PSB4 - Bouncing Back After a Disappointment – How to handle rejection like a professional!

Top tips to help you process a rejection and come back stronger.

About the session

Handling rejection of any type is tough, yet it doesn’t have to be. This informal, interactive session will provide you with some proven strategies to help process the disappointment and bouncing back even stronger.

Who is it for?

  • Early Career Researchers (including Postdocs)
  • Mid-Career Researchers
  • Managers of Researchers
  • Research-related Professional Services Staff (including research support administrators, researcher developers and career development professionals)
  • Others eg: stakeholders from industry, funding agencies, policy influencers, editors etc. 


By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Have 7 effective tips to help get back up after a disappointment
  • Move on more quickly after a fall!

Get to know your facilitator

Denise Chilton

Denise Chilton, Leadership Development Coach and Facilitator

Denise Chilton is a leadership development coach and facilitator. She has been supporting researchers and the academic community at the University of Liverpool for over 10 years so knows only too well the many challenges researchers can face.

Since 2015 she has been providing group coaching programmes for Post-docs and Early Career Academics helping them to feel more confident, better manage their time, be more productive and develop their interpersonal skills.

In 2017 she won the Northern Power Woman Mentor of the Year Award for her work supporting women in STEM. She has worked closely with the LivWise network across the Faculties delivering initiatives that have supported the Athena Swan Charter.

Session video and presentation

Download the presentation (PDF, 1.7MB)

All NPDC21 listed resources including presentation slides and top tips are freely available. Please ensure you acknowledge the author(s) and/or source when using them.

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NPDC21 Top Tips

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Author: Denise Chilton, Leadership Development Coach and Facilitator. Please cite the author(s) when sharing these top tips.

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