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Researcher-led Initiative Awards 2019-20

Design, develop and deliver innovative research skills, personal or professional development for your peers.

Now in its third year, the Researcher-led Initiative awards, run by UCL's HR OD offers funding for early stage research and teaching staff and postgraduate research students.  

Would you like to be involved in designing professional development for early stage researchers at UCL? 

UCL's HR Organisational Development delivers the Research Staff Development Programme and the Doctoral Skills Development Programme.

We want you to contribute new learning opportunities and experiences to these programmes. We have small awards of £500 and £1000 available for you to use in devising and delivering new professional development activities for researchers.

Researcher-led Initiatives will promote personal, professional and career planning skills by and for postgraduate research students and early stage research and teaching staff (grades 7 and 8) across UCL. 

RLI awards enable researchers to be creative, proactive, and empowered, through the process of initiating, designing, managing, and delivering new professional development activities for their peers, allowing them to develop the skills and experience needed to progress in their careers.

The awards will support short-term, well-defined initiatives that develop and deliver transferable skills training experiences and/or resources to the applicants’ peers across all departments. Collaborative applications are encouraged and will all be reviewed on a case by case basis by a judging panel.

All applicants will receive feedback after the awards have been allocated.

There are 20 awards available for postgraduate research students

Application criteria: 2nd year or above and fully-registered and in-progress (including Completing Research Status) at UCL.  

  • 10 awards at £1,000
  • 10 awards at £500

There are 20 awards available for early stage research and teaching staff 

Application criteria: An early stage researcher or teaching fellow at grades 7 or 8. 

  • 10 awards at £1,000
  • 10 awards at £500

Award Categories:

There are four award categories and applicants must state clearly which award category they are applying for on the application form. The categories are:

  1. Careers beyond academia
  2. Academic career development 
  3. Professional development of researchers in the Arts, Humanities and/or Social Sciences
  4. Promoting the professional development of underrepresented or equity-seeking groups in academia
As a researcher and creative thinker, this opportunity highlighted that I love working one-on-one and in groups with people from different disciplines and has shown me that facilitating workshops either as a researcher, consultant or advisor is an aspect of my next job that I want to develop further.

Other opportunities

You may also be interested in applying for a PGR ChangeMaker project. These are collaborative projects between staff and research students aimed at investigating and enhancing the experience of postgraduate research students at UCL. Further details are on our website: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/changemakers/postgraduate-research-projects

Last year's winners

Award winners in 2018/19
Lead Applicant's Name  Faculty/DepartmentProject title
Luofeng HuangMechanical EngineeringOpenFOAM workshop
Dr Danielle LambDivision of PsychiatryWriting retreat - a collaborative approach to increasing productivity
Natalie MarchantDivision of PsychiatryHow to effectively lead a team: Practical communication skills from a hostage negotiator
Luca BellodiPolitical ScienceA Weekend for Multi-Method Research
Paul Livingston DunkleyUCL Institute of EducationBalancing Act: Maintaining My Identity
Dr Louie DartmoorCorpe    Physics and AstronomySuccessfully applying for Fellowships in Physics and Astronomy
Zigeng Fang and Pu YangThe Bartlett School of Construction and Project ManagementCreativity in managing industry integrated PhD research
Dan KelbermanGenetics and Genomic MedicineProfessional Careers: Beyond Academia 2019
Frances HarknessMRC Unit of Lifelong Health and AgeingPodcasting for early career researchers
Emma Norris and Jessie BaldwinClinical, Educational and Health Psychology‘ReproducibiliTea’: An Open-Science Journal Club
Jasvir Bhamrah and Elinor BaileyDepartment of Physics and AstronomyNew Collaborative Initiatives in Educational Research in the Physical Sciences
Xiaoyu HanDepartment of ChemistryWomen @STEM - career development panel talk for women in STEM
Dr Kerry-Jo ReillySchool of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS)Academic Writing Workshop & Retreat using creative writing theory and praxis
Ayse Gur GedenUCL Institute of EducationCCM Doctoral Seminar Series
Paul SweeneyMechanical EngineeringReanimate: Communicating Research to Lay Publics
Dubravka PezicCancer InstituteWorkplace Culture Bootcamp