Dr Paul Seldon, Professional Effectivness Programme LeadAs a researcher you are expected to be a professional who can effectively work in the research environment and beyond utilising a range.

The aims of the “Professional Effectiveness Programme” are to better enable you to: of skills. The courses in this programme allow you to understand your working preferences and strengths, improve your ability to deal with research challenges and manage the research process. Courses available develop your ability to work effectively alone and with others.

  • Demonstrate a high degree of self-awareness and an understanding of others
  • Develop your communication skills for successful interactions
  • Develop your ability to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary and international teams
  • Develop strategies for managing the challenges of the PhD
  • Utilise resources effectively to aid the successful completion of your PhD

Professional Effectiveness Professional Development Courses

Teams & Communication Retreat

This new retreat is open to all research students, regardless of stage or whether you have previously undertaken a graduate school residential course.  Participating in this retreat will teach you about roles in teams, and working together. It will increase your self-awareness and understanding of others. This 2-day retreat (fully paid for) follows the well-known Belbin® approach throughout a series of exercises. You will receive your own Belbin® report at the end.

Many employers across all sectors, including the research sector, need people to work successfully in teams and look for experience and understanding during recruitment. This will retreat will help you in your current and future roles. You will be able to demonstrate to supervisors and future employers that you have a good understanding of team working. It is a great addition for your professional development and your CV.

On completion of this retreat you will be able to

  • Identify and interpret the Belbin Team Roles for yourself and others
  • Demonstrate a high degree of self-awareness and an understanding of others
  • Work collaboratively in interdisciplinary and international  teams
  • Use appropriate communication skills for successful interactions
  • Summarise research for different audiences through various media

The Graduate School’s Professional Skills Course Programme has finished for the 2018-19 academic session.  Courses will be available to book at the end of September 2019 for the next academic session (2019-20).

Maximising your Management Skills: Becoming an Effective Researcher

Tutor: Dr Paul Seldon
Course Level: Level 1

This workshop is suited for anyone in the first stages of a research degree. The session will discuss the effect of moving into research whether straight from an undergraduate degree, master’s degree, the work place, and/or from overseas. We will explore what is expected of you as a researcher and how to manage a programme of research, including how to get the most from research meetings.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify and clarify your and your supervisors’ expectations.
  • Recognise culture shock for you and others entering into research.
  • Employ effective techniques for research meetings.
  • Develop aplanning strategy for your research.
  • Evaluate your sources of feedback and support mechanisms.

Dates

The Graduate School’s Professional Skills Course Programme has finished for the 2018-19 academic session.  Courses will be available to book at the end of September 2019 for the next academic session (2019-20).

Maximising Your Management Skills: Time Management for your Doctorate

Tutor: Dr Paul Seldon
Course Level: Level 1

Effectively managing your time during your Doctorate is essential to submit the thesis on time. However this is not just about your own time you will need to understand and respond to those around you to. Time management skills are useful in future careers and all parts of your life as well.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify the role of self-sabotaging behaviour in time management
  • Recognise solutions to limit self-sabotaging behaviour for effective time management
  • Identify your values and goals and recognise their role in time management
  • Organise your work by effective prioritising and planning
  • Assess the role of others in time management

Dates

The Graduate School’s Professional Skills Course Programme has finished for the 2018-19 academic session.  Courses will be available to book at the end of September 2019 for the next academic session (2019-20).

Maximising Your Management Skills: Put Project Management into Action

Tutor: Dr Helal Ahmed
Course Level: Level 1

Typical project management techniques apply constraints in the form of milestones, duration, deadlines, resource allocation, and cost. If these are rigid they can be limiting when working in research and innovation. This workshop examines how project management techniques can be used flexibly allowing for different outcomes and opportunities.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify key components of project management
  • Analyse deliverables and stakeholders in your project
  • Analyse and evaluate risks in your project and how they can be overcome
  • Use agile project management techniques to plan your project with a monitoring process
  • Identify skills, knowledge and experiences that you could gain to help you with your research project

Dates

The Graduate School’s Professional Skills Course Programme has finished for the 2018-19 academic session.  Courses will be available to book at the end of September 2019 for the next academic session (2019-20).

Maximising Your Management Skills: Planning & Preparing for your Thesis & Viva

Tutor: Professor Laki Buluwela

Completing the thesis on time is an essential part of successful doctoral research. This course goes through the necessary planning steps for preparing your thesis and getting ready for your Viva examination. It will identify the College requirements and also help you understand your supervisors’ and examiners’ role.
This course was previously called 'Planning and Writing Your Thesis and Preparing for Viva'

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify what constitutes a thesis and the examination requirements
  • Recognise thesteps to be taken and the crucial timings for effective thesis submission
  • Plan the structure your thesis and identify which results to present
  • Recognise the Supervisor’s role in your writing process and Viva preparation process
  • Distinguish the steps involved in the Viva process and recognise the preparation needed

Dates

The Graduate School’s Professional Skills Course Programme has finished for the 2018-19 academic session.  Courses will be available to book at the end of September 2019 for the next academic session (2019-20).

