How to be an Effective Researcher: Training Opportunity

Places are available for Northumbria staff on a two-day course on ‘How to be an effective researcher’, which takes place on 22nd & 23rd January (10am-4pm both days).

This is a two-day, non-residential programme that uses a series of experiential learning activities to enable participants to explore the practical skills required for successful project management and the further development of intellectual independence. It will be attended by research staff from across 5 North East Universities.

The programme is aimed at early career research staff (whether having a doctorate, experience, or other qualifications) within the first 3–15 months of a research contract with project management responsibility.

The programme has been designed to integrate self-awareness and learning across a number of key areas, which include:

  • project management – for the researcher’s own projects, and in assisting others with their projects, and including the creativity of developing new projects
  • people management – managing others (students, technicians,etc) and being managed (PIs, department heads,etc)
  • prioritisation of competing tasks and managing complex, diverse workloads
  • orientation within a longer-term career.

In addition, it will build greater self-awareness of the researcher’s learning and working styles.

These areas will be addressed through experiential learning and will also respond to the issues raised by participants on the programme. Full attendance on both days is required as programme activities have been designed to integrate self-awareness and learning across key areas of project management and career development.

This will be achieved through:

  • a safe, yet challenging environment that will encourage researchers to explore and identify the key elements of team working, networking, effective communication, planning and project management
  • a balanced and structured programme of exercises and review sessions that will provide a variety of learning situations allowing researchers to identify and take away relevant lessons
  • a range of group situations where researchers will be encouraged to share feedback with peers on their overall effectiveness
  • encouragement to create an ongoing level of support from the researcher’s learning groups that will enable continuing networking, coaching and further group interactions.

It is important to recognise that this programme does not cover research approaches, sampling, research methodology, analysis, or evaluation.


1. There is no charge for this programme.  It is delivered by the University of Sunderland and opened up to the other universities in the region as part of a regional programme.

2. Refreshments (Tea/Coffee) will be provided.

3. You are encouraged to bring your own packed lunch.

4. Greggs, the Murray library and City Space are nearby food outlets, if you wish to purchase  your lunch.

5. The Gateway Building is 5 minutes walk from the Metro’s ‘University’ Stop and a local multi-storey public car park at the end of Chester Road.

Booking requests

Eight places are offered to each university in the north east region on a first come first served basis.

Please email for more information or to book a place.ersity in the north east region on a first come first served basis.Venue: University of Sunderland, City Campus, Chester Road, Gateway Building, Sunderland, SR1 3SD.(2nd Floor – called G2, Room 1 on day 1 / Room 2 on day 2).


Training Opportunities for Northumbria researchers

The following courses in our Research Training and Development programme are currently taking bookings.  See the bottom of this post for details about how to book.

Let Me Entertain You: Lecturing as Performance (Prof Kenny Coventry) 26 January (12:00-14:00)
Prof Kenny Coventry’s research expertise in the relationship between language and perception, and communication will inform this session on lecturing as performance to explore effective communication and transfer of knowledge in the classroom and other contexts.Open to Staff and PGRs
Project Management of Research Projects (Sandra Hannah) 7 February (09:30-17:00)
What are the principles behind good project management? How do you ensure your project will deliver on time? How do you avoid drift? The aims of this one day workshop are: to ensure participants have the knowledge and understanding of project management; and to be able to utilise tools and techniques effectively in the context of research projects.Staff only
Be a Better Writer (Helen Lawrence) 8 February and 22 February (both 13:30-16:30) Are you aware that your written work is good and could be better? This two-part master-class will give you the opportunity to explore how to write simply and well and to edit your own work more effectively. The course covers the key rules of style and tone, how to polish writing and avoid common errors and how to convey complex information plainly and elegantly.

NB. The course is in two parts and both parts should be attended. There will be a small piece of work to complete in between the two parts. Participants should be fluent in English.

Staff and PGRs

The full programme can be found at Research Training Programme – Northumbria University

To book a place email