Dr Helal Ahmed
Dr Helal Ahmed BSc(Hons), PhD, PGCE, PGDip, MRSC (read my academic profile here)
I am an enthusiastic and adaptable skills trainer with a strong responsibility for the personal and professional development of postgraduate students. I create teaching materials, deliver workshops and take part in online teaching by liaising with academic staff to ensure the integration of skills development activities as part of the Imperial’s Learning and Teaching Strategy. In recognition of my teaching skills I was awarded the President’s Prize in Excellence in Teaching in 2014.
As a Belbin coach, I co-deliver a two-day programme (global postgraduate retreat) on team building and communication skills to develop meaningful relationships between students and other individuals. I also run two workshops on interpersonal and negotiation skills.
I am passionate about public speaking and engaging the public with research. I share that passion with students by leading workshops on public speaking and societal engagement to help build confidence in students with designing stimulating presentations and speaking.
As the evolution of technology and career opportunities advances, there is a need to equip students with enterprising and entrepreneurial skills. To facilitate this, I deliver numerous workshops to support students in developing their business idea into a potential business. I also run a workshop on leadership skills to accelerate students through their career.
Dr Janet De Wilde
Dr Janet De Wilde BSc, MSc, PhD, MIET, PFHEA, FIPEM, FInstP (read my academic profile)
I have been a researcher developer since 2005 and I am qualified Myers Briggs trainer, Belbin trainer, and coach. I have developed researchers for 12 years at all levels including doctoral, post-doctoral and academics. Alongside teaching I also offer 1.2.1 coaching.
Research Environment: Improving working interactions in the research environment is key for a sustained professional work-life balance. This requires developing self-awareness and an understanding of others. The self-awareness workshops that I teach are: the Understanding and Developing Assertiveness; an Introduction to Myers Briggs Type Indicator; the Team retreat which is based on the Belbin team model. I also deliver the Recognising Skills and Attributes (leadership and teams) in FUMO.
Research Communication: I enjoy communicating about research, this includes listening to others explain and enthuse about their research. The presenting courses I lead are: Advanced Presentation Skills; In the Den: Pitching for Investment; and Strategically Marketing your Research to Business. I am also the Director of the Writing Retreat.
Research Impact: I am also passionate about reaching out of academia, making impact with research and knowledge transfer. I lead on the following research impact courses: the research impact and influence retreat, the Making an Impact webinar, the Building your Research Profile webinar, the Understanding the UK HE landscape, and Evidencing Impact in the FUMO course.
Interdisciplinary & Global: Developing researchers that are comfortable in international, interdisciplinary, and inter-sectoral environment is a key area of research and development for me. I direct the Global Fellows Programme and I am part of the Global Tech Alliance Education Committee.
Dr Elena Forasacco
Dr Elena Forasacco MSc, PhD, FHEA (read my academic profile here)
I joined the Graduate School in 2015 with the role of Teaching Fellow (I am also a coach and a qualified Belbin trainer). Before joining Imperial College, I carried out research in Ecology during my doctoral and post-doctoral time in different universities around Europe.
I have always enjoyed teaching: I started as demonstrator during practicals at the Università degli Studi di Milano, then I delivered modules for the MSc course “Freshwater Ecology” and I obtained a temporary contract as lecturer for the MSc course “Ecology Lab”. As a post-doc at Ulster University I had my first experience of teaching in the UK, delivering lectures for undergraduate students and in practicals.
I have also supported master and doctoral students in the preparation of their theses and viva voce defences. From this experience, I have developed a deep understanding of how important it is to support students in their final stage of research, developing their knowledge and expertise in research presentation (written and oral) and their application of academic critique. Building on this knowledge and experience, I now design workshops and webinars in the writing series (e.g. Literature review, Thesis, Writing tips), in the presentation series (Poster, Conferences and Seminars), and the FUMO sessions ‘Thesis and viva voce defence’.
During my previous experience I have always worked in international environments, I enjoy discovering different cultures, exploring countries and practicing languages. I value the international environment here at Imperial, the workshops, webinars and Global Fellows Programmes are opportunities for me, not only to support students, but also to learn from students about their cultures and countries.
Dr Caroline Hargreaves
Dr Caroline Hargreaves BSc, MEd, PhD, PgDipQCG, SFHEA (read my academic profile here)
Integrated and networked research communities are core to improving the research experience, and I enjoy working with postgraduate students and representatives, alumni, academic and support departments and organisations to develop provision. I am passionate about enhancing the postgraduate research experience. A qualified coach (see my coaching profile here), Myers Briggs and Belbin® accredited, I have awards for my work supporting the postgraduate community and representation.
I coordinate the Cohort Building Programme and the development of Postgraduate Representative Training working with academics, Staff Student Committee leads, the Student Union and the Graduate School. As part of Supervisor CPD, I run focus groups with researchers to make the Departmental supervisor training more relevant.
Developing researchers who can work effectively in changing environments is core to my research and presentations on doctoral well-being and doctoral alumni views. The courses I lead on are very much geared to developing communication and connections and so include self-awareness and understanding of others for example: Introduction to Myers Briggs Type Indicator; Negotiation for Progressing your PhD; Networking for Progressing your PhD. I direct Finish Up Move On + (FUMO+), the Tsinghua – Imperial Global Fellows Programme, and deliver additional courses, including Teaching 1, 2 and 4, as below.
Dr Paul Seldon
Dr Paul Seldon MSc PhD MEd SFHEA AFSEDA AFSEDA MInstLM MCMI (read my academic profile here)
I have supported researcher development, teaching and learning over the last 16 years initially assisting in the supervision of PhD and MD students while conducting research and teaching medical students. As a member of the Graduate school I have developed and delivered a range of workshops, webinars and resources and conducted research examining the benefits research skill development offers.
Teaching Development: I am passionate about teaching development and recognition and have developed courses to support others in achieving associate fellowship of the HEA, such as “Developing teaching through reflective writing” and “Practical Guidance for your Application to Associate Fellowship of the HEA”.
Researcher Resilience: Recognising research and academia are challenging I support researchers in avoiding common pitfalls on the “Becoming an effective researcher” workshop and in becoming an academic on the “Writing for publication”, “Building your Resilience” and “Recognise Stress and Coping Strategies” workshops.
Teams and Leadership Development: Looking to support and develop successful researcher interactions I have designed and delivered Global fellows programmes and interdisciplinary retreats. Being Belbin Team Role accredited and a qualified Clifton Strengths Coach I use these skills on the Team retreat and in the Clifton Strengths workshop to encourage high performance research practices. The workshops “Building an enterprising team” and “Enhance your leadership skills” encourage researchers to recognise their leadership skills and examine how to build teams around them.