Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Ingenious Women

The Institute for Academic Development are committed to supporting female researchers develop their skills and advance their careers at the University, and beyond.

Although all of our courses offer support and guidance for women (as well as men), the IAD also provide courses (Ingenious Women) specifically for female research staff  focused on the development of entrepreneurial capabilities, higher-level employability skills, creativity and confidence.

Ingenious Women programme

Ingenious Women is a programme which empowers female postdocs to take control of their careers. Run over three weekends, there is space provided for learning, discussion, reflection and creativity, away from work and home life.

With an emphasis on self-awareness and defining personal success each weekend revolves around one of three themes (Community and Creativity, Cash and Control), and involves a combination of theory, experiential learning, group discussion and feedback

Example Programme

Session 1: Theme - Community and Creativity

Success as a researcher is evidence of your innate creativity. However, the behaviours and habits that fostered your creativity earlier in your career may need to be developed to help you adapt to changing priorities and increased time pressure. Learn how to boost your own creativity and understand more about the creative strengths you have. Work with other researchers to develop a strategy to improve your innovative approach whatever work you do and whatever lies ahead. Leave the workshop with a more focused and pragmatic approach to creativity

Session 2: Theme - Cash

Money is central to a research career.  Acquiring funding streams through grant income (and potentially spin out activities) is a core part of developing as an academic. This workshop explores individual attitudes and behaviours with money and finance with an eye on risk preference and management as well as being strategic with money and future income flows.  It is not a grant writing workshop.  It is an interactive day with practical and strategic outcomes for thinking about your career and your research and the financial flows through both.

Session 3: Theme - Control

Managing a career is challenging. We may not always feel that we can control our environment, the people around us or even ourselves. This workshop will help you to articulate and test your career vision and work out how to achieve it. We will look at how to work effectively with others to help you secure your vision. Techniques will relate to negotiation, relationship building, self-awareness and priority setting

Next dates

We currently have no dates planned, this page will be updated once we have further information. 

Feedback from previous participants


The course was excellent and well worthwhile. It has made a huge difference to my self-confidence and my career aspirations and given me the confidence to recognise my potential and consider more ambitious careers than I would have done prior to the course.

Ingenious Women participant

This is easily the most enjoyable, the most empowering and the most effective course I've ever been on. I'm extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to be part of this.

Ingenious Women participant

“I have the feeling that the Ingenious Women course was a starting point for me for a great adventure in life and career. I would strongly encourage all women in research to attend it.”

Ingenious Women participant

“Having time to think, reflect and chat about important issues relating to my working life and relationships, guided by helpful activities with a group of really interesting and confident women.”

Ingenious Women participant

“I really enjoyed being taken to a place where we had the opportunity to focus on self-development, away from our day to day lives . . . I thought a lot of the resources we were given were excellent and some of the workshops were great, and it was also great to meet female colleagues in a supportive environment.“

Ingenious Women participant

More information

Eligibility: this course is open to UoE female research staff

For more information about Ingenious Women, please contact the IAD at:

Research staff and principal investigator (PI) support

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