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