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Maximising Your Potential Part 2: Personal and Professional Management Skills Residential Course

Course Description

This highly acclaimed 3-day residential course is part 2 of the ‘Maximising Your Potential’ programme. The complete programme, different parts of which may be selected as your interests and needs dictate, comprises:

  1. Part 1: Introduction to Skills Development and the Research Student Log
  2. Part 2: Personal and Professional Management Skills Residential Course
  3. Part 3: Facilitation Skills Training & Development
  4. Part 4: Leadership and Management Residential Course

This residential course, which offers an in-depth opportunity to assess your own skills profile in an active environment, rather than just speculatively thinking and talking about your skills. The focus is on learning from experience in a supportive environment, where it is possible to learn from your own and others' successes and mistakes.

Skill development is essentially an active process. It is usually not sufficient to attend a lecture on teamwork if one is interested in becoming more productive when working in a team, for example. The concepts and theories are put to the test and refined in practical action, by having participant teams undertake challenging tasks, which variously require creative thinking, close teamwork, careful planning, organisation and teamwork - as well as a spirit of fun. The implications for ongoing skills development in your everyday environment is the main concern of the course and time is set aside to consider and plan this beyond the course.

The residential course is both intensive and enjoyable, with a combination of small group classroom sessions and (non-strenuous) outdoor activities. The process starts with your individual skill development objectives, enlarging its concern to getting the best from working in groups, teams and organisations. Group events are often helpful in illuminating individual issues also, for example revealing hidden aspects of one's usual approaches to tasks and projects. Various course venues and schedules are available. All accommodation and meals are provided, with coach transport to the venue as appropriate.

The  November course is now full. 

Once you have completed the course, it will be necessary to log your points in your training log in the box at the bottom of this page. Attendance will be checked with the course tutor.

"Enhancing, stretching, intense and educational."

"An amazing opportunity to become more self-aware and more aware of others - this in itself is valuable, in addition to the opportunity to identify and work on skills development."

"Worth doing. You will find things about yourself that you do not realise. It is really helpful in areas of life that are not just work."

"Really good fun, extremely creative, imaginative and engaging tasks."

"Invaluable to get to know yourself and maximise your potential."

"Thank you - a lot of effort, time and hard work has obviously gone into the preparation and execution of this course and is reflected in its content and success."

"A great opportunity to assess your strengths and weaknesses in a challenging and yet safe way."

"A fun packed challenging intensive course that allows you to develop skills that you wish in a fantastic location."

Researcher Development Framework Categories

B2) Self-management

Course Recommended for

This course is particularly relevant to the following groups:

  • 1st Year Research Students
  • 2nd Year Research Students
  • 3rd Year Research Students
  • International Students

Course Organisers

  • Administrator - PPMS Admin Team - (CALT - Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching)
  • Course Director - Mr Ken Marsden - (CALT - Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching)

Course Links


Registration information will be available in due course.

Page last updated: 23rd April 2015