Courses in this category refer to the Researcher Development Framework Domain B: Personal Effectiveness.

This refers to the personal qualities and approach to be an effective researcher.

Postgraduate research for some can be a stressful and emotionally demanding experience.

This workshop looks briefly at the theory of anxiety in order to understand the reason why building a structured form of relaxation into your schedule can significantly reduce stress.

You will have an opportunity to practice a relaxation exercise and experience a guided visualisation.


This one-off session is for PGRs who are around half-way through their doctorate, and will help you to refocus on the goals and motivations for your doctorate.

The research process, whether it is for a master’s dissertation or a PhD, can be very challenging.  Consequently, approaches that are able to support this process are much valued.  Reflective practice is one such approach. It can encourage the development of analytical skills and critical thinking, help generate new insights and understanding, and afford a mechanism for capturing the decision-making process.  Reflective writing can also represent a data source in itself. 


Competition for both academic and industry jobs is ever increasing; therefore, making effective applications is essential. In the workshop we will review basic CV writing tips, analyse an academic and/or industry sector job description and gain an understanding of how to ‘sell’ your skills and experience effectively in well-presented applications.

Learn about tools that can help make your life easier. Particular areas of focus will be on free collaborative tools that aid joint development of documents, projects and networking.

This is your opportunity to meet with employers specifically seeking people with your high level research skills.  Find out what they want, identify opportunities and tell them about your career plans.  Previous employers who have attended include – Jaguar Land Rover, IBM, Rolls-Royce, Frazer Nash, Bombardier, Tessella, PTS Consulting, Dstl, Thales.

This workshop is all about taking control.  We will reflect on who you are (key competencies, values and interests), investigate where you want to be and how to get there, how to review your progress and move on throughout your career. 

Do you recognise the value of your research skills to employers?  Marketing yourself appropriately is essential in today’s job market.  In this workshop we will recognise the value of self-knowledge to career management and increase your awareness of how to market yourself effectively in applications and at interviews.

Networking works magically.  Creating good networks is essential to finding job opportunities and identifying career options.  People often lack confidence or knowledge to network effectively.  In this workshop we will investigate what networking is, uncover your personal networks and build confidence in initiating contact through practical activity.

Learn how to increase your confidence and performance (and ultimately success) at interviews.  By attending this workshop you will gain an understanding of what recruiters seek, increase your awareness of your own interview style and improve your preparation for and performance at interviews. 

This course is for final year students only, and will give you an opportunity to discuss the thesis examination process, including what question types might be expected in your viva and to consider how you might best approach defending your thesis.

This workshop looks at how you can develop a good working relationship with your supervisor, to smooth the path to your research degree.

How do you draw your research together into a thesis? This course looks at the structure of your thesis and how to decide upon chapter content, so that the thesis is well presented.

This session aims to enhance the effectiveness researchers by building their understanding, skills and confidence in: communication, time management, problem solving, assertiveness.