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Prioritising Your Workload and Knowing When to Say No

Aim of the session:

This workshop is designed to empower academics with practical strategies and techniques to maximise time efficiency, boost productivity, and adeptly navigate external expectations.

Given the critical role of time management in academic careers, the session aims to equip participants with valuable insights and tools to optimise their use of time.

The workshop is part of the ‘Academic Practice’ series of sessions and programmes to support researcher development.

What will I learn?

The programme will enable participants to:

  • Explore how effective time management can contribute towards meeting professional goals, managing external expectations and achieving work-life balance.
  • Identify personal time management challenges and pinpoint areas for improvement.
  • Acquire strategies for setting priorities and efficiently managing tasks.
  • Explore a range of tools and techniques to overcome procrastination and enhance focus.
  • Develop a personalised workload management strategy tailored to individual needs and circumstances.

Is it right for me?

This is aimed at all academic staff who are interested in learning about principles, tools and techniques for time and expectation management. This session would be relevant to researchers and academic staff at all stages of their careers.

Less useful if…

This session will be less useful if you have established strategies and tools for managing workloads and are looking for additional support to enhance productivity.


Facilitator 1: Dr Harriet Richmond

Harriet is a former academic Head of Department who joined the University of Warwick in 2022 to develop professional development programmes for researchers. Harriet’s research interests are the formation and development of professional identities, work-based and professional learning, and creative research methods. Harriet is one of the three co-founders of the Non-Traditional Research Methods Network (NTRM).

Facilitator 2: Dr Martine J Barons

Martine is a Reader in Statistics and the Director of the Applied Statistics & Risk Unit (AS&RU), the knowledge exchange hub within the University of Warwick Statistics Department. With a large number of research projects, industry partners to maintain, PDRAs and postgraduate students to support and a range of professional body and policy development activities, Martine felt overwhelmed at times. Finally taking her mentor’s advice to investigate ‘Getting things done’ by David Allen, she came across Robert Talbert’s ‘GTD for Academics’. Martine draws on her experience of changing the way she manages her workload and the lightening of her cognitive load as a result. In addition to her academic work, Martine is a fellow of the Warwick Institute of Engagement and is an engaging speaker for a range of audiences.

Facilitator 3: Professor Mairi Macintyre

Mairi Macintyre is a Professor at the University of Warwick with a focus on Design; Product, Service and Experience. She is experienced at, and enjoys, bridging existing gaps between research, education and industry. She has extensive international experience with international research teams, teaching Design around the world, and engagement activities. She has led Design Education for WMG in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Bangkok, Cyprus and Istanbul. She has pioneered 'Business Transformation' workshops in Mexico City, Panama, Bogota, Santiago, Hong Kong, Coimbatore, Ankara, Istanbul, Lagos, Guadalajara, Astana, and Almaty.

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