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Research Team Leaders

Develop the necessary skills and tools to lead a research team whilst developing your research career; for grades 8–9.

About the programme 

The programme has a time commitment of 16 hours and is delivered across four half-days in a live virtual environment. 

There are 48 places available, spread across three cohorts. 

The programme builds on a framework that gives participants practical skills and tools to lead a research team with confidence in the midst of changing research environments. 

The programme offers participants various solutions and approaches to team building and gaining co-operation from colleagues, using techniques to enhance team equality, diversity, depth and clarity. You will gain understanding on building and leading a research team, running effective research team meetings, supporting individual researchers and developing your role as a team leader.

Each segment of the programme builds on the previous one to create a unique opportunity to enhance your capability as a research leader and develop your career potential. 

As part of the programme, participants have an opportunity for a one-on-one coaching session with a member of the training team at the end of the course. The session provides participants with the chance to discuss their leadership profile or another specific leadership issue.

Learning outcomes

By completing this leadership programme, you will learn how to:

  • Understand the importance and role of a research team leader 
  • Build and lead a more impactful research team in changing times 
  • Engage in team-building and collaborative working 
  • Explore ways to address and resolve challenges arising from leading teams in changing times 
  • Develop a strategy for creating a personal vision for your research career 
  • Lead more effective team meetings 


New research team leaders or experienced researchers with the potential to lead a research team (e.g., FLF fellows) at grades 8 to 9.

How to apply

If you would like to participate in the programme, please discuss it with your line manager. This course is run through a nominations process. You can find full details about the process, including application dates, by clicking the link below.

Nominations for the next cohort, in 2022/23, will open in Summer 2022.

Lab Leaders SharePoint

We highly recommend that you access the Lab Leaders series, a collection of interviews with some of UCL's leading researchers providing an invaluable insight into what really matters when embarking on a career as a leader. These videos are accessible to all researchers, but will be of particular relevance if your background is in Life and Medical Sciences.

Link to Lab Leaders series