Event Details

‘Imposter Syndrome’ affects us all – and is particularly common in academia and research, where expectations of achievement are high.

If you have ever doubted your ability, or thought “I just got lucky this time”, “I worry that others will discover how little I know” or “I only got that opportunity because people were being kind to me”, this is an indication that you have experienced imposter syndrome.

The imposter ‘voice’ is one of many that come from our ‘inner critic’. It presents itself as a feeling of inadequacy that persists even in the face of evidence that the opposite is true. It is frequently experienced, often by high-performing people, as a feeling of self-doubt and intellectual fraudulence.

The good news is that it is completely normal, and sometimes even useful! The bad news is that it may result in you missing out on opportunities or creating the wrong impression with others.

In this workshop we will look at where the imposter syndrome comes from and think more widely about how to tame your inner critic – where else does it show up or limit your confidence or proactivity?

During the session you will:

  • Understand what imposter syndrome is, where it comes from and when it occurs
  • Reflect more widely on where and how your inner critic might limit your progress
  • Try out some approaches for dealing with the inner critic and imposter syndrome


Staff also registered as a Doctoral Student at the University of Bath cannot take part in the programme. The Doctoral College offers development opportunities (http://www.bath.ac.uk/learningandteaching/rdu/courses/pgskills/skills-development/index.html) for Doctoral students.


Imposter Syndrome

Date(s) - 03/05/2018
1:15 pm - 4:05 pm
Main Campus (CB 5.5)

Event Speaker/Organiser: Tracey Stead
Course Code: RSIMP
Curriculum Transformation: N/A
Bath Blend: N/A
Digital Capability: N/A
RDF: B - Personal Effectiveness
Target Audience: Staff who Research

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