“This is the best training I have ever seen (all staff colleges, consultants, etc). It is science-based and totally relevant. It leads to a useful and practical place.”

(Colonel, UK MOD).

The course would be suitable for those working in and/or supporting others who work in remote fieldwork environments. This might include, amongst other occupational groups, expedition leaders, scientific fieldworkers, national infrastructure personnel, pre-hospital emergency services, and overseas development staff and humanitarians.

Resilient performance in remote fieldwork environments


A 2-day evidence-based course translating best-in-practice science to practical insights to support resilient performance in remote fieldwork environments.


Each session will include elements of theory and practical exercises that could be delivered in a classroom and/or designed further for teaching in situ.


Resilient performance

  • Overview of resilient performance

  • Overlap and distinction between resilience for mental health and performance.

  • Conceptual understanding.

  • Current theories and understanding based on our work with expeditions and specialist military, intelligence, and law enforcement

  • How and what to observe at different stages of remote fieldwork lifecycle including on- the-job and between-job stages

Individual considerations

  • Understanding of self

  • Individual difference enablers/disablers to resilient performance: role of personality, motivation, values and other variables

  • Situational resource and demand processes relevant to resilient performance: in-the- moment dynamics relevant to resilient performance shaped by background factors

  • Implications for readiness to operate

  • Tools to effectively manage and optimise the self


Social considerations

  • Understanding of others

  • Team contributors to individual and team performance

  • Difficult team dynamics and their impact

  • Role of social environment in fostering high performance

  • How to deliver effective remote psychosocial support to optimise on-the-job performance



  • Practical mapping exercise that covers psychologically informed risk assessment and mitigation relevant to resilient performance

  • Linking studied concepts with a proactive performance management plan


A tailored course guidebook with practical exercises, recap of core topics and additional reading (provided as a copyrighted digital PDF)

Who is the course delivered by?

Our Faculty member is a global leader in the field - a  Research Fellow in Psychology, Security and Trust at the University of Manchester (UoM). He is primarily interested in psychological and behavioural responses to extreme stress. In the past, he has studied and worked with defence and security personnel, expeditioners, astronauts and space simulation participants, as well as remote fieldworkers. At UoM, he developed, and is current module leader on the interdisciplinary course entitled From Antarctica to Outer Space: Surviving and Thriving in Extremes. Prior to his current role, our Faculty member was a Senior Research Scientist at the UK Ministry of Defence Science and Technology Laboratory. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Associate of the Alpine Club and is working towards his Mountain Leader award. He currently supports a range of organisations in preparing and training people to operate in remote and high-risk environments.   


From others who have participated in bespoke versions of this course:

“This is the best training I have ever seen (all staff colleges, consultants, etc). It is science-based and totally relevant. It leads to a useful and practical place.”

(Colonel, UK MOD).

“The knowledge you shared will help immensely in the development of our people and translate into better soldiers who, when the time comes, are equipped to win.”

Brigadier, UK MOD.

“Thanks again for your excellent piece on Monday. There was lots of follow on discussions at ourcoordination session yesterday on how to develop the key skills for building and maintaining teams inour routine work...The whole team have fed back to me how useful your lessons were.”

(Lt Colonel, UK MOD).

“Thanks again for an excellent session yesterday, the feedback was outstanding and they were talking about the training long into the evening.”

(Travel Risk Focus Group).

Dates: 16 & 17th October 2021.

Venue: The National Outdoor Centre, Plas y Brenin, Snowdonia.

Cost: £225 per person with a maximum of 16 attendees per course.

Closed, 'private' courses can also be delivered for organisations.

How to book:

Click the link below to access the booking course pack for the course you are interested in. Download the pack, save it your computer and you can complete the booking form electronically and email to us. Alternatively, print off the pack, complete and scan the booking form back to us. Terms and Conditions can be found in the booking pack and any booking form submitted to us is subject to these booking terms and conditions.

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