Skip to Content

Managing your postdoc

**This course won't be running in 2020-21 but part of its content will be provided via the new "Manage yourself: achieving work-life balance through personal effectiveness"**

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; 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)?
  • Do you want to be more organised but don't know where to start?

This interactive half day course covers aspects required to be better at time and project management for postdocs and not loose your reputation along the way!

The course will provide information, tools, practice and general clarity on what you should be focusing on and 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
  • have fun doing so!
After attending the workshops we expect that attendees will:
  • see "the big picture" and not just what needs to be done right now
  • 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 by others
  • know several management techniques and tools
  • have learnt ways to avoid procrastination
  • be able to use the Agile/Kanban method to "get things done"

Register to attend

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 Project Manager in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, specialising in Agile project management methodology. Lesley studied Design for Visual Communication, and began her career as a graphic designer, soon learning that her organisational talents and strategic thinking would lead her down a different career path.

Lesley is currently co-ordinating the development of the Faculty's inter-professional Simulation Centre, which will mirror procedures and events faced by healthcare professionals, aimed at preparing them for practice.

This is a £3m project involving multiple stakeholders, so Lesley is spinning many plates at the same time on a daily basis (perhaps why you may have seen her running around campus!)

Well-known for her designer qualities, outstanding organisation, collaborative nature and amazing ability to deliver, she’s looking forward to sharing some of her insights and techniques with you.

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).


When booking a course, please read our

Attendance policy

Feedback from postdocs (from 2019 session)

Average rating: 4.6/5

Recommended by: 100 %

Number of feedback received: 12