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Maximising Your Potential Part 3: Facilitation Skills Training & Development

Course Description

This 2-day workshop is the third part 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

There is an old adage among academics to the effect that there is no better way of learning something than to teach it. Most of us with some experience of teaching would agree, but skills development at all levels requires a different kind of teaching than is usual in knowledge-focused learning. Dubbed 'facilitation', the process relies much more on stimulating thoughtfulness and experimentation through a more indirect approach – one where those learning can discover the important things for themselves and actively develop the skills they need, rather than having an external agenda imposed upon them.

Those who act as facilitators in our workshops and courses often report that the learning they achieve in the process is of a greater depth and value than when they were themselves participants. A key part of realising this value is, paradoxically, maintaining one's attention and commitment on delivering maximum learning value to others.

Facilitation can be used as a learner-focused teaching strategy appropriate to generic and transferable skills such as those highlighted in these courses, but it is also more widely applicable to small group teaching more generally, as well as to team management. The two day course will be facilitated by external consultant, Dr Adrian Bailey.

Adrian Bailey

Completed his first degree and PhD at UCL, and has worked at UCL extensively in personal and organizational contexts - OD, Coaching, Event Design & Facilitation, Moderation, and designing and running Leadership and Facilitation courses for postgraduates and staff. He has Higher Education, private sector and public sector experience in the UK, Europe, Americas and Asia.

A Director at KPMG Management Consulting, Group Director for Strategy and HR at AEGIS/Carat, he also held senior roles in the Civil Service. Chaired the ITV Regional Advisory Board, succeeding David (Lord) Lipsey and advised UN departments on strategy development. Visiting Professor at top business school ESCP Europe, specializing in Leadership.

Technical background in Strategy, M&A, Organizational Development, Leadership & Talent. Specialist in the application of Personality Type to career, workplace and relationship matters, and is a guest lecturer at other UK Universities. Master Coach who has studied drama, which affords benefits in helping clients improve Presentation Skills, Public Speaking and increase Influence.

Participants completing the Skills Development Residential Course for Graduates may apply to take part in a further two-day workshop on the development of facilitation skills. As with all skills development, real learning takes time and those interested in going further may have the opportunity to apply and develop facilitation skills in a wide range of roles within our courses.

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.

"An excellent introduction to facilitation."

"A great course, thought provoking & practical. Listening and questioning exercises especially useful."

"Fantastically run course that packed in a lot of learning into a day and a half."

"A well-designed and informative course providing ample opportunity for participants to practice in the various skill areas covered."

"Constructive, supportive atmosphere. Lots of academic background, useful handouts and many short tasks to give learning opportunities."

"I enjoyed the balance of experiential learning opportunities and group reflective discussions."

Researcher Development Framework Categories

D1) Working with others

Course Recommended for

This course is particularly relevant to the following groups:

  • 2nd Year Research Students
  • 3rd Year Research Students
  • 4th Year Research Students

Course Organisers

  • Administrator - PPMS Admin Team - (CALT - Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching)

Course Links

Further Reading

  • Bee & Bee, Facilitation Skills, CIPD (1998)
  • Brockbank & McGill, Facilitating reflective learning in higher education, Springer (1998)
  • Lakoff & Johnson, Metaphors we live by, Chicago (1980)
  • Nofsinger, Everyday Conversation, Waveland Press (1991)


Registration information will be available in due course.

Page last updated: 23rd April 2015