"Right up until I was waiting by the stage, ready to receive my award, I felt sure someone was going to tell me they’d made a mistake, that I shouldn’t have been doing a PhD."

Research suggests that students in higher education, particularly post graduate and doctoral students, are likely to experience feelings of being an impostor.
Fear, stress and anxiety associated with being found out as an intellectual fake can rob our brightest people of the enjoyment of learning and diminish their capacity to make their best efforts toward making a contribution to knowledge.

We can help.

Identifying impostor feelings from a personal or supervisory/teaching perspective brings greater insight into the experience of academic endeavours. In turn, the individual capacity for scholarly achievement is improved and personal development advanced.

For students and supervisors alike, discovering the underpinning ‘stories’ associated with learning, achievement and success is key to enhancing the scholarly experience.

Learn Braver Stronger Smarter unlocks insight and encourages a more rich and successful learning and teaching/supervisory experience.

What is the Impostor Phenomenon?

The impostor phenomenon has been researched for over forty years and still, people struggle with it everyday.

An illogical, but very real, feeling of being an impostor is preventing the advancement of highly skilled people and our brightest talent.

Current research also shows that organisations are failing to capitalise on much needed talent to flourish in a highly complex, disrupted environment.

Who should attend?

Doctoral candidates, post-graduate students and undergraduate students.
The programme is specially designed to provide deep insight into the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of scholars.

Supervisors and teachers.
Insight into the thoughts feelings and behaviours of students and candidates is key to understanding the best ways to encourage achievement and to support people in their scholarly endeavours.
This is particularly so for learners new to academia or from non-traditional backgrounds.

Academic managers.
Understanding the interaction of the context of academia and bright, high achieving people in the sciences provides insight for better academic leadership.

What will you learn?

The programme is designed to help academics and students recognise and diminish impostor experiences and beliefs.

Drawing on over forty years of robust empirical research and Dr Terri Simpkin’s current research into the impostor phenomenon, the workshop harnesses key insights to inform the supervisory relationship and identify barriers to academic success.

The programme generates an insight to the thoughts and behaviour of students through discovery of their ‘source stories’ and social learning.

A day of collaborative activity will identify how scholars and supervisors can better approach their place in the critical world of academia. Learn how true capabilities can be revealed for greater personal and professional satisfaction.

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Why is this programme different?

A session of collaborative insight will identify how scholars and their supervisors/teachers can work towards building confidence, self-efficacy and resilience for better scholarly achievement and more enjoyable learning experiences.

The programme is built on over forty years of empirical research and current global investigations into the impact and nature of the impostor phenomenon.

It is specifically designed for an academic audience.

Having experienced the impostor phenomenon during her own academic and professional career, Dr Terri Simpkin understands the impact that the phenomenon has on academics, students and those involved in scholarly activity.

“...you are braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”
AA Milne

What you will get

A full day of interactive, collaborative workshop content fully supported with context specific (if required) materials including a workbook, handouts and immersive activities.

Bespoke and fully contextualised content can be provided as part of the design of the workshop.

Follow up consulting and advice on using stories and sensemaking techniques is available.

Who is behind the programme?


Dr Theresa Simpkin is a forward thinking academic, researcher and corporate educator and sought after public speaker. She has conducted global empirical research into the impostor phenomenon and is passionate about advancing the potential of leaders by recognising and diminishing barriers to success.

Terri is the Managing Director of Mischief Business Engineering (UK & Aus), an organisation on a mission to create better, human centred worplaces and the founder of Braver Stronger Smarter.

What people are saying about us

At the Chelmsford Ideas Festival 42% of attendees said Terri's session was "great" and 58% said it was "amazing"

"It was the best professional development I've done. Terri is an engaging presenter and obviously knows her stuff"
[Tri-Services Leadership Programme]

"Terri is a confident and engaging speaker and held the attention of the room with ease"
[SPE - Women in Energy]

"The content and delivery of her talk was world class"
[Technical Development Manager - Desolenator]

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