It’s not me, it’s you.

So, we have all been there, on the receiving end of unreasonable behaviour from another person; be it lover, relative, friend, customer etc… When I deliver a Coping with Stress session, for PhD researchers, I focus on the fact that we always have ultimate control over our own feelings and responses to the behaviour of […]

What is stress?

Those of us of a certain age may remember that “back in the day” an artist called Hadaway had a hit song (do people still use that phrase?) called “What is love?” It began with the lyrics “What is love, baby don’t hurt me’ don’t hurt me no more…” It seems to me the word […]


“We don’t see the world as it is, we see it as we are”. It would appear that at the moment the world is full of coaches; no, not the type you travel in.  The type that enable individual’s personal and professional development. Sports coaches, Executive coaches, Life coaches… the list goes on. One definition […]

But he/she interviewed well (part 1).

So you want a job? Well first you have to decide what kind of job etc… Actually let’s skip over this part and cut straight to the part where you have to go through an interview. Of course this may include a lot of parts these days, but let’s focus on the actual interview. Question: […]

Beginning with the end in mind

Another academic year has begun and for those doing research degrees, there will be significant stages to be faced in their PhD journey. Probation, writing up, final submission, viva etc… Whilst this might seem a good opportunity to prattle on about the benefits of thinking ahead to career options, instead I am reminded of the […]

Bias – the uncomfortable truth

Bias – the uncomfortable truth

Having recently attended the Vitae annual conference for those of us who work in the field of researcher development, I find I am now reflecting on the content. Along with the usual pieces about policy, practice and current topics of interest was a plenary session looking at unconscious bias. Biases – yes, the evidence is we […]



Along with the University’s team, I attended the final of Engineering YES 2015. The post event talk was given by Lord Digby Jones, former head of the Confederation of British Industry. One of his central pieces of advice to the audience, comprised mainly of PhD researchers from Universities around the UK, was “whatever you do […]

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