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M7.  Managing and leading people in a research context

Description:

The research team and its individual members are the most important aspect of managing research. This module will explore the ongoing management of the research team and allied contributors and particular management issues that may arise. It will focus on management within the distinctive research context of constrained periods of employment and tight timelines. This module is especially useful to those who wish to learn more about managing research students, research teams, a research centre or a research programme -- it will make a significant difference to how your research group operates.

Aims:

This module aims to assist researchers to reflect on their preferred leadership style, the challenge of developing a context for creative research and the ongoing management issues within the distinctive research context of fixed-term employment and narrow time frames.

Learning outcomes:

After completing this module you should be able to:

  • identify the characteristics of a culture in which research teams identify and achieve appropriate goals;
  • understand the relevance of different leadership styles in a research context;
  • introduce key characteristics of effective communication and negotiation skills and teams;
  • understand your responsibilities in creating a safe equitable workplace for the team;
  • provide tools and skills for researchers to plan and monitor activities to meet the requirements of the research plan.

Suitability:

  • Researchers at all levels, including PhD students and research management staff

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Updated:  21 March 2011/Responsible Officer:  Head, Research Student Development Centre /Page Contact:  FRLP Web Manager