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Future Leaders for Postdoctoral Researchers, 18 Oct-29 Nov 2023

Future Leaders for Postdoctoral Researchers, 18 Oct-29 Nov 2023

Calling all postdoctoral researchers working toward a net zero future!  Whether your career aspirations are to work in academic research or in a public, private or third sector organisation you’ll need the skills to lead and develop others to achieve your goals.

In this fast-paced, certificated programme you’ll explore leadership theory, try out practical tools and work collaboratively with peers. Invited guest speakers will share their experience, focussing on specific leadership and management challenges that arise in a variety of relevant contexts.

This leadership programme is an opportunity for you to visualise yourself as a leader and develop your own unique leadership style for maximum impact.

C-DICE are fully subsidising places for 20 postdoctoral researchers to attend this Future Leaders training programme with Skillfluence.   Each of these places is worth £700.

What previous participants have to say:

“This course truly unlocked my ability to lead effectively, but also gave me massive insight into myself and my own qualities!”

“I found the sessions on strategic planning, effective communication and development level discovery very helpful”

“Jen was a fabulous convenor and truly made this course inspiring. The guest speakers were great also and allowed us to see theories in application and ask questions of an individual in a situation we may see ourselves in some day.”

“I found the whole course inspiring and it was so useful to have the lecture and then the practical exercises after. It was also such a non-scary environment I feel that that made everyone really comfortable to do the practical exercises together well.”

“Thank you for an insightful course where I have developed a lot. I didn’t even think that I could develop these skills because they’ve always been so abstract to me.”

86% of participants have already applied the tools and techniques to their own situation.

Programme Format:

6 x half day (3½ hours) live interactive modules held via Zoom and including guest speakers. Usually delivered once a week for 6 weeks.

Dates and times:

Wednesday 18th October 2023, 09:30-13:00

Wednesday 25th October 2023, 09:30-13:00

Wednesday 1st November 2023, 09:30-13:00

Wednesday 8th November 2023, 09:30-13:00

* Wednesday 15th November – no session this week

Wednesday 22nd November 2023, 09:30-13:00

Wednesday 29th November 2023, 09:30-13:00

In registering for this training programme you will need to commit to attend all six of the weekly sessions. Your University may be charged if you do not attend each of the sessions.

Overview of the training programme:

  • Introduction to Leadership
  • Strategy: leadership vision and values
  • Situational leadership: discover different leadership styles
  • The voice of leadership: communicating and influencing
  • Teams and individuals: How to get the best out of people
  • Methods to approach your first year in a leadership role

Leadership Conversations:

Five of the modules include a ‘Conversation with Leaders’ to provide context, inspiration and real-world stories from diverse leaders. This brings the learning to life for participants as well as offering an opportunity to learn from leaders with relatable experience, research expertise and backgrounds.

These conversations consist of an interview, discussion and Q & A with highly relevant and knowledgeable speakers who will have experience in a variety of industry, organisational, research and disciplinary sectors.

Trainer biography:

Dr Jen Allanson is a successful academic with an international profile.  In 1999 she became the first full-time female lecturer in Computer Science at Lancaster University.  She became a senior lecturer in The School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences at LJMU and held an honorary lectureship in The School of Psychology while researching human-computer interaction.  Since 2005, Jen has been a professional trainer & facilitator, delivering more than 500 workshops & training events in the UK, Europe, Japan, Brazil and the African continent.

To register for this training programme, please book via the link below.  






United Kingdom


18th October to 29th November 2023


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