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Managing yourself, managing change, managing time
Pauline Kneale

Career and personal management
• Only you will manage your career • Heads of School etc will guide / advise / interfere / … • You are on your own. • OR ARE YOU – networks: local / regional / national / international

University life is all about

CHANGE

What words do CHANGE evoke

Change
• Risk is the threat of Change leads to feeling insecure • Negative responses / helplessness • Some people become polarised around winner / loser • But continuum • Fight to survive or Civilised and planned development • Remember you and colleagues will respond emotionally • Logic will therefore not always be in evidence

Benefits of Planning
• Planning helps with directions • Lets you keep an eye on the big picture despite the local, daily incidents • Helps with security • You can and will change plans but it should help you make sure you get your quota of research and quota of holidays.

Developing an idea to a paper / grant

Vision

Planning

Educating

Delivering

Developing an idea to a paper / grant

V I S I O N

P L A N N I N G

E D U C A T I N G

DELIVERING 75%

5%

5%

15%

Developing an idea to a paper / grant

V I S I O N

P L A N N I N G

E D U C A T I N G

DELIVERING 75%

5%

5%

15%

This needs time and support

Using a Force Field Analysis
• Driving Forces • Restraining Forces

Keeping Records of PG Supervisions
• Driving Forces • Restraining Forces

• • • • •

School demands it University demands it Staff like it PGs want it Perceived benefits, PDP links

• Involves work • Offends ones professionalism • Staff don’t value it • PGs think it a waste of time • No perceived benefit

How can we make the situation worse

How can the situation be worse

Your research student will not co-operate

Then plan from the converse
In order to manage my pgs well I will: • Explain to my postgrads why this is a useful process, benefits of planning and protection if a supervisor goes awol / ill / fieldwork. • Make sure each form has an action plan that is reasonable for the next time slot, and start each supervision with reference to the plan so the system has a place and value. Not just the minutes of your meeting. • Develop a logical writing and filing system for me and my pg • Push for rewards to staff who are good pg tutors, argue for time in the workload model

What would I look like as a World Class researcher?
• • • • • •

What would I look like as a World Class academic?
• Driving Forces • Restraining Forces

What does a rubbish academic look like?

Then plan from the converse To be a world class academic I will
• • • • • • • • -

Academic Plans
• • • • • 10 Year Challenge 5 Year Challenge 1 year Challenge Semester Challenge This week

• Sharing our approaches

STYLE 1
THIS WEEK NEXT WEEK COMING UP Non Academic

STYLE 2 REALLY URGENT VITAL COMING UP EVENTUALLY

Weekly Planners
Tasks

6-9

9-11

11-1

1-2

2-4

4-6

6-9

9

M T W T F S S

Developing a Planner

Papers: Research topics Learning and Teaching topics
Revising With Jnl / Editor Drafting Ideas to follow up

Research Projects

Papers: Res L&T
Revising With Jnl / Editor Drafting Ideas to follow up

Current – field / lab / writing Funding / next grant Dissemination – conferences: dates funding

Research CPD
Conference Workshop Dates Funding

Teaching Projects Research Projects
Teaching Admin CPD Conferences Workshops
Current – field lab writing Funding / next grant Dissemination – conferences: dates funding

Papers:
Res / L&T
Revising
With Jnl / Editor

Research CPD
Conference Workshop Dates Funding

Drafting Ideas to follow up

Teaching Projects Research Projects
Teaching Admin CPD Conferences Workshops
Current – field lab writing Funding / next grant Dissemination – conferences: dates funding

Papers:
Res / L&T
Revising
With Jnl / Editor

Research CPD Personal Development What do I do now Conference Workshop to do X in y years Dates Funding

Drafting

Ideas to follow up

Urgent Tasks

Teaching Projects Research

Papers:
Res / L&T
Revising
With Jnl / Editor

Projects
Teaching Admin CPD Conferences Workshops Current – field lab writing Funds/nxt grant Dissemination – conferences: dates funding

REAL LIFE
Sport Family Hobbies

Personal Development
What do I do now to do X in Y years

Research CPD
Conference Workshop Dates Funding

Drafting

Ideas to follow up

Setting Priorities
• • • • • • • What is the worst you could do?? Life happens BUT Lists or Tables or Spider Diagrams or …? What is Urgent? How often should you revisit your plan? What do the tutors here today do? What are you going to take away from this session?

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