Research Leadership Training Programmes – Events


Two external Research Training events have been organised by the “Leadership Foundation”, and will be occurring in Birmingham and Edinburgh during the late spring. These programmes are highly focused and practical, with learning outcomes linked to the application of key leadership and management skills:

Research Team Leadership
Thursday 30th April – Friday 1st May 2015
Where: Birmingham
Description: This programme is designed to develop an individual’s skills as a research team leader, at a time when they may be new to leadership. The two-day programme has the added value of developing a community of leaders who can share and debate research issues together.
Who is it for? This programme is for lecturers, senior lecturers or readers, who have recently been appointed as principal investigators or who are currently leading small research teams.
Cost: £1095 non-member price
Application Deadline: Friday 24th April 2014
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Leading Research Leaders
Thursday 7th May – Friday 8th May 2015
This programme is designed to develop your ability to address the challenges involved in leading other research team leaders and of managing significant research projects. On this programme you will have the opportunity to practice some of the essential skills required for this role, reflect upon your personal approach to research leadership and exchange ideas with colleagues engaged in a similar role. 
Who is it for?
This programme is for research active academics who are likely to have significant operational leadership responsibility, in addition to their own role as a research team leader.
Cost: £1250 non-member price
Application Deadline: Wednesday 15th April 2015
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To find out more about the programmes – Click Here

Newton International Fellowships – Call


The Newton International Fellowship Scheme, run by the British Academy and the Royal Society, is now open, and will select the very best early stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world, offering support for two years at UK research institutions. They will provide an opportunity for Researchers to invite and sponsor international colleagues who are currently working abroad, to come work alongside them in the UK.

The scheme will provide grants of £24,000 per annum to cover subsistence and up to £8,000 per annum to cover research expenses, plus a one-off relocation allowance of up to £2,000. In addition, Newton Fellows may be eligible for follow-up funding of up to £6,000 per annum for up to 10 years following the completion of the Fellowship, with the long-term aim of the scheme to build a global pool of research leaders and encourage long-term international collaboration with the UK.

Both applicant and UK institution will apply jointy for the Newton Fellowship Scheme. The primary considerations are listed below. Successful applications should be strong in all respects:

— The academic research background of the Fellowship Applicant
— The quality of the proposed research project
— The expected benefits for the career development of the Applicant
— The track record of the UK Sponsor and host organisation in the area of proposed research
— The suitability of the UK Sponsor and host organisation for the Applicant’s research project
— The additional benefits for the UK Sponsor and host organisation.

Deadline for Applications – 25th February 2015 with final results to be announced in August 2015. Please let your Research Facilitation Team know if you intend to apply or have any further questions.

To find out more – Click here
To read the scheme notes – Click here

BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium – Call for Abstracts


On the 9th of April 2015, in Edinburgh, it will be the BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquim’s 8th event. To prepare for this, all women students of computing and related subjects are invited to enter one of the poster competitions. The categories are as follows:

  • Best first year poster for students who are in their first year of study at a UK university.
  • Best second year poster for students in their second year of study at a UK university (also those on an industrial year or 3rd year of a 4 year degree – basically this is for students between their first and final years).
  • Best final year undergraduate poster for students in their final year of study for a BA, BSc, BEng, or in the penultimate year of an MEng (this will often be the 3rd year, but may be the fourth or fifth year, if the student has taken a year abroad, year in industry, or is studying for a 4 year Scottish degree).
  • Best Masters student poster for students doing a taught masters degree, or who are in the final year of an MEng or similar integrated 4-5 year course resulting in a masters.

To enter the poster contest, write a 250 word abstract on the topic of your poster. The best 50 or so abstracts received will get travel bursaries, meaning that we’ll refund your transport costs, and an overnight stay if that’s necessary for you to attend (for example – if you’re coming from Southampton, we’ll pay for 2 nights accommodation, but if you’re coming from Glasgow we’ll only refund your train fare).

The deadline for submissions is the 28th February 2015.
To find out more – Click here
To submit your entry via the submission form – Click here



Researcher Workshop Series


A series of unique and interesting workshops have been organised throughout early March, designed for Researchers to improve aspects of their career that may not have been considered before. Hugh Kearns works with researchers, academics, PhD students, and many other high performers to help them complete their research faster and with less stress. It is expected that the workshops to be popular and places will be limited, so please register early and make sure that you will be able to attend.

Workshop: Defeating Self-sabotage
Date: 02/03/2014
Time: 09:30-12:30
Description: Do you find that despite your best efforts to ‘work on your thesis’ or get your research output going it just doesn’t seem to be happening? Does there always seem to be something more urgent, interesting or important to do? Perhaps you are self-sabotaging. If you think you procrastinate, are a perfectionist, don’t say no often enough, are disorganised or are always ‘busy’, this seminar will help you to understand why your thesis or research isn’t getting done and what you can do about it.


Workshop: Presenting your Research with Confidence
Date: 03/03/2014
Time: 09:30-12:30
Description: If you’re a researcher then at some stage you are going to have to present your findings. It’s tempting to get up and just read your paper, but to really speak to your audience you need to be able to communicate skilfully and with conviction. We’ve all been to dull presentations so it’s worth your while spending a little time to learn how to do it properly.


Workshop: The Balanced Researcher
Date: 03/03/2014
Time: 13:30 – 17.00
Description: So you’re a researcher. Chances are then, you are pretty busy. Firstly, there is your research. Proposals. Ethics. Paperwork. Meetings. Applying for grants. Getting grants, then managing the money and the people. Writing reports. And that is all before you even get to the actual research. You probably have a family or friends, you may have social commitments and, who knows, you may even have some personal interests! This workshop will describe the most useful strategies that thousands of researchers have found helpful in balancing the many demands on their time.


Workshop: The Imposter Syndrome
Date: 04/03/2014
Time: 13:30 – 17:00
Description: How can it be that so many clever, competent and capable people can feel that they are just one step away from being exposed as a complete fraud? Despite evidence that they are performing well they can still have that lurking fear that at any moment someone is going to tap them on the shoulder and say “We need to have a chat”. This workshop will look at what the latest psychological research has to tell us about ‘The Imposter Syndrome’ and more importantly some strategies for dealing with it.


Wow!How? Family Science Fair – Volunteers needed!


As part of British Science Week and Oxfordshire Science Festival, Wow!How? returns for its eleventh year, as it aims to enthuse young visitors and the general public about all aspects of science. After last years attendence of 4,500 people, who enjoyed 35 activities, run by more than 160 volunteers, we are hoping for another fun filled and interesting year. Wow!How? aims to publicly promote science as an exciting, relevant, and worthwhile endeavour. For many visitors, it provides an unusual positive interaction with scientific ideas and experiments:

Date: Saturday 14th March, 10 am – 4 pm
Museum of Natural History and Pitt Rivers Museum

Your help is needed however – Wow!How? are looking for creative and committed volunteers to develop and deliver exciting hands-on activities or short family-friendly talks and demonstrations. If you are interested in potentially leading or assisting on a stall, come to an introductory briefing: Thursday 15th or 22nd January, 5.15pm, at the Museum of Natural History (please let us know if you plan to come). On the day, we will also need lots of general help with welcoming visitors and covering lunch breaks. If you’d like to volunteer in this way, please also get in touch

To register you interest or find out more, contact Caroline Cheeseman – Click Here
For more information about the day – Click here