D9 - A novel approach to enabling post-doctoral research staff to become successful, autonomous and independent researchers within 5 years of completion

Day 2 at 13:45 - A need was identified to develop an opportunity for university lecturers, who had completed their PhD to develop their post-doctorate research skills and to prepare for REF 2020. It was decided to use a novel, ‘grass roots' approach to developing post-doctorate research staff. Over a 6 month period, through regular meetings, a package was developed by a small team, to meet this need. A business case was written and presented to senior management to justify the implementation of the package.

The workshop aimed to share knowledge and experience related to post-doctoral development and to critically examine a framework for post-doctoral staff.

The utility of Innovation Cell Methodology as an approach was discussed.

Innovation cells bring people together (typically 6-8 people) in order to create a solution to an identified need. Strand - Research staff.
Day Day 2
Session D
Start time 13:45
Strand Research staff
Code D9
Presenters Dr Gabrielle McClelland - Senior Lecturer/Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Bradford
Dr Melanie Cooper - Lecturer, University of Bradford


Topics covered:

  • postdoctoral researcher development
  • an over view of Innovation Cell Methodology
  • an authentic and current case study of the use of Innovation Cell Methodology in the development of a post-doctoral researcher programme
  • practical ways to develop a post-doctoral researcher programme in your work place mapped with the Vitae Researcher Development Framework.

Workshop outcomes:

At the end of the workshop participants:

  • were familiar with the advantages and implications of developing a post- doctoral research programme
  • had had the opportunity to share knowledge and experience relating to post- doctoral research careers
  • understood Innovation Cell Methodology
  • had gained practical experience of the application of Innovation Cell Methodology
  • had offered and received practical ideas and information on how to develop a post- doctoral research strategy.


An inclusive and interactive approach was used, following the principles of the innovation cell methodology, this engaged workshop participants to exchange ideas, knowledge and experience. In particular participants were encouraged to share examples from their own experience.