D3 - Increasing the power and effectiveness of researcher development programmes through enhanced research leadership and team communication
Principal investigator/supervisor development
Prof Paula Pinto, Associate Professor, Polytechnic Institute of Santarém, Portugal
Prof Etsuko Tanaka, Assistant Professor, Nagoya University, Japan
Dr Tony Bromley, Senior Training and Development Officer, University of Leeds
Leaders of doctoral programs and research groups have a fundamental role in shaping the future of research and within that developing researchers. This workshop draws upon experiences of incorporating professional development activity in to PhD programmes in Japan and Portugal focusing on a number of key aspects important in increasing the power and effectiveness of researcher development.
The workshop firstly overviews the respective experiences of the presenters as context, drawing out learning relevant to the effectiveness of researcher development covering:
a) Reform of higher education for PhD students in Japan. The process and experience of applying the concept of professional development will be reported as follows: 1) Introduction of professional development workshops in collaboration with a UK university, 2) Application of a skills framework informed by the Vitae Researcher Development Framework, and 3) Establishment of a network to share information and experience among Japanese universities.
b) Overview of professional development in Portuguese doctoral programs.
Secondly the workshop will look deeper into the learning, with two interactive exercises on particular researcher leader and research group skills essential to increasing the power and effectiveness of researcher development:
1. Building a strong and cohesive team through empowerment and motivation of team members: 1) create a mission that all support, 2) develop responsibility and autonomy, 3) inspire others in your own particular way.
2. Improving assertiveness and feedback delivery
Workshop topics covered:
- Postgraduate researcher development in the Japan and Portugal context
- Key learning points in respect of the effectiveness of researcher development related research leaders
- Building strong and cohesive research teams
- Improving assertiveness and feedback delivery
- Engaging research leaders, principal investigators and supervisors to transform professional development of researchers and embed professional development in the research environment
- Researcher development across boundaries including international collaborations, inter-cultural competences, international researchers’ experiences, business/industry collaborations and engaging society through open research.
By the end of the workshop participants will:
- Have learnt about researcher development practice in Japan and Portugal
- Considered and discussed key research leader skills to increase the power and effectiveness of researcher development
- Considered in more detail the role of team building, assertiveness and feedback delivery in effect development of researcher by research leaders.