A8 - ‘Flipped Development’ – From passive to active development

Day 1 at 15:20 - ‘Flipped Development’ – From passive to active development
Day Day 1
Session A
Start time 15:20
Strand Researcher developers
Code A8

Dr Tony Bromley, Senior Training and Development Officer, University of Leeds 

Workshop overview

With ever increasing, individualised demands for researcher development from funders of research, coupled with institutional strategies for ever increasing numbers of postgraduate researchers, are our current models for training and development activity realistically scalable and sustainable? 

Do we continue with delivery models weighted toward ‘face to face’ and is simply moving more online, really the answer? What if we ‘flip’ things around and place greater emphasis on developing the skills in researchers to develop themselves now and in to the future, rather than offering programmes of activity targeted at developing a specific skill such as ‘leadership’ or ‘presentation’ etc.? Do programmes of activity engender ‘passive’ development for the individual? If we ‘flip’ will we encourage ‘active’ development? Development opportunities are out there for all of us all of the time, beyond a programme of face to face activity, online activity or any other opportunity researcher developer’s offer.

This workshop will introduce a concept for ‘Flipped Development’ which has two aspects; developing in the individual, skills in understanding themselves; developing skills in situational analysis.  The workshop will include both presentation of ideas and opportunity to discuss, debate and challenge the ideas. 

Workshop topics covered:

  • Challenging current models of the researcher development programme
  • ‘Active’ and ‘passive’ development
  • Shifting the balance from ‘workshop’ based development to ‘opportunity’ based development
  • Embedding skill sets for self-development  

Themes covered:

  • Engaging research leaders, principal investigators and supervisors to transform professional development of researchers and embed professional development in the research environment
  • Developing a pipeline of research talent, including widening participation, strategies to attract and retain research talent, and approaches to mainstreaming equality and diversity for researchers in the research environment

Workshop outcomes:

By the end of the workshop participants will:

  • Have an understanding of the proposed ‘flipped development’ concept
  • Have had opportunity to explore, debate and challenge the idea
  • Have had opportunity to consider their own practice with reference to a ‘flipped development’ concept