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ILM Certificate

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Leading your PhD

The PhD experience is widely recognised as one of the most challenging projects imaginable. Leading your PhD is a 3-day leadership development programme which will provide you with the skills and support necessary to complete your PhD successfully. Crucially these skills are highly valued by academic and non-academic employers alike so this programme is for life, not just for now! The programme is applicable to anyone doing a PhD, MPhil or Professional Doctorate in any discipline and completion is a key requirement towards achievement of the new Certificate Level 5 in Leadership and Management.      

Come on this programme if you want to:

  • Feel more confident and assertive in group environments such as conferences and meetings
  • Find new ways to sustain your motivation and clarity of direction throughout your PhD
  • Develop more self-awareness and the ability to work productively with people who think and operate differently to you
  • Improve aspects of the way you approach your PhD

Differentiate yourself…Leadership skills are as applicable to completing a PhD as they are in any other walk of life. By understanding yourself and your impact on others, you can make better decisions on how to approach your PhD and get the support you need from others along the way. Having obtained a PhD, students are increasingly finding themselves in highly competitive recruitment situations, with employers looking for evidence of a wider transferable skill set. Leadership skills can help differentiate you from the rest!

Learn from proven leaders…The course combines short leadership presentations with team-based activities which provide an opportunity for leadership, feedback and reflection. The programme is led by facilitators who have significant experience in training and developing PhD students across a wide range of Universities as well as experience of leading and training within the private, public and voluntary sectors. To view their profiles, click here.      

Act now or miss out…In the next couple of months the Postgraduate Centre will re-open applications for the new Certificate Level 5 in Leadership and Management for PhD students. This Certificate is externally accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (www.i-l-m.com/) and Queen’s University is the only University offering such a qualification to its PhD students. Attendance on the Leading Your PhD course is a key requirement for achieving this award. There is a non-refundable registration fee of £121 per student.

What’s it worth?...The ILM Level 5 Award is available as an open programme to the public, at a cost of £1,995 per person and therefore this qualification represents significant value for money.

Of course you can attend the 3 day course and not apply for the award! Similar leadership courses which are open to the public cost approximately £1,500 per person. All we ask is that you pay a £50 refundable deposit.

Programme Information

Date: 9th - 11th June 2015
Time:  9.00am - 5.30pm