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CHASE Essentials: Communicating Your Research with Confidence


  • Fulton 206 Fulton Building, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH (map)

2-day interactive workshop for early-stage PhD students

Are you struggling to talk about your research? Do your arguments seem vague and elusive? Communicating Your Research with Confidence helps early-stage PhD students develop, refine, and present their research ideas in a supportive environment. We’ll explore techniques for boosting creativity, communicating research to different audiences, and dealing with feedback. Through a range of activities, you’ll clarify your objectives and build a compelling research narrative.

By the end of the workshop, you’ll have:

  • A clear understanding of your research questions

  • Experience of communicating your research to others

  • Techniques for giving and receiving constructive feedback

  • More confidence in talking about your research in different contexts

  • A peer support group

About the Facilitator

Dr Catherine Pope is an experienced workshop facilitator and coach. 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.

Feedback from previous sessions

Catherine created an excellent environment for the sharing of ideas and the exercises we did made me able to clarify my research aim in a way I had never managed to do before. This weekend was so productive it honestly has transformed some of my ideas from vague concepts that make me despair to specific, compelling objectives that I have real confidence conveying.
Catherine was a wonderful facilitator; supportive, knowledgeable, and easy to talk to. It was also very helpful to escape the niche bubble that we tend to fall into as researchers to gain outside perspectives on our work.
It met and exceeded my expectations. The variety of techniques and exercises used to help organise research ideas and structure your project was brilliant.

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 enquiries@chase.ac.uk 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.