A11 - Developing the next generation of research leaders

Day 1 at 15.20 - Developing the next generation of research leaders
Day Day 1
Session A
Start time 15:20
Strand Research Staff
Code A11

Alison Mitchell - Director of Development, Vitae

Dr Fiona Denney - Director, Brunel Educational Excellence Centre, Brunel University

Dr Katie Wheat - Training and Resources Development Manager, Vitae


This workshop is based on a research project supported by funding from the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) under the Innovation and Transformation scheme, exploring what academic and research leaders wish they had known about managing and developing talent when they started. The research was conducted using semi-structured interviews with research and academic leaders, who were asked to reflect on their career and development journeys and what would have been useful for becoming effective leaders of the next generation. During this workshop, participants will discuss the results of the project, which will be used to produce guidance to assist academic and research leaders to develop talent more effectively, to enhance the effective development of the next generation of researchers, and to provide HEIs with guidance on how to enhance academic talent management.

Topics covered

  • An overview of outcomes from a collaborative research project funded by LFHE
  • Exploring the themes in research leadership and transition to leadership, as experienced by current research leaders
  • Supporting leadership development in the next generation of research leaders; for researcher developers, supervisors and principal investigators, and institutions
  • Potential outputs and resources to be developed from the project
  • Other related developments across the sector

Themes covered

  • New approaches to enabling researchers to reach their potential and make powerful career choices
  • Working with PIs and supervisors to transform professional development for researchers and embed professional development in the research environment
  • Leadership development for researchers


  • Explore the possibilities in developing the next generation of research leaders
  • A set of recommendations for resources, to be used by researcher developers, supervisors and principal investigators, and institutions


The session is a mixture of presentation and group discussion