I love interesting challenges. I work as a freelance skills trainer, working mostly with postgraduate researchers and research staff. My aim is to deliver intensive training sessions designed to give lasting impact.

Areas that I focus on include:

  • viva preparation for PhD students
  • creative thinking and problem solving
  • collaboration and teamwork
  • project management
  • personal effectiveness

I use exercises and activities coupled with in-depth facilitated discussion to bring out the real learning points for all participants.


I have worked with over 100 cross-disciplinary groups of researchers on research innovation exercises.

I started the Viva Survivors Podcast in 2012: a free resource featuring interviews with PhD graduates where I talk to them about their research, their viva and life after the PhD.

My first ebook “Fail Your Viva – Twelve Steps To Failing The PhD (And Fifty-Eight Tips For Passing)” is currently available exclusively from the Kindle Store. In 2013 it reached the number 1 position in both the College & Education and Study Skills charts.


I am always looking for interesting and challenging projects to work on.
I can deliver courses to meet your requirements, and offer sessions to accommodate budgets of all sizes.The courses and services outlined on this site are a sample of what I can provide: contact me to discuss your requirements.