The Successful Researcher - an 8 Week Challenge

How to get the most out of your research experience

Delivered by Dr Will Medd and Jeff Gill

Will is a professional coach and a Lecturer in LEC. He has an international track record of publications and a reputation for delivering research with high-impact and strong stakeholder involvement. Jeff Gill has been a professional coach for over 15 years and brings experiences of working with SMEs, Social Enterprise, Start Ups and Graduate business skills training. Jeff and Will have worked together for a period spanning over 20 years. Their co-authored book, ‘Your PhD Coach’ is out this month website

Places are limited - please email the OED team and we will be in touch to confirm your place.

Life can get pretty stressful in research and getting the balance right between delivering on the project and investing in your own future while maintaining a good life balance is no mean feat.

The Sucessful Researcher uses a group coaching approach to challenge you to get the most out of your research experience through a process that works with your personal development and life-balance, research performance and longer-term career goals. Goals you set might be around gaining funding, publications, skills development, public engagement or other areas you identify important to be successful in your research and career development.

The programme starts with an interactive and experiential one day workshop. Within the workshop you will be challenged to set two goals – one around personal development and life balance, the other around researcher performance and career development (using the Vitae Researcher Development Framework as appropriate to you). The workshop then focuses on core foundations around those goals, including engaging with values, managing the inner critic, finding motivation, focus and confidence and adapting perspective to different situations. You’ll come out with a clear agenda and committed actions that will make a difference to you and your research and you will have identified additional areas for personal development.

Following the workshop there will be four 1.5 hour group coaching calls (once a fortnight) that hold you to account in moving forwards, introduce a new theme and challenge you to commit to actions before the next call. Themes will be responsive to the group, but may address issues such as being assertive, relationships, creativity, time-management, conflict and maintaining focus.

The final 1 day workshop will consolidate upon learning and identify next steps for further development. Additional tools will be introduced to help you develop your self-leadership skills within the context of your personal and professional goals..

One month after the final workshop will be a further group call to check in on progress and to invite you to maintain some momentum in moving forward.

Learning and Action outcomes At the end of the programme you will:


To find out more information on Will Medd please visit on of his websites or

To book a place, please email the OED team direct.

Last updated 01/10/12 (JB)

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