Research Development Programme


About the Research Development Programme

The Research Development Programme is brand new for 2014/15 and signals a very different approach to enhancing your research effectiveness. It builds on the positive evaluation of OED’s ‘successful researcher programme’ in 2013/14 and provides a structured development route for academics and contract researchers. It focuses on the demands and experience of everyday research life and is designed to promote impactful research and to support your development beyond your disciplinary area.

Who is it for?

Recognising the need to engage with you as a researcher wherever you are in your career, the programme is designed around two cohorts – one for early-career staff and one with an established researcher focus.

You may be interested if you want to:

Take your research to the next level. This programme will challenge you to set inspiring goals, and to stick to them.

Create a new research focus. This programme will enable you to explore options and identify action.

Discover new ways of thinking about engagement. This programme will encourage reflection on communities relevant to you.

Develop a more strategic approach to publishing. This programme will re-examine and enhance your own personal profile.

For all involved, the programme will be an opportunity to expand internal networks, create effective strategies to enhance research performance while managing the other demands of your job.

Programme structure

The programme runs from January to July 2015 and consists of two elements:

Element 1: Coaching

The programme starts with an interactive and experiential one day workshop followed by group coaching. The workshop focuses on core foundations around your research, including engaging with values, managing the inner critic, finding motivation, focus and confidence. The focus of the coaching is down to the goals you set; writing, grants, managing projects, impact. It provides a structure of challenge and accountability to achieve them.

Element 2: Research events

These run throughout the programme, covering a range of topics, all of which are related to Vitae’s Research Development Framework:

Event series

As a participant, you must be willing to commit to the following:

• Attendance at the launch event on 4 December from 9.30-12.30pm in the LICA building

• Attendance at the relevant coaching induction session in January (6th for the early career cohort and 8th for the established researchers’ cohort)

• Participating in group coaching sessions throughout the programme (accessed via phone)

• A minimum of 3 of the research events (detailed here)

Programme contributors

The coaching programme is designed and delivered by Dr. Will Medd. Leaving his Lectureship in 2013 to pursue his professional coaching business, Will was an established researcher and PI, with an international track record of publications and high impact research council projects. Will is passionate about ensuring participants gain personal value from the experience of the programme in ways that lead to taking actions that will make a difference A range of internal and external colleagues are involved in contributing to the programme. Key contacts include Dr Leon Cruickshank and Dr Roger Whitham from the IDEAS for Impact project at the Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts, Dr Dee-Ann Johnson and Dr Rachel Cowan, both experienced researcher developers from the University of Manchester.

Find out more

Do you have any queries about the programme? If so, please contact OED team direct.

If you are interested in applying for a place on the programme, please discuss with your Head of Department before completing the short application form. The deadline for submitting your application is 5pm on Wednesday 26 November 2014.

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