Podcast 34 - James Howard

Dr James Howard: Adapting to ‘Hybrid Practice’ in a post covid world

As the Director of The Academy at the University of Liverpool, Dr James Howard supports the University’s strategic objectives for research, education and professional services, through the development of the University’s people and practices. He leads the work of The Academy’s teams and, as a member of the University’s leadership, ensures that staff in all roles, at all levels, can access sector-leading development opportunities.

James was also a key member of the team which was awarded £3.6m by Research England, towards the £4.2m Prosper Project, based in the Academy, for which he now acts as Project Director. Prosper is a new approach to researcher career development, with the ultimate goal of opening up the huge talent pool that exists within the postdoctoral research community across the UK, to the benefit of postdocs themselves, Principal Investigators, employers and the wider UK economy.  

James notes that the aims of Prosper are now more important than ever, as unlocking the expertise and experience of postdocs will be vital as the UK aims to succeed in a post COVID-19 world.

Outside of his work in HE, James is a successful entrepreneur with a growing restaurant business. In this podcast James discusses the challenges of adapting practice in a post covid world. 

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