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


  • 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)


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!

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!

Queen Mary, University of London

Simplify solutions for problems that might feel huge

I personally love the way Sarah speaks to us, explains things and gives examples to simplify solutions for the problems that might feel huge! I also enjoy the breakout rooms where we can share our experiences that we might not comfortable enough share in the main room.

University of Sussex

Designed very interesting interactive break out sessions

The course lead, Dr Robins-Hobden, was absolutely amazing, she was approachable and knew what she was talking about. She had designed very interesting interactive break out sessions. I was sceptical at the beginning because it was all online, but everything turned out really well! Almost as if I was in a classroom [on campus].

King's College 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


Professional, well paced, interactive and encouraging.

Staff member
University of Portsmouth

Totally inspiring

Made us feel brilliant and supported on our journey. Conveyed the skills in an easy and friendly manner, making us believe we can achieve anything. Totally inspiring.

Support staff
University of Portsmouth