Research Ventures 2014

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Research Ventures is an annual programme which aims to developing enterprising thinking in Scottish researchers. The slides from this year’s programme are below: Research Ventures 2014 – Sara Shinton’s introductions to each day Broadening ideas – the creative thinking session Networking    

Leaky Buckets

Posted by on Feb 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

I’ve been running workshops supporting new (and aspiring) principal investigators/research leaders for about ten years. Over that time the content of the workshops has developed and as some topics fade from relevance, others become more important. The latest addition is resilience. There are two ways of looking at this – either that it’s a depressing […]

Time Management – by academics

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Academic | One Comment

I’ve run a small flurry of time management courses in the last week and used them to gather the collective wisdom of busy academics.   Here are my top ten tips for time management, illsutrated with their specific advice and reflections. 1.Do the most important stuff first Schedule it in and stick to the schedule […]

Resources for new and aspiring principal investigators (PIs)

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Academic, Career | No Comments

This blog post contains the resources and links that I most commonly send on to academics and senior researchers who attend a training day I run on developing successful academic careers. The collection of links might seem a little eclectic as they stem from the discussions we have at these workshops, but I refer people […]

Networking – benefits for young researchers

Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Career, PhD | No Comments

This blog post is principally written for the PhD students who attended the SULSA Young Scientists’ Event in May 2013. However, the links and themes will be relevant to any researcher interested in developing their networking, collaborative and communication skills. This is the first post which will focus on networking. I’ve previously blogged on the […]

Planning and Managing a PhD

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in PhD | One Comment

This post is to support the project management, managing your PhD and getting started with your PhD workshops we run for students. If you attended one of these workshops, you???ll have been told how to access the slides (via email or on Blackboard…

The Power of Positive People

Posted by on Mar 16, 2012 in Academic, Career | No Comments

I’ve spent most of this week where I spend a lot of my time – in UK universities working with research staff and academics. I’ve had lot of conversations about various aspects of academia and careers but two really stand out. One was with an insti…

Creativity – different for me, different for you

Posted by on Dec 18, 2011 in Academic, PhD | No Comments

As the Christmas break approaches in the UK and we are enjoying our first real fall of snow in Southern Scotland, there is a real ???end of term??? sense in the air. A good time therefore to focus on a skills/attribute/behavior that really benefits fr…

Academic Career Planning – seek advice and ye shall find…

Posted by on Dec 6, 2011 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Despite the challenges facing the academic sector across Europe – reduced funding, increased competition for posts and the eternal “post-doc” problem, an academic career is still the aspiration of many early career researchers. My work brings me i…

Reflections on FOM Young Scientist Day

Posted by on Dec 2, 2011 in Career, News | No Comments

I spent the day at the FOM Young Scientist Day which aims to give young physics researchers in the Netherlands the tools they need to manager their careers effectively, be they academic or otherwise. I ran a workshop on academic career development…