Programme for new and aspiring principal investigators
- University of Glasgow
- Date first submitted:
- 20 Mar 2009
- Date last modified:
- 20 Mar 2009
- Personal effectiveness
- HR-related activities
- Research project skills
- Academic practice
- Research staff
Rationale, aims and outcomes
What is the rationale for doing this?
How does it fit with institutional strategy?
What are the main features of the provision?
What are the aims and expected outcomes?
This course has a dual purpose:
1. To provide development and networking opportunities for research staff (who aspire to be principal investigators)
2. To encourage principal investigators to provide support to their students and staff in personal development planning.
Explore the role and responsibilities of a PI, inluding consideration of own competencies
Understand their own approach to people and project management
Explore career trajectories for researchers and consider tools for personal development planning
Are there any pre-requisites for engagement, e.g. levels of skill, years of experience, essential pre-activities?
How many participate in each 'activity'?
This programme is open to researchers from any subject area, who are either new to the role of PI or looking to take that step in the next couple of years. A maximum of 16 participants for each course.
Evaluation: benefits, challenges and next steps
How do you monitor effectiveness?
Who do you seek feedback from?
Do you have benchmarks?
Out of the first cohort for this programme, several participants are now encouraging their research students to participate in researcher development initiatives and are themselves developing new training opportunities within their own Graduate Schools. At least one Research Assistant has gone on to obtain her first academic post.
Teaching committments mean participants often struggle to attend four days. Flexible delivery, on varying days of the week has been necessary.
This programme has become embedded in the University's startegy and plans for the future. In future, we may split the course to 'new PIs' and 'aspiring PIs' but there are also benefits to mixing.