Job Description

I am responsible for activities that place Liverpool at the forefront of Researcher Development practice for all doctoral students and research staff across all career levels, through tailored internal programmes and the leadership of flagship projects. These initiatives are aimed at cascading effective practice and developing the capabilities of all researcher to meet the University’s strategic focus on excellence via Strategy 2026.

I am the University’s lead for the European HR Excellence in Research Award and the Researcher Development Concordat. I work closely with the University’s Senior Leadership Team for Research and Impact, the Research Environment and Postgraduate Research, to strategically foster a nourishing and inclusive research culture and environment which values and supports researchers and research-related individuals at all levels.

I led The Academy’s establishment of the Research Staff Association and the University’s PGR Development Network. I represent the University on various national and international committees and engage with external partners to facilitate the wider context of researcher development provision and communities of practice. I manage the commissioning of relevant and engaging internal and external expertise to ensure that University of Liverpool research staff and postgraduate research students are exposed to the best new thinking and the most impactful practice.

On a global platform I am the Emerging Researchers’ Group Link Convenor for the European Educational Research Association (EERA). I represent Early Career Researchers’ interests on the EERA Council and have led a number of European educational research policy working groups. I manage a European programme of developmental activities, including the annual EERA Emerging Researchers Conference. I am also an Editorial Board member and a reviewer for several international educational journals.

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