Training and Professional Development

We offer a wide range of workshops covering key skills and all aspects of the Researcher Development Framework. Each course can be tailored to your needs, for delivery to a targeted group (eg Academic, Researcher or Professional Services staff) or to a mixed group. We will work with you to create workshops to meet your specific requirements.

A full list of courses is available in our brochure and examples are detailed below:

Contact us to enquire about available dates for your course!

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Workshops available include:

  • Time & Energy Management
  • Presentation Skills for Conferences or Public Events
  • Supervising Research Students – for new supervisors or Masterclass events
  • Managing Your Research Project
  • Developing Professional Researcher Networks
  • Imposter Syndrome – Sources and Solutions
  • Aspiring to Research Leadership?
  • Saying ‘No’ Positively/Aim to be Assertive
  • How to Stop Procrastinating
  • Finding Focus
  • Confident Speaking at Meetings
  • Stress Busting for Busy People/Managing Pressure Positively
  • Coaching & Mentoring Researchers
  • Coaching Skills for Managers

Contact us to enquire about available dates for your course!

See Brochure for full details

Before the workshop we will liaise with you to ensure the content meets the needs of your staff. We will then create the resources we need to deliver the necessary training including handouts, visual aids and appropriate activities.

Normally you would advertise and recruit participants onto the workshop.
For face to face workshops you provide an appropriate room and refreshments as required. We would ask that you print copies of the handouts for participants from a .pdf file provided (unless otherwise agreed) and circulate any pre- or post-course work that may be needed (again by prior agreement).

Most workshops can be delivered using Zoom. This eliminates any need for room availability or travel to a central site. It also makes training and resources more available to staff or research students who are remote from the main campus. 

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Course participants have said:

I would like to thank you for the training on time management and managing your project. For me the time management 3 hours was probably the best 3 hours training I have ever spent. I came away with really practical solutions that enabled me to go back into the office with a clear plan for change. My day was energised by a sense of focus because rather than the day controlling me, I feel that I have a strategy that enables me to manage my day and get the job done.

For some reason the way you presented the session meant that I remembered the information and this information has kept coming to mind to keep me on task. I have shared what I have learned with lots of other people and I will be eating frogs at the start of every day until the supply runs out

Mevalyn Cross

University of Surrey

Dear Margaret,

It was an absolute pleasure to meet you last Wednesday – I’m not sure I have come down from the high yet!

I came to the workshop with a deep fear of public speaking but left wanting to conquer that fear and perhaps even enjoy the experience in the future.

Your calm demeanour and sound advice will, I hope, stay with me and inspire me, not only when called upon to give a presentation but also in day to day life.

I really didn’t expect to have so much fun and to come away having thoroughly enjoyed the day!

Thank you so much.


Becmec Enterprises

Hi Margaret,

There is no doubt in my mind that attending your course gave me the determination to address the problems fueling my stress. I know that they will not all be ‘instant cures’ but any improvement will be welcome. I felt so much better afterwards, and my husband noticed the positive effect instantly. Ooops, I’m off again!

We both agreed that time spent with you would benefit ALL staff, and that if this kind of training were given as much weight as the compulsory induction day, then a lot of stress, absence and unhappiness could be avoided. We believe that prevention would benefit both individuals and ultimately, therefore, the University. I would imagine there is a very tangible cost in sickness absence and reduced effectiveness of staff due to stress, which would offset the cost of training.

Thanks once again