NDM is committed to the professional development of our staff, recognising the importance of training, and encouraging staff to maximise the opportunities available to them. We have worked with OLI and the Careers Service to provide some bespoke courses for NDM, following feedback and suggestions from staff and students in our surveys, and improving ease of access for NDM members.

To book onto courses please follow this link.

For any further information please contact: Fiona.williams@ndm.ox.ac.uk

21 June, 9.30am to 4.30pm
Location: Room A, WTCHG
Audience: Postdoctoral Researchers

The course looks at the challenges that come from finding yourself managing your colleagues, such as, “Where does your authority come from?” It also looks at; what it means to ‘manage’ and what managers have to do.
What makes researchers productive, and what role you can play in this, giving feedback, handling difficult conversations.

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17 Apr, 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Location: Room B, WTCHG
Audience: Professional and Support Staff

Are you thinking of taking on supervisory responsibility for other staff or of applying for jobs that involve managing staff, but know little about what it means to be a manager? This short workshop looks at what it means to ‘manage’ and how you can go about learning to do this to help you decide if this is really for you and the best way forward.

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14 May, 9.30am to 4.30pm
Location: Room K, WTCHG
Audience: Professional and Support Staff

This one-day workshop is an introduction to some of the fundamentals of managing staff such as giving feedback, delegating work and managing performance. Suitable for everyone who is currently, or on the verge of, managing staff but has had no previous management training.

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13 June, 10.00am to 5.00pm
Location: Room B WTCHG
Audience: Principal Investigators

Exploring the difference you can make as a leader based on what research tells us makes a research group productive, identifying some quick wins and longer-term changes you can make to your approach to keep your group productive.

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3 Jul, 9.30am to 1.30pm
Location: Room B, WTCHG
Audience: Researchers & New Principal Investigators

Recent research suggests there are a number of areas new PIs find challenging, such as finding enough time in the day, prioritising aspects of their career and finding themselves doing everything but research. This workshop explores what new PIs have felt about this busy and often confusing time, and how they have survived. It is designed as a ‘share it and see’ session, where other participants join with you in exploring topics such as ‘How do I get my research up and running?’ It is a mix of peer advice and exploration of the issues, so come prepared to share.

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27 Sep, 9.00am to 11.00am
Location: Room A, WTCHG
Audience: All Staff

The course gives an overview of the PDR process and what happens at each stage. It also looks at some of the key skills you will need to carry out a PDR effectively. After the course, you should:

  • have a clear understanding of the PDR process
  • appreciate your role as a reviewer
  • know how to enable reviewees to get the most from PDR
  • be able to carry out your first PDRs effectively.

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20 Sep, 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Location: Room A, WTCHG
Audience: Postdoctoral Researchers

This workshop is for postdocs who want to explore what it means to be a PI and what they might need to do to become one. The workshop looks at what a PI is and at the typical requirements for someone to make the transition from talented postdoc to research independence. It will enable participants to explore their standing in their field and how they match-up to the typical criteria that funders and departments have for those seeking to make this key transition. The workshop is analytical and exploratory as there is no single, well-defined route to achieving research independence.

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4 Oct – 11 Oct, 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Location: Room K, WTCHG
Audience: All Staff

This workshop looks at ways you can express your needs and feelings in ways that are mutually respectful and clear. We explore what can go wrong in how we interact with others, and how this can lead to less positive ways of communicating, then look at ways to improve how we interact with our colleagues at work.

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29 Oct, 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Location: Room A, WTCHG
Audience: Researchers

We will encourage you to review the factors that influence the quality of your working relationship with other person or people concerned. You will practise techniques to help you build more productive relationships and will draw up your own action plan.

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