Universities already offer plenty of excellent training available to postgraduate researchers for ‘how to’ conduct research. My workshops complement university-led training to address the many ‘messier’ components of doing research, which are less commonly discussed and for which there aren’t always clear ‘how to’ guides. These include, among others:
- dealing with unexpected problems and surprises in research
- responding to work guilt, shame, demotivation, imposter syndrome
- fostering greater academic confidence and joy in research
- reframing negative experiences or feelings during the research journey
- learning to trust your own individual research intuition and work rhythms
I believe that peer-led sharings and insight can often provide the most effective and helpful advice for PGRs. So, my workshops encourage plenty of discussions between participants, generating dynamic and interactive exchanges, collaborative peer-generated advice, and valuable opportunities to connect with and learn from other researchers.