In a nutshell


Find out how you can become significantly more productive as a researcher in a fraction of your current working day. Rather than learning (yet more) time management techniques, you will learn new ways of thinking that will reframe your relationship with work.


The course is based on Prof Reed’s book, The Productive Researcher, in which he draws on interviews with some of the world’s highest performing researchers, the literature and his own experience to identify a small number of important insights that can transform how researchers work. The course is based on an unparalleled breadth of interdisciplinary evidence that speaks directly to researchers of all disciplines and career stages.


The course works by shifting you from focusing on tasks to focusing on priorities, linked to your values and identity. By working regularly on your most important priorities, even if only for a small proportion of the working day, you can become increasingly motivated to make time for these priorities, creating a powerful positive feedback loop. Rather than encouraging you to extract ever more productivity from your working life, the emphasis is on using your new-found productivity to get better work-life balance, and by resting well, working even more effectively. This course will make you more productive, more satisfied with what you produce, and enable you to be happy working less, and being more.



Mark Reed is Professor of Socio-Technical Innovation at Newcastle University and Visiting Professor at Birmingham City University and the University of Leeds. He has over 150 publications that have been cited more than 16,000 times. He is author of The Research Impact Handbook, which he has used to train over 8000 researchers from more than 200 institutions in 55 countries.


Prof Reed works 37 hours a week and never works weekends, and yet over the last two years he published three books, 23 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and won 7 new grants bringing in almost £2M to his institution as part of projects worth over £30M in total. He did this while pursuing international impacts from his research and running spin-out company, Fast Track Impact, through which he personally trained >3000 researchers during this period.

What do you get?


We spend time with you before we train to ensure our workshops are tailored to the needs of your group:

  • Prof Reed works with every group

  • Each participant receives a copy of The Productive Researcher (RRP £17.99, 176 pages hardback, 4.8 out of 5 stars based on 54 reviews on Amazon UK) plus work sheets

  • Researchers leave with practical tools they can use immediately to save time while achieving more ambitious career goals

  • Each participant writes a postcard to their future self (featuring limited edition photographs from the book) which they receive via internal mail a month to remind them of the commitments they made during the course, increasing the likelihood of lasting change

  • As the only productivity training run by researchers for researchers based on the latest research, our courses book to capacity in days and most have waiting lists

As a full-time research Professor at Newcastle University, Mark is only able to do a limited number of trainings per month, so training opportunities book up fast during the most popular periods. It is worth booking ahead to avoid disappointment.

What does a day look like?


A typical training day runs from 10.00 till 16.30 and comprises the following:

  • The morning focuses on methods for thinking differently about your research. Each person gains a deeper understanding of the values that underpin their work, the pressures on their time and learns how they think about thinking.

  • The afternoon uses these “meta-cognition” skills to set values-based goals that are as much about being as they are about doing, and that are stretching, motivational, authentic, relational and tailored to each person’s unique strengths and abilities. Each person develops a “theory of change” they can use to make practical changes to achieve their most important priorities. 

  • The day ends by establishing aspirations for where you want to be on and three months from now, and making a plan to share progress with someone you can be accountable to, or signing up for free appointments with Prof Reed after one and three months to discuss progress and troubleshoot issues. 



Full day workshop for up to 30 people: £2950 + VAT


30 participants = £2950 + VAT (£98 + VAT per head – minimum order)

40 = £3250 + VAT (£81 + VAT per head)

50 = £3550 + VAT (£71 + VAT per head)

60 = £3850 + VAT (£64 + VAT per head)


For trainings in the UK and Ireland are no additional travel/accommodation charges, but for some overseas destinations we add a small surcharge to cover travel costs.


Money-back plus guarantee: we are so confident that your group will love our training that we'll give you your money back and 30 free books (worth £540) if you don't get over 90% positive feedback (top scores of 4/5 and 5/5) and 90% saying they would recommend it to colleagues.

Find out more:


Contact us to arrange a call with Prof Reed to discuss how this training can be adapted to meet your needs. 


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What do researchers say about this course?


“Very beneficial and eye opening.” - Lecturer

“I now aspire more to be an inspiring researcher, and reaslise that productivity is both ‘doing’ and ‘being’.” -Post Doctoral Research Assistant

“I liked that I am going away with a workable plan at the end of the day” - Professor

“I like the structured approach, the build-up and especially the space and time to think. It has changed my approach to goal setting entirely. My whole work goal emerged entirely from the values I had identified in my personal life and I now have something to aim for that I really believe in – thank you!” - Professional Services

“Food for thought or a great kick start to moving forward.” - Senior Lecturer

“I’m switching from being task-orientated to being priority-orientated.” - Professor

“It’s very helpful to be reminded why we wanted to become an academic in the first place, and to reconnect with values-based priorities when we are struggling to get daily routine work done. Thank you!” - Senior Lecturer

“Thinking about what is important compared to how I spend my time is very powerful” - PhD student

“If I implement these techniques, I see a lot of untapped potential being unlocked, so this workshop is a real eye opener” - PhD student

“Positive, useful, thought-provoking.” Professor

It made me really think about what sort of researcher I want to be. It has given me the time and space to think through ways I might start to achieve this, both in the short-term and in my longer career. It has given me hope that there is a way forward to get work-life balance and it has focussed me on a path to achieve it.” -Post-Doctoral Research Assistant

"Really inspiring course. Motivated to become a better researcher and person after attending this course. Thanks Mark.” PhD student