Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Managing your Research Teams

'Managing your Research Teams' is a compulsory workshop for all existing and new Principal Investigators (PIs) 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 workshop event has been developed to ensure that PIs and Staff in management roles in these Deaneries, are appropriately trained with respect to the management and development of the staff they are involved with and knowledgeable about the policies and procedures necessary for recruitment, development and management of their teams.

These workshops are run in the central area and dates are available throughout the year. Workshop dates for the coming year are detailed below.

Course dates for 2019/20

Venue:  All workshops  -  Room B.09, IAD, 1 Morgan Lane, Off Holyrood Road

Times: All courses run from 9.00am - 4.30pm, participants must attend the whole day.

Date Location            

Wednesday 29 January 2020

Room B.09, IAD, 1 Morgan Lane (off Holyrood Road)

Wednesday 12 February 2020

Room B.09, IAD, 1 Morgan Lane (off Holyrood Road)
Thursday 28 May 2020 Room B.09, IAD, 1 Morgan Lane (off Holyrood Road)

How to book

We usually send emails with booking details out to eligible staff once booking is open.

You may also find booking details, once available, via the MyEd Events Booking channel and / or the University Events booking website (search for provider: Institute for Academic Development). University Events Booking website (EASE log in required)


Professor Sir John Savill, Head of the College of MVM has stated that this workshop 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 Deaneries.

Data from the Principal Investigators and Research Leaders survey (PIRLS) suggests that, in general, PIs are less confident in their managerial role than they are in their research leadership activities and that the following statements are considered important targets for excellent research leadership:

  • to advance significantly the discipline/research area
  • to create opportunities to nurture researchers’ careers
  • to exemplify the highest standards of research integrity and conduct

Course overview

This workshop aims to ensure staff 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 workshop will:

  • Equip staff 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 staff to effectively manage the career development of their team, particularly for early career researchers

Target audience

This programme is compulsory for all PIs in Clinical Sciences and Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences, and is strongly recommended for all PIs in Biomedical Sciences. It is also recommended for staff in managerial roles who are involved in helping to manage research teams.

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.”