“Since 2011, Nathan has delivered the highly successful and popular Viva Survivor workshops at the University of Liverpool. His rapport with early career researchers is excellent due to his genuine intuition and mindfulness regarding the needs of individuals and teams. Nathan’s abilities to quickly adapt to new situations and to continually innovate, ensures that participants are challenged and have opportunities to set and meet their development objectives in a positive environment. I would highly recommend Nathan to those looking to provide stimulating training opportunities in their institution.”

Dr Aimee Blackledge, Researcher Developer, University of Liverpool

“Nathan is an absolute delight to work with. He’s an unusually capable and clear thinker, bringing skill, warmth and humour to all the material that he delivers.”

Dr Adrian West, Adrian West Associates

“In December 2010 Nathan facilitated the Effective Researcher programme for research staff. The 2 day programme was delivered effectively with a clear ability to engage the participants. Participants were asked what key messages they would take from the workshop with an almost universal response of creativity, collaboration and team working. Nathan will certainly be coming back to Liverpool John Moores University.”

Dr Sue Spiers, Head of Research Programme Development, Liverpool John Moores University

“Nathan co-facilitated the regional pilot of the ‘How to be an effective researcher for postgraduate researchers’ in November 2009. I would highly recommend Nathan, he was well prepared, professional and enthusiastic. He engaged the audience immediately and kept them focused during the tasks on the course. Participant feedback from the course was excellent: ‘facilitated well, fun sessions’ ‘very energetic speakers who were knowledgeable in the field’, ‘superb facilitators’.”

Dr Emma Gillaspy, Vitae North West Hub Manager

“I have been working with Nathan Ryder in a number of educational and training capacities for the last five years. Nathan’s work is exceptional – close attention to detail with real human warmth and understanding. His facilitation skills put him in my top ten tutor list.”

Dr Richard Hinchcliffe, Director of PGR Development, University of Liverpool

“Nathan and I have worked together for the past three years in the area of postgraduate skill development. Over this time, he has consistently demonstrated a very high level of aptitude as both a Course Manager and Facilitator. Under pressure he is calm, professional and logical. I would strongly recommend Nathan as an asset to any course. He is more than able to lead a group to meet objectives and appropriately challenge participants. I’ve also always been highly impressed by his creative, welcoming and thorough approach to presentations when leading sessions/case-studies. He’s a pleasure to work with.”

Dr Lynn Clark, Career Skills Workshop Director (June 2009), University of Liverpool

“Nathan managed the complexities of the training course well and built rapport with the diverse group of students. It was the first time we had used our newly-refurbished area for such an event. Nathan was flexible and creative in making best use of our space. The course had a real buzz and participants gained a lot from the experience.”

Fiona Christie, Careers Coordinator for Postgraduate Researchers, University of Salford