Planning for Success Beyond your Postdoc

The Postdoc and Fellows Development Center (PFDC) at Imperial College London

Date: September 15 - 16, 2021

This course is designed to help experienced postdocs (usually with two to four years of postdoc experience) to take their next career step, academic or otherwise. During the course, you will be encouraged to explore your career options and develop an action plan to achieve the next step whilst enhancing your job application and interview skills.

Interviews for Jobs Outside Academia

Dr. Madelaine Chapman -  Imperial College London

Date: September 21, 2021

Interviews outside academia are often quite different to academic job interviews. In this session, you will learn what to expect and how to prepare for these types of interview. Whatever job you are applying for, this session will give you the tools to prepare well and go into the interview confidently to perform at your best.

Project Management Core Skills

Caroline Broad

Date: September 29 - 30, 2021

Research projects can be unpredictable and it is often a challenge to manage expectations; keep task timelines on track and ensure effective communication with key stakeholders. This workshop will introduce you to the practical tools that, if consistently implemented, will support you in providing quality research outputs in an efficient and timely manner. You will be introduced to PM tools and processes and people management best practices.  There will be opportunities to work in small groups to practice and explore the implementation of the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK) best practice and Prince2 PM principles. You will leave the workshop with confidence in the language and best practices of project management as well as a realistic implementation plan.

Get that Paper Written and Published

Dr. David Jones

Date: October 5 - 6, 2021

Learn the skills of writing research papers for international peer-reviewed journals. Many researchers struggle with writing papers. However, there are effective strategies to help you get your research papers written and published. During this webinar, through practical exercises and discussions, you will examine all the steps in the writing process, and start drafting your own paper.

Career Planning for Postdoctoral Researchers

Sarah Blackford

Date: October 11, 13, 27 and 28, 2021

A series of four online interactive co-hosted two-hour career education workshops:

  • Career planning and making informed career choices
  • Effective self-presentation and job-seeking networking strategies
  • Writing an effective CV and covering letter
  • Effective self-presentation at interview


Higher Education Teaching Certificate

Harvard University’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

Date: October 12 - December 14, 2021

The Higher Education Teaching Certificate aims to give you the opportunity to engage deeply with and reflect on your teaching practices, portfolio, and teaching journey in the higher education (HE) field. Loosely based on the in-person seminar program currently offered by Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, you now have the opportunity to explore the focus areas of pedagogy, course and assessment design, professional communication, language and culture of the classroom, and reflections on teaching – entirely online, from anywhere in the world.

Resilience and Well-being in Academia

Dr. Desiree Dickerson

Date: October 26, 2021

Academia is an ultra marathon that we try to run as a sprint. This approach tends to leave us with little time or energy for life outside of work and very few resources to cope when we face challenges. But a healthier approach to research is possible and is essential if you want to build a sustainable career in academia (or anywhere else in this fast-paced, competitive world we live in). Despite our increasing diversity, researchers tend to harbor a common chorus of voices in our heads. Voices that demand perfection, or that tell us we aren’t good enough and we don’t belong here; voices that have driven us to excel, but that also charge a pretty high tax. A tax on our emotional, mental and physical health. Yes, the environment is a contributor to the unhealthy, counterproductive lifestyle many of us live. However, we as individuals can address the way we approach academia to buffer us against stress and burnout, worry and fear, and the toxic competition we are often surrounded by. These workshops provide you with tools to increase your resilience to stress, anxiety, and burnout, and to enhance your overall well-being both now during COVID times, as well as navigate everyday life and the challenges we face.

How to Use Your Voice to Engage an Audience

Stewart Theobald

Date: November 3, 2021

In this half-day online workshop we will look at techniques for improving voice projection and vocal variety for engaging your audience effectively live or online. Through theory, demonstration, and exercises. we will cover: Understanding the physiology of your voice, ways of engaging your audience through a greater vocal variety, how to gain authority and credibility through your voice, how the mind, body and voice connect and how that impacts on you and your audience, techniques for maximising volume and power, ways of using your voice for greater influence, why your voice sometimes becomes tired and how to prevent it, techniques for gaining confidence, the effect of different areas of resonance on your listener and techniques to develop it for maximum impact exercises for articulation and speech clarity and preparing to perform at your best. We will practice exercises for greater relaxation, breath control, variety and resonance.


A Step-by-step Guide to Write a Winning Research Grant Proposal

Dr. Fiona Murphy, University of Oxford

Date: November 8, 10, 14, 16 and 18, 2021 

This five-part interactive series will focus on sharing effective strategies and tips on various critical aspects of grant proposal writing, submission, and resubmission. The schedule of the sessions is as follows:

1. How to Formulate a Convincing Rationale of Your Research Project.

2. Finding the Right Funder: Strategies for Prudent Selection!

3. How to Create a Comprehensive Project Management Plan.

4. How to Write a Persuasive Grant Proposal.

5. Understanding the Process of Grant Proposal Submission and Resubmission.  


Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Caroline Broad

Date: December 8-9, 2021

The focus of this two half-day workshop is to develop quality cognitive skills to apply to your research.  We will do this by raising self-awareness of your existing critical thinking and problem-solving skills and then building on them to apply to research problems. The foundation of this workshop uses insights from philosophy and theory from cognitive and organisational behavioral psychology.  The aim is to provide you with practice and practical application using individual and group activities.