In 2011, Island 41 was invited to develop a residential team team working course designed to enhance collaborations between students from a group of three Centres for Doctoral Training. Authentity (a wordplay meaning “be the author of your entity”) was developed in response to the climate of Austerity, and is a transferable skills course built on the three principles.

Firstly, each course is individually designed, and runs on a voluntary participation basis only. Secondly, all participants are consulted individually in order to determine the course feel and incorporate any specific objectives within its framework. Finally, participants are given a real problem to tackle on the course; one which is unsolved and which results in a tangible output.

Throughout the course, they work closely with the delivery team, who coach them towards not only greater self-awareness, but a conclusion which has already been proved to provide positive impact in terms of their careers as researchers, as shown by ‘Hermes’, the successful student-led biannual conference.

The course has run every year successfully since 2011, was a finalist in the category for Outstanding support for Early Career Researchers at the November 2012 Times Higher Education Awards. It has evolved over time and remains dedicated to the memory of the late Julian Walsh.


"I enjoyed this session for several reasons, first being the different models that helped me reflect back on my own teamwork skills and how to enhance them further. The self and group assessment exercises were critical in evaluating what is expected out of the team. And lastly, the exercises pushed us towards working and engaging with new groups and new people."


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