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Effective Decision Making


The Workshop will take place on Wednesday 4th December 2019, 10am until 1pm in the MOAC Seminar Room, Top Floor Senate House, Central Campus.

This course will help you understand any current frustrations and disappointment with your decision making and equip you to make better, faster and less stressful decisions in the future.

We will cover the leading theories on effective decision making and look at how to apply them in the research student context. We will also explore why some decisions seem difficult, how to evaluate your options, the hard and easy way to improve intuition and how to minimise biases and noise.

We will also do a range of exercises to explore how to put the theories into practice.

“A very engaging session delivered by a very engaging presenter” – Participant feedback

Course Content

This session will cover:

  • An overview of established and recent research on decision-making theory
  • An exploration of why some decisions are hard and the results dissatisfying
  • How to identify the likely cause of sub-optimal decisions
  • How to recognise and generate viable options
  • How to evaluate efficiently the options available
  • How to make, implement and stick to, your decisions

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Make better, faster and less stressful decisions


Assoc. Prof. Adair Richards is a world leader in researcher development as well as being an academic, consultant, judge and broadcaster. He has worked for many of the world’s leading Universities and last year his training courses were delivered across 5 continents. He attained 5 of his University qualifications at Warwick where he has trained researchers for over a decade.

He has an award-winning PhD and has completed postdoctoral research positions in both the sciences and the humanities. Recent feedback from University participants on his courses comment particularly on his ability to empower lasting change and on his combination of being both intellectually rigorous and very personable.

You can watch him deliver his TEDx talk ‘Designing Universities that Work’ at

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