Workshops for Graduate Schools
John Hands has given two-day interactive workshops on Creativity and Craft for Your PhD that demonstrate, and participants practice, a range of creative and craft skills that they can use or adapt to tackle every stage in the process of producing an effective PhD. The two days are separated by 2 weeks to enable participants to practice the skills taught on Day 1 in their real-life research rather than just in the time-constrained environment of the workshop. On Day 2 John provides an opportunity for feedback and questions arising from this real-life practice.
For more information see the description of the workshops for the University College London Doctoral Skills Development Programme. See more details here.
A belated thank you for the excellent session at the recent Summer School. The feedback has been very positive from the staff as well as the students. I think it was a revelation for many of them.
Brilliant tutor! Very effective! Probably the most useful course that I have ever attended… very practical. I finally learnt something I can apply in my daily research
It was the best writing course that I have attended so far… Please cancel the others and give John more sessions to cover his practical and very relevant techniques… Fantastic content, enthusiastic style and passion for subject unrivalled.
Met expectations and beyond!… should be compulsory module for PhD students.
Inspiring. The integration of meditation as a means of accessing creativity was an inspired choice and the guided meditation was beautifully done.
The workshop was brilliant, and very, very effective for me. I have made giant strides toward planning my PhD and focusing it, which I was most concerned about!
I found both Parts 1 and 2 absolutely critical to my progress so far… highly recommended.
The meditative technique is shockingly effective — thank you! This workshop really provides guidance and practical advice that can be immediately applied to any stage of your PhD.
By far the most interesting and helpful PhD workshop I have ever attended.
Excellent and highly enjoyable… I liked liveliness and humour of lecturer… switch between creativity and craft, strongly interactive structure, practical components
This course should be compulsory for 1st year PhDs. I might not have wasted so much effort.
It should be a compulsory course for every PhD student.
Brilliant course. Very enjoyable as well as illuminating. Helps greatly. I liked the balance of information, examples, exercises, discussion, and humour.
A terrific course for developing both well-structured work and fluid, effective writing.
Thanks you very much for your efforts, John… I really enjoyed the workshop and I think it will make a huge difference. I am actually looking forward to writing than dreading it!! Many thanks.
Very good course, well received. Structure and meditation parts helped me structure my PhD plan. Exceeded my expectations. Tutor was highly passionate and attentive, very good teaching style, easy to follow, understand, and contribute.
It is a fantastic course in terms of the benefits that it offers. Tutor is well organized, convincing, and clear.
The most useful things were learning how to integrate both craft and creativity in developing our thinking… particularly harnessing our subconscious thinking to more creatively approach the questions. Extremely useful. The exercises were excellent illustrations.
Thank you for your workshop; it helped me a lot…There are a lot of piecemeal ‘how-to-do …’ guides in the internet, but I did not see anyone coming up with an holistic approach like you did in your seminar.
John Hands is excellent and I wish he could run other workshops.
Highly recommended. The focus on writing up—presentation, structure, and style—was significant and productive.
The whole workshop showed me a brand new way to systematically manage my research… Very well done. Thank you so much, John. I really had a wonderful time today.
This course has given me the structure/system/confidence to write up my PhD.
For the first time I have learned something I can use to start my research. I was confused about my PhD until now. This is the best training I have taken. BRILLIANT.
The course was absolutely fantastic!
John is a fantastic communicator + well experienced. His humor also makes the day go by smoothly. I learned key techniques on planning and strategy.
The course is really useful and John is fantastic.