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Research Team Leadership in Changing Times

Enhance your capabilities as a research leader and nurture your career potential with our dedicated online programme.


Effective leadership is critical to the success of any team. For those new to a research team leadership role, developing the necessary practical skills combined with the requirements of meeting research delivery objectives can be particularly challenging.

Research Team Leadership in Changing Times is a two-day online course designed to develop your skills as a research team leader with particular reference to supporting research leaders and their teams in these changing times.



Developing the leadership skills of both research professionals and academics

Research Team Leadership in Changing Times is designed to develop the skills of research team leaders by providing a pragmatic framework to equip them with the skills to lead with confidence in an increasingly challenging research context.

The programme offers a variety of solutions and approaches to team building and gaining co-operation from colleagues, using techniques to enhance team equality, diversity, depth and clarity.

As a participant on this programme, you will discover how to build and lead a research team, run effective research team meetings, support individual researchers and develop your role as a team leader; thus enhancing your capability as a research leader and developing your career potential. Particular attention will be given to the demands of accomplishing this in a virtual environment and through periods of uncertainty.

Research Team Leadership

 3 October 2024 - 4 October 2024

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How is the programme delivered?

Research Team Leadership in Changing Times is a two-day digital programme, where participants:

  • undertake pre-work to enable participants to develop a vision for their research career and assess their leadership in a range of research team functions.
  • take part in a series of interactive and practical sessions which includes a mixture of exercises, discussions, demonstrations and presentations, aimed at developing their team leadership skills.
  • consider different approaches to leadership in a research context, including: team building, running effective team meetings, resolving conflicts, vision and action planning.
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Research Team Leadership in Changing Times: Programme


Over the two-day digital programme, participants will take part in a series of interactive and practical sessions aimed at developing their team leadership skills:

Day one

- Listening Skills
- Teams and Team Working
- Team Dynamics
- Approaches to Leadership
- Needs and Responsibilities (Functions?)
- What should Research Team Leaders do?

Day two

- Running Effective Meetings
- Challenges of Leading and Managing Research Teams in Changing Times
- Supporting your Researchers
- Research Team Leadership Case Study
- Personal Vision and Action Planning
- Individual Consultations


What are the programme outcomes?

The Research Team Leadership in Changing Times programme allows participants to reflect upon their personal vision for their research career in terms of the role of a Research Team Leader. They will review what it means to take on a team leadership role, how to engage in team working and team building, and practice relevant key leadership skills such as listening.

By the end of the programme, they will have considered and prepared an action plan that will enable them to implement their learning to enhance research activity within their institution.

Participants will also gain experience of using on-line tools for one-to-one, small group and research team meetings and for creating breakout spaces, sharing information and fostering collaboration.

The programme will particularly benefit individuals and institutions preparing for REF submissions and looking to enhance research performance and outputs.

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David Faraday

Key Associate
Advance HE
David Faraday
Formerly a senior lecturer at the University of Surrey, David is now a management and personal skills development trainer, with particular expertise in leadership, team working and communication skills, as well as being an experienced facilitator.

Shirley Wardell

Advance HE
Shirley has been a leadership skills trainer since 1995. She is an owner-director of Evolve LEADTEAM Ltd, as well as the business development director of the Adair Leadership Foundation.
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"Provocative, engaging and fun"

To find out how the programme has been adapted to be delivered online and what participants will gain from the programme, we spoke to facilitator David Faraday who told us the 'highly interactive programme' allows team leaders the 'opportunity to observe teams in action and engage in problem solving' activities.

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Share and celebrate your achievements with digitally recognised learning

For much of our portfolio for 2024-25 the learning of event attendees and programme participants and conference, symposia and colloquia presenters will be digitally recognised.

This makes it easy for you to share and celebrate your achievements by adding them to your email signature or including them in your social profiles including Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Your learning certificates can also be easily verified and downloaded as a PDF.

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