Jim’s role is to manage the activities of the Researcher Development team in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. He began work in skills training in 1999, as a Graduate Skills Tutor and Course Organiser for the Graduate Personal Development Programme at UMIST, running and organising skills workshops. In 2004, with the formation of the new University of Manchester, Jim took on a similar role in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. He delivers training workshops on a wide range of topics, including effective presentations and publishing academic papers. He is especially interested in understanding differences between different disciplines’ approach to fundamental research methodology. Jim’s original training was in America as a behavioural biologist studying whales and dolphins. He began this work in 1976, joining a long-term research project on killer whales off Seattle, Washington, gaining a BA in 1979 and an MSc in 1987. He came to England in 1988 to do his PhD in Zoology at the University of Cambridge (1992 Thesis: Social Organization of Pilot Whales in the Canary Islands). He stayed in England working on a UK Government-funded research project documenting the distribution of whales and dolphins around the British coasts. In 1999, he undertook a career change and began working in his current role sharing experience from his research career.