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You have brilliant ideas for research collaboration that could have extraordinary outcomes. But how will you engage the people you are relying on?


Collaborations can be rewarding or draining, depending on how well people connect. In this course we look at what neuroscience has taught us about how to collaborate. You will make sense of why some of your collaborations have felt great to be part of, while others have been a drag.  You will diagnose problems with collaborations you are part of and find practical solutions for improving them. Leave with a clear model for improving all collaborations you are involved in. 


  • Understand the social drivers that affect the way people behave in collaborations.
  • Identify what has contributed to your own experience of effective collaboration.
  • Identify clear actions that a leader can take to improve collaborations.


Pre-work before live session – comprising:

  • Welcome video explaining how this course will work and what to do before the live session in June.
  • Video explaining the SCARF model and how it applies to leading collaboration.
  • Journal questions to note reflections on the video content (we will draw on this in small group discussion).
  • Original David Rock paper ‘A brain-based model for collaborating with and influencing others’ provided as optional reading.

Live in person session Tuesday 21st May 2024

  • 10.00 – 12.15  Small group work and plenary sessions.
  • 12.15- 13.00 Lunch Break.
  • 13.00-13.45 Small group discussions and plenary.
  • 14.00-14.45 How to approach collaborations to enhance your career.
  • 14.45-15.00 Summary and take away actions.

 After the live session

  • Optional journaling questions to reflect and apply learning.
  • Action learning/small group discussion to reflect on application of these ideas.


Kate TapperKate Tapper is a leadership and team coach working with international clients based in Europe and the United States. Kate’s background is in leadership development in higher education where she has directed numerous regional and national programmes in the United Kingdom. She has worked with individuals and teams and partnered with many universities to help academics achieve more in collaboration. Kate’s passion is supporting people to achieve more than they think is possible.









21st May 2024  | 10.00 - 15.00


Booking for this course will open at the beginning of Trinity term.


When registering for this course, please check our Terms and Conditions.