Focus on Research Leadership, Independence and Management

 

"I've rediscovered some of my eroded confidence so I will try to keep hold of that and push harder on my comfort boundaries."

Participant,  Vitae Leadership event

As researchers progress within an academic career, the balance shifts from being led and managed by your supervisors, to leading and managing oneself, to being responsible for leading and managing others. The resources compiled below can be used be researchers, and those supporting researchers, to understand and prepare for some of the key potential challenges during that journey.

No matter what your career stage, leadership is an important ability that will serve you well in a variety of career contexts and is one of the things that make doctoral graduates so employable. But what is it that differentiates a researcher as being ‘independent’ and what does that independence look like for you?

This Focus On will run from April to July 2018 and we will be reaching out to you to gather your views and experiences during this time. Tweet us anytime @Vitae_news

You will need to be registered to our website with your university address to access some of our content.

See our full listing of focus on topics for Vitae members.

 

Leadership

Leadership

Leadership is an important aspect of research independence and is something you can work on from the start of your PhD. Develop the leadership knowledge, skills and behaviours practised by good leaders using our collection of resources and tips below:

For a more in-depth look at our leadership content, visit our previous Leadership for Researchers Focus On page
Your views

Your views

We want to understand what ‘independence’ means to you. Throughout this Focus On, we will be giving you opportunities to share your views:

  • Follow @Vitae_news on Twitter to answer our quick Tweet Polls (week commencing 21 May 2018)
  • Join us on 7 June 2018 at 12:00 (UK, British Summer Time) for our live #vitaechat (more details coming soon)
  • In the meantime, catch up on our previous #vitaechat conversation on leadership for researchers
New and aspiring research leaders

New and aspiring research leaders

If you have recently taken on responsibilities as an independent researcher or group leader, such as supervising your first doctoral researcher or recruiting members of your team, the following resources might be of use:

Developing the next generation

Developing the next generation

In this collaborative research project, funded by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (now part of Advance HE), we asked academic and research leaders about their career journey so far, including what helped them and what they wish they had known.

We compiled their insights into a series of information and reflection sheets to help researchers understand and develop in the key areas identified as important for aspiring academic and research leaders:

For more information and background to the project, see the Developing the Next Generation webpage vitae-publications/guides-briefings-and-information/developing-the-next-generation and download the full PDF resource.

For Researcher Developers

For Researcher Developers

Our website contains a wealth of leadership resources for researcher developers and other staff supporting researchers, including:

Researcher Development Framework (RDF)

Researcher Development Framework (RDF)

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) provides a structured way for researchers to identify and improve the competencies needed for research leadership and management, such as: