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Tue 19 May 2020
10:00 - 12:00

Venue: Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

Provided by: Researcher Development Programme (RDP)

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Postdocs: Managing up

Tue 19 May 2020


The relationship you build with your supervisor/PI is important for your future career development, and you stand to gain from shaping a mutually beneficial rapport. This workshop helps postdocs develop the skill of managing up, the deliberate effort to bring understanding and cooperation to a professional relationship. You will see how to consider your PI’s perspectives and motivations, and how embedding your career goals into your PI’s goals, your team’s goals, and the institution’s goals will positively influence your own progress. Come to this workshop to understand how to actively build strong, meaningful professional relationships.


  • Identify what is important to you in a professional relationship
  • Learn real steps toward building mutually beneficial working relationships
  • Extend your awareness of your place in building strong relationships with those who oversee you


“[This workshop] increased my awareness of the concept of and the need for managing up - this was something I had been missing. Considering that not everyone has a supervisor that initiates a discussion of how you will manage working styles and communications, it is especially necessary to fill that gap.”

“It was a very useful and novel (for me) session that gave a good overview of the concept of managing up, which I was unfortunately somewhat oblivious to previously.”

“It was helpful to think about how my supervisor works and the importance of communicating expectations.”

Target audience

Postdoctoral Researchers/Research Staff


Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Tue 19 May   10:00 - 12:00 10:00 - 12:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room map Hannah Clements

Two-hour session


Once a term

Postdoc Programme

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