Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences

Realising Potential


Programme Aims

The programme aims to:

  • raise individual potential whilst recognising the challenges in a diverse environment
  • develop positive relationships, positive teams, and a positive environment within the areas of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM)

Research has shown that better relationships at work impact on team performance.  This 3-day programme combines practical tools and techniques with the bolstering support of a group.  The programme will raise self-awareness, increase confidence, efficacy and optimism and leave participants with a practical toolkit.

A large part of the development will focus on action learning groups as we have found that while people have a limited capacity to learn from being taught, they have unlimited capacity to learn from experience and we will provide you with opportunities to learn from your own experiences and from the experience of others in the group.

The programme provides an opportunity to make real and lasting personal change, maximise opportunities and realise your full potential.

Target Audience

For those that want to boost their confidence, feel motivated to achieve their work and personal goals and be more resilient to day to day pressures as well as passionate in providing a positive work environment for themselves and others to thrive.

Learning Objectives

  • Enhance self-awareness and identify inner leadership capability
  •  Develop a deep appreciation for your strengths
  • Adopt new behaviours to manage physical, emotional and mental energy
  • Develop self esteem in a sustainable way
  • Develop and sustain a proactive and positive outlook in order to manage day to day demands 
  • Review the current work environment and develop positive behaviours and practices that support the goals of the school and *Athena Swan
  • Review aspirations and goals and create a personal action plan

Outline Programme

Day 1

  • Building relationships and creating a supportive environment
  • Developing self awareness and alternative perspectives
  • Assessing current areas of satisfaction and priorities for change
  • Developing self coaching skills
  • Identifying and removing barriers to change
  • Understanding values, beliefs, emotions and behaviours
  • Practicing mindful techniques

Day 2

  • Reviewing the culture (challenges, opportunities and horizon)
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Identifying strengths and motivation for change
  • Building social capital
  • Building a network to support future aspirations

Day 3

  • Assertive communication skills
  • Positive communication behaviours to influence culture
  • Shaping and influencing the future 
  • Setting meaningful goals and action plans
  • Practical tools and maintenance techniques

Success Factors

Success Factors

  • Looking to the Future: Embracing Change
  • Inspiring Others: Communicating
  • Inspiring Others: Projecting Confidence
  • Working Together: Team-Working
  • Taking Responsibility: Finding Solutions

*Athena SWAN Charter
Recognising advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.  ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.
In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students.  The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.
ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter covers women (and men where appropriate) in:

  • Academic roles in STEMM and AHSSBL
  • Professional and support staff
  • Trans staff and students

In relation to their:

  • Representation
  • Progression of students in academia
  • Journey through career milestones
  • Working environment for all staff

Dates of Programme

Monday 6th March 2017 (full day)
Monday 13th March 2017 (half day)
Monday 20th March 2017 (half day)

Register by Friday 3rd February 2017