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An in-person leadership programme for research staff. Leadership in Action is a 3-day participative leadership course that provides the opportunity to explore and develop your own leadership style. You will also be able to meet, work, and network with others. The course culminates in a celebratory dinner on the final evening and will be followed by a reunion on Thursday 26th September 2024.

 Course Details

Leadership in Action explores what leadership is and looks at some leadership theory. More importantly though it provides researchers with the opportunity to identify and develop their own leadership style through leading and participating in activities. It is a fast-paced face to face course that takes a ‘learning by doing’ approach – so while there are presentations on theory, most of the time is spent actively taking part in activities and then reflecting on them.

The course will culminate in a celebratory dinner on the evening of the last day (Friday 21st June) where we will be joined by previous participants, and senior members of divisional staff.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Consider what leadership is and means.
  • Identify a range of leadership styles, consider your preferred approach and how it impacts others
  • Focus on how you can enhance research culture through leadership
  • Practise leading in different situations


‘Interactive and activity-based course, very supportive and engaging atmosphere’

‘I learnt a lot more from failing, being in a safe space where you can mess up’

'I have changed my perspective about what a good leader looks like. This has been life-changing for me in terms of building confidence and making the most of leadership opportunities afterwards. The time commitment is worth it.'

' A confidence-boosting course which facilitates the development of practical leadership skills'

‘Probably the single most useful academic leadership seminar I have been to. It is a rather significant time commitment but it did pay off in my case. I would strongly encourage … ECRs to sign up’

'A safe space for young academics to practice being leaders'

'This course has given me practical skills and tools which have fundamentally changed how I interact with my students, mentees and colleagues. I think every ECR would benefit from it.'


19th, 20th and 21st June 2024, 0900-1700, and a reunion event on Thursday 26th September 2024.

The course will take place in person and you will be expected to attend all three days in full, including dinner on the evening of the last day (Friday 21st June), and the reunion event on 26th September, which will take place over lunchtime. 


Please complete the application form.  

Please note that this course is highly participative and fast paced. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this with the course team before applying for a place, please contact us on 

Please be aware that if you are offered a place on the course you will be asked for a £50 deposit to secure it. This will be refunded at the end of the course, conditional on full attendance.