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The aim of this course is for you to personally understand your team role preferences and therefore how you would contribute to a research, start up or corporate team.


Science and technology are often team efforts – research groups, start-ups and corporate R& D all use teams to move projects forward. Bringing a mixture of talents and personalities together can be extremely fruitful but can also cause friction. Understanding peoples team preferences, what motivates a team and some common pitfalls can be very helpful

This course will cover:

  • Your personal Belbin team profile
  • The various Belbin team roles and how they work together
  • Working as a team
  • Motivating people
  • Common team problems

You will need to undertake an individual Belbin questionnaire and ask colleagues for some feedback to provide your team role profile. This will need to be completed before the course but will take less than 30 minutes.


By the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Articulate their team role preferences
  • Understand differences between team role types
  • Think about working and thinking styles within a team
  • Know something of what motivates people and keeps teams functioning wel
  • Apply this learning to their current research role


PGR and Research Staff 

number of places


course leader

Dr Emma Williams


Information about the next scheduled course, and how to apply for a place, are in our course programme.

rdf skills


The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) provides a framework for planning and supporting the personal, professional and career development of graduate students and research staff.