A10 - Internationalisation of researcher development: applying the Researcher Development Framework in the West African context

Day 1 at 15:20 - Workshop overview:
This workshop will share our experience of designing and delivering a researcher development programme for researchers working at the MRC Unit, The Gambia. The University of Manchester and Vitae were awarded MRC funding to create this six month programme suited to researchers working in West Africa. The project aimed to deliver a sustainable and affordable programme that enabled researchers to enhance their outputs, and to empower them to take control of their personal and career development in a strategic manner. It also provided a significant opportunity to test the applicability of the Researcher Development Framework (RDF) with researchers working in a very different setting to that for which the RDF was developed and tested.

Project team: The University of Manchester (Judy Williams, Rachel Cowen, Emma Gillaspy), Vitae (Ellen Pearce, Jen Reynolds) and MRC Unit, The Gambia (Peter Dukes).

Presentation from Workshop A10


Day Day 1
Session A
Start time 15:20
Strand Postgraduate Research and Research Staff
Code A10

Dr Judith Williams  - Senior Lecturer, Vitae NW Hub Co-ordinator, University of Manchester

Dr Rachel Cowen
- Lecturer (Research Staff and Academic Staff Development), University of Manchester        

Jen Reynolds - Vitae and CRAC Partnerships Manager, Vitae

Workshop topics covered:

This workshop will:

  • Provide an overview of the programme and topics covered.
  • Provide evidence of the impact of the programme and lessons learnt delivering researcher training within an international research context.
  • Generate tips for developing researcher development programmes for countries outside the UK.
  • Explore the challenges of gathering evaluation and impact data

Themes covered:

  • New approaches to enabling researchers to reach their potential and make powerful career choices
  • Developing a pipeline of research talent, including widening participation issues and the strategies to attract the best candidates into research degrees
  • Leadership development for researchers
  • Researcher development and researcher careers evaluation and impact studies to further our understanding and knowledge of the researcher landscape
  • New and interesting ways of supporting mobility - international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary
  • Researchers’ development across boundaries: learning from international collaborations and exploring inter-cultural competence

Workshop outcomes:

By attending this workshop, participants will:

  • Gain an insight into the developmental needs of researchers working in West Africa and how that differs from researchers based in the UK.
  • Discuss best practice in developing programmes for researchers outside the UK.
  • Explore the applicability of the RDF to underpin programmes outside the UK.


55 minute interactive workshop