RDP Session: Seven secrets of highly successful research students

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This session is part of the Doctoral College: Researcher Development Programme 2020-21.

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Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Research Students

Facilitated by: Hugh Kearns - Hugh is recognised internationally as a public speaker, educator and researcher.

What do research degree students do to finish on time, to overcome isolation, doubt and writer’s block, and to enjoy the process? And just as importantly what do they do in order to spend guilt-free time with their family and friends and perhaps even have holidays? If this sounds appealing, then this session will be of particular use to you.

This workshop describes the key habits that our research and experience with thousands of students shows will make a difference to how quickly and easily you complete your research degree. Just as importantly, these habits can greatly reduce the stress and increase the pleasure involved in completing a research degree.

The workshop helps you to understand how to increase your effectiveness and outcomes in the following key areas:

• how you deal with your supervisor

• how you structure your study time

• your attitude (or lack thereof!) in relation to your research

• dealing with writer’s block or having difficulty writing

• getting the help you need when you are stuck

• juggling multiple commitments and never having enough time

• keeping on going when the going gets tough


We believe in a research community which is connected and supportive. Researcher Development Programme sessions are generally suitable for all subject areas and provide an introduction or overview to the subject area, setting you off on your independent learning.

Turn up ready to engage in discussion, feel free to ask questions and share ideas with your fellow postgraduate researchers from across the University and importantly make the most of the facilitators experience and knowledge.

When can I register?

Registration closes 10 minutes before the session is scheduled to begin. A confirmation email with the session details will be sent to the email you have registered using. Please register using your university email address and ensure spellings are correct.

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Please note that before registering, you will be asked to agree to Bournemouth University’s terms and conditions. Please read these terms carefully and make sure you understand them before registering.

Although unlikely, photos may be taken during the session. If you do not want to appear in any photos, please notify a member of staff. For further information on the use of photos and videos, please refer to our privacy policy.

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