Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

PI Briefing Managing Your Research Group (MVM)

The PI Briefing - Managing your Research Group is a compulsory course for all existing and new Principal Investigators in the Deaneries of Clinical Sciences and Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences, and strongly recommended in the Deanery of Biomedical Sciences.

This full day event has been developed to ensure that all PIs in these Deaneries are appropriately trained in the management and development of their people and knowledgeable about the policies and procedures necessary for recruitment, development and management of their teams.

Courses run in the central area and dates are available throughout the year. Course dates for the coming year are detailed below.

Course dates for 2016/17

All courses run from 9.15am - 4.30pm, participants must attend the whole day.

Date Location            
Thursday 27th October 2016 Room B.09, IAD, 1 Morgan Lane (off Holyrood Road)                                                                                                             
Thursday 17th November Room B.09, IAD, 1 Morgan Lane (off Holyrood Road)
Tuesday 6th December 2016 Room B.09, IAD, 1 Morgan Lane (off Holyrood Road)
Tuesday 10 January 2017 Room B.09, IAD, 1 Morgan Lane (off Holyrood Road)
Wednesday 8 February 2017 Room B.09, IAD, 1 Morgan Lane (off Holyrood Road)
Tuesday 28 February 2017 Room B.09, IAD, 1 Morgan Lane (off Holyrood Road)
Thursday 23 March 2017 Mary Kinross Room, QMRI, Little France
Tuesday 16 May 2017 Room B.09, IAD, 1 Morgan Lane (off Holyrood Road)
Tuesday 20 June 2017 Room B.09, IAD, 1 Morgan Lane (off Holyrood Road)

How to book

If you are eligible, you can book online via the University Events Booking System below:

Managing Your Research Group - online booking (EASE log in required)

You can also find booking details via the MyEd Events Booking channel (search for provider: Institute for Academic Development) and on our website.

Background

Professor John Savill, Head of the College of MVM has agreed that this course is of high value in achieving the aims of the Athena SWAN award to the Clinical Sciences and Molecular, and Genetic and Population Health Sciences and therefore that it is compulsory in these two areas.

We have also piloted this training in the Deanery of Biomedical Sciences. Academics from these 3 Deaneries will be given priority on the course dates listed. If space is available this may allow for non-academic colleagues from these areas and or academics from other schools to attend the session.

Course description

The recent 2015 PIRLS survey data suggests that PIs consider the following statements important for excellent research leadership:

  • advances significantly the discipline/research area
  • creating opportunities nurtures researchers’ careers
  • exemplifies the highest standards of research integrity and conduct

The survey also identified that, in general, PIs are less confident in their managerial role than they are in their research leadership activities.

“Between a third and half of respondents believed they would benefit from further development in these areas of leadership and, more especially, management.”

Course overview

This course aims to ensure than PIs carry out their role in the College confident in their management capabilities, sure of management practices, University policy and national legislation and able to emulate best practice to their groups and colleagues across the University. By focusing on managing people, the course will:

  • Equip PIs with the essential skills required for managing groups of diverse and autonomous individuals
  • Develop an understanding of University policy in recruitment, management and appraisal
  • Ensure the highest possible standards in equality and diversity are achieved
  • Enable PIs to effectively manage the career development of their team, particularly for early career researchers

Course feedback

Easily the most useful university course I haev been on. It was well led with a relaxed atmosphere which definitely aided discussion and prompted asking of questions.

“The whole day was exceptionally worthwhile; every topic was relevant to my position.”

The most useful aspect of the course was pretty much all of it

“Really excellent workshop: I confess that I wasn't looking forward to a whole day of HR(!) but all presenters were engaging, and their presentations well structured, and I came away feeling that I had learned a lot. Certainly a lot of food for thought.”

“Every Group leader would benefit from attending this course.”

Target audience

This programme is compulsory for all PIs in the Schools of Clinical Sciences and Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences, and is strongly recommended for all PIs in the School of Biomedical Sciences.

Academics from these 3 schools will be given priority on the course dates listed. If space is available this may allow for non-academic colleges from these schools and or academics from other schools to attend the session.

Example programme

Time Session Contributors
09:00 - 09:15 Arrival and registration Tea and Coffee Available  
09:15 – 09:30 Welcome and Overview Professor from MVM
09:30 – 10:30 Responsibilities of the PI, the Researcher and the University Institute for Academic Development
10:30 – 11:00 HR and Recruitment Senior HR Advisor
11:00 – 11:15 Tea and Coffee  
11:15 – 12:15 HR and Recruitment (continued) Senior HR Advisor
12:15 – 13:00 Equality and Diversity Senior HR Advisor
13:00 – 13:30 Lunch  
13:30 – 14:30 Equality and Diversity Senior HR Advisor
14:30 – 16:15 Managing Research Staff Development (Coffee available at 15:00) Senior HR Advisor
16:15 – 16:30 Take home initiative – Athena Swan Professor from MVM