How to Develop a Plan B Workshop

If Covid-19 has affected your research and you are struggling to motivate yourself to write in lock down or wondering what to do if your data gathering or fieldwork has stalled this may be the workshop for you:

Online workshop: How to develop Plan B

This participative workshop will help you to identify key outcomes and objectives of your research and map out realistic and achievable alternative routes to achieving them. Our focus will be on how you can re-plan activities that will achieve those intended outcomes and explore problem-solving skills and flexible approaches that will help you adapt to change. We will work through several glucard​TM​ brainstorming, planning, problem-solving and optioneering tools which you will be able to refine, adapt and review for use throughout your PhD. Dr Sabina Strachan (our trainer) will graphically illustrate concepts and demonstrate tools by sharing live visualisations. We will use real examples and processes that are accessible, visual and hands on and mindful of the present context.

The workshop will also be specific to your cohort – 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year – and enable small group/pair discussion and peer learning. The workshop will help free your creative thinking by getting draft strategies down on paper, give you practical tools and tangible examples, and grow your capabilities and confidence to take your research forward.

Please note:

  • Places on each workshop are limited, and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
  • If you cannot attend having accepted a place it is important to let us know, as we will release your place to someone else. We anticipate this being a popular course, and we will contact you a couple of days before to check you still intend to join it. If you do not confirm you are still attending we will release your place to someone else.

Session Dates:

  • Our first session will be on Friday 15 May, from 10:00-12:15 and is aimed at second years/those working on data collection, fieldwork and other research gathering exercises.
  • Our second session will run over two evenings, so those who have caring/other daytime responsibilities can attend and is open to any stage of the PhD. These sessions will take place as part 1: 20 May, 19:00-20:15 and part 2: 22 May, 19:00-20:15. You will need to attend both parts.
  • Our third session will be on Monday 25 May, from 13:45-16:00 and is aimed at final year/writing up PGRs.

If you would like to join a session, please contact Helen Stanton ( with the date you would like to attend to reserve a place.