Researcher Development

Senior researchers and research leaders

These resources are for those new to / soon to take on management responsibilities as well as for established senior researchers, PIs and research leaders.

The `Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers’ makes more explicit your responsibility for supporting your research staff to be excellent researchers, and to make informed decisions about their careers.  RCUK have published a `Statement of Expectations for Research Fellowships and Future Research Leaders’.  The Researcher Development Working Group can support you with this – please contact us.

  • Leadership and management
  • Other resources

Leadership and management

As a senior researcher you are likely to be at a relatively advanced stage in your research career and you may occupy a management position such as Research Leader or Director of Research. The University of Kent LASR programme is for staff with leadership roles, including Directors of Research. Newly appointed senior academic leaders, including Associate Deans, are invited to participate in the New Academic Senior Leadership Programme. The Directors of Research International Leadership Programme offers a mix of residential training with online learning, strengthened by the continual support of a personal, professional mentor and reinforced through the Programme cohort’s peer-to-peer network. One of the major benefits of participation will be the sharing of experiences and the exchange of ideas on topical subjects, such as measuring impact, managing open access, identifying metrics, accessing Horizon 2020 and experience of measuring, translating and demonstrating research impact.

You may wish to acquire new knowledge and skills in relation to conducting research, or in the management and leadership of research. Leading research leaders is for those who have significant operational leadership responsibility, in addition to their own role as a research team leader. They may well be responsible for other academics in their field who are research team leaders in their own right e.g. they need to lead other leaders. Other external programmes for research leaders include the Wellcome Trust Research Leadership Development Programme and AHRC Leadership Fellows and the SUSTAIN leadership programme for women researchers in Science.

We will be adding to this list as we identify further relevant programmes. Please contact us to enquire about participation in external programmes.

For those preparing for or starting this stage of their career Research Services provides guidance on managing staff. Training for developing a management or leadership role and for aspiring or new PIs is available through Vitae. Research team leadership training is for those who have recently been appointed as principal investigators or who are currently leading small research teams (up to six researchers), with responsibility for leading contract research staff and postgraduate research students, as well as technical and administrative support staff.  Please contact us to enquire about participation in external programmes.

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Other resources

Vitae resources on developing as a researcher , and the Vitae researcher booklets, remain relevant at senior level – not least for sharing with your research teams. You can also search the listing of Vitae courses and events to identify programmes that meet your (and your team members’) needs. Many of these resources can be accessed only be registering on the Vitae website. Register using your email address for full access to Vitae.  If you have any difficulty registering please contact us.

Other resources to support your and your team’s development can be found in the development opportunities and careers and employability pages of this website.

Researcher development grants are available, based on application, to fund external training programmes.

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