The Faraday Institution has built a bank of trusted, high quality training providers to deliver aspects of the Faraday Institution PhD Training Programme and professional development for researchers.

Andy Elwood is a men’s mental health specialist and Mental Health First Aider trainer. He has run a series of webinars and workshops on wellbeing for the Faraday Institution including a Faraday Masterclass entitled, ‘Stress and the new ‘normal’: Recharging, not just enduring’.

All Able are committed to using their expertise to help organisations improve their digital accessibility and deliver accessible and inclusive services that work for everyone. They have advised the Faraday Institution on best practice in this area, including the creation of a scientific poster template that is fully accessible, and delivering a Faraday Masterclass on, ‘Creating accessible scientific content and posters’ with Ben Watson and Georgia Mann.

BodyTalk are global leaders in evidence-based training on the psychology of communication. The team’s expertise in leading inspired, instructional, and individualised coaching to the Faraday Institution’s scientific community has been pivotal in equipping researchers to present their academic work creatively, with confidence and for maximum impact. Many have gone on to win awards for their high-quality scientific presentations whilst still early career. BodyTalk is led by expert Richard Newman (author of Lift Your Impact) and the coaching team, including Alina Jenkins, who deliver dynamic presenter training, come from a wealth of professional backgrounds including BBC presenting and acting.

Imperial College London Centre for Continuing Professional Development lead an annual week long bespoke course for the Faraday Institution PhD cohort on business model innovation and entrepreneurship led by Rahul Bansal and Ebrahim Mohamed along with a judging panel of leading experts. Sessions on how to successfully run a research lab cover aspects such as finance, management, vision, conflict resolution and social media, with training delivered by Greg Offer, Billy Wu and Yatish Patel.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMECHE) provide annual training on negotiation skills for PhD researchers with a day’s workshop led by John Hattam. He is an experienced commercial professional with extensive senior sales and marketing experience.

Mathys & Squire specialise in intellectual property (IP) and have teams of attorneys, scientists and strategists working with IP-rich and high-growth industries. They ran a series of workshops on IP for Faraday Institution researchers led by Anna Gregson, Michael Stott and Peter Gray

Kindred provide sessions for the Faraday Institution on how to build trust, rapport and an internship as well as interview training. They also lead workshops on Myers Briggs Personality Profiling to help individuals identify how they see and interact with the world and how to collaborate effectively with others. The team includes Sim Courtie, Michelle Lewis and Marcus Webb.

Nature have led a number of masterclasses on scientific writing and publishing for the Faraday Institution both in-person and online, most recently led by Harry Shirley.

Newcastle University and Faraday Institution North East (FINE) annually lead a bespoke Newcastle Battery School for Faraday Institution PhD researchers that showcases the commercialisation of lithium-ion batteries with a range of industry tours including visits to the Nissan MUK Plant, AESC and Turntide. The week also includes lectures from experts on the science that underpins lithium-ion technology, including how the battery influences external factors such as charging infrastructure and driver behaviours. Other topics covered include electrochemistry, battery safety and mining.

Scriptoria lead training at top international organisations and centres of research excellence and have trainers who are communications experts with scientific PhDs and a passion for teaching. Laura Knogler leads sessions on grant writing for PhD and early career researchers in the Faraday community.

Skillfluence provide training that equips researchers with the skills, tools and confidence needed to extract maximum value from their research. With over 30 trainers, facilitators and coaches, they deliver a wide range of content including:

The Skills4 award-winning team members, CEO Jayne Little and Executive Trainer and Mentor Lynn Tomkins, have acted as both expert consultants and trainers for the Faraday Institution in aspects related to diversity and inclusion. They have delivered specific sessions and coaching programmes including Inclusion Ally training, the EMPOWER women programme and THRIVE, positive action career development initiatives.

Renee Watson, founder of the Curiosity Box leads STEM outreach sessions with school partnerships and science show exhibitions. Using the co-created Faraday Fully Charged Battery Box she promotes curiosity about the wonders of batteries with young people and their teachers as well as inspiring them about battery careers.

Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) is an academic department at the University of Warwick that collaborates extensively with the UK public and private sectors, driving innovation in science, technology, and engineering. Each year they run a bespoke WMG Battery School for the Faraday Institution that sees delegates learn about battery cell production through lectures, live discussions, and practical lab sessions including at their state-of-the-art battery materials pilot line facility.

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