Dr Margaret Collins

Dr Margaret Collins
Member Association for Coaching Graduate Coach-U

Workshops and Training

We offer a wide range of workshops which cover key skills and all aspects of the Researcher Development Framework. Each course can be tailored to your needs, for delivery to a targeted (eg Academic, Researcher or Non-Academic staff) or to a mixed group of staff. 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:

Workshops available include:

  • Presentation Skills for Conferences or Public Events
  • Supervising Research Students – for new supervisors or Masterclass events
  • Managing Your Research Project
  • Time Management
  • Developing Professional Researcher Networks
  • Imposter Syndrome – Sources and Solutions
  • Saying ‘No’ Positively
  • Introduction to Management For Researchers
  • Aspiring To Research Leadership?
  • Confident Speaking at Meetings
  • The PhD Viva
  • Secrets of Successful CVs and Interview Skills
  • Presenting Yourself
  • Resources For Successful Change
  • Stress Busting for Busy People/Managing Pressure Positively
  • How to Write an Abstract
  • How to Write a Research Paper
  • Planning and Writing a PhD Thesis
  • Using Creativity to Make Writing Enjoyable
  • Coaching & Mentoring Researchers
  • Coaching Skills for Managers
  • NLP Skills for Educators – an Introduction
  • PostGrad Studies – survive and thrive!
  • Aim to be Assertive
  • Improve Your Confidence Skills

Additional specialist workshops include:

  • Microsoft Word – introduction, intermediate and advanced
  • Microsoft Excel – introduction, intermediate and advanced
  • Microsoft Outlook – manage both email and diary/calendar

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 and provide an appropriate room with 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).

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Course participants have said:

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.
Hi Margaret
I won’t bore you with more details but thanks once again – 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 a day 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.
Best wishes,

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