Quercus Training

Courses - Training for Researchers

IMarEST We run a range of courses specifically for researchers, especially scientists, engineers and other technical disciplines.

We work in partnership with university Doctoral Training Centres and researcher learning and development teams.

The first five courses listed below are accredited by IMarEST, the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology.

We can also modify any course or design new courses, to suit your needs. To allow time for individual help and discussion our class sizes are normally 10-12 people per tutor, though we can also run sessions for larger groups. We normally come to your premises but we can organise an off-site venue if you prefer.

Get the job you want (1 day):

Few universities and research institutions invest in accessible, high quality help for researchers wishing to get a job. And once in employment, they are not offered careers coaching for fear of losing them to another employer. This course helps researchers make the most of job opportunities, by learning to sell themselves properly in CVs, interviews and assessment centres. Includes:

Personal impact (1 day):

Researchers collaborate with an ever-increasing range of stakeholders, including colleagues in universities, industry and the public. This course helps researchers reflect on how to improve their interactions with people around them. Attendees will learn how to get noticed for the right reasons, by improving their communication, creating presence and connecting with others. Includes:

Personal effectiveness (1 day):

Researchers need to plan their time carefully and multi-task, to ensure that they juggle their day job, research, team working, securing funding and personal development. This training helps participants to make the most of their energy, skills and time, allowing them to increase their productivity and so feel valued and useful at work. Includes:

Negotiating & influencing (1 day):

This course helps to demonstrate the power and value of persuading and influencing people. It helps researchers examine their style and attitude to work, and how this can help or hinder their relationships with colleagues. Includes:

Networking & teamworking (1 day):

Researchers are rarely taught how to network effectively, yet networking opens up vitally important access to advice, collaborations, funding, equipment etc. Researchers also need to be able to fit into teams quickly and comfortably. This course helps scientists to understand how their personal style affects their ability to fit into their team and department, and to build networks of useful contacts. Includes:

Women in science & engineering (1 day):

Female scientists and engineers are a vital part of the research workforce yet despite policy and practice on equality and equal opportunity, many women still encounter prejudice. This course examines attitudes to women scientists and engineers, looks at how they can work most effectively with colleagues, and provides tools and tips to build skills and avoid common mistakes. Includes:

Managing a research project (1 day):

Researchers are rarely introduced to basic project management techniques such as project scoping, planning, risk and issue management. This course shows them how to apply these tools to a research project, in order to plan and manage more effectively. Includes:

Science and policy making (1 day):

Researchers and policy makers need to work together effectively but have different needs, goals and ways of working. Learn how science is used to inform key policy decisions in the UK, who the key players are, how the policy making process works and how researchers can contribute. Includes: