The doctoral roller coaster: managing the stresses of doctoral study

Frustrated_man_at_a_desk_(cropped)If you are a research student at UN you might be interested in “Personal Effectiveness Day: Managing professional relationships & handling the doctoral roller coaster”. This unique day-long workshop focuses on emotional and personal issues, often neglected but most definitely challenged during doctoral study.

The morning session, on Tuesday 3rd March, delivered by Karin Blak, Relationship Therapist and Trainer, focuses on the challenges of handling professional relationships, (with supervisors or research colleagues, for example) and aims to hone research students’ negotiation and conflict handling skills. The afternoon session, delivered by two UN PhD alumni, Dr Matthew Callender and Dr Richard Hazenberg, addresses some of the emotional challenges of research degree study, and offers strategies & solutions for handling the lows.

The workshop covers:

  • building and keeping a good relationship with your supervisor,
  • developing a partnership approach
  • improving your negotiation skills, minimising conflict & tension,
  • handling difficult and challenging moments in your PhD,
  • strategies to help you to cope with the negative emotions you may experience during your doctorate.

This training day will not only serve research students well whilst studying, but will give you the skills for managing professional relationships and stressful situations throughout your career. For more information and to book go to

About Simone Apel

Researcher Developer for The Graduate School, University of Northampton.

Posted on February 12, 2015, in Events, Workshops & Training and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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