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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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Workshop 2: Networking and negotiation - essential skills for your future career

Networking means you will meet the right people. Negotiation helps you work with them. Both are essential in
building an academic career, working with collaborators, industrial partners, funders and your team.
This interactive workshop will explore both using case studies from a wide variety of issues researchers face:
working with those above and below, connecting with those outside the university and exploring the possibilities
of spin outs / startup.
Be prepared to meet, engage and explore the topics with your peers.


Dr Emma Williams (EJW Solutions)

Dr Emma Williams illuminates a wider career choice for early career researchers. She has a passion for enabling people to get the most out of their careers (academic or otherwise) with particular interests in enterprise skills and women's development. She has worked widely in the UK and overseas in research intensive settings delivering development events and coaching. She is a co-author of 'What every postdoc needs to know' using her 25+ years experience of the HE sector (from physicist to business owner).

Grant management

How to manage collaborative projects for postdocs

This course, provided by a grant management experts from Research Development, is designed to introduce postdocs to the management of multi-partner projects. It will help understand the life of a project, roles and responsibilities, project management tools and will involve case studies.

Information and registration

Podcasts to come

Postdoc support during the COVID-19 outbreak

The PDC remains open during the COVID-19 outbreak but will be managed remotely as much as possible

The PDC can be contacted by email as usual


  • Planned workshops are either moved online or will be rescheduled (visit relevant courses' pages for information)
  • One-to-one meetings, CVs and mock interviews will be provided via Microsoft Teams (free for all via Office365)
  • All events are cancelled and no new events are being organised until the situation settles
  • Committee meetings and catch-ups with PDC ambassadors will be organised on Microsoft Teams
  • Borrowing books from the PDC library is not currently possible

There are multiple resources available online, including e-learning (the "Successful researcher roadmap", the "UNIque" career development programme for University women, the Fellowship Application Support Programme, Nature masterclasses, LinkedIn learning etc.), podcasts and documents.

View online resources

All University guidance and updates regarding the outbreak can be found on the dedicated FAQ page:

QUB Coronavirus update

Here are answers to questions submitted in the worry box (last updated: 02/04/20).

Please note that the questions have been amalgamated, rephrased and generalised so that they do not describe a personal situation but represent general worries likely to be shared by multiple postdocs.

Answers to your questions most likely already exist in the University's FAQ pages and, when relevant, we here direct you to them and/or rephrase the information they provide to the perspective of postdocs. 


(Research) Pitch Perfect!

This workshop, facilitated by experts in science communication, helps you discover your natural charisma, allowing you to connect more spontaneously and directly with your audience. Using improvisation, theatre skills and role-play, this course will help you tell your research story, access your personal style whilst maintaining the integrity and content of your speech or presentation; especially with non-specialist audiences and in the context of public engagement.

Information and registration




Additional shortlisted nominees