Light your fire: Motivational tools for researchers-Fac of Arts (moderated online learning course)
Duration 3 days
Team Researcher Academy

This online course is run by the Researcher Academy 

Target Audience: This session is part of the Arts Researcher Skills Programme for mid stage researchers in the Faculty of Arts only.  

Process: Your time input should be 60 minutes per day at a time of your choosing for this 3 day course.

There will be a number of learning exercises delivered through daily discussion forums. Your contributions to the discussion forums are your means of 'assessment' and you should expect to post messages and respond to the posts of others. Guidance will be provided throughout by the course tutor. Please log in and post a message to the welcome forum before the course commences if possible. 

Please note: the course topics and discussions will change daily and follow-on from one another. Before registering for the course, please ensure that your schedule will allow you to sign-in and post comments daily.


The aims of this online course are to explore:

  • Procrastination: how and why do we do it; awareness of your vices and how you can use them to increase rather than decrease motivation
  • Dealing with writer's block - writing strategies to get you started again
  • Maintaining your motivation throughout your research degree - analysing what motivates you and how you can use this to keep you going
  • Time management techniques to stay on track
  • Video tips from recently-graduated doctoral researchers and academic staff on beating procrastination, dealing with writer’s block, staying motivated and finishing on time.
Please note: this is not a mental health-focused workshop and we are not trained Counsellors but will offer signposts to relevant support mechanisms at the end of the course.

Course Accessibility

The following table shows a summary of what is needed to participate in the course. 

If you feel you will experience any difficulties participating, please let us know via the ‘special requirements’ tab, providing as much information as possible. The special requirements tab can be completed when you book your place. Alternatively, you can contact us directly at

Access Moodle
Access MS Teams
Participate in several online platforms at one time
Engage with online materials
Take part in forum discussions
Participate in course during a specific week
Follow presentation slides during the course
Access and complete pre-course tasks


Accessing the Course 

This session may be recorded. If a recording is kept of the session, then please note, that it may be made available to the wider University of Nottingham researcher community.

To access the course please follow the link below and log into Moodle using your normal username and password. You must use the link below when accessing this course for the first time as it allows you to self-enrol onto the course.

Make sure that you log in to the course within two days of the course start date, after this date enrolment is disabled.

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