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We are what we think about all day long: positive introspection for the research community

Date & Time:

18th June 2019
11:15 - 12:30


Meeting Room 3a

This workshop draws on aspects of LJMU’s ACTivator researcher development programme and the Erasmus + funded TRANSPEER international development programme.

The academic environment involves frequent judgements, intense competition and multiple demands. Many researchers are increasingly reporting feeling overwhelmed, experiencing ‘imposter syndrome’ and other confidence ‘blockers’ which hinder performance and productivity. Subsequently, those who support researchers are needing to address these issues head-on in order to help researchers lead fulfilled, impactful and healthy professional lives.

This workshop will make the case for facilitating researchers through a process of positive introspection. It will outline some of the topics that can be beneficially explored with researchers, such as the conditions which create confidence, the roots of procrastination, the power of thinking styles and the value of identifying which personal and professional factors can be controlled and/or influenced. It will consider the challenges of tackling these issues, as well as key considerations, possible pitfalls and benefits.

A number of tried and tested workshop tasks will be touched upon with a view to supporting those in development roles to have the confidence to tackle these issues with their own researcher communities.

Presented by:

Melanie Jones - Researcher Development Lead, LJMU


Theme: Culture, environment & people
Level: Open to all
Date: 18th June 2019
Time: 11:15 - 12:30
Room: Meeting Room 3a