Preparing for leadership for research staff

 Applications for a place on the pilot 'preparing  for leadership for research staff' can now be  submitted. In addition, a limited number of  places for observers will be available.  

If you would like to apply for one of these, please contact Kay Dorelli via who will be in touch asap to let you know if your application has been successful or not.  

Vitae event pilot: Preparing for leadership for research staff

Venue: Queen Mary, University of London

Date: 30 Sept and 1 Oct 2014 (free)

Apply via: -  on submission you will be contacted asap to let you know if you have a place or not. 


Research staff who are typically within the first 4 years of their postdoctoral career.

Researchers who are starting to take on leadership roles or who wish to take on more leadership roles in the future.

The programme recognises that:

Being effective as a researcher requires many varied skills and attributes, which may differ by discipline.

Postdoctoral researchers may have a lot of responsibility for their projects and work, but often much less authority.

Aims of the programme:

To help you assess your current position

To identify where you would like to progress to

To identify what it takes to succeed in your current and future roles

To have a plan to achieve your goals

What’s in it for me?

This programme will take participants though many aspects of leadership including:Leading self

Intellectual leadership

Team leadership

By the end of this programme, you will be better able to:

Appreciate the critical situations that have led you to be successful to date

Consider what leadership might mean

Understand yourself and your preferences that will allow you to exercise leadership in a way that suits you

Clarify the tasks that are expected of you both now and in future roles

Identify the areas of competency that are required for the next steps into leadership positions

Create a vision and strategy to implement; decide what is important for you

Decide the culture you want to create

Decide how to get the best out of other people

Decide how to develop yourself to do all of these things more effectively

Appreciate what is important and essential in any future role

Develop a peer network

Workshop approach

Focuses on personal development and action coaching therefore you will be asked to help your colleagues find their own solutions to the issues they are facing and encourage them to commit to action. The other participants will be asked to help you in return.

Experiential, coaching, and action learning focused. Participants are guided by experienced facilitators, rather than taught.

Important notes

This programme will not focus on specific aspects of effective academic practice such as grant writing, publications, or effective presentations.

If your application is successful, you will be expected to undertake some work before the course. This should take you approximately 4 hours to complete.

Calendar of Events 

Online Appraisal 


Contact Details

Organisational & Staff Development
1st Floor, Stewart House
32 Russell Square

Tel. (020) 7862 8101/8098/8082

Fax. (020) 7862 8080