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Wellcome Trust - The International Funders' Award in Management Skills (DEADLINE 23 September)

last modified Sep 05, 2016 09:37 AM

The programme which has the key objective via your development to increase the productivity of research teams, make less mistakes and hence have increased chance of success in grant applications in the future.

Wellcome have partnered in this Award with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Medical Research Council, Institut Pasteur and BBSRC.

Background

Anecdotal evidence suggests that researchers make great scientists; however, they tend to lack the skills that make them effective and productive managers and leaders. These skills would be, for example, recruiting the right person, budgeting, managing your research project, how to manage a team effectively and so on.

The International Funders' Award is an online framework of courses that research and feedback have told us post-docs and early PIs would benefit from to increase their research productivity. The online framework will be run by the Open University who, with Wellcome, have created a platform specifically for the IFA.

Now that we are at the Pilot stage we are looking for 10 dedicated early career research volunteers to go through the Pilot. Due to high levels of interest, the Trust has put together a short application form. The advantage of being a volunteer is that once you have completed the Pilot, you will be some of the first researchers in the world to have the International Funders’ Award certificate.

The modules will be released 2 at a time between October and December 2016 with a total of 12 to complete. We anticipate the time commitment to be approximately 4-8 hours per module depending on how in-depth you decide to study them and we would require you to:

  • Test the modules functionality and flow,
  • Provide feedback on your understanding and the learning outcomes,
  • Provide feedback on the modules relevance to science, applicability to your role, whether it works for you as a scientist, how, and why/why not.
  • Complete the prior learning assessment or indicate you have none – either way helps us test the assessment and system functionality
  • Complete the final assessment in order to gain your certificate

During this period you will be assigned a Learning Advisor to support you and assess your work as well as access to the academic team at the Open University. The pilot phase will end on February 1st 2017 at which point Wellcome and the Open University will review all your feedback.

 

Modules:

  • Managing your research project
  • Recruiting the right person, the right way
  • Managing and working in a team: difficult conversations etc
  • Budgeting
  • Career development (alternative careers)
  • Presentation and communication skills
  • Writing scientific papers and reports
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Mentoring
  • Resilience
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Bullying and harassment awareness

TO APPLY

Fill in this application form and send to and , by 23rd September. 

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