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.

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

Open space to speak and share

Absolutely loved the session, the facilitator clarified many aspects and share many real-life example scenarios/situations that can be related [to] for each technique. She was very supportive and open-minded, creating an open space to speak and share.

Researcher
Queen Mary, University of London

Fantastic approach

Really fantastic approach to workload management and not time management.

Researcher
University of Sussex

Tailored session

I loved how tailored the session was to all of our experiences. The tools were in place, but it was the interactions with other individuals which made all the difference!

Researcher
Queen Mary, University of London

Making us think rather than accept

Caring. Empowering. Asking / challenging – and making us think rather than accept. Such a friendly, supportive and enthusiastic person – human.

Support staff
University of Portsmouth

Injection of positivity

Having the opportunity to discuss stress with students at different stages in their PhDs and from different subject areas, and realising that there were shared stressors was helpful. Also the identification of strengths exercise was a nice injection of positivity.

Researcher
University of Sussex

Innovative and inspired

I work in a researcher development programme at a University providing training and development for doctoral students and early career research staff. Within the team there is expertise and the ability to deliver training but adding Sarah to the programme brings an extra dimension to the provision that we do not ordinarily have. I think her background and experience makes the participants know that they are in safe hands with a knowledgeable and credible person who they can trust and therefore develop with. Sarah’s training techniques are innovative and inspired and the participants sing her praises as a trainer.

Researcher Development Officer
University of Surrey

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