Tracey Stead

Trainer, Facilitator & Consultant


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Leadership training for Researchers

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+ 1. Supervision: Introduction to doctoral supervision (click to read more)

Designed for those who are new to doctoral supervision, in this one day workshop we will look at various elements of the supervision process:

  • Establishing roles and expectations
  • Understanding different working practices
  • Developing your students skills
  • Monitoring progress
  • Encouraging independence

+ 2. Supervision: Advancing your doctoral supervision (click for details)

This interactive session is for supervisors from all levels of experience and is an opportunity to explore and share ideas on various topics that impact on our effectiveness as supervisors. Depending on the desired outcome, this may include some or all of the following:

  • Effectively recruiting and selecting doctoral students
  • Establishing good relationships
  • Determining training needs
  • Being a co-supervisor
  • Supervising across disciplines
  • Motivating your student to complete
  • Encouraging independence

+ 3. Research Leadership: What does it look like? (click to show details)

Aimed at early career researchers that are newly independent, or aiming for independence.

If you are navigating the transition from being managed and led by others to being in control of your own leadership and the management of others, then this workshop is an opportunity for you to stop and take stock of your leadership: what are you aiming for and what needs to change to develop your research leadership skills. We will do some benchmarking of where you are now and some action planning towards where you want to be.

  • In this reflective and interactive session, we will consider
  • Your vision for your team and you: What leader would you like to be?
  • What are the qualities of a leader in academia and research?
  • Where are you now? Benchmarking yourself
  • What skills do you need to develop?
  • Action Planning – what will you start to do differently?

+ 4. Taking control of your impact and influence

As your leadership responsibilities grow, you need to increasingly take control of your workload, whilst at the same time, making an impact within your discipline and the institution. This involves assertively saying yes and no to opportunities offered, but it is more than that: you need to be strategic and proactive. How do you create opportunities, have influence and create a positive impact with your colleagues?

In this workshop we will look at some models and ideas that will help you to stop and reflect on your personal impact and influence, in particular:

  • Knowing what you want, awareness of what others want
  • Getting noticed and making an impact with senior management
  • Influencing upwards
  • Being proactive: solving, rather than bringing, problems
  • Being assertive in taking (or saying no to) opportunities

+ 5. Introduction to Research Leadership & Management

This workshop is specifically designed for researchers who already, or aspire to, lead or manage others in a research context. It will be a unique opportunity for you to take stock of your leadership skills, and explore what you are aiming for and what needs to change, in order for you to develop your skills and confidence in research leadership and management.

  • This workshop will offer the opportunity to:
  • Think about what leadership in research looks like
  • Reflect on your own leadership of others, yourself and your research
  • Benchmark where you are now and where you want to be
  • Explore some management tools that you can apply to yourself and others on topics such as:
    • effective delegation and feedback
    • staying motivated and resilient
    • establishing trust
  • Start to make plans for how you will develop your leadership and management skills for the future.

+ 6. Effective Delegation (Lead by Anna)

A workshop aimed at those who manage staff in an academic context (either formally or informally), providing an opportunity to reflect on the effectiveness of the delegation give, and provide tools to enhance your practice.

Being in an academic leadership or management role means that a significant amount of your time will be spent managing others in your group or department: enabling them to contribute effectively to its research vision or goals whilst, at the same time, developing their own research careers.

The transition from lone researcher, responsible for your own ideas and outputs, to a manager or leader who must delegate that work to others can be difficult to navigate, and yet it is essential for both you and your colleagues if you wish to progress in your careers.

This workshop aims to give you an understanding of:

  • Useful theories that will help you reflect on the most appropriate approach to delegation
  • The different approaches required for delegating to different people
  • Practical approaches to addressing real delegation scenarios from your own context

+ 7. Effective Feedback (Lead by Anna)

A workshop aimed at those who manage staff in an academic context (either formally or informally), providing an opportunity to reflect on the effectiveness of the feedback you give, and provide tools to enhance your practice.

Being in an academic leadership or management role means that a significant amount of your time will be spent managing others in your group or department: enabling them to contribute effectively to its research vision or goals whilst, at the same time, developing their own research careers.

The transition from lone researcher, responsible for your own ideas and outputs, to a manager or leader who must delegate that work to others can be difficult to navigate, and yet it is essential for both you and your colleagues if you wish to progress in your careers.

This workshop aims to give you an understanding of:

  • Useful theories that will help you reflect on the most appropriate approach to feedback
  • The different preferences we have for giving/receiving feedback
  • A practical model to use to plan real feedback scenarios from your own context

+ 8. Facilitation skills

Bringing people together to think, innovate and solve problems is all important but does not always work very well. This one-day programme offers skills and techniques that you can use to help people to contribute their best thinking in group environments. These will also be relevant for people who conduct group discussions as part of their research.

This interactive day includes:

  • Essential facilitation skills
  • Understanding your participants
  • Planning your facilitation
  • Addressing the challenges
  • Ideas for tools, techniques and activities to achieve your outcomes