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Emerging Research Leaders' Development Programme (ERLDP) 2019

Unscheduled instructor led


The new Emerging Research Leaders’ Development Programme (ERLDP) is designed to support postdocs aspiring to achieve research independence in order to lead a research group and/or become a research leader in any field. This programme is intended for postdoctoral researchers from any discipline who have begun or are about to begin the process of applying for independent research funding and/or established positions. An additional criterion is that you must have 2 years’ experience as a postdoc.

The programme builds on RDP’s leadership workshop series (Postdocs: An Initial Guide to Leadership; Postdocs: Self-Leadership; Postdocs: Leading Others. ), which lay the foundations of leadership for postdocs, and provides a more advanced leadership programme for those wishing to explore and consolidate their leadership practice over a four-month period within a multidisciplinary group. It is an application-only programme to enable a group of participants to work together to explore leadership in different contexts, and apply subsequent learning appropriately within their individual situations, current roles and future leadership positions. This will be a highly participative programme and an active and collaborative contribution to the content will be encouraged throughout.

If you are considering making an application to ERLDP 2019 and have not already attended at least two of RDP’s leadership workshop series for postdocs linked above, we strongly recommend that you sign up to complete these courses in Michaelmas 2018. ERLDP will run from January to April 2019.

Target audience
  • Postdoctoral researchers who have begun or are about to begin the process of applying for independent research funding and/or established positions.
  • Postdoctoral researchers from any discipline with at least 2 years' postdoc experience.

Selected participants must be able to attend all the elements of the programme as scheduled:

  • Workshop 1: Friday 18th January 2019
  • Workshop 2: Friday 15th February 2019
  • Group Tutorials: Tuesday 19th March 2019
  • Workshop 3: Friday 26th April 2019

Learning Outcomes:

  • To achieve an in-depth understanding of leadership in academia and research.
  • To deepen your self-awareness in order to help you achieve your full potential as an effective and strategic leader.
  • To explore and navigate complex relationships in order to be highly effective at working with others and at achieving desired outcomes.
Application process
  • Your application to attend the programme will not be considered until we have received your online application form.
  • Applications must be received by 5pm on Monday 5th November 2018.
  • Successful applicants will be contacted on the email provided in the application form in early December 2018.

To apply for ERLDP, please fill in the application form at the following link:

About the Course Leaders

Dr Mary Beth Benbenek: Mary Beth works closely with postdoctoral researchers and designs and delivers courses on academic and educational leadership with a particular focus on teaching and learning in higher education. Mary Beth is a tutor on the Teaching Associates' Programme run by the University’s Centre for Teaching and Learning. She holds a PhD in history and, before joining the RDP team, taught at American international universities in London and in Italy.

Hannah Clements: Hannah specialises in the design and delivery of a range of skill-development courses for postdoctoral researchers and research staff, focusing specifically on leadership, coaching and mentoring, and personal effectiveness. She has previously coached on Emerging Research Leaders' Development Programme (ERLDP), supporting researchers into leadership positions. Hannah's background is in career development and, before joining the RDP team, she worked in a number of London universities establishing and managing mentorship programmes, and teaching on careers education and guidance courses. She gained Senior Fellow from the Higher Education Academy in 2015.

  • Three workshops and one half day tutorial session (morning or afternoon). Dates as above.
  • It is expected that participants will commit an additional six to eight hours in total during the programme to complete tasks and activities.

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