My programmes are intensive, experiential, and participatory (digital workshops included). Participants choose their own degree of challenge in a safe, confidential, and highly supportive learning environment.

All my Workshop programmes can be delivered virtually or in person… but…. what works in the training room doesn’t necessarily directly translate to being delivered digitally. Therefore, virtual and in-person workshops on the same topic will differ – in learning outcomes, approach, and the way participants experience the activities. This means that however I deliver your workshop, your participants will be getting the best possible learning experience, adapted to the medium we’re using to deliver it.

I specialise in the way individuals understand themselves and relate to others, so workshop topics fall into two broad themes, for example:

Personal awareness & self-management:

  • Boost your resilience and manage stress
  • Deploying your strengths and values in making decisions
  • Wrangle your workload
  • Navigate change and uncertainty
  • Tools for handling perfectionism and imposter phenomenon
  • Writing for researchers: creative approaches to workflow and productivity

Interpersonal:

  • Assertiveness skills
  • Communicating your expertise and potential
  • Communicating your research to non-specialists
  • Ditch the agenda: make every meeting worthwhile
  • Negotiating skills
  • Preparing and performing your Three Minute Thesis (3MT)
  • Resolving conflict in the research environment
  • Stop networking; start connecting (with other human beings)
  • Train-the-Trainer (Introduction to training skills)

Experiences and expertise in these topics is highly individual, so it is rare that any two participants show up with the same agenda or objectives. Because of this, a cohort model – taking all learners from point A, though point B, to point C – doesn’t serve participants well.

Instead, you’ll take ownership of your learning path. You’ll establish your landscape (what’s my starting point and context?), set your own development goals (what do I want to change?), experiment with activities and tools (how might I make change?), and then plan implementation (how will I start closing the gap?).

You’ll develop a deeper understanding of your behaviour patterns, your strengths, and your learning preferences; this means you’ll make better choices about your personal and professional development.

When you take control of your learning in this way, you’ll grow in confidence: make better choices, work to your strengths, approach problems creatively, and make the most of your personal resources and external support.

Connect with me to start the conversation of how I can provide the programme you need.

More aware of my behavioural patterns

The session made me more aware of my behavioral patterns under stress. Also it gave everyone the opportunity to talk about how they feel in their situation and allowed finding other people that are in the same situation (as cliché as it sounds)

Researcher
SAGEX

Refreshing

Discussion on connection and reflecting on the presentation of ‘myself’. It was refreshing to hear about communicating and forming relationships (meaningful) as opposed to what social media can do for my career!

Researcher
Oxford Brookes University

Learnt some useful de-stress skills

Everything was brilliant, I was able to de-stree during the session with the good rapport developed in the short time and learnt some useful de-stress skills as well.

Researcher
Queen Mary, University of London

Content great, safe space, build rapport

The training was fantastic. The content was great and fulfilled my expectations (tips for talking about research and tips for networking). It was tough but it was a safe space and so useful to speak to non-specialists about your research. I also liked that we stayed in those groups for the rest of the morning allowing us to build up rapport and a relationship.

Researcher
CHASE DTP

Meant the world to me to feel so heard and seen

Sarah has been brilliant. She’s encouraged us, and challenged our negative thought patterns to help us engage in a way to build on what is working, and enhance these aspects and identify areas we want to work on in future like self-belief and making time to recognise our successes. One of the workshops brought to light some of the things I am struggling with, and in a conversation with Sarah, she helped me with insight into the heart of this challenge for me by asking gentle questions. She was really compassionate and understanding of my experience and it meant the world to me to feel so heard and seen.

Staff member
University of Portsmouth

Supported yet challenged

Sincere, respectful, warm and intelligent – I loved the way Sarah supported and yet challenged us at the same time.

Staff member
University of Portsmouth

Very good at explaining the theories

Sarah was approachable, funny, knowledgeable, pragmatic, generous, enthusiastic and very good at explaining the theories behind the programme.

Researcher
University of Portsmouth

Valuable skills to support my doctoral degree

I believe I gained valuable skills to support my doctoral degree going forward. Thank you for the workshop!

Researcher
University of Sussex