The overall vision of the Intervals programme is to help staff in PRBB centres develop their skills for working in complex spaces and across boundaries - in science and beyond. The basis of learning is systems focused and interdisciplinary, seeking to promote adaptability, flexibility and resilience in the face of constant change.
The Intervals programme is divided into three learning areas: Self skills, Interpersonal skills and Systems skills. These learning areas are based on a systems approach to leadership development as described by Bolden et al (2019). The levels of learning recognise the complex, interdependent systems that stretch out from the inner world of each individual, to the public domains in which we act and communicate as social beings.
As a curriculum framework the Intervals categorisation is pragmatic rather than definitive, since boundaries are rarely clear and never permanent. PRBB staff can design their individual learning and development plan by combining Intervals events in a modular way as appropriate to their career experience and needs.
Please note: PRBB Intervals courses are only open to staff affiliated to PRBB Centres.
The work of inner growth is a lifetime's journey but friendly guidance can help us develop our capacity to act in an uncertain world. Working with others can open us to new perspectives so we can benefit from diverse experiences beyond our own.
The Self skills learning area of the Intervals programme gives participants a chance to reflect and work on their inner capacities. Topics include: thinking skills, creativity, mindfulness meditation and time management.
Personal mastery and emotional intelligence
Thinking critically and creatively
The purpose of the Interpersonal skills learning area is to help PRBB staff enhance their leadership skills and their capacity to work effectively in teams and small groups. Workshops address many aspects of how we develop and maintain relationships with others, including: team working, project management, conflict management and negotiation, team selection and others.
This learning area also includes a biennial, intensive lab management training programme for new Principal Investigators, held off-site from the PRBB.
Understanding and working in complex systems is a key skill for science professionals. Under the Systems learning area, staff can develop their skills for interacting with and navigating the complexities of both the research system and the world beyond academia.
Courses include writing for publication, oral communication to large groups or the media, and career management skills.