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Tue 12 Jan 2021
09:30 - 11:00

Venue: Online

Provided by: Researcher Development Programme (RDP)


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Second Year Recharge: Reconnect with Your PhD 1: Harnessing Your Motivation and Forming Productive Habits

Tue 12 Jan 2021


Second Year Recharge: Reconnect with Your PhD

This four-day programme is designed to help you take a fresh and positive look at your work during the second year – a notoriously tricky stage to feel you have the clarity and motivation to keep going. This is true at the best of times, let alone during a global pandemic!

We recommend that you attend all four sessions of the programme, but you are very welcome to book for single sessions, i.e. there is no requirement to sign up for the whole programme or to have completed the preceding sessions in order to book for a later one.

For those who attend the morning session, there will also be an opportunity to attend an optional afternoon session, where we delve deeper into the content in a small group. The afternoon sessions will be limited to 30 people and will be available on a first come, first served basis. (Booking links for the afternoon session will be under 'joining instructions' in your booking confirmation email).

Workshop 1: Harnessing Your Motivation and Forming Productive Habits

The year 2020 has been a strange one, to put it lightly.

In times of difficulty, and in challenging environments, perhaps the most important character trait is our ability to stay motivated and to keep going. In this short, interactive webinar we'll examine the factors around both finding and then using your motivation to achieve your goals.

We’ll also examine how to build productive habits and what efficient and effective researchers do whether they be working in isolation or in a post-vaccine new normality…

The other workshops in the series are:
Workshop 2: Finding Purpose: Your official vs unofficial CV
Workshop 3: Effective Relationships
Workshop 4: Self-Care & Resilience

Target audience

Second year PhD students
Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here.


Please complete the pre-thinking exercise in the joining instructions of your confirmation email, prior to attending this session.

This course will be facilitated online via Zoom, please ensure you have access.


Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Tue 12 Jan   09:30 - 11:00 09:30 - 11:00 Online Dr. Steve Hutchinson

One 1.5 hour session, followed by an optional afternoon 1 hour session.

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