Enabling Future Research Leaders
Working together to support researcher development
The Future Leaders Fellows Development Network has been developing and delivering leadership development for researchers and innovators within the culture change landscape across the four nations of the UK since 2020.
By sharing our expertise, experience and resources, we aim to empower future research leaders, their teams, and research support professionals to enhance research leadership development in their organisations.
We invite professionals who support researchers in HE and industry to:
- get involved in our assessment of research leadership development needs
- request support with programme development
- collaborate on projects to enhance future researcher development
- make use of, and feedback on, a range of our resources
What we offer
Organisations working with future research leaders can draw on a range of support from the Network. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how we can support you in supporting your research leaders.
We will be offering ‘train the trainer’ events on:
- equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI)
- facilitating leadership retreats
- running interdisciplinary mentoring schemes.
More information and booking will be available soon. In the meantime, contact us at email@example.com to find out more and express an interest.
Train the Trainer: Leadership Retreats
The Network has developed a successful three-day Leadership Retreat tailored to research fellows who are recruiting and leading their first group. It has run nine times, at venues throughout the UK, and received tremendous feedback from participants. We are keen to share our materials and insights with colleagues in the sector who are interested in running leadership retreats for new research leaders or fellows.
Who is this training for?
This workshop would suit any experienced facilitator who wishes to run a leadership retreat and would benefit from practice sharing, access to developed materials and the opportunity to practice using them in a safe environment. We think that you will find the workshop most useful if you are experienced in working with researchers or in the research and innovation environment.
COMING SOON – Resources to support you in delivering our bespoke researcher development programmes developed by the Network:
The Network will be facilitating networking opportunities for researcher developers and future research leaders to share best practice.
Upcoming networking opportunities will soon be advertised here and in our newsletter. In the meantime, if you would like to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org to express an interest.
The Network and UKRI run events together which give insights into the Future Leaders Fellowships.
- Download the information note ‘Preparing your application’ which was co-created at our joint Shared Insights workshop in 2023 [PDF, 308KB]
Our next insight event will be open to all research professional staff supporting academics with the preparation of applications to UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships and will include:
- An overview of the Future Leaders Fellows Development Network
- A chance to compare experiences of the inclusive selection process
- An opportunity to work with UKRI colleagues who run the Fellowships
Booking for this event will soon be available here and through our newsletter. In the meantime, contact us at email@example.com if you would be interested in attending.
Stay up to date with the support and resources we offer researcher developers and be the first to find out about opportunities to collaborate with us.
We welcome host and industry engagement, and are currently working with institutes and companies to understand the need for researcher leadership development and to refine what is required.
Help us support cultural change by providing insights into what you need. For example, challenges and barriers when working with this career stage of researcher, regional offers, networks.
Share your views in our survey or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our aims and objectives
We intend to:
- support prospective Future Leaders Fellows/UKRI Fellow and Innovator institutes and companies to position themselves to become ‘Research Leader Ready’
- provide experiential and data-driven evidence to engage, support and progress institutes and companies who do not have the infrastructure or resources to deliver a comprehensive Fellow/Innovator support programme
- share the Network’s broad range of resources to help hosts develop their support for fellows and others – moving resources into the public space
- drive cultural change by disseminating best practice in researcher development, continually learning, analysing and improving the offer
- work with researcher developers to understand the needs of stakeholders and develop bespoke support offers – for example, Why do post-1992 HEI have less fellows? What do industry hosts require to support the growth in industry fellows and innovators?
- provide networking opportunities for sharing best practice on culture change, key agendas, such as the Place agenda, and researcher development.
Resources from the Network
A suite of resources to support researcher and innovators across a diverse range of topics, made available under a Creative Commons licence to use within your own organisation.
Run your own 360
Resources to support you in setting up and administering your own version of our bespoke research leadership 360 Feedback programme.
Run your own Mentoring
A toolkit to support you in crating and managing your own version of our bespoke leadership mentoring programme.
Resources from Fellows
Resources created by Future Leaders Fellows with the support of the Network.
Next Generation Research
A podcast spotlighting six of the UK’s best researchers. Professor Giles Yeo introduces you to Future Leaders Fellows and their ground breaking research that is shaping how we’ll live tomorrow.
A new Researcher Wellbeing Toolkit (RES-WELL) designed to help research institutions bring about cultural change in the way they support researchers, including those working on emotionally challenging topics.
A collection of articles which explore support the Network has provided and our collaboration with other institutes and companies.
- Interdisciplinary mentoring: Collaboration and sharing best practice
Lauren Wray, Institute Manager at the Horizons Institute, and Charlotte Bonner-Evans, Mentoring Manager at the Network, discuss how they worked together to develop a new interdisciplinary mentoring programme.
- From research evidence to policy change; the long and winding road
Understanding the process and ecosystem of policy making so you can prepare and engage to best effect – insights drawn from our event series ‘Research and Public Policy: Increasing Impact with Professor Graeme Reid’.
- Using a 360-perspective policy-messaging approach to maximise awareness, interest and action!
Lessons about using effective communication to present your ideas in impactful ways – insights from our event series ‘Research and Public Policy: Increasing Impact with Professor Graeme Reid’.
- The role of networking and relationships in your policy engagement journey
Insights into the opportunities to meet and build visibility with those involved in policy – from our event series ‘Research and Public Policy: Increasing Impact with Professor Graeme Reid’.
- EDI: If at first you don’t succeed…
Blog post from Think Ahead Sheffield with insights from their attendance at the Network’s conference ‘The Leadership Learning Legacy: Equality of access to best practice in researcher development – Insights and opportunities to shape the future together’
- International Research Culture Conference “It doesn’t just happen – Embedding Equality, Diversity & Inclusion into Leadership Development“ Dr Katie Nicoll Baines and Dr Sara Shinton, Future Leaders Fellows Development Network
- The Auditorium blog: Interdisciplinary Mentoring – making equal space for similarities and differences, Charlotte Bonner-Evans, Future Leaders Fellows Development Network
- REDS Conference 2023, Mentoring as a mechanism for leading culture change, Kay Guccione, University of Glasgow, Elaine Gourlay, University of Glasgow, Charlotte Bonner-Evans, Future Leaders Fellows Development Network, University of Cardiff
- Vitae conference 2023, Learning from Future Leaders, Listening to Researcher Developers, Udeni Salmon and Sara Shinton, Future Leaders Fellows Development Network