Think Ahead offers a vast programme of workshops (Table 1) as well as outreach, teaching, networking, mentoring, coaching and consultation opportunities (Table 2). Each opportunity is detailed below and is mapped to both the Researcher Development Framework, and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.

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Workshop Content Researcher Development Framework & Concordat Mapping
Innovation, Enterprise & Industry

Develop awareness and skills in innovation, commercialisation, and industrial career paths and industry partnerships. Covering: innovation, knowledge transfer, business models, market analysis, intellectual property, patents, local support for innovation, industrial career options and tips.

RDF: A3, D2, D3
Concordat: C1-C3, D2
Teaching: HEA Accredited Package The programme covers all aspects of teaching for research staff, and is comprised of five sessions, spread throughout the spring and summer, including: small group, large group, research supervision, assessment and feedback, the HEA application process. RDF: D1
Concordat: C1-C3, C12
Managing Your Career An essential guide to help you define and plan your future career, raise your profile, and consider how you can take control to maximise your prospects. This workshop is run by an experienced career and personal development coach and includes MBTI analysis. RDF: B3
Concordat: C1-C3, C7. C3, D5
Personal Impact This workshop empowers you to get the best from your PI, peers and co-workers. You will explore the causes of conflict within teams and relationships, communicate more effectively with others and develop your personal effectiveness and your career. RDF: A3, B1, B3
Concordat: C1-C3
Writing a Successful Grant Application An opportunity to experience the difficulties faced by Research Grant committee panels, and to learn how you can present your grant application to influence your chances of success and avoid the pitfalls. The session will cover some real life examples and involve a mock panel discussion session. RDF: A1, C3, D2
Concordat: C1-C3, C11
Writing Research Publications Gain an understanding of how to select suitable journals for research output and examine the process of writing a paper. This session explores how to market your work and how to cultivate relationships with editors, and reviews the stages of publication process including review and rejection. RDF: A1, A2, D2, D3
Concordat: C1-C3, C11, D3
Presentation Skills This full day master class will provide you with the opportunity to gain a wealth of tools to improve all aspects of your own performance, covering different styles/formats of presenting. You will also receive personalised advice and feedback on your (pre-recorded) presentation. RDF: A3, D2
Concordat: C1-C3, C11, D3
How to be an Effective Researcher This two day workshop aims to enhance the effectiveness of researchers by building understanding, skills and confidence in communication, planning and time management, problem solving, leadership and assertiveness. RDF: A1, C2
Concordat: C1-C3, C11
Marketing Yourself Effectively This two part workshop will provide you with the opportunity to consider how you communicate with a prospective employer whether academic or non academic, or non research based. Covering job searches, transferring your skills, and CV and interview technique. RDF: B3
Concordat: C1-C3, C7
Science Communication This workshop aims to introduce researchers to the benefits of public engagement, from developing better communication and networking skills to enhancing profile and improving career opportunities. It will equip you with skills to communicate your work clearly and confidently to a range of audiences. RDF: A1, D3
Concordat: C1-C3, D3
Statistics for Scientists An introduction or a refresher on statistics and data manipulation. This workshop covers all aspects of statistical data analysis for research scientists, including choosing the right test for your data-set and how to navigate SPSS software. RDF: A1, A2
Concordat: C1-C3
SRDS for Research Staff The session will present a ‘how to’ for getting the most out of your SRDS annual staff appraisal. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions informally and hear from researchers who have used the scheme to their benefit. RDF: B1, B3, C2, C3, D1
Concordat: C10
Fellowships Showcase An opportunity to hear from researchers across the University who have recently gained a research Fellowship award. They will tell you about their experiences of CV building, project development, the application process, and their own Fellowship experiences. A networking lunch will follow. RDF: D3, B3
Concordat: C11
Raising Your Profile This lunchtime taster will give you ideas, and a few skills, to enable you to build your networks, get your name out there, and stand out from the crowd. RDF: B1, B3, D1
Concordat: C1-C3
Mentoring, Coaching Consultation & Networking Content Researcher Development Framework & Concordat Mapping
Induction interview & pack Here you will learn about the professional development activities, and career development support you can expect from the Think Ahead programme, the wider University, and from national initiatives such as Vitae and the Research Councils. RDF: B3, D1
Concordat:C2, C5, C6, C10, D5
Industrial Knowledge Forge We seek close links with industrial partners to develop knowledge of industry for all early career researchers. This familiarity with the breadth of working practices in industry is achieved through a variety of activities including seminars, lectures, networking meetings and mentoring. RDF: A3, B1, B3, D3
Concordat:C4, D4
Mentoring Programme This will supply you with professional guidance to help support you through all stages of your career here and into your next position. Mentors are typically members of academic staff outside your dept. and are assigned following full training. RDF: A3, B1, B3,C3, D3
Concordat:C8, C14, D5, D6
Fellowship Coaching Scheme Our Fellowship coaches have considerable experience and can help at each stage of your application, from advice on how to develop your CV, guidance on how to prepare your application, to formal mock fellowship interviews and feedback RDF: A1, A3, B1, B3,C3, D3
Concordat:C10, D6
SURE This is an ideal opportunity to acquire formal supervision experience as a PI, gain independent pilot data and to develop many of the skills now considered essential for a career in research. Full training is given and we will support you through the summer scheme funding application process. RDF: A1, B3, C2, D1
Concordat: C3, C7, C12
Non Academic Career Network We maintain a database of researchers who have successfully left the academic sphere and entered into alternative careers. These contacts are available for one-to-one consultation to provide an insider opinion of their field of work. RDF: B1, B3
Concordat:C4, D4
Parent Researcher Network This network aims to be a conduit for information and discussion; to support all research associates through career breaks; and to share best practice and ‘how to’ tips for maximising productivity through work-life balance. RDF: B2, B3, D1
Career Expos These events cover a wide selection of careers flagged as interesting by current researchers. They comprise the opportunity to hear current opinions and insights from researchers who have been successful in academic or alternative careers, and also to ask the questions important to you. RDF: B3
Concordat:C9, C10, D5, D6
Coffee & Careers Sessions Presented as informal monthly events, where researchers have the opportunity to meet with various professionals with research backgrounds. These sessions aim to encourage researchers to broaden their horizons to potential careers as well as provide suggestions, ideas and tips. RDF: B3
Concordat: C4, D4
1:1 Careers Consultation We can help you tailor a CV or application for a specific position; find ideas for where to go next in your career; get advice on specific training or skills important for your next career move; talk over the interview process, assessment centres, or practice psychometric tests? RDF: B3
Concordat:C9, C10, D5, D6
Research Staff Association MDHRSA aims to: analyse career development needs and ways of improving career development for early career researchers; Develop meaningful links with the leaders of the Faculty; Improve communication, collaboration and social interaction between researchers. All research staff are welcome to join. RDF: B1, B3
Concordat: C13
End of Contract Consultation We provide a number ways for you to reach crucial advice for your next move. Contact Dr Kay Guccione for information on how we can help you. RDF: B3
Concordat:C9, C10, D5, D6