Shaping University strategy and implementing University-wide strategies is rewarding, but with no strategic research leadership ‘how to’ manual, this is a hugely challenging business. This course is focused on supporting you in developing your strategic decision-making ability and enhancing your strategic voice for building a better future.
As a consequence of this course, some have obtained a seat on the postgraduate research committee, some have become involved in quality assurance and some have undertaken enhancements to the research degree programmes. They have presented papers to the postgraduate research degree sub-committee on new teaching initiatives for research students, shaped faculty plans and introduced research culture-enhancing initiatives such as ‘Research Fridays’ and taken more of an active role in supporting Research Excellence Framework submissions.
Feedback from the course has included:
"The step up to Reader has been a big one for me and all your advice and presentations have been invaluable."
"I was in the process of writing our School’s research strategy when the programme began, and it has been greatly influenced by ideas generated and explored."
"I think it helped me understand what my personal contribution could be and how I could help myself, my colleagues and my institution, even though I probably started out thinking I could have very little impact."
"This has convinced me that I can contribute to the collective research aims of my institution as well as my discipline."
"I feel that the programme helped me develop in my way of thinking strategically, which will help in achieving my vision and aims. Before the programme, I had not really developed a clear strategy. In the months following the programme, I made a significant contribution to the development of our pilot REF submission and the programme certainly helped me develop strategic thinking which I feel helped me in writing for the REF pilot."
Our programme is designed to:
Our teaching approach this year:
This course is currently on hold, to enable institutional priorities and staff needs to be evaluated. The next version of this course is expected to run in the academic year 2018/19.
The development programme:
We led a small inter-university programme steering group for designing this Leading and Managing Research Excellence development programme based on the content requested by strategic leaders in focus groups. The focus group participants identified the following priorities for the programme:
The content should also support participation in:
Participants wanted the programme to provide a toolkit which includes:
This programme typically comprises five workshops covering the following priorities: