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Academic Confidence

24th November 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Academic Confidence – No Impostors Here

Isn’t it interesting research is home to so many people who are worried that they don’t have what it takes to get by in research? And yet, there is the evidence all around – they are in research and are getting by in it.

But then, reality and self-impression don’t always match up. So, we overcompensate and work relentlessly, or develop self-critical internal chatter, or worry about others finding out we don’t really know what we’re
doing. Perhaps we might think mistakes demonstrate our failures and shortcomings or show we’re not good enough, that others are so much better than us, or that we don’t make the cut etc.

And these are by no means phenomena restricted to research degree candidates. There are many established university people that suffer with a similar ‘impostor syndrome’, self-doubt or at least a persistent lack of academic confidence that can unbalance work and life and affect wellbeing.
This programme, spread over three online workshops, is designed to give tools, ideas and approaches to develop academic confidence and challenge impostor syndrome. We take a very human approach and a
friendly, calm and appropriately light-hearted environment that allows us all to get to grips with the subject. During the confidential and interactive workshops, by working and reflecting with your peers, you’ll develop
awareness, practice with tools, and learn to make helpful choices about the following themes:
• Practice and practicality – putting the ideas into real situations to make a real difference
• What kind of impostor would you like to be anyway? The pros and cons of goals
• Learning to learn – the differences of taught programmes and research
• How to really undermine confidence – what’s your preferred pattern?
• How clean are your lenses? Perception, cognition and confidence
• How to not-know, fail and slip up with flair and poise (-ish)
• Critique, criticism and feedback – working effectively with them
• What are realistic measures of success, anyway?
• Practicing with success, acknowledgment and praise
• People and power – assertiveness, confidence and communication

If you could benefit from these, and generally putting things into perspective, then please sign up and we’ll see you at the first workshop – the timetable is just below.

1 – monsters, impostors, learning and the real you
2 – feedback, mindset and getting clear
3 – expectations, permissions and assertiveness

This course will take place on the 24, 25, and 26 November 2021 from 13:30 to 16:30 each day. You must be available for the duration to attend.

Please register via https://webapp.inkpath.co.uk/


24th November 2021
1:30 pm - 6:30 pm