Postgraduate & Researcher Development

Give your postgraduates and new researchers the edge - for life

Making a coherent plan for developing postgraduates in all the key skill areas as well as their subject specific difficultdevelopment is no mean feat. It means co-ordinating and running a whole host of different development activities to meet the needs of the student.

"This has been the single most useful course I have done at Uni" HW Cardiff

Interestingly the one thing that holds most students back is fear. Often it's fear of failure that holds them back, deceasedecease prostateprostate however anxieties and nerves in a number of different areas also contribute to performance problems. The examples are many and range from nerves about doing presentations and vivas causing worry and anxiety through to students failing to complete their degree programme due to anxieties and fears about their own abilities.

"Thank you, therethere mindmind I will use these techniques for the rest of my life" DF Oxford

Postgraduate Problems

Some of the areas postgraduates and new researchers often have difficulties with in terms of nerves and anxieties include:

  • Having to do presentations
  • Vivas
  • Job interviews
  • Stress
  • General confidence, orderorder etc.

This unique, positive and compelling one-day workshop shows people how to deal with their negative emotions quickly and effectively and acquire valuable emotional resilience for whenever they need it - a true life skill

"I had no idea how easily I could control my emotions and get on with things so quickly." KN Birmingham

We have a long and successful association with universities across the UK. We provide expert academic student development for many universities including Oxford, Oxford Brookes, Cardiff, Liverpool John Moores, Reading, York, Essex, Portsmouth and more. This workshop is by far our most popular.

"I feel so much more confident about things since the course. As a result I have been volunteering for all the presentations!" GG London

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The workshop was initially designed for the emergency services and disaster workers who have to control their fears in a range of exacting situations. Following requests from academics for help dealing with their anxieties and fears when lecturing to large groups, giving research presentations and similar situations, the HE version of the course was piloted in a number of universities and has quickly become a very popular workshop that consistently gets excellent feedback ratings. A number of Universities are now running this course regularly throughout the year for their postgraduates with great feedback.

"All my friends have booked on the next course. I told them all about and they have seen the change in me. I have started to enjoy things I wouldn't have believed possible even just a month ago" TR Portsmouth


The workshop is often branded differently in different universities to suit their culture and needs. Some the currently used titles for the workshop include:

  • How to be calm and composed in any situation
  • FANDER: Fears, Anxieties and Nerves; Developing Emotional Resilience
  • Lecturing without the nerves: A workshop
  • Dealing with your nerves and anxieties
  • How to have emotional resilience at will
  • The Fear Course
  • How to deal with your emotions
"I can't even start to tell you all the ways your course has helped me" AL Bradford

Post-course support

The course participants are provided with a detailed hand/workbook for use during the course and for later reference. Additionally there is post-course support in the form of an online support area that contains a discussion board that the tutors frequent. Other resources like handbook updates, small videos of the essential techniques and other resources are currently being developed. This is all included in the price.

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"What a great course. It has really helped me with presentations and meetings. Thank you" WP  Leeds


Our aim is to give outstanding value for money.  On our open courses we charge only £155.00 per participant including VAT, the hand/workbook and post-course support. This would translate to £3100.00 per workshop for 20 people, which is what we charge corporate clients.

We have two special academic pricing options available for you.

  1. The full course – we provide all the materials, the workshop and the post-course support for only £999 (+ Vat, travel & accommodation) for up to 20 people. Making the workshop outstanding value for money of only £49.75 per person.
  2. The full course (you print the handbooks – we will send you a master copy) we provide the workshop and the post-course support for only £899 (+ Vat, travel & accommodation) for up to 20 people. Making the workshop even more outstanding value for money of only £44 per person!

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"The course went down so well that we have filled another three" FG Edinburgh


Book with confidence

Feedback from participants includes the following comments:
"The Fear Course has given me my life back. Thank you."
"Does what it says on the tin."
"A very relaxed and relaxing course that sets just the right atmosphere."

"It works!"
"This has without doubt been one of the best courses I have attended."
"Just thank you."

You are in good company - universities currently running the course.

Cardiff liverpool york
ljmu southampton