Understanding Yourself and Others: Introduction to MBTI

Tutor: Dr Caroline Hargreaves
Course Level: Level 2

This highly interactive workshop introduces participants to the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a popular framework to understand behavioural difference. It will help you to gain greater self-awareness and improve your understanding of others. The resultant insights may be applied to improve your assessment of situations and application of personality type to improve communication, working with others and progress in your Doctorate and life.

On completion of this course and with recommended further information, you will be able to:

  • Identify the MBTI model as a framework for understanding and valuing differences in people.
  • Review the four dimensions of the MBTI model.
  • Interpret your MBTI “reported” profile.
  • Appraise your “best fit” profile.
  • Begin to assess how best to apply type to improve working with others, leadership, self-awareness, and communication.

Dates

The Graduate School’s Professional Skills Course Programme has finished for the 2018-19 academic session.  Courses will be available to book at the end of September 2019 for the next academic session (2019-20).

Understanding Yourself and Others: Introduction to the Clifton Strengths Finder

Tutor: Dr Paul Seldon
Course Level: Level 2

You possess many unique, natural talents which represent the very best of you and so your greatest opportunities for success in the Doctorate, your career and your personal life. This session will allow you to take the Clifton Strengths Finder and find out your top five talent themes and how to develop and apply these to maximize performance. 

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Interpret the basis of strengths test, research background, and validity.
  • Recognise the benefits of working from your strengths.
  • Name – Identify your set of top strengths.
  • Claim – distinguish characteristics of your strengths.
  • Aim – Leverage and develop your strengths.

Dates

The Graduate School’s Professional Skills Course Programme has finished for the 2018-19 academic session.  Courses will be available to book at the end of September 2019 for the next academic session (2019-20).

 

Understanding Yourself and Others: Enhancing Wellbeing for Doctoral Researchers

Tutors: Dr Paul Seldon & Rosie Summerhayes
Course Level:
Level 2

Wellbeing is a state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy. Stress affects wellbeing and mental health and is common while doing a Doctorate due to many factors including the uncertainty of research, time pressures and the nature of high level study. This workshop helps identify stressful incidents, your responses to these and potential coping strategies. Stress-management techniques are practiced and an individual action plan is developed to enhance your wellbeing.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Recognise the characteristics of stressful events and your reaction to them.
  • Evaluate practical examples of stress management in improving your Wellbeing
  • Examine cognition, self-esteem and their relation to stress.
  • Judge the potential effects of self-awareness on those around you.
  • Implement coping strategies and seek support to manage your stress and enhance your Wellbeing

Dates

The Graduate School’s Professional Skills Course Programme has finished for the 2018-19 academic session.  Courses will be available to book at the end of September 2019 for the next academic session (2019-20).

Understanding Yourself and Others: Academic Resilience

Tutor: Dr Paul Seldon
Course Level: Level 2

Your resilience determines how you respond to change, setbacks, and unexpected events, events that are common in a research environment. This workshop will allow you to understand and develop your Academic Resilience, providing skills to help you remain positive and motivated even in challenging circumstances.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify what resilience is.
  • Rocognise what an academic mindset is.
  • Differentiate the contributing factors of resilience
  • Assess approaches and strategies to build your academic resilience
  • Plan ways of developing your resilience.

Dates

The Graduate School’s Professional Skills Course Programme has finished for the 2018-19 academic session.  Courses will be available to book at the end of September 2019 for the next academic session (2019-20).

Understanding Yourself and Others: Enhance your Leadership Skills

Tutor: Dr Paul Seldon
Course Level:
Level 2

As an Imperial College researcher you will be used to being innovative and leading your research. These skills are highly sought after both within and outside academia. Moving on from the PhD you are likely to have responsibility for line-management, project delivery and even team leadership. Recognising your current leadership skills will allow attendees to evidence these and develop their leadership abilities further. This course is designed examine leadership theory and the competencies of great leaders to identify various leadership styles and your approach to leadership.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Assess different leadership approaches.
  • Recognise your current leadership skills.
  • Evidence your leadership experience.
  • Identify opportunities for leadership.
  • Plan development of other leadership skills.

Dates

The Graduate School’s Professional Skills Course Programme has finished for the 2018-19 academic session.  Courses will be available to book at the end of September 2019 for the next academic session (2019-20).