Oxford Foundry Brightwings Courses

Brightwings Courses

For Universities

Successful researcher course: Increase your influence, credibility and impact within your field

1 Day

You will build skills and insight to increase your influence, credibility and impact both in your research career and your life. You will learn the following:

  • Building an effective, productive network will create opportunities for collaboration and establish yourself in your field. This course will help you develop advanced insights to increase your influence, credibility and impact within your network, department and field

  • Having a clear strategy will help you to work smart and prioritise what will help you advance towards your goals. This course will help you to be strategic and advance your research career

  • Finally, a research career requires resilience and a mindset geared for growth – so you can embrace challenges and learn from them. This course will enable you to develop a mindset that will accelerate your growth and build your confidence

Leadership, Collaboration and Emotional intelligence: How to work well with anyone 

1 Day

Leadership is an important skill for anyone - no matter what stage you are at in your career. It is a skill you develop for the long-term and takes time to really hone and develop. This training will kick start the process and give you a strong foundation and framework to build upon. Emotional intelligence and the ability to read and adapt to other people's way of thinking and behaviour is a foundational skill that underpins our ability to work well with others and to influence/persuade them. These skills will help you to collaborate and communicate well with anyone.

You will learn to:

  • Be an adaptable, effective, and empathetic leader and who is able to get the best of your team members

  • Motivate people who work for you

  • Read, empathise with and adapt to people's ways of thinking and behaving

  • Communicate and work well with people from other cultures (cross cultural communication is a fascinating and very useful (but underrated) skill - increasing important these days)

  • Manage conflict diplomatically and effectively

Presentation skills: Be an engaging, compelling speaker

1 Day

The ability to present in a clear, compelling, and confident way, is one of the most important skills you can build for your career. However, it is a skill that is very difficult to master and often takes people years to learn (if they ever do). Invest in yourself and learn how to present well. You will make tangible progress and build a strong foundation on which to develop your public speaking abilities further.

 

You will learn how to:

  • Communicate your ideas clearly, memorably, and with structure

  • Read and engage your audience

  • Look and feel genuinely confident

  • Think on your feet to handle objections tactfully and effectively

  • Be a presenter that the audience sits up and listens to (no matter what topic you are speaking about)

Presentation skills: Awesome slides that resonate with your audience

Half Day

You will learn principles and practical skills to make your slides beautiful, slick and increase the impact of your presentation.

You will learn how to:

  • Design your visual brand to match how you want to be perceived

  • Present data in a compelling and memorable way

  • Use visual elements effectively

  • Control the flow of information

Expert Presentation Skills: Inspire and impact your audience

Half Day

If you want your presentations to have the impact you want, beyond having a confident delivery, you need to inspire and influence your audience. You will learn advanced presentation techniques that you can use to build your credibility and influence.  

 

You will learn how to:

  • Use storytelling effectively to connect with and deliver your messages clearly

  • Design what you want your audience to think, feel and do

  • Inspire your audience and create emotion (that will drive their decision-making so that they take action)

  • Design awesome slides that resonate with your audience

Networking and elevator pitches: Increase your influence, credibility and impact

1 Day

To get where we want to go, a lot depends on our ability to network, influence and persuade others, and build strong and productive working relationships. Unlike how it is perceived, networking is not a self-promoting activity where you stand about at numerous conferences in the hope of making a few tentative connections - it is about building long-term, mutually beneficial relationships. And for that, you need the right mindset and internal strategy. This course will give you the skills and insight to network skilfully, effectively and strategically.

 

You will learn how to:

  • Increase your influence, credibility and impact when you network

  • Deliver persuasive elevator pitches that resonate with your audience

  • Build productive and mutually beneficial relationships

Run projects that succeed: Brilliant project management for researchers

1 Day or Half Day*

You will learn project management and people management principles and practical skills to manage any project on time, to budget, and to a high level of quality.

You will learn:

  • How to effectively run a project from start to finish (including key elements such as scoping, planning, quality assurance, risk/issue management, communication, workstreams and structures etc)

  • In the context of a project, how to effectively manage team members and people you report to

*when run within a multi-day course, this can be shortened to half a day

Become truly productive and strategic with your time

Half Day

Being productive is not at all about being super busy and efficient. It is about using your precious time strategically and effectively to bring you closer to your long-term goals. This short course will provide you with insights and techniques to be truly productive.

 

You will learn how to:

  • Prioritise and optimise how you use your time based on your overall career and life goals

  • Measure your progress

  • Develop strong self-awareness of your tendencies and needs

Remote teaching and lecturing: Impact and engage your students

Half Day

To deliver teaching and lectures (live and pre-recorded) remotely in a way that really engages, inspires, and impacts your students requires more skill and insight than before. You need to be even more engaging, more observant, and better at connecting with your students.

 

You will learn how to:

  • Deliver in a way optimised for remote audiences

  • Use techniques to engage your audiences more deeply and hold their attention

  • Design your lectures and teaching sessions so that they are impactful and create the outcomes you are want

  • Control the dynamics and mood of the audience

Core leadership and entrepreneurial skills: How to increase your influence, credibility and impact

1 Day

This is a unique and powerful course that helps you to accelerate your personal growth to develop the influence and impact you want to achieve in your life and career.

You will learn the following:

  • Building an effective, productive network will create opportunities for collaboration and to establish yourself. This course will help you develop advanced insights to increase your influence, credibility and impact within your network

  • Having a clear strategy will help you to work smart and prioritise what will help you advance towards your goals. This course will help you to be strategic and advance your career or business

  • Finally, becoming a successful entrepreneur and leader requires self-awareness, resilience and a mindset geared for growth. This course will enable you to develop a mindset that will accelerate your growth and build your confidence

Creativity

Half Day

Creativity is a key skill that empowers you to make an impact. It is highly valued by employers. And is important to you long-term career prospects. It is also a skill you can build and strengthen. 

 

You will learn how to:

  • Increase your own creativity

  • Build creativity in the teams in which you collaborate