Researcher Development Programme


About the Researcher Development Programme

Building on the success of its first year in 2015, the Researcher Development Programme signals a very different approach to enhancing your research effectiveness. It provides a structured development route for academics and researchers, focusing on the demands and experience of everyday research life. It is designed to promote impactful research and to support your development beyond your disciplinary area.

Who is it for?

Whether you are a postdoctoral researcher or experienced lecturer, this programme recognises the need to engage with you wherever you are in your career. If you are a PI, you may be interested in this parallel strand of development that is new for 2015/16.

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 2016 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. For details click here.

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

• Attendance at the launch event on 17 December from 9.30-12.30pm in the FASS meeting rooms 2/3.

• Attendance at the coaching induction session on January 5th, 09:30-17:00 in the FASS Meeting Rooms.

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

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

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 Vitae contacts include Dr Rachel Cowen and Dr Dee-Ann Johnson, 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 Friday 20 November 2015.

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