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The new issue of Incite is out now.

In this issue we tackle some of the more personal challenges we face as researchers. Imposter Syndrome (a.k.a. the “imposter phenomenon” or “anomaly”) is an issue most researchers will face at one time or another: it’s a feeling of inadequacy, of “being a fraud”, and that sooner or later your colleagues will realise you are incompetent. These are completely irrational thoughts that can have real impacts on people’s careers. This issue of incite aims to shed some light on the issue and provide strategies to deal with this.

This issue also deals with stress management (causes and how to manage stress effectively) and the challenges faced in creating a good work-life balance. We meet some researchers who have a keen insight into this: Dr Martin Jennings (FLS), Dr Rachel Saunders (EPS) and Dr Joanna Grabarek (FLS). Also, there are updates on how the University is actively improving the well-being of research staff, on the recent CROS and Staff surveys, Athena SWAN, staff network groups, a recent Researcher Led Initiative held in the School of Physics and Astronomy, and the Research Staff Association. We also give a comparison between mentoring and coaching processes which are both available to research staff.

We hope you find the issue interesting and helpful! Please feel free to comment and give us your thoughts, either here or by e-mailing incite@manchester.ac.uk.

Issue 16 can be found in the left hand menu.