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Length: 4 h

When: 1st April 2020 (9:00 to 13:00)

Where: Geography Building (Elmwood avenue), room 0G/033

Open to: postdocs (research fellows, senior research fellows, fellowship holders); priority to the MHLS Faculty. Other categories of staff may be able to attend providing places are available

Places: 25

Cost: Free; but represents a significant investment from the PDC so attendance is compulsory once registered


Do you feel swamped by everything needing to be done as a researcher?

Does the important (your work and career) often come second to the urgent (other people's)?

This interactive half day course covers aspects required to be better at time and project management for postdocs.

The course should provide information, tools, practice and general clarity on how to get started to improve your ability to deliver on your research project and other duties. 

Programme Objectives:

The main objectives of the workshop are:
  • to map the field of what you should be doing with your time to make your post successful
  • to prioritise what should be done and when
  • to investigate tools to focus on these areas efficiently
  • to learn tips and tricks from an experienced project manager
After attending the workshops we expect that attendees will:
  • be able to set priorities
  • know how to make time for the important
  • have used the research model canvas
  • understand how their management skills can be perceived as well as the potential effect on their career and reputation
  • know several management tools available
  • have learnt ways to avoid procrastination
  • be able to use the Kanban method to "get things done"

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Facilitator: Dr Alice Dubois

Alice adapted the course originally developped by Emma based on the feedback collected from attendees, and delivers the course since 2020.

Alice established the PDC in 2018 and has been running it since, providing personal support to postdocs in the MHLS Faculty, organising courses and events as well as influencing policy relevant to postdocs. Alice loves nothing more than ticking tasks off her list and is often described by those who work with her as "very organised" (and sometimes "control-freak"!)!

Previously, Alice was an active member of the postdoctoral community in the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine, where she was working on immunology, respiratory infection and inflammation.


Facilitator: Lesley Millar

Lesley is a fully-qualified project manager in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences. She notably co-ordinates the development of the Faculty's Simulation Centre, a £3m project involving multiple stakeholders and aiming at training healthcare professionals to work together by recreating situations faced in the wards.

Lesley is well-known for her designer qualities, outstanding organisation, collaborative nature and amazing ability to deliver.

Contributor: Dr Emma Williams

Emma originaly designed aspects of this course for the PDC and ran the first session in 2019. She notably developped the Research Canvas used in this course.

Dr Emma Williams illuminates a wider career choice for early career researchers. She has a passion for enabling people to get the most out of their careers (academic or otherwise) with particular interests in enterprise skills and women's development. She has worked widely in the UK and overseas in research intensive settings delivering development events and coaching. She is a co-author of 'What every postdoc needs to know' using her 25+ years experience of the HE sector (from physicist to business owner).


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