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The PDC is keen to provide bespoke support to fellowship holders but, as the University is currently elaborating a programme for fellows, the design of such resources has been put on hold to avoid duplication.

Several relevant resources are however already available, for example in the areas of management and leadership (coursesbooks etc.). Fellows are also encouraged to request a mock interview when applying for a lectureship and to volunteer to be on mock interview panels to get ready.

This page will be gradually improved and populated in 2019-20.

Relevant documents:

Probation profile for VC fellows


Sharing and building fellows experience

Faculty Fellows peer-mentoring group

Faculty fellowship holders at all levels meet regularly to share their experience with each other and discuss how to navigate their transition to research leadership with invited guests.

Informal discussions with senior management, support services (or other relevant guests) are carried out on topics identified by fellows. This provides fellows with the opportunity to ask specific questions to key stakeholders on how to develop their career and fulfill their role.

The meetings are organised conjunctly by the PDC Fellows ambassadors and the PDC.

Please email the Fellows ambassadors or the PDC with your suggestions of topics or guests!



Potential topics and guests already suggested by fellows: Faculty Pro-Vice Chancellor, role of the academic CV in the promotion and probation process, how to define grant involvement with partners

8 March 2019: Initial fellows welcome meeting: Guests were the Faculty Dean of Research and Faculty Dean of Innovation with representation from People and Culture (organisational development and HR business partner), the Research Policy Office (Impact and REF), Research Development, Research Finance and the PDC.

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Supporting independent fellows

Fellowship Academy

The Fellowship Academy is a comprehensive and bespoke development service that will include access to a Fellows Network, Mentorship Programme and a range of professional training and development options delivered via workshop sessions, online learning and peer coaching groups. The content delivered by the Fellowship Academy is decided by the fellows themselves.

The Fellowship Academy is co-ordinated by Prof Emma Flynn, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, and People and Culture, with imput from relevant departments like Research Development.

Membership of the Academy is by invitation and concerns fully independent fellows from the three Queen's Faculties, including institutional fellows (e.g. Illuminate Vice-Chancellor Fellows) and holders of externally-funded prestigious fellowships (see list of included fellowships here).

Selected events from the Fellowship Academy:

The next event will be organised in January 2020 (information to come)

Fellowship Academy Consultation Meeting (8 October 2019): The Fellowship Academy being a new resource, Prof Emma Flynn chaired this initial meeting and engaged the fellows in a discussion aiming at identifying their priorities, challenges, needs and, in general, what they would like the Academy to provide.


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