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Exploring Research Leadership

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The session will develop a reflexive discussion among researchers on what research leadership is and might be with a panel discussion among three recent “graduates” of the ILM5 Leadership and Management Cohorts at the University, and from an academic teaching leadership. In particular, it will seek to dispel myths around effective leadership and the primacy of “heroic” leadership models that are implicitly valued by metrics that measure research and promotions criteria. This session will encourage participants to focus on softer leadership skills and value their capacities in these, such as sharing information and networking; staff development and skills acquisition; emotional empathy and competence; and empowering others.

The event will start with an interactive activity, followed by a panel discussion. The session will close with a theoretical input from Frances Patterson, followed by a summary of the University leadership training offer by Lorna Prince.


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Professor Rachel Norman (Chair of Aquatic Food Security): Rachel’s background is in mathematical modelling of infectious disease dynamics and control. She is interested in both developing new modelling techniques and solving real life problems. More recently, Rachel has turned her focus to Food security and am really interested in how we can understand the complex interactions which make up our food system. Rachel leads the University Research Programme on Global Food Security which brings together colleagues from across the University who are applying their research to problems in food security.

Professor Sam Punch (Dean of Graduate Studies): Sam has a keen interest in interdisciplinarity and cross-world dialogue, in particular learning across majority world and minority world childhoods. Sam is Dean of the Stirling Graduate School (SGS), enabling postgraduates to maximise the benefits available to them during their time at Stirling. The SGS is involved in establishing and developing best practice and consistent standards of expectation and performance. They build on subject-specific postgraduate experiences with dedicated generic skills programmes and targeted student and staff support.

Dr Peter Matthews (Senior Lecturer in Social Policy): Peter’s research is interdisciplinary with a particular interest in: The interactions between policy and place, and how this can be interpreted; How time and temporalities are framed, created and interpreted by policy processes in the built environment; Place-belonging and community activism, engagement and participation; Intangible heritage and broadening the definitions of heritage; and Co-produced methods in research and policy-making. Peter’s current research is looking at LGBT+ experiences of homelessness, housing provision and experiences of residence.

Frances Patterson (Senior Teaching Fellow, Social Work): Frances’ background is in adult health and social services with a focus on people with learning disabilities making the transition from education into adult life. Frances has a strong commitment to the supervision and development of staff working in all aspects of social care and to the fostering of personal leadership skills across the workforce. Frances works within the Social Work post-qualifying team at University of Stirling, supporting social services managers and practitioners to enhance their own learning through critical reflection and dialogue.

Lorna Prince (Organisation Development Partner, Human Resources & Organisation Development): Lorna delivers individual, team and leadership development solutions at all leadership levels - as well as organisational development projects and initiatives. She is an established practical expert on development and uses her experience to make links individual development and enhancing performance. An experienced leadership coach, she enhances her coaching with development psychometrics. Lorna has been designing, delivering, assessing and quality controlling ILM Programmes since 2007.

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