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Women in research is an intensive programme designed to support leadership development and career planning of self-identifying female research students, early career researchers and teaching staff.

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This new programme is designed to support early stage women researchers aspiring to explore their career options and assess their leadership capabilities and aspirations.

A practical course where participants will get the chance to de-construct common myths around leadership (which may impact career progression and goals), explore career pathways, assess their preferred leadership style and develop a personalised career action plan with clear and attainable goals. This is a highly participative programme and active contribution and reflection will be encouraged throughout. 

Our new, blended development programme is now available!

While we've put our face-to-face training on hold for the time being, we have not forgotten about supporting women researchers in these unprecedented circumstances. Join us for a new series of six short, intensive online webinars (masterclasses), tackling burning issues from decision-making in uncertain world, to impact, wellbeing and authentic leadership. Each masterclass will be followed by a small-group session, where discussions and support will be offered in confidential setting.

How to book:

Bookings for the live webinars are managed through the Inkpath platform (direct booking links in the table below). Please add them to your activities to confirm your place. Once registered, please access the online webinar, additional resources and forums via Moodle.

Registrations on small-group coaching seminars is available to masterclass participants only (details will be shared during the webinar).

Programme timetable:

Note: all webinars will run between 10:00-11:30, while the coaching sessions will follow the next day between 12:00-13:00.

LevelTitleDescription (masterclass)Dates and booking details
1Living in an uncertain world: the impact on research and career pathwaysJoin this 90-minute masterclass to explore how we can assess and mitigate the impact of specific external factors influencing our research and career pathways.  We will focus on defining our VUCA world by assessing the level of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity we are experiencing. We will then, explore coping strategies to help us navigate through this (new) world. We will draw on evidence-based research and best practice.

Webinar: Tuesday 2 June 

Coaching: 3 June

1The human side of research: how to be brave, compassionate, resilient and succeedJoin this 90-minute masterclass to explore how we can develop our skills, strengths and resilience to manage our research whilst staying sane! We will talk about the impact of stressors on our own drive, motivation and health as well as our team members’. We will then draw on the latest research and best practice to develop our resilience, bravery and help us succeed in a human and compassionate way.

Webinar: Wednesday 17 June

Coaching: 18 June

1Developing our impact and influence in research and beyondJoin this 90-minute masterclass to explore how you we increase our level of influence and impact in our immediate research environment and beyond. We will discuss methods which can help us develop our voice, presence, and reach.  We will then assess the importance of networks and communities and ways to nurture and develop them in time. We will draw on evidence-based research and best practice.

Webinar: Tuesday 30 June

Coaching: 1 July

1Long-term (career) planning: how to grow and do more of what you love…Join this 90-minute masterclass to explore how you can identify your priorities and develop an approach which will help you do more of what you love. We will explore frameworks and tools which could boost your ability to choose the right career pathway, translate aspirations into specific gaols, and develop action plans that work for you. We will draw on evidence-based research and best practice.

Webinar: Tuesday 14 July

Coaching:15 July

1Leading authentically: demystifying leadership and finding your leadership approachJoin this 90-minute masterclass to explore how you can identify your leadership approach. We will explore some of the leadership myths which can impact our motivation to take on leadership roles. We will then focus on relevant leadership frameworks and strengths which can help us find our authentic leadership approach in line with our values. We will draw on evidence-based research and best practice.

Webinar: Tuesday 28 July

Coaching: 29 July

1Leading change in research and beyondJoin this 90-minute masterclass to explore the types of organisational and personal change we are likely to experience and how we can positively influence the change process and associated outcomes.  We will evaluate our personal response to change and identify relevant frameworks to maximise our chances of success, empower teams and increase our positive impact in research and beyond. We will draw on evidence-based research and best practice.

Webinar: Wednesday 12 August

Coaching: 13 August

2Women in research face-to-face training

Join this intensive two-day programme to demystify leadership and de-construct assumptions which may impact your career choices. We will work on identifying your preferred leadership style(s), motivations and values, explore your next career goals, leadership roles and pathways in research, academia and beyond. There will be a space for personal reflection on your achievements to date and what made it work, potential areas for development and critical success factors. We will also work on your personal career action plan and encourage sharing experience as a researcher with other women researchers in a safe, confidential space.

Booking by application, postponed to late 2020-early 2021
3Women in research annual conferenceTBCSummer 2021

Who can participate?

  • Level 1 (webinars): Early stage women researchers working across all faculties and all women postgraduate students
  • Level 1 (coaching): webinar participants only
  • Level 2 (by application): Early stage women researchers working across all faculties and women postgraduate students in their final year (3rd/4th year full-time and 5th/6th year part-time mode)
  • Level 3: Level 1+Level 2 alumni

Register interest for sessions in 2020/21 academic year