Researcher skills

There are a number of tailored courses to support your on-going personal and professional development. Please take time to look in the development brochure for more details.

 

Career planning for researchers

Key contact 

Contact POD (x44606; x43693; pod@contacts.bham.ac.uk).

Duration  

One day.

Delivery method

Classroom based at Park House Annexe (Situated at G19 in the green zone on the campus map).

Who it is suitable for?

You are a researcher at an early stage of your academic career and are looking ahead to your future career opportunities, whether these are in academia or elsewhere. 

Content

Through a variety of individual and group reflective exercises and discussion you will explore the questions ‘Where am I now and where do I want to be?’ through to, ‘How do I get there?’. Specifically you will:

  • Identify what you want from a career
  • Identify how successes and challenges in your career and life to date link to values and motivations and how these might influence career decisions
  • Identify 3 “career anchors” to help inform your career development planning
  • Identify 3 individual strengths you demonstrate when “at your best”
  • Explore the widest possible variety of job roles that may be open to you
  • Identify what gets in the way of achieving potential career goals.
  • Create an action plan to identify the next step you will take developing and planning your career.

What you will be able to do after the course

You will be able to engage proactively with your own career development. You will have a clearer self-orientation with your career and be able to develop plans to further your personal career aspirations.

So what’s distinctive?

A unique tailored opportunity to reflect on your current career pathway and identify your next steps.

How to book

To check dates and book now, please submit an online booking form.

 

 Developing as a research team leader (Nottingham collaboration)

Key contact

Vincent O’Grady (x46050 v.c.ogrady@bham.ac.uk).

Duration

Five days spread across six months.

Delivery method

Classroom based on and off campus.

Who it is suitable for

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 research field and to be an effective team leader. It is a new collaborative initiative between the Universities of Birmingham and Nottingham. To be awarded a place on the programme you will also need the explicit support from your Head of School.

What you will be able to do after the course

You will be able to adapt your leadership style to motivate and support your team members, manage change within your working environment, plan your ongoing academic and leadership development and build your research network across both institutions.

Content

Through a combination of collaborative working, case studies and relevant input this programme is designed to provide an introduction to leadership and management skills in the context of an academic research career. Specifically:

  • The key differences between leadership and management
  • The roles and responsibilities of a leader in the research context
  • Leadership styles and their likely impact
  • Workplace communication
  • Motivating the team to perform
  • Dealing with change in the workplace
  • Next steps in managing your career and future development

As part of the programme you will be encouraged and supported to find a suitable mentor. This will be a key element of your action plan for sustained personal and career development.

So what’s distinctive?

A new opportunity tailored for researchers who aim to develop their academic career through collaboration with peers and colleagues from Birmingham and Nottingham.

How to book

For all enquiries please contact POD x44606.

Developing as an academic team leader

In order to extend the leadership development opportunities available to academic staff at an early stage in their career, we are offering a programme running in parallel with the Nottingham Collaboration following the same indicative content. This will additionally be available to teaching-focused staff and probationary lecturers new to leadership.

Find out more

This programme is by nomination only.  For more details on this programme, please contact POD x44606.

Introduction to Impact & Engagement

Key contact

Vincent O’Grady (x46050 v.c.ogrady@bham.ac.uk).

Duration

One day.

Delivery method

Classroom based at Park House Annexe (Situated at G19 in the green zone on the campus map).

Who it is suitable for

You are a researcher looking to develop your skills in engaging with all those connected to your research and enhancing the impact that you and your research can have.

What you will be able to do after the course

You will be able to promote yourself and your work in your current research context and to contribute to the ongoing Impact Agenda.

Content

Under the broad theme of research impact and engagement you will develop a plan that informs others about you and your research, raises your profile and influences those around you to help you. Specifically:

  • Considering the perceptions and meaning of research impact in your context
  • Exploring how your research fits into the wider research context
  • Practice adapting your research focused communication for greatest impact and maximum engagement
  • Identifying your personal pathways to impact

So what is distinctive?

A unique opportunity to engage with the management of your research and researcher profile and to begin the process of making a greater impact in both your research and your career.

How to book

Please submit an on-line booking form.

Grant writing

Key contact

Vincent O’Grady (x46050 v.c.ogrady@bham.ac.uk).

Duration

One day.

Delivery method

Classroom based at Park House Annexe (Situated at G19 in the green zone on the campus map) in conjunction with our external consultants, Scriptoria.

Who it is suitable for

You are a member of staff who is required to write research proposals to secure funding.

What you will be able to do after the course

You will be able to write with clarity and accuracy and avoid common errors in grant writing. You will be able to improve your writing style and keep your grant funders interested.

Content

This course addresses the do’s and don’ts of writing research proposals to secure funding. We take you through examples of real proposals in an interactive session, discussing the positives and negatives of each one. Because good proposals depend on good writing, we teach how to write with clarity and accuracy, as well as tips and tricks to make the process as pain-free as possible. Specifically:

  • How do funders evaluate proposals and why do good projects fail to get funding?
  • What should a proposal include?
  • Writing clearly and avoiding common errors
  • Improving your style and keeping your readers interested
  • The writing cycle and making writing easy
  • Editing and proofreading your own work
  • Time-saving techniques in MS Word

So what is distinctive?

The course is fast-paced, is taught by professional writers with PhDs who know how to maximise your chances of success, and is interactive. You are encouraged to ask the questions you may have always wanted to ask.

How to book

Please submit an on-line booking form.

Journal article writing

Key contact

Vincent O’Grady (x46050 v.c.ogrady@bham.ac.uk).

Duration

One day.

Delivery method

Classroom based at Park House Annexe (Situated at G19 in the green zone on the campus map) in conjunction with our external consultants, Scriptoria.

Who it is suitable for

You are a member of staff who is expected to write journal articles as part of ongoing academic activity.

What you will be able to do after the course

You will be able to write for academic journals and overcome common barriers to publication. You will be able to write with greater clarity and accuracy.

Content

You will learn the general principles of effective writing and how this applies to writing for academic journals. You will learn how to make the process easier and more efficient. Specifically:

  • Writing research papers
  • Journal article structure and why papers are rejected
  • Common mistakes
  • General principles of effective writing
  • Improving your style and keeping your audience interested
  • The writing cycle and making writing easy
  • Editing and proofreading your own work
  • Time-saving techniques in MS Word

So what is distinctive?

The course is fast-paced, is taught by professional writers with PhDs and success in this field, and is interactive – you are actively encouraged to pose the questions you have always wanted to ask.

How to book

Please submit an on-line booking form.

 

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Researcher Development Framework

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