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
There are four award categories and applicants must state clearly which award category they are applying for on the application form. The categories are:
- Careers beyond academia
- Academic career development
- Professional development of researchers in the Arts, Humanities and/or Social Sciences
- 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.
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
|Lead Applicant's Name||Faculty/Department||Project title|
|Luofeng Huang||Mechanical Engineering||OpenFOAM workshop|
|Dr Danielle Lamb||Division of Psychiatry||Writing retreat - a collaborative approach to increasing productivity|
|Natalie Marchant||Division of Psychiatry||How to effectively lead a team: Practical communication skills from a hostage negotiator|
|Luca Bellodi||Political Science||A Weekend for Multi-Method Research|
|Paul Livingston Dunkley||UCL Institute of Education||Balancing Act: Maintaining My Identity|
|Dr Louie Dartmoor||Corpe Physics and Astronomy||Successfully applying for Fellowships in Physics and Astronomy|
|Zigeng Fang and Pu Yang||The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management||Creativity in managing industry integrated PhD research|
|Dan Kelberman||Genetics and Genomic Medicine||Professional Careers: Beyond Academia 2019|
|Frances Harkness||MRC Unit of Lifelong Health and Ageing||Podcasting for early career researchers|
|Emma Norris and Jessie Baldwin||Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology||‘ReproducibiliTea’: An Open-Science Journal Club|
|Jasvir Bhamrah and Elinor Bailey||Department of Physics and Astronomy||New Collaborative Initiatives in Educational Research in the Physical Sciences|
|Xiaoyu Han||Department of Chemistry||Women @STEM - career development panel talk for women in STEM|
|Dr Kerry-Jo Reilly||School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS)||Academic Writing Workshop & Retreat using creative writing theory and praxis|
|Ayse Gur Geden||UCL Institute of Education||CCM Doctoral Seminar Series|
|Paul Sweeney||Mechanical Engineering||Reanimate: Communicating Research to Lay Publics|
|Dubravka Pezic||Cancer Institute||Workplace Culture Bootcamp|