New Research Staff Development Events

1. Skills for Mentors and Managers, 14 April & 24 June 2010 (two day course), 9:30 – 16:30, Sackville Street Building, C24

Develop a toolkit of approaches to mentor, coach and manage others effectively. A very practical course with plenty of practice to cultivate ways to communicate in one-to-one situations.

  • Do you want to get the best from yourself, your students, researchers and colleagues?
  • Do you want to hold useful and engaging annual reviews, appraisals and meetings?
  • Do you want to help people take greater responsibility for their development and performance?

If so, you’ll be interested in this two-day workshop that introduces you to the practical use of mentoring skills. The model that you’ll learn has much in common with current thinking on leadership as well as professional and personal development. It provides a powerful complement, and an alternative approach, to traditional management.

No role plays – we’re after real results.

This experiential workshop is delivered by professional coaches and trainers who have been university-based researchers and managers. We want participants to bring about lasting and powerful improvement in performance in real situations. With this in mind, we never ask you to engage in role-playing or to work on invented case studies. Reflecting this strong, practical focus, the event is ‘hands on’ and highly interactive throughout. Right from the start, you’ll learn by using and observing specific skills and being coached yourself. You’ll receive direct and personalised feedback from the workshop leaders and your peers, and be challenged to try out this new way of working with real people and real situations. To give experience of using the skills at work, you are also challenged to use what you learn between days one and two of the workshop.

This course is open to Research Staff and Academic Staff across the University. You must be able to attend both days, plus a short lunchtime session during May to be confirmed at the course.

2. Supervisor Awareness Programme: Improving your research students’ writing, 25th March, 12.00-14.00, Roscoe 1.009

This session invites PhD supervisors to come together to discuss effective responses to different problems in student writing. The workshop is not designed to provide supervisors with the skills to support students who require remedial help, but is intended to give supervisors ideas that they can take forward to help improve their students’ writing. It will also cover the range of support which is offered to both home and international students through the University Language Centre. The workshop will be led by John Morley (Director, University-Wide Language Programmes) and Ian Pople (Senior Language Tutor), both of whom currently work for the University’s Language Centre and have published extensively on writing and education. Lunch will be provided.

To book a place on either of these, or on any other Humanties Research Staff Training, visit the Training Calendar at:


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