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About us

Michele Underwood:

My work allows me to create empowering environments where people can challenge, discuss, support, try new viewpoints and methods, mentor and encourage each other, creating new ideas and possibilities.

My goals are for them to be efficient researchers, making best use of their time and resources; to become comfortable and effective when working in single and across multi disciplines; able to confidently present their research to a broad audience, and express concepts and ideas succinctly and clearly. I hope that they can choose, prepare for and deliver the career of their choice working within and meeting their potential.

Being passionate about research and recognising the potential of undergraduate research to the lives of our UG students led me to setting up the wrap project, a two year Students as Research Partners with a team of five student researchers. The wrap project has investigated into, that by bridging undergraduate research (UR) and widening participation (WP), UR can function as a tool for breaking barriers and creating opportunities for the academic engagement of underrepresented students.

I have been a trainer and facilitator for nearly 25 years, in academia, industry and sport.

Katy Mahoney

Katy’s Higher Education career began in 2003 whilst completing her PhD at Coventry University. Since then, she has managed a regional career development programme supporting academics; developed Times Higher Award-nominated professional development for part-time researchers; collaborated with the government departments to roll out nationwide training initiatives for academics and even worked with an Antarctic explorer creating online training for high achieving teenagers. Her career activities follow the common theme of personal and professional development, whether developing the teams she manages; the colleagues she mentors; or the clients she coaches. Katy now blends the various skills she honed over almost two decades in Higher Education to empower others to take action and move forward on their goals.

Getting it Done facilitator team:

In 2018 the Getting Real Training team was launched as a separate programme to the RD. Its separate identity was to support four PGRs in their development of a training programme, to be designed and delivered by them, and supported in their training & facilitation styles by Michele. For 2019 we have decided to incorporate the team within the full RD programme but continue to identify its uniqueness by emphasising the key message of Getting it Done.

David Swan

David is a fourth year PhD researcher in the Classics and Ancient History Department. His research studies cross-Channel interactions in Britain and France before and during the Roman conquest. He has worked as part of the Getting Real team since December 2018 and has a particular interest in developing the presentation skills of participants. He firmly believes that PhD students benefit most from an engaged community, and his work in skills development and in his own department has been designed to forge connections between researchers.

Frane Vusio

Psychologist by profession, Frane Vusio is currently a third year PhD student at the University of Warwick, Medical school. His work focuses specifically on urgent and emergency mental health service provision for children and young people. Besides this, Frane is interested in relapse, recovery, post-crisis self-management, early intervention, prevention and psychological/psychiatric models, and interventions for mental health crises.

Since 2018, Frane has been involved with RD teaching and its delivery of workshops for post-graduate students. Frane’s decision to become involved with ‘Getting it done’, and post-graduate research development primarily stemmed from understanding the importance of investing in one’s knowledge and skills. These, in return, can help you not just throughout your PhD, but also later in your career to achieve your goals. Investment into your professional development is the best investment that you can make.

Claire French

I am a performance maker and researcher, interested in multilingual, applied and autobiographical performance practices. My interests in PhD development came through PhD research at Warwick which focused on approaches to facilitating actors’ dynamic linguistic resources in performance-making and rehearsal processes. This research informed embodied pedagogies that I have engaged throughout my teaching experience at Warwick, but more critically and rigorously with the PhDs. I love working with PhDs during this rich and challenging period of development. I enjoy the dialogic opportunities for learning that find ways to be both bolstered and destabilised within this vast and diverse thinking community. In 2019/2020 I find myself in post-submission phase, as an IAS Early Career Fellow and teaching across a number of departments.


Further training & support

A diverse range of training, research seminars and conferences are offered by academic departments, faculties and doctoral training centres. Check with your department for details of discipline-specific opportunities.

Many further events and training for researchers are available from external organisations. Some useful links are included below, but you are also encouraged to investigate relevant opportunities within your field:

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Where to find us

For queries or appointments email us: pgresearchskills at warwick dot ac dot uk

RD drop-in: Michele will be available most Tuesdays 4-5pm NAIC coffee shop Check Twitter beforehand!

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Telephone: 024 765 24748


Michele Underwood
Researcher Development Manager
0247 6151749
Mihai Balanescu
Academic Writing Consultant
024765 24749
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Katy Mahoney

RD Facilitator & Coach

Twitter @researchercoach

Getting it done team
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David Swan
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Frane Vusio
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Claire French