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The phases of skill development required to progress in this area are detailed to the left. Take your time to read through and see where you are currently at and where you would like to be.

Think Ahead - click here to go to the University's researcher portal
LMS - click here to go to the Unviersity's Learning Management System to find out courses on offer
DDP portal - click here to go to the University's PGR seminar registration system
Developing Professional Skills for Research Leadership - click here to go to an online learning resource available to enable further exploration and development of leadership skills.

Relevant workshops:

DDP 'Introduction to Scientific Thinking' (MED610)

File Description
Vitae publication: The Creative Researcher

A 20 page booklet to give you the tools and techniques to unleash your creativity.

Resource Description
Working backward to solve problems - Maurice Ashley

TedEd resources to consider problem solving techniques.

Working backward to solve problems - TED-Ed

Imagine where you want to be someday. Now, how did you get there? Retrograde analysis is a style of problem solving where you work backwards from the endgame you want. It can help you win at chess -- or solve a problem in real life. At TEDYouth 2012, chess grandmaster Maurice Ashley delves into his favorite strategy (published 11th March 2013).