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Researcher Development : Getting Stuff Done



Education and Research


Education and Research

About this course:

This activity is for staff on R and E&R only contracts - grades E-G.

This session will be DELIVERED VIRTUALLY - joining instructions will be provided beforehand.

Dr Jonathan Doney will lead an interactive workshop on how to `Get Stuff Done' as an academic, drawing on twenty years of using and adapting the `Getting Things Done' approach developed by David Allen.

It will focus on developing a toolbox that allows you to get stuff done and survive the pressures, demands and expectations of being a PGR/ECR.

This interactive webinar will focus on how we keep track of and (re-)negotiate the commitments we make with ourselves and others.

Jonathan will share his experiences and share the tools that he has used and is using to keep all the plates spinning, whilst still finding time to enjoy the sunshine and relax.

This webinar will include: - Why a list of things to do is not enough.

- Your head is good for having ideas but not the best place to keep them.

- What are the key tools you need (there are not many!).

- How do I get things under control - and keep things under control?

Learning outcomes:

As a result of attending this course, you will be able to:.

- Better understand what gets in your way in terms of getting stuff done.

- Develop some initial practices that will help you avoid mental overload.

- Understand why `What is the next action?' is such an important question.

- Recognise that the solution to overload is not to work longer/harder.

- Know where to find more information and support in developing your toolbox.

Who should attend this course:

This course is recommended for PGRs, ECRs and any Research Staff.

Presenter: Jonathan Doney is a researcher and lecturer in the Graduate School of Education as well as departmental Director of Postgraduate Research; he has an eclectic employment history and has worked as a researcher and teacher/trainer in a number of different areas.

He has a particular interest in managing work and life in order to blossom and flourish and helping others to do the same.

The tools he will share here have been developed and adapted over a career as an independent researcher, PhD researcher and Early Career Researcher.

What previous participants have said about the course:

- Useful and practical.

Before the course:

No preparation is required for this course.

Learning provider:

This course is administered by Researcher Development; please contact for more details.

If you register for any of our sessions, it is expected that you will attend.

If you are not able to attend, please log in to the `iTrent' online system to remove your name from the relevant activity before it is due to take place.

You will be expected to attend for the whole session and for ease of administration, attendance registers will be taken at the end of each session.

Should you need to leave a session early or you experience ongoing technical issues, please email

14/05/2024 Delivered Virtually 10:00 11:30 Free Jonathan Doney 19

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