UofG partner in Future Leaders Development Network

Published: 14 February 2022

Major partnership awarded £3.4 million to create Future Leaders Development Network.

A major partnership, led by the University of Edinburgh, including UofG has been awarded £3.4 million to create a Future Leaders Development Network with approximately 500 research and innovation leaders from across the UK. In addition to fellows recently appointed via the Future Leaders Fellowship (FLF) scheme – UKRI’s flagship interdisciplinary funding scheme – the Future Leaders Fellows Development Network will include up to 200 further researchers and innovators nominated by the Research Councils.

Members of the Network will have access to unique leadership training, mentoring, and engagement opportunities, designed to help them maximise the impact of their research and spearhead cutting-edge innovation. 

The Glasgow bid has been led by Dr Kay Guccione, Researcher Development Manager in Research & Innovation Services. “Phase one was incredibly valuable so I am very excited to see what we can achieve with phase two. I feel very lucky to be working with colleagues from across the UK to