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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

This year's winners

Lead Applicant's Name  Faculty/DepartmentProject title
Rebecca Anderson and Justin ChanMarie Curie Palliative Care Res. Dept., Divison of PsychiatryProfessor Anil Seth: engaging with the public about research on sensitive topics
Sophie BennettPopulation, Policy and Practice, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child HealthShould I stay or should I go? Careers outside of academia event
Cini BhanuPrimary Care and Population Health Dept.The art of empowering women in research
Komal BhatiaInstitute for Global HealthThe book of why - IGH causal inference reading group
Alexandra ConstantinescuInstitute of Cognitive NeuroscienceSpark joy: organising and writing your thesis
Elise CraytonCentre of Behaviour ChangeMoving beyond academia: how to tackle salary negotiation
Claudia Garcia (on behalf of the CI PhD committee)Cancer InstituteCareer options for cancer scientists
Vanessa Galeano-DuqueBartlett Development Planning UnitMain challenges of quantitative data analysis in the urban studies in the Global South context
Sandra HalimInstitute of OpthalmologyAcademia vs industry: the friendly debate
Albert Henry and Rini VeeravalliInstitute of Health InformaticsIHI code club
Alexandra HopkinsInstitute of NeurologyLGBTQ+ in STEM Conference
Luofeng HuangMechanical EngineeringThe 3rd UCL OpenFOAM workshop
Gesche HuebnerBartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources, Energy InstituteTeaching TReQ: how to improve transparency, reproducibility and quality in applied, multidisciplinary research
Siti Nurnadhirah Binte Mohd IkhsanInstitute of Cognitive NeuroscienceCollaboration workshop
Mojtaba Abdi JalebiInstitute for Materials DiscoveryEnterprise in science and engineering
Sarah JasimDepartment of Applied Health ResearchUCL BAME ECR skills workshop series: rising above challenges
Katarzyna KozdonComputer ScienceBetter than the sum of parts: identifying the interdisciplinary potential of your project
Yutong Amy LiDepartment of Nanotechnology, Division of Surgery and Interventional ScienceLabNote - a smarter research-education experience
Rebecca Martin and Eleanor ArmstrongScience and Technology StudiesTurning a thesis chapter into an article in history, philosophy, and sociology of science
Francesca McCarthyCurriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment, Institute of EducationWalking and talking to explore research methodologies
Anita MehayDental Public Health Group, Institute of Epidemiology & Public HealthEmpowering minority ethnic women in public health: a workshop to build confidence and strengthen networks 
Alice MilneEar InstituteBridging the confidence gap
Alice MooreDepartment of Political ScienceThe pursuit of natural experiments
Mazal OakninSpanish, Portuguese and Latin American StudiesLiberating the curriculum in the language classroom
Charlie OuthwaiteGenetics, Evolution and Environment Writing retreat – approaches to productive writing and sharing accountability
Divya M. Persaud and Eleanor ArmstrongDept. of Space & Climate Physics, Mullard Space Science LaboratoryInnovating the workshop in the digital realm: space science in context
Kerry Jo-ReillyCentre for Languages & International EducationAcademic writing workshop & retreat using creative writing theory and praxis 
Rommy Anabalon SchaafDepartment of Culture, Communication and Media, Institute of Education(Auto)Ethnographic Writing Lab
Francesca ScottiSchool of PharmacyAlternative Careers Seminar Series
Stephanie Stanton-FayClinical, Educational and Health Psychology/Centre for Behaviour Change, Writing and Publishing a Popular Science Book
Michael SuluBiochemical EngineeringCreating a new research culture - ECR training in allyship, understanding the perspectives of marginalised groups and navigating a research career.
Nuoya TanUCL Division of psychology & language sciences, Interdisciplinary research skills: recognition, communication, and integration
Manuela TanInstitute of Neurology, Department of Clinical and Movement Neurosciences,Using Slack to help early-career researchers help each other within the Institute of Neurology
Yaobin TongCurriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment, Institute of Education Education in East Asia Interest Group
Dimitrious TsaoulidisDept. of Chemical Engineering Realising your potential as a Professional beyond academia
Kaan UcakDept. of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering Facilitating inter-departmental workshops to provide a platform for postgraduate students to share expertise in software packages.
Ahsana Parammal VatteriDept. of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic EngineeringResearch-Life balance for postgraduate student-parents and carers