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Managing at Manchester for Researchers

Nancy Rothwell

"I am delighted to offer my support to, and endorsement of, the Managing at Manchester for Researchers Programme. This is an example of the kind of support initiatives that the University of Manchester is developing and I urge you to take advantage of this opportunity if you feel that your future career direction lies in research leadership."

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell


Managing at Manchester for Researchers sits alongside the University of Manchester's suite of leadership and management programmes to enable the research community to develop management knowledge and skills to apply in their current role or for a future career either in or outside academia.

Run with support from colleagues in Researcher Development, the programme allows researchers to come together to discuss, reflect and practice people management skills in the following structure:

  •     Launch event
  •     Four modules: Build Relationships, Set Direction, Focus on Results, Learn and Adapt
  •     Three Action Learning Sets (one optional)
  •     Impact Event

Applications are now closed for the 2023/24 programme.

Gain Recognition - Institute of Leadership and Management

Managing at Manchester for Researchers is a development programme 'recognised' by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). Researchers who complete the programme gain a digital credential of completion. (Please note this is not the same as an ILM level 3 or level 5 qualification). To achieve 'recognised' status delegates must attend the four main modules and complete four self-reflections after each module.

Why do researchers attend?

The following are some of the reasons researchers are attracted to the programme:

'To learn how to transition to the next stage of my career and learn how to manage people in the team'.
 'I wanted validation of what I was already doing'.
 'I was really interested in the skills of managing a team. I wanted to have a formal course on my CV'.

Praise for the Programme

‘It was an absolutely amazing experience and I thoroughly enjoyed and learned a lot from the course’.

‘I think the skills taught are relevant and very important when working with people’.

‘Online [delivery] worked really well - I'd recommend to others, it made working in workbooks and conversations simultaneously easy, and took less time from a day’.

Programme Audience

This programme is aimed specifically at research staff on short term contracts (Post Doctoral Research Assistants, Associates, Research Fellows) wishing to develop their people management skills at university, or wishing to prepare for a career in management outside of the university.

Colleagues on this programme do not need to have a current line management role but will be aspiring to one either inside or outside the university, or wishing to develop line management knowledge for future grant applications.