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Academic Resilience

Tutor: Dr Paul Seldon
Course Level:
Level 2
Course Credit:
1 credit 
Maximum Course Capacity:
20

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.

This course includes pre-course activities (~30 minutes) to complete before the live course and to engage with during the course: you will receive the credit by participating in all pre-course and course activities.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify what resilience is.
  • Recognise what an academic mindset is and your learning strategies. 
  • Distinguish how different areas work to build your resilience.
  • Assess practices and techniques to support your academic resilience.
  • Plan the development of your academic resilience.

Dates

Please note, Summer term dates will be available to book in due course.

Enhance your Leadership Skills

Tutor: Dr Paul Seldon
Course Level:
Level 2
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 20

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, practice and the competencies of leaders to identify various leadership styles and develop your approach to leadership.

This course includes pre-course activities (~30 minutes) to complete before the live course and to engage with during the course: you will receive the credit by participating in all pre-course and course activities.

On completion of this course 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

Please note, Summer term dates will be available to book in due course.

Enhancing Wellbeing for Doctoral Researchers

Tutors: Dr Paul Seldon
Course Level:
Level 2
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 20

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. 

This course includes pre-course activities (~60 minutes) to complete before the live course and to engage with during the course: you will receive the credit by participating in all pre-course and course activities.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Recognise the characteristics of stressful events and your reaction to them.
  • Evaluate practical examples of stress management in improving 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

Please note, Summer term dates will be available to book in due course.

Introduction to MBTI

Tutor: Dr Caroline Hargreaves
Course Level: Level 2
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 15

This highly interactive blended course 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.

This course includes pre-course activities (~30 minutes) to complete before the live course and to engage with during the course: you will receive the credit by participating in all pre-course and course activities.

On completion of this course and with pre- and post- course materials, you will be better 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.

Dates

  • Thursday 21 January 2021, 13:00-14:30, Adobe Connect - Click here to book - FULLY BOOKED, waiting list spaces available
  • Tuesday 02 March 2021, 11:00-12:30, Adobe Connect - Click here to book

Please note, Summer term dates will be available to book in due course.

Introduction to the Clifton Strengths Finder

Tutor: Dr Paul Seldon
Course Level: Level 2
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 20

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 maximise performance. 

This course includes pre-course activities (~30 minutes) to complete before the live course and to engage with during the course: you will receive the credit by participating in all pre-course and course activities.

On completion of this course 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

Please note, Summer term dates will be available to book in due course.

 

It's your PhD: Managing the Supervisor-Student Partnership

Tutor: Bill Sheate 
Course Level: Level 1
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 25

Studying for a PhD at Imperial can be demanding, challenging, sometimes exhilarating and sometimes deeply stressful. Doing a PhD is like no other academic study you will have done before. It can be very isolating – your work is specific and focused, and even if you are part of larger team of researchers you can feel on your own in trying to resolve recurring or one-off problems. A key factor in affecting how you feel about your PhD, and in influencing your progress and your own perception about yourself, lies in the supervisor-PhD student relationship.

People’s experiences of supervision are as diverse as you can imagine – some PhDs have fantastic supervisors who are engaged in your work, give you time, listen, encourage, and support you through the process. And then there are some who, unfortunately, do none of those things – they are often absent, difficult to contact, more interested in whether your work will enhance their publication profile, and leave you effectively to sink or swim. 

As a consequence of the particular experiences of doing a PhD, research students can find themselves having to cope with high levels of stress, anxiety, low self-worth, depression, poor health and insomnia, while often feeling they should be able to cope with it, but instead feeling overwhelmed. 

This practical and interactive workshop is designed to help you take control and better manage your PhD, and especially the relationship with your supervisor.  It includes a mix of mindfulness, relaxation and stress management techniques, and assertiveness skills training.  It will also help you build longterm resilience skills for life so that you are better able to deal with whatever life throws at you.

After completing this workshop, students will be better able to:

  • Appreciate how thoughts, feelings and behaviours are intimately connected and influence the way we interpret stressful situations/events.
  • Define how the PhD fits with their own personal values and goals.
  • Conceptualise their own assertiveness and their relationship with their supervisor.
  • Recognise how to relax and be more in the present moment and so enjoy the research process.
  • Employ the skills acquired to build greater resilience and self-efficacy in dealing with stresses and challenges in the future. 

Dates

  • Please note, this course will be taking place in the Spring and Summer terms and will be available to book in due course.

Understanding and Developing Assertiveness

Tutor: Dr Caroline Hargreaves
Course Level: Level 1
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 10

An assertive person is confident, communicates well and is skilled in dealing with people in all types of situations. This blended course with pre and post webinar materials will give you knowledge and practice for evaluating situations and responding appropriately. It will focus example situations that you may encounter during your doctorate.

This course includes pre-course activities (~30 minutes) to complete before the live course and to engage with during the course: you will receive the credit by participating in all pre-course and course activities. 

There is tailored version of this webinar for Postgraduate Representatives who attend SSC meetings. This webinar is also of benefit to you if you missed the tailored provision, you can speak to the tutor to gain the tailored materials.

By the end of this course and with pre-and post-course materials, you will be better able to:

  • Identify the difference between assertive, aggressive and passive behaviour at work.
  • Recognise body language during meetings associated with these behaviours.
  • Employ active listening techniques and other communication skills.
  • Develop your self-confidence and ability to communicate effectively in meetings.
  • Evaluate situations and your response to improve outcomes.

Dates

Please note, Summer term dates will be available to book in due course.


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