REIS SEMINAR SERIES 794: Using Confidence, Communication & Interview Techniques to Build a Successful Research Career - with Rebecca Lewis & Dominic Parkes

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Rebecca Lewis
Dominic Parkes

Speaker's Biography

Rebecca Lewis is Deputy Head of Research Development and Senior Bid Writer in Research Engagement and Innovation Services (REIS) at Swansea University. She has worked on countless successful strategic bids for the University and runs the Florence Mockeridge Fellowship Group with the Bid Writer Team. (The team won the Together Stronger REIS Award in 2019). Rebecca is also the secretary for RIIC (Research, Innovation and Impact Committee), working closely with PVCR&I Helen Griffiths and Associate Deans for Research, Innovation and Impact. She also co-leads Swansea University’s Climate Action Initiative, coordinates Prioritised and Restricted Bids and works closely with our funders, forming solid relationships with them.

Dom Parkes is a bid writer within the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Science, part of the REIS Research Support Hub team. He works alongside academics from across the Faculty to help them communicate their research ideas to would-be funders in such a way that – hopefully – they just can’t resist funding them. To this end, his work is all about good communication. It’s always down to the communicator to get their message across clearly.
Dom has had what is fashionably termed a portfolio career, having worked previously as a web developer and applications programmer and having been involved in both the water-sports manufacturing industry (as a surfboard shaper) and the cycling industry (e-commerce business). However, he has spent much of the last 20 years working as a specialist technical writer and editor, producing and editing content on a diverse range of subjects that include tax and VAT, personal finance, business start-up and regulatory matters. In his current role it’s all about ‘the story’; what’s the problem being addressed, why does it matter, and what are we going to do about it. He appreciates a well-turned sentence and winces when he encounters an ill-placed comma or apostrophe, but he tries not to be a grammar bore.

From: 11 May 2022, 2 p.m.
To: 11 May 2022, 4 p.m.
Location: Zoom event. Please register on ABW searching course code 794. Link will be sent before event., Online Event - Please see description

Having a successful research career is made up of many component parts, not least of which are the skills you need to lead. The first part of this session will cover increasing confidence and assertiveness. These skills are important for many reasons, including building relationships with your colleagues and with your funders. Also ultimately widening your network. The second part of the course concentrates on effective communication and building relationships – essential for success in the competitive research landscape. This will be followed by an excellent section on interview techniques.

Learning Outcomes:

Increased confidence using clever tricks and tips that are easy to implement.
More effective relationships with those you work with.
Building a wider network.
Becoming a stronger leader.
Enhancing your communication skills.
Understanding body language and cues.
Nailing your interviews!

Contact: Rebecca Lewis (Email:

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