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.
This year's winners
|Lead Applicant's Name||Faculty/Department||Project title|
|Rebecca Anderson and Justin Chan||Marie Curie Palliative Care Res. Dept., Divison of Psychiatry||Professor Anil Seth: engaging with the public about research on sensitive topics|
|Sophie Bennett||Population, Policy and Practice, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health||Should I stay or should I go? Careers outside of academia event|
|Cini Bhanu||Primary Care and Population Health Dept.||The art of empowering women in research|
|Komal Bhatia||Institute for Global Health||The book of why - IGH causal inference reading group|
|Alexandra Constantinescu||Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience||Spark joy: organising and writing your thesis|
|Elise Crayton||Centre of Behaviour Change||Moving beyond academia: how to tackle salary negotiation|
|Claudia Garcia (on behalf of the CI PhD committee)||Cancer Institute||Career options for cancer scientists|
|Vanessa Galeano-Duque||Bartlett Development Planning Unit||Main challenges of quantitative data analysis in the urban studies in the Global South context|
|Sandra Halim||Institute of Opthalmology||Academia vs industry: the friendly debate|
|Albert Henry and Rini Veeravalli||Institute of Health Informatics||IHI code club|
|Alexandra Hopkins||Institute of Neurology||LGBTQ+ in STEM Conference|
|Luofeng Huang||Mechanical Engineering||The 3rd UCL OpenFOAM workshop|
|Gesche Huebner||Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources, Energy Institute||Teaching TReQ: how to improve transparency, reproducibility and quality in applied, multidisciplinary research|
|Siti Nurnadhirah Binte Mohd Ikhsan||Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience||Collaboration workshop|
|Mojtaba Abdi Jalebi||Institute for Materials Discovery||Enterprise in science and engineering|
|Sarah Jasim||Department of Applied Health Research||UCL BAME ECR skills workshop series: rising above challenges|
|Katarzyna Kozdon||Computer Science||Better than the sum of parts: identifying the interdisciplinary potential of your project|
|Yutong Amy Li||Department of Nanotechnology, Division of Surgery and Interventional Science||LabNote - a smarter research-education experience|
|Rebecca Martin and Eleanor Armstrong||Science and Technology Studies||Turning a thesis chapter into an article in history, philosophy, and sociology of science|
|Francesca McCarthy||Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment, Institute of Education||Walking and talking to explore research methodologies|
|Anita Mehay||Dental Public Health Group, Institute of Epidemiology & Public Health||Empowering minority ethnic women in public health: a workshop to build confidence and strengthen networks|
|Alice Milne||Ear Institute||Bridging the confidence gap|
|Alice Moore||Department of Political Science||The pursuit of natural experiments|
|Mazal Oaknin||Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies||Liberating the curriculum in the language classroom|
|Charlie Outhwaite||Genetics, Evolution and Environment||Writing retreat – approaches to productive writing and sharing accountability|
|Divya M. Persaud and Eleanor Armstrong||Dept. of Space & Climate Physics, Mullard Space Science Laboratory||Innovating the workshop in the digital realm: space science in context|
|Kerry Jo-Reilly||Centre for Languages & International Education||Academic writing workshop & retreat using creative writing theory and praxis|
|Rommy Anabalon Schaaf||Department of Culture, Communication and Media, Institute of Education||(Auto)Ethnographic Writing Lab|
|Francesca Scotti||School of Pharmacy||Alternative Careers Seminar Series|
|Stephanie Stanton-Fay||Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology/Centre for Behaviour Change,||Writing and Publishing a Popular Science Book|
|Michael Sulu||Biochemical Engineering||Creating a new research culture - ECR training in allyship, understanding the perspectives of marginalised groups and navigating a research career.|
|Nuoya Tan||UCL Division of psychology & language sciences,||Interdisciplinary research skills: recognition, communication, and integration|
|Manuela Tan||Institute of Neurology, Department of Clinical and Movement Neurosciences,||Using Slack to help early-career researchers help each other within the Institute of Neurology|
|Yaobin Tong||Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment, Institute of Education||Education in East Asia Interest Group|
|Dimitrious Tsaoulidis||Dept. of Chemical Engineering||Realising your potential as a Professional beyond academia|
|Kaan Ucak||Dept. 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 Vatteri||Dept. of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering||Research-Life balance for postgraduate student-parents and carers|