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Course details

How can it be that so many clever, competent and capable people can feel that they are just one step away from being exposed as a complete fraud? Despite evidence that they are performing well they can still have that lurking fear that at any moment someone is going to tap them on the shoulder and say "We need to have a chat". 

Our internationally renowned speaker presented what the latest psychological research has to tell us about 'The Imposter Syndrome' and more importantly some strategies for dealing with it. 

A video of this talk is available here.

intended for

All graduate students and postdocs

Number of places


course leader 

Hugh Kearns (Flinders University, Australia) has worked with thousands of high performing imposters; he is one himself and is currently writing a book on the topic. His areas of expertise include self-management, positive psychology, work-life balance, learning and creativity.


This talk has already taken place. See Course Details above for a link to a video of the talk.

rdf skills

B1, B2, B3

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

The Researcher Development Framework page.

The Researcher Training Tool (click on Researcher Development)

Vitae (Vitae is a national organisation dedicated to realising the potential of researchers through supporting their professional and career development.)