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Skills for Teamwork

Course Description

Research is increasingly becoming a collaborative activity in many disciplines. However, for many postgraduate students their PhD research may often be a solitary activity that does not provide much opportunity for developing teamworking skills. This workshop will explore the principles of effective teamwork. Participants will each discover their own unique strengths that they can contribute to any team.

The aims of the workshop are for participants to better understand:

  • The various roles that make for a well balanced, effective team
  • The roles they prefer to take on, or may default to when working in a team
  • How to work constructively with a diversity of preferences and styles within a team

This two-day workshop will include reflective enquiry, group tasks and facilitated reviews. Two well-established theoretical frameworks will be used to explore the teamwork process. These are:

  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
  • Management teams roles indicator (MTRi)

Participants will develop awareness of their own preferred teamworking style and will develop their teamwork skills through experiential learning tasks.

Researcher Development Framework Categories

B2) Self-management
D1) Working with others

Course Recommended for

This course is particularly relevant to the following groups:

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

Course Organisers

  • Course Tutor - Dr Emma Williams - (External Institution)
  • Administrator - Ms Kasia Bronk - (Organisational & Staff Development)

Further Web Resources

Further Reading

  • Hirsh E., Hirsh K.W. & Hirsh S.K, Introduction to Type and Teams (2nd ed.), CPP Inc. (2003)
  • Myers I.B. & Myers S.B, Gifts Differing, Davies Black (1980)
  • Nash S, Turning Team Performance Inside Out, Davies Black (1999)
  • Woodcock M, Team Development Manual, Gower (1989)


23+30 Mar 2015 expand


6+13 July 2015


This is a two-day programme. Students should attend both days.

Places Available:14
Sessions:9:30am - 4:30pm on Mon 6 Jul 2015
Rockefeller 337 David Sacks, Rockefeller Building, 21 University St, UCL, WC1E 6DE (Map)
9:30am - 4:30pm on Mon 13 Jul 2015
Engineering Front Suite 104, Torrington Place, UCL, WC1E 7JE (Map)
Preparatory Work:

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