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Pathways to Academic Independence: Supporting Academic and Technical Researchers

In this post, Al Innes and Dr. Charlotte Brady from the Strategic Research Development Team invite you to discover the transformative potential of the “Funded Research: Pathways to Academic Independence” training course for colleagues supporting academic and technical researchers. As research support colleagues, your role in encouraging academic colleagues to enroll holds immense value. Let’s explore how this course can be a catalyst for their professional growth. 

In our last blog post we explored the Professional Research Funding Strategy module. You can read that post here: 

Guiding Academic Excellence: Empowering Your Academic Peers with Pathways to Independence 

In the realm of academia, success isn’t just a destination; it’s a journey paved with strategic insights. The Funded Research: Pathways to Academic Independence course is aimed principally at academic colleagues who are new to the research landscape, or looking to take the next step in securing significant funding for their career advancement. 

It can also be an invaluable tool for inducting professional services and non-academic colleagues into their roles. In this blog we lay out some of the key ways it can support this function.  

1. Nurturing Academic Progress: Introducing the Pathways Ahead 

As you support your academic peers in their pursuits, the “Funded Research: Pathways to Academic Independence” course emerges as a foundational resource. Crafted to equip researchers with the tools to secure fellowships, research grants, and elevate their application quality, this course speaks directly to their aspirations. 

2. Forging Paths: The Personal Research Funding Strategy 

In the second module, academic colleagues expand on planning to build a “Professional Research Funding Strategy.” Emphasize the role this module plays in minimizing the effort spent explaining research during conversations and application rewrites. By effectively articulating their research intentions, they enhance engagement with potential funders. This isn’t just about funding; it’s about creating a narrative that resonates. 

3. Cultivating Foundations: Planning for Research Excellence 

The first module addresses a challenge that resonates across roles – effective planning. Acknowledge the time constraints academic staff face and highlight the course’s ability to alleviate this burden. By dedicating time to plan research activities and funding, they set the stage for success. The skills learned here extend beyond academia, nurturing a mindset of efficiency. This module encourages them to visualise a future of research excellence and create a roadmap to get there. 

4. Navigating Funding Complexities: The Landscape Module 

The third module, “Funding Landscape,” empowers academic staff to navigate funding intricacies. As you encourage them, underscore the value of aligning research goals with funders’ priorities. This approach not only enhances funding prospects but also refines their research vision. This module bridges their journey from planning to funding mechanics, ensuring holistic growth. 

5. Unlocking Potential: Enroll Today and Try It Yourself 

Once you’ve completed the course you will be ideally placed to guide others to the “Funded Research: Pathways to Academic Independence” course. By enrolling, you’re not just participating in training but familiarising yourself will tools you can use to help support other colleagues. For academic staff enrolling they’re investing in their academic future. They’ll gain planning prowess, craft personalized strategies, and navigate the funding landscape with purpose. As research support colleagues, your encouragement plays a pivotal role in nurturing academic success. Embrace this opportunity to empower their journey toward academic independence. Direct them to the Learning Catalogue on People and Money, where they can search for “Funded Research” or access the course directly at Course Link.

Where can I sign-up for the course? 

The Funded Research: Pathways to Academic Independence course can be accessed via the Learning Catalogue on People and Money. Either search for “Funded Research” in the Catalogue, or go straight to the course on P&M via



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