Forthcoming Training Sessions

Following below are details of two forthcoming workshops that may be of interest to research staff. These workshops are part of the FLS research staff development programme, but are open to all faculty research staff interested in the topics of ‘practical creativity’ and ‘understanding personality types’.

Both sessions will be delivered by Jamie McDonald of Skyward Coaching and Development.

To book onto either of these sessions please use the booking links included in the workshop descriptions.

 1. Practical creativity – putting all of your brain to good use!

Thursday 15 October, 09:30 – 17:00, AV Hill 1.006

 Whether you’re a member of research or academic staff, you’ll want to establish practical, creative habits that allow you to innovate, to solve problems and to collaborate positively. Throw into that mix the fact that any research project is an exercise in creative problem solving and that every funding bid or publication requires novelty, and it soon becomes clear that researchers benefit from the ability to come up with new and workable ideas. This interactive workshop is designed to equip you with a number of tools and approaches to do exactly that.

 Outcomes – By the end of this workshop you will have:

  1. Used a number of effective tools for generating new ideas
  2. Explored a powerful process for managing creativity
  3. Identified the factors supporting your personal creativity
  4. Applied all these to real situations

 Benefits – By regularly practicing the learning from this workshop, you will be able to:

–                Be more confident to take on new challenges

–                Develop a positive and flexible approach to problematic situations

–                Be able to generate viable new ideas and ways forward

Style – No role-plays – we’re after real results

We want you to bring about a lasting and useful enhancement in your creativity and to use that learning to make a positive difference to your research and your life. With this in mind, the programme is delivered by a professional coach and trainer who has been a university-based researcher and who works extensively in UK universities. The event is highly interactive, right from the start, you’ll be practicing, reflecting on and observing creative thinking skills and approaches.

Book a place using the online form:

2. Working to the strengths of your personality

Wednesday 18 November 2009, 09:30 – 17:00, Ken Kitchen Room (John Owens Building)

This session will provide an insight into your personality type using Myer Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and how this affects your approach to dealing with different people, situations and issues. By considering your personal preferences and understanding how others are different you will gain an insight into working most effectively with a range of people and situations.

Book a place using the online form:

Any questions about either of these sessions should be sent to Dr. Sarah Ashworth (Research Staff Development Officer, Faculty of Life Sciences):

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