Learning outcomes

  • Engage in activities to increase self-awareness and use this knowledge in planning career development
  • Explore continuing professional development (CPD) and its benefits and identify ways to increase personal engagement with CPD
  • Consider the techniques associated with reflective practice and undertake reflective writing.

Practical outputs

  • Build a portfolio of the activities from those within the programme
  • Create a personalised action plan of relevant and achievable career management/CPD activities to be undertaken outside of the programme, over a defined period of time.

Using the module

Welcome to Advancing your Research Career – Strategies for Research Leadership! The programme aims to support researchers in taking a reflective and strategic approach to developing and managing their research careers. Providing engaging, flexible and interactive training in the key capabilities that underpin successful research leadership, the programme will help to ensure that researchers' career goals are well-articulated and supported by a professional knowledge base.

If this is the first time you have accessed the Advancing your Research Career programme, or if you need a brief reminder, here is some information on how the screens are organised, and some of the tools and features that are used throughout:


Content

  • The centre of each screen contains the core content for the course, presented as either text, interactive activities, graphics, videos or animations
  • Text highlighted in a box preceded by an arrow contains instructions on how to navigate the activities that follow

  • Terms highlighted like this are clickable glossary terms, and can be clicked on to access pop-up boxes containing definitions of key terms
  • Note that your responses to the notemaking and text entry activities (where you type responses in the space provided) can be printed and used as part of your ongoing work

Poll questions

The poll questions, used periodically throughout the programme, are designed to help you:

  • Think about your own situation and attitudes
  • Compare your situation and attitudes with those of others taking this course.

If you have any concerns about your situation, consider talking with a mentor or trusted colleague to get advice.


Pods

Throughout this module, you will see clickable 'pods' that contain further information and learning opportunities. Exploring the information provided in the pods will enrich the learning experience.

  • Additional information pod iconAdditional information: Contains extra content to expand on or illustrate key points from the main screen. Ideal for further information that is of interest but not crucial for inclusion in the main screen content.
  • Useful links pod iconUseful links: Contains helpful links to external websites and resources that expand on, contextualise, or demonstrate the topics discussed in the module.
  • Your context pod iconYour context: Contains links and information specific to your context and/or institution.
  • Case study pod iconCase study: Contains links to, or descriptions of, real examples of researchers' experiences or research projects etc., relevant to the screen content.
  • Additional information pod iconAdditional information Contains extra content to expand on or illustrate key points from the main screen. Ideal for further information that is of interest but not crucial for inclusion in the main screen content.
  • Useful links pod iconUseful links Contains helpful links to external websites and resources that expand on, contextualise, or demonstrate the topics discussed in the module.
  • Your context pod iconYour context Contains links and information specific to your context and/or institution.
  • Case study pod iconCase study Contains links to, or descriptions of, real examples of researchers' experiences or research projects etc., relevant to the screen content.

In context screen

The In context screen is designed to allow you to apply the concepts you've learned in the module or to recapitulate your journey through the module – these might be using realistic set of circumstances, case studies or scenarios.


The Advancing your Research Career programme is designed to gradually build up your understanding and skills. We recommend that you complete the modules in the order given, but they have been designed so you can access each of them independently according to your own requirements and those of your institution.

Building a portfolio

  • Portfolio activity pod iconPortfolio activity: Throughout the programme, you will be offered additional activities via 'Portfolio activity' pods. These are for you to complete outside of the module to further progress your learning and development.
  • Portfolio activity pod iconPortfolio activity Throughout the programme, you will be offered additional activities via 'Portfolio activity' pods. These are for you to complete outside of the module to further progress your learning and development.

Additionally, throughout the module, you will have the opportunity to download completed activities. Creating and managing your portfolio as you go through will ensure that you can maximise your learning and will enable you to continue developing once you have worked through each section. Saving reflections and activities is recommended as a cornerstone of continuing professional development activity.

Expert panel

Author

Bryony Portsmouth

Bryony Portsmouth

Bryony Portsmouth is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy/Advance HE. With a background in careers guidance, people development and organisational improvement, Bryony has been developing people's leadership and self-confidence for over fifteen years. She believes researcher development should always encourage honest conversation and genuine self-reflection.


Lead Advisors

Professor David Bogle

Professor David Bogle

Professor David Bogle is Pro-Vice-Provost of the University College London (UCL) Doctoral School –the role is to lead the strategy for early career researcher development (doctoral and postdoctoral) at UCL. He is also Professor of Chemical Engineering at UCL with research interests in Process Systems Engineering and Systems Biology.

David is Chair of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) Doctoral Studies Policy Group and member of several advisory boards for early career researcher development in Europe. He recently chaired a review of the UK's Concordat for the Career Development of Research Staff.

Dr Shelda Debowski

Dr Shelda Debowski

Dr Shelda Debowski is an international consultant to the higher education sector, specialising in academic and researcher development. She brings a wealth of experience as a professor of higher education development and a deputy vice chancellor. Shelda has published several books in this area, including The New Academic (Open University Press, 2012) and Developing Academics (Routledge, 2017).


Reviewers

  • Clare Viney, Chief Executive Officer, CRAC/Vitae
  • Dr Kate Jones, Head of Learning and Professional Development, Vitae
  • Dr Katie Wheat, Head of Engagement and Policy, Vitae CRAC
  • Professor Martin Willis, Head of the School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University, Academic Lead, Welsh Crucible Research Leaders Programme
  • Dr Mary Iliadis, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University
  • Dr Matilda Greig, Juan de la Cierva Postdoctoral Fellow, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona)
  • Dr Ross McLennan, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research Services; Macquarie University, Australia
  • Dr Saneeya Qureshi, Head of Researcher Development and Culture, The Academy, University of Liverpool
  • Dr Yee Lian Chew, Mary Overton Senior Research Fellow and NHMRC Fellow, Flinders University, Adelaide (Kaurna Country), Australia

Accessibility advisor

Wilma Alexander

Wilma Alexander

Wilma Alexander is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with Master's degrees in Human–Computer Interaction, Linguistics and Information Science. She has over 15 years of experience as a manager with the online learning team at the University of Edinburgh, where she specialised in usable and accessible digital practice, tutored on the groundbreaking Master's degree in Digital Education and developed online staff training on accessible e-learning and online tutoring skills. Since retiring from the university at the end of 2015, Wilma has provided consultancy services on all aspects of online learning, with a special focus on accessibility and usability issues.


Development Group

Advancing your Research Career was developed in conjunction with:

  • Federation University, Australia
  • Heidelberg University, Germany
  • James Cook University, Australia
  • Maynooth University, Ireland
  • Murdoch University, Australia
  • Sheffield Hallam University, UK
  • Victoria University, Australia
  • University College Cork, Ireland
  • University College London, UK
  • University of Otago, New Zealand
  • University of New South Wales, Australia
  • University of Queensland, Australia
  • University of Sheffield, UK
  • University of Southern Queensland, Australia
  • University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
  • University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Ulster University, UK