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.

Research Team Leader (Nottingham collaboration)

Location:

Online

Duration:

6 months comprising

  • 5 x 3 hour self-directed learning modules
  • 5 x 3 hour linked on-line facilitated workshops

How to Enrol:

Attendance is by nomination. Colleges will be invited to submit nominations around May each year. To be awarded a place on the programme you are strongly recommended to discuss you nomination with your Head of School.

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

Programme Lead:

Vince O’Grady

Target Audience:

You are a researcher who considers yourself to be in the early stages of your research career, who has aspirations and potential to lead in your academic field and to be an effective team leader.

Programme Overview:

This programme, run in collaboration with The University of Nottingham is an opportunity, tailored for early career research staff, to develop an understanding of core leadership and management skills through collaboration with peers from within and external to the University.

Through a combination of collaborative working, case studies and relevant input, you will explore

  • Your personal preferences, experiences and values as they relate to leading and managing others
  • The key differences between leadership and management
  • The roles and responsibilities of a leader in the academic context
  • Leadership styles and their likely impact
  • Motivating the team to perform
  • Dealing with change in the workplace
  • Your role and responsibility in leading equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Next steps in managing your career and future development

Learning Outcomes:

You will be able to adapt your leadership approach to

  • Deliver your team’s objectives
  • Lead and manage change within your working environment
  • Create a motivating, inclusive working environment

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

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.  

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.       

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.

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