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A roadmap to being a successful researcher

Master the skill to plan your research project step by step and manage key elements with confidence as you steer your path to researcher success.

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What will you learn?

  1. Planning your research project, step by step
  2. Mapping out all aspects you must factor in
  3. Ensuring you don't miss key pointers to success
  4. How to control your research project


Course Description

The early career research stage can be tough. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a simple tool or guide to help you map out all the things you need to consider, from the moment you start to the time you submit your research successfully? If you’re overwhelmed by all the things you need to do, this course is for you.

Designed to guide those starting out in the world of academia or looking to improve their research career, this program equips you with the tools you need to create a successful researcher roadmap. In just a couple of hours, you will learn about the building blocks to success, with tips on planning your tasks effectively and identifying gaps in your work. Delve into the fundamentals of your project, delivered through a series of videos, with quick exercises to help you apply your learning to your research situation. By the end of the crourse, you will have a big canvas with all the elements of your research work and the skills to manage these on your path to researcher success.


What topics will you cover?

Lecture 1: Introduction: The how and what of this course

Lecture 2: Successful researcher roadmap: The canvas

Lecture 3: Successful researcher roadmap: The inner researcher

Lecture 4: Successful researcher roadmap: The outer researcher

Lecture 5: Successful researcher roadmap: Bring it all together

Lecture 6: Is it all over? What’s next?


The tutorials are supportive and helpful – Emma walks you through the sections whilst also encouraging you to really think for yourself and explore but in a scaffolded way so you aren’t left floundering. This is a motivating and inspiring course to really look in-depth at the fundamentals of your research project and career and is definitely not just another go-through-the-motions tool.

- Dr Jo Montgomery, Biologist and science communicator

Your Instructor


Dr. Emma Williams
Dr. Emma Williams

Hello! I'm Emma.

I love coffee. I love science. And I love working with early career researchers to help them get the very best out of their careers.
Poacher turned game keeper? I have certainly been there and worn the lab coat! I enjoy the challenge of working with sparky, bright people which is why I have worked in and around universities as a researcher, staff developer and consultant for over 25 years. At ease with both STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) researchers and those in professional services, I have worked with universities in the UK and overseas. I am a co-author of "What every postdoc needs to know" aimed at those experiencing the tricky early career research years.
I have drawn all my experience together as a facilitator, coach, consultant and women's development trainer to create UNIque - a programme for university women and the Successful Researcher Roadmap online courses.

Course Curriculum


  Introduction: The how and what of this course
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  Successful researcher roadmap: The canvas
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  Successful researcher roadmap: The inner researcher
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  Successful researcher roadmap: The outer researcher
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  Is it all over? What's next?
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