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Balancing Research and Life
Course Description:

So, you're a researcher. Chances are then that you are pretty busy. Firstly, there's your research. Writing proposals. Getting ethics approval. Dealing with the paperwork. Meetings. Applying for grants. Getting grants and then managing the money and the people. Writing reports. And that's all before you even get to the actual research. Then there's papers to write, rejection letters to deal with and conferences to attend. 

And for most people research is just one of the things you do. You might teach or tutor, run demonstrations, or manage a unit or even have another completely different job.

And that's just work. No matter how much you enjoy your research it's a fair bet that there are other parts to your life too. For example, you probably have a family or friends, you may have social commitments and you may even have some personal interests.

This workshop will describe the most useful strategies that thousands of researchers have found helpful in balancing the many demands on their time.

This session will cover:

  • how to be effective with your time
  • specific strategies for coping with email and information overload
  • picking the right things to work on
  • dealing with distractions and interruptions
  • how to say NO gracefully
  • setting boundaries
  • looking after me

Hugh Kearns is recognised internationally as a public speaker, educator and researcher. He regularly lectures at universities across the world including lectures at UCL, Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Berkeley and Stanford.

His areas of expertise include self-management, positive psychology, work-life balance, learning and creativity. He draws on over twenty five years of experience as a leading training and development professional within the corporate, financial, education and health sectors in Ireland, Scotland, North America, New Zealand


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • identify your priorities
  • deal with distractions and interruptions
  • Say NO effectively
  • Set appropriate boundaries
Intended Audience:
Researchers and research students at all stages of their research degree.
Target Audience: UCL Research Staff and PG Research students only

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