-1pm please book here.


 

Title

Embedding Public Engagement into Research

Date/Time

Wednesday 12th December, 14:00pm-16:00pm

Location

Fulton 104

Audience

Research staff, early career academic faculty and PhD researchers from all stages that have some experience of public engagement and are looking to explore ways to make public engagement more prominent in their research.

Outline

Public engagement brings a host of benefits to researchers, Universities and to the wider public. Public engagement offers opportunities for researchers to develop a range of transferable skills, generate new research ideas and helps to ensure that research remains ‘in tune’ with wider societal concerns.

In this 2-hour interactive workshop participants will explore the range of motivations and benefits for engaging the public with research and identify the aims and objectives for embedding public engagement into their own research.

Through group activities and discussion, participants will identify solutions to their own public engagement challenges and will gain knowledge of the range of information and resources available to support researchers in their public engagement activities.

Learning Outcomes

Following this workshop participants will:

  • Have knowledge of what constitutes ‘public engagement with research’ and the variety of public stakeholders that researchers might engage with.
  • Have explored the range of motivations and benefits of public engagement with research from different perspectives.
  • Have evaluated examples of public engagement with research, exploring the methods, quality and impact of activities.
  • Be able to plan innovative, informative and stimulating public engagement activities that relate to their research.
  • Have looked at methods to evaluate and demonstrate the success and impact of a public engagement activity/event.
  • Have shared public engagement experiences with other researchers and obtained peer feedback on their public engagement plans and/or challenges.
  • Understand the options for funding public engagement activities

Format/Duration

This will be a 2-hour interactive workshop. 

Presenters

Dr Katy Petherick, Public Engagement Coordinator, School of Life Sciences

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

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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]   

  

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