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Provided by: Researcher Development Programme (RDP)

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Building Resilience and Coping with Setbacks


Perhaps because it’s at the meeting point between the known and the unknown, research can seem to be inherently stressful; our good intentions to complete our research can in reality be fraught with setbacks. So how do we cope with these challenges?

Why this course might make a difference
The overall purpose of this two-hour practical workshop is to help you develop your resilience to cope with setbacks in your research.

With this aim in mind, specific outcomes of the course include:

  • Developing your knowledge of the ‘6 Cs’ of emotional resilience: Coping, Commitment, Challenge, Control, Community and (self-)Care
  • Developing your application of these ‘6 Cs’

Previous feedback:
“I like the way the course was thought, it was a good mix of direct teaching, reflection and practical exercises. I think it is really well balanced as it gives you the possibility to reflect on what you are doing and what you could further improve.”

“Provided useful tools and perspectives for dealing with future set backs, and an interesting opportunity for introspection.”

“It highlighted the various support networks there exist to aid me in my PhD.”

Target audience

All graduate students.
Postdoctoral researchers and research staff are welcome to attend this course, but may prefer to attend Postdocs: Building Resilience and Coping with Setbacks, which is tailored specifically to the postdoctoral experience.
Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here.


Participative workshop including provision of information and practical exercises.


Two-hour session.


This course runs once per term (but frequency will respond to need as appropriate).

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