Researcher skills

There are a number of tailored courses to support your on-going personal and professional development. Please take a look at the courses available at POD section of our intranet for more information.

Academic Team Leader

Location:

Blended delivery online 

Duration:

Five discrete but connected modules make up the programme delivered over four-six months. For each module, there is approx 3 hours of online study in advance of a three-hour group activity held in a virtual classroom online.

How to Enrol:

Through nominations only, with support from the nominee’s Head of School.

This course is related to and runs in parallel with the Research Team Leader programme. The combined nomination process will identify the most appropriate programme for nominees.

Programme Lead:

Vincent Cornelius

Target Audience:

Those considering themselves to be an early-career academic with the aspiration and potential to become an academic team leader and have influence in their academic field.

Programme Overview:

The Programme has the overarching theme of identifying the type of leader participants want to be, and what experience they want their followers to have. The topics covered include understanding yourself, an introduction to leadership, developing teams, leading change, managing performance, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and managing yourself (including resilience and time management).

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will gain insights into their leadership styles and them to best motivate and support their team members, manage change within their work environment, and plan their further leadership and management development.

If you have any queries about this programme, please get in touch with the POD team.  

Research Leaders Programme (RLP)

Location:

Classroom based – on campus, plus international visit

Duration:

Over the course of 12 months the programme comprises five days of workshops/seminars an international visit and additional group work.

Programme Lead:

Prof. Tim SoftleyKate Crane & Vince O’Grady

Target Audience:

You are a senior researcher (senior lecturer/professor) who has the potential to enhance the quality and reach of your research and to strengthen your areas of excellence.

Please discuss your interest with your line manager or Director of Research as entry onto this programme is by a rigorous selection process.

Programme Overview:

The Research Leaders Programme is a bespoke programme designed to support and develop you to deliver world-class research in particular to encourage you to take the lead in major collaborative research initiatives and ensure Birmingham delivers world-class “research that matters”.

The programme offers a range of activities such as tailored training events, networking opportunities, action learning sets, 360o feedback and a strategic international visit. It will give you the opportunity to develop a strong network of colleagues from around the University and other academic institutions.

Tailored delivery will be provided and will focus on key topics such as Research that matters, building networks, preparing for major funding, research leadership and management, engagement influence and impact,

You will be invited to present to UEB …….

Learning Outcomes:

 By the end of the programme you will: -

  • Articulate how you will contribute to the University Research Strategy
  • Identify the barriers preventing the University from achieving its Research Strategy and the changes necessary to overcome these.
  • Explored the research cultures that exist at College, School and Department level and the impact these have on the University achieving its Research Strategy
  • Proposed approaches to enhance the intellectual environment in which you work

If you have any queries about this programme, please get in touch with the POD team.  

Grant writing

Location:

Online

Duration:

2 x 3 ½ hour sessions within 10 days

How to Enrol:

To check for future dates and book your place, please complete our online booking form.

Course Lead:

Delivered by Scriptoria, POD Contact Vince O’Grady

Target Audience:

Early-career researchers who are looking to build their track record and gain independence by winning fellowships and research grants.

Course Overview:

This course is designed to help you turn ideas into a written proposal that is interesting and easy for reviewers understand, using real life examples to complement theory.  You will receive a comprehensive set of notes in addition to tools and software tips.

The trainers have a long history of successful grants and fellowships, and offer insider knowledge from their experiences as reviewers on grant panels and as consultants who help donors write funding calls.

Learning Outcomes:

 You will be able to

  • Write with clarity and accuracy
  • Avoid common errors in grant writing
  • Improve your writing style
  • Keep your funders interested
  • Manage the “writing cycle”
  • Edit and proof read your work with bonus tips in MS Word

This programme does not cover sources of funding and any technical aspects of making funding applications. Help and support for these aspects is available from the Research Development and Support Team in Research Support Services.

If you have any queries about this session, please get in touch with the POD team.  

Journal article writing

Location:

Online

Duration:

2 x 3 ½ hour sessions within 10 days

How to Enrol:

To check for future dates and book your place, please complete our online booking form.

Course Lead:

Delivered by Scriptoria, POD Contact Vince O’Grady

Target Audience:

Early-career researchers who want to improve the output and quality of their publications

Course Overview:

This course is designed to help you to plan, develop and write high-quality manuscripts for publication, using real-life examples. You will build your confidence by focusing on the writing skills that you need to succeed as a researcher. You will become more efficient through learning about project management specifically for manuscripts and the formal writing cycle (the process by which professional writers tackle a writing project),

All participants will receive a comprehensive set of course notes in additional to tools and software tips.

Scriptoria's trainers are experienced communications professionals and writers with PhDs and extensive real-world experience in the subjects they teach.

Learning Outcomes:

 You will be able to

  • Write concisely with precision and accuracy
  • Improve your writing style
  • Find the right tone for your audience
  • Manage the “writing cycle”
  • Edit and proof read your work
  • Apply practical tips in MS Word and reference manager software

If you have any queries about this session, please get in touch with the POD team.  

College Researcher Development Networks

 

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Useful links

Research Innovation Services events

Calendar of training and information events provided by Research Innovation Services to develop & support academic staff.

Birmingham Researcher

HEFi - Our goal is to encourage and facilitate the development of a distinctive ‘Birmingham’ approach to the academic curriculum and experience, appropriately nuanced for different disciplines and student groups.

Library Services - Skills and Training + Library Services offer a range of resources and subject support for all students and staff.       

Influential Researcher - Learn online now with their Infuential Researcher Canvas Course

CEDARS

Careers, Employment and Development in Academic Research Survey (CEDARS) is a national survey specifically designed to explore and provide data on the experience of staff involved in research, particularly with respect to: -

  • Employment
  • Professional and career development
  • Environment and culture

CEDARS has been specifically designed to support us in meeting the expectations of The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (Researcher Concordat), which we have recently signed.

Data from the survey will underpin our Researcher Concordat Action Plan, will maintain our ability to evaluate actions within the Athena Swan and HR Excellence in Research action plans and will be vital to inform institutional and local plans to support the development of our research community

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Researcher Development Framework

Not sure where to start with your development? The RDF will help you explore all aspects of your professional development as a researcher and enable you to identify where to focus your development efforts.

Vitae's Research Development Framework RDF Domains

 

 

 

 

 

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