Research Leadership Programme

What’s the purpose of the programme?

Creating an environment in which excellent research can flourish is a key objective of the University’s Strategic Plan. This programme aims to support research in Bangor by enhancing the leadership capabilities of research leaders and ensuring that they have the skills, abilities and confidence to lead and manage researchers effectively.

Who is the programme for?

This programme is suitable for research managers and PIs who already have leadership responsibilities as well as researchers who wish to progress to leadership roles in the University.

What does the programme cover?

The programme provides a mix of workshops, group discussions and coaching to enable participants to reflect on their own approach to leadership and identify how to further enhance their skills as research leaders in the University.

The key components of the programme include six half-day workshops, four discussion groups and one to one coaching. The discussion groups and one to one coaching will be arranged after the workshops.

Programme Outline

Leading Research at Bangor

  • This is an introductory meeting to ensure that participants understand the overall purpose and context of the programme.

The topics in each workshop include:

Understanding Yourself and Others

  • Examining the various roles and responsibilities of a research leader.
  • Recognising the importance of values in effective leadership.
  • Identifying individual strengths and challenges.

Communicating Effectively as the key to Success

  • Examining how to manage and enhance communication with staff and students.
  • Understanding how to manage communications when it goes wrong.

Leading Excellent Research Teams

  • Identifying the characteristics of effective research leaders and teams.
  • Understanding motivation and working styles.
  • Managing and enhancing individual and team performance.

How to get that Grant

  • Understanding the research landscape.
  • Examining strategies to get your current and future projects noticed and funded.

Managing the Project

  • Getting your project started.
  • Progressing and completing your project effectively.

Managing and Building Careers

  • Examining strategies for long-term career development.
  • Recognising how to build resilience to manage conflicting priorities.

What are the dates, times and locations of the workshops?

Leading Research at Bangor October, 23, 12–1.30pm Cledwyn 3
Understanding Yourself and Others November 23, 1–5pm, Cledwyn 3
Communicating Effectively as the key to Success November 28, 1–5pm Brigantia Room 230
Leading Excellent Research Teams January 14, 1–5pm Cledwyn 3
How to get that Grant February 5, 1–5pm Cledwyn 3
Managing the Project February 18, 1–5pm Cledwyn 3
Managing and Building Careers March 5, 12–3pm Cledwyn 3

Who is delivering the programme?

The programme is delivered by a combination of facilitators and successful researchers that includes:

  • Prof Jo Rycroft Malone, PVC Research and Enterprise
  • Prof Carol Tully, PVC (Students)
  • Prof David Thomas, Head of School and Professor, School of Ocean Sciences
  • Prof Stuart Jenkins, Professor in Marine Biology
  • Prof Julia Jones, Professor in Conservation Science
  • Prof Raluca Radulescu, Professor of Medieval Literature
  • Prof Fay Short, Professor of Psychology
  • Prof Guillaume Thierry, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Dr Thora Tenbrink, Reader in Cognitive Linguistics
  • Prof Vian Bakir, Professor in Journalism
  • Dr Garry Reid, Head of Research Innovation & Impact Office

How can you apply?

If you would like to reserve a place on this programme please email

Please note we will run another programme during the 2018/19 academic year therefore if the Programme is over-subscribed you will be placed on the waiting list for the next Programme.

Programme objectives and content

Leading Research at Bangor

The Programme will be launched with a 90 minute meeting lead by Prof Jo Rycroft to enable participants to meet each other and ensure that participants are aware of the overall purpose and content of the programme.

This meeting will be held on Tuesday, 23 October, 12–1.30pm in Cledwyn 3.

Understanding Yourself and Others

The aim of this workshop is to provide the opportunity for research leaders to consider the role and expectations of the research leader and how personality and individual leadership styles have impact on others.
  • To understand the role and responsibilities of a research leader.
  • To link the role of leader with their perspective of themselves as a researcher.
  • Recognise their values as research leaders and its impact on leadership style.
  • To identify through self-assessment questionnaires and feedback individual strengths and limitations
  • Recognise the potential impact of behaviours on others and how this impacts on how we influence others.
  • Identify and build on individual strengths and consider how to address the areas that need to be developed.
Time commitment Friday, 23 November, 1–5pm, Cledwyn 3
This will include two hours to complete the MBTI questionnaire and one to one feedback.

Communicating Effectively as the key to Success

Excellent communication is key to effective leadership and this workshop will look at the often overlooked skills of effective communication.
  • Increase your awareness of your own communication skills
  • Explore interventions and models to influence others effectively
  • Increase your confidence in dealing with difficult communication situations
  • Reflect on your values as a communicator.
  • Examine how to manage and enhance communication with staff and students.
  • Understand how to manage communications when it goes wrong.
  • Managing power relationships effectively.
  • Understand the power of positive feedback.
Time commitment Wednesday, 28 November, 1–5pm, Brigantia Room 230

Leading Excellent Research Teams

The aim of this workshop is to provide researchers with a range of approaches and skills to manage and motivate their research teams.
  • Learn how to manage the various needs of different team members in the context of different roles such as manager and mentor.
  • Examine how to build research team capability and capacity.
  • Identify how to manage performance effectively.
  • Identify the skills of effective feedback.
  • Recognise how to deal with difficult situations through effective communication and feedback
  • Key characteristics of effective research leaders and research teams.
  • Action Centred Leadership – task, team and individuals.
  • Motivation and working styles.
  • Managing and enhancing individual and team performance.
    • Managing performance effectively at Bangor.
    • Giving effective feedback.
    • Managing conflict in teams.
Time Commitment Monday, January 14 1–5pm, Cledwyn 3

How to get that Grant

This workshop will be informal and allow for discussion and sharing best practice in the key aspects of grant capture.
  • To explore the current research environment in Bangor and the UK and the impact agenda to inform your grant capture strategy
  • To reflect on your current approach to grant applications and consider improvements to your current approach.

The Research Context

  • Understanding the research landscape.
  • Grant funding and research finance and support in the University.

Getting that Grant

  • Thinking strategically about grant capture.
  • Examine strategies regarding how to best get your current and future projects notices and funded.
  • Understand how proposals are assessed by funders.
  • Gain experience of reviewing funding applications.
Time Commitment Tuesday, February 5, 1–5pm, Cledwyn 3

Managing the Project

This workshop will cover key areas of managing research projects and will have break-out groups to discuss leading research projects in different subject areas.
Objectives Identify the key elements you need to address all aspects of your research project. This will be informal and the group will be divided into their respective subject clusters i.e. science, arts and humanities and healthcare.

Getting Started

  • Getting organised – Pre-award support and planning.
  • Publication planning

Progressing the Project Topics will include:

  • Planning and reporting
  • Managing stakeholder expectations
  • Keeping an eye on the progress and on the project aim
  • What can go wrong and what to do about it

Project Completion Topics will include:

  • Maximising publications
  • Dealing with authorship challenges
  • Getting the most impact
  • Commercialisation
  • Lessons learnt
Time commitment

Monday, February 18, 1–5pm, Cledwyn 3

Managing and Building Careers

The emphasis of this workshop is to examine the long-term development of individual and team research careers and explore how to achieve individual career success.
  • To consider how to develop individual long-term research strategies and balance individual aims with support the career development of the research team.
  • Identify how to build resilience to manage conflicting priorities and a heavy workload.
  • Career management and development – what’s your path going to be?
    • Develop an action plan for career development.
    • Developing your profile.
    • Networking and collaboration.
  • Supporting the career paths of others.
  • Workload management and dealing with conflicting demands of research, teaching and administration
Time commitment Tuesday, March 5, 12–3pm, Cledwyn 3

Discussion Groups and Coaching

Following the completion of the workshops, Programme participants will be divided into smaller groups to participate in three discussion groups to share and discuss practical problems in light of the learning on the Programme. When participants have completed the Programme they will also have the opportunity to receive one to one coaching to support their continued development.