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CHASE Essentials: Becoming an Effective Doctoral Researcher

One-Day Interactive Workshop for New PhD Students

Make a successful start to your PhD with this practical workshop, designed to prepare you for the doctoral journey ahead. You’ll get the opportunity to meet researchers from across CHASE and build your skills in communication, problem-solving, and time management.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • What skills do you need for your PhD and beyond?

  • Project Managing Your Thesis

  • Establishing Your Priorities

  • Staying Focused and Motivated

  • Working with Your Supervisor

  • Identifying Training & Development Needs

Please note, the exact location of the training will be confirmed in an email to successful applicants.

Feedback from previous participants

“It was a really interesting & informative day with a wide range of topics covered, I found them all really helpful to me & relevant to my own work”

“It was really great to meet other researchers & share experiences & insecurities within such a warm and supportive environment. Thank you!”

“Got some great tips, ways to get over procrastination and boost motivation.”

“Practical tips/resources that can be used immediately. Lots of discussing and thinking for ourselves. Exercises that we can apply immediately.”

“Thank you very much for making things so clear and also entertaining!”


  09.45 – 10.00

  Coffee & Registration

  10.00 – 10.15

  Welcome & Introductions

  10.15 – 11.00

  What skills do you need for your PhD and beyond?
  •   Group discussion & feedback

  11.00 – 11.45

  Project Managing Your Thesis
  •   Who’s in your team?
  •   What resources do you need?
  •   Organising your research

  11.45 – 12.00

  Tea break

  12.00 – 13.00

  Establishing Your Priorities
  •   Working out what’s important
  •   Work/life balance
  •   Mental health

  13.00 – 13.45


  12.00 – 13.00

  Staying Focused & Motivated
  •   Overcoming procrastination
  •   Setting milestones
  •   Dealing with setbacks

  14.30 – 15.00

  Working with Your Supervisor
  •   Managing expectations
  •   Improving communications
  •   Building autonomy

  15.00 – 15.15

  Tea break

  15.15 – 15.45

  Identifying Training & Development Needs
  •   Training Needs Analysis & the Researcher Development Framework
  •   Planning & recording training
  •   SWOT analysis

  15.45 – 16.00

  Review of day & Finish

About the Facilitator

Dr Catherine Pope is an experienced coach and workshop facilitator. Since completing her PhD in 2014, Catherine has worked with thousands of researchers and writers to help them achieve their goals. She runs workshops and writing retreats at many universities, including Sussex, Birkbeck, Canterbury Christ Church, Portsmouth, and Surrey. Catherine has also published books in her field of Victorian literature and on technology. She divides her time between the 19th and 21st centuries.

Terms and conditions

The following groups are eligible to attend the training

By registering below you are requesting a place on this training programme or selected sessions that form part of the programme. A member of the CHASE team or the workshop leader will contact you in due course to confirm that a place has been allocated to you.

If you are allocated a place but can no longer attend, please email so that your place can be reallocated. CHASE training is free to attend and events are often oversubscribed with a waiting list. Failure to notify us of non-attendance in good time (ideally 5 days prior to the workshop/programme) means your place cannot be reallocated and may result in your access to future CHASE training being restricted.