One of the challenges, as your progress through your research career, is the shift to becoming an independent researcher. Coming up with new ideas, submitting the next funding applications, writing the next publication. Keeping up the motivation and momentum can be hard. Taking time to think strategically about your career progression can get lost in the pressure to complete projects and meet deadlines. Developing your networks and collaborations can be a matter of chance rather than a strategic intent.

If the above resonates with you, you may be interested in a workshop I have developed in collaboration with Dr Will Medd. This interactive workshop is aimed specifically at occupational therapy researchers and is designed to move away from a focus on ‘doing’ research and shift the lens onto the experience of ‘being’ a researcher.

The day will utilise a range of coaching techniques to provide the opportunity for you to explore and develop a number of self-leadership skills.  The sessions are designed specifically with researchers in mind to challenge you to connect with and live the values that brought you into research, tap into your inner resources, and build your confidence.

During the workshop you will have the opportunity to develop strategies to support you in areas such as:

Combating procrastination – yes we all do it but does it have to be this way?

Quietening you inner critic – where are you being held back by self-doubt?

Working from a strengths based perspective – what does it feel like to lean more into what you do well?

Increasing your visibility – where do you show up in the research community & where do you need to be more visible?

You will

  • Develop strategies to put what you learn into action
  • Develop some basic self-coaching tools
  • Commit to put learning into practice through key actions identified.

Oh and most importantly …. have fun with like minded colleagues.

The workshop is relevant to researchers at all stages of their career.

Will and I are both experienced researchers and certified professional coaches and have extensive experience of supporting the development of health researchers from academic and clinical backgrounds. We are passionate about using our expertise to support researchers to work in a way which is aligned to their values, priorities and aspirations.


The workshop is being held in central Manchester on Tuesday 7th November 2017.

Full details, booking form and programme can be found here