D2 - Driving research agenda through effective collaborative leadership

Day 2 at 13:40 - Driving research agenda through effective collaborative leadership
Day Day 2
Session D
Start time 13:40
Room Cambridge
Researcher Developers
Code D2

Linsey Dickson, Head of Research Funding, University of Stirling

Alison Mitchell, Director of Development, Vitae

Workshop overview: 

Increasingly success in gaining research funding requires team rather than individual effort in increasingly complex research environments. Teams are often multidisciplinary and multinational, stretching beyond the local research group to international partners and bringing in expertise from research managers and researcher developers. We urgently need to consider how best to develop and build research capacity for future researchers, research leaders and principle investigators, to respond effectively to funding calls such as from ODA, Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), and European research funding. 

Vitae, Association of Research Managers (ARMA) and Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) have extensive experience in different aspects of institutional research capacity building in UK and in developing countries, working collaboratively around the world to achieve impact and sustainable outcomes. Together Vitae, ARMA and ACU are pioneering a holistic programme for research organisations, to augment capabilities within UK institutions in meeting the demands of research leadership in international capacity building and to strengthen the reach, impact and sustainability faced by developing countries in building research capability and capacity. To this end we are exploring the skills required by researchers to lead projects in these complex environments, which include the management of diverse groups of researchers and professional research and researcher development support in organisations around the world. The workshop will introduce this new emerging area of importance to the researcher development community. 

Participants will explore the knowledge and skills required to be a successful collaborative leader within this new landscape during an interactive session to discover the breadth of skills that are required and associated enablers such as common language. The participants will then go on to look at identifying priorities from the initial list of skills produced, consider models of delivery of researcher development across those priorities, and reflect on researcher developers can contribute effectively to research capacity building in complex research environments.  

Workshop topics covered: 

Research leadership in complex environments, research capacity building and the important roles of research managers and researcher developers, development of researchers’ 

Conference Themes covered:

  • Engaging research leaders, principal investigators and supervisors in professional development
  • Researcher development across boundaries including international collaborations, inter-cultural competences, international researchers’ experiences, business/industry collaborations and engaging society through open research

Workshop outcomes: 

Participants will 

  • understand the requirements for effective collaborative leadership in complex research environments
  • identify capabilities required of researchers and researcher developers to enable research capacity building 
  • have ideas about how to enhance researcher development provision to meet these new challenges for researchers
  • reflect on how researcher developers can proactively contribute to capacity building in an international research environment


Presentation and case studies to set the scene will be followed group activities and discussion