The purpose of the programme is to provide researchers with access to a range of development activity to enhance their research practice and plan their career development. This programme compliments and is part of the wider programme of activity for Queen’s research staff. Participants will complete a number of assessments on ‘Managing own continuing professional development’ and ‘Making professional presentations’ , which lead to the award of the externally accredited Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management.
The intended outcomes of the programme are:
- To support researchers professional activities and development aspirations
- To recognise individual professional achievement
- To advance professional practice
- To encourage the development of learning communities.
This programme consists of two sections; core workshops and optional training pathways. It is intended that participants will attend 6 core workshops in addition to taking either the writing or managing projects pathways (3 full days). The programme is designed to enhance participant’s research practice. As the programme draws upon existing Queen’s Staff Development workshops, it will be possible to claim credit for any of the workshops that the participants have already undertaken.
In order to facilitate on-going discussion between the participants action learning groups will be held throughout the year and all participants are required to attend. Action Learning is a development process, it is learning which has both action (in the workplace) and development (individual learning outcomes). It breaks down the boundary between Learning and Doing in work – creating a flow of reflection and application in everyday life.
The Presentation Event must be attended at which participants will give a short talk about their professional and career development planning before, during and after participating in the programme.
Attached is a copy of a brochure providing a brief overview of the programme and an application for the 2014-15 programme. This form must be completed and signed and sent to: Paul Monahan, Staff Training and Development Unit, 7 Lennoxvale, BT9 5BY, email@example.com by Thursday 2 October 2014.
If you have any questions about the programme contact Paul Monahan, Staff Training and Development Unit, ext. 6632, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Comments from participants on the 2013-14 programme:
Would you recommend other staff to take part in this programme? Why?
1. Yes. The course provides you with theory and time to reflect on your own performance and interactions with others in the workplace. It also provides an opportunity to interact with researchers from other schools and gain insight into processes in their departments.
2. Definitely. I thought I had excellent management skills. I didn’t! They have now improved.
3. Yes, everybody in the lab should reflect about their learning and development activities. They should be aware of the right way to do things.
4. Yes, because it improves our efficiency and management skills.
5. Yes it is very helpful, especially for self-reflection.
6. Yes. I have learnt a lot and also have time away from the office to think about career development.
7. Yes. It works.
8. Yes all post docs. Help them with their future.
9. Yes, already have, some of my colleagues are keen to sign up.