If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it? - Albert Einstein


Helen successfully completed her PhD in Linguistic Science from the University of York in 2001 and continued to work in the department in which she had been a student until 2003. Her research, in language variation and change, was conducted using a quantitative approach and saw her conducting fieldwork, all manner of data management, transcription, coding and analysis as well as writing for publication, presenting at national and international conferences and working on a local organising committee for an international conference. Whilst researching, Helen also built up a stock of teaching experiences in both large and small group contexts where she designed and delivered tutorials, seminars and lectures as well as setting and marking examinations and other assessments.

The majority of Helen’s experience as a facilitator is within the Higher Education sector and she has worked with thousands of PhD students, research staff and senior researchers since she moved into training and development in 2003. She has experience in working with every area of the Researcher Development Framework and is particularly strong in the areas of Knowledge & Intellectual Abilities, Personal Effectiveness and Engagement, Influence & Impact.

Helen has designed and delivered many courses for universities, including the following:

All in One for Part-Time PhDs


Be A Better Writer

Effective Researcher

Engaging in Academic Debate

Maintaining Motivation

Making the Most of Conferences

Managing the Supervisory Relationship

Managing Your Research

Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Poster Presentations

Preparing for Upgrade

Presentations Masterclass

Presentation Skills

Project Management

Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences

Starting your Doctorate

Stress Management

Supervising Doctorates

Time Management for Researchers

Writing an Abstract

Writing and Giving Conference Papers

Writing a Literature Review

Writing for Publication

Writing Up the Thesis


Do contact Helen if you would like any more information about any of these opportunities.


Helen has also been involved in tutoring and facilitating on Vitae courses and events, including Leadership in Action, local and national GRADschools, Careers in Academia, Advancing in Academia, Collaborative Researcher and Effective Researcher for both postgraduates and early career researchers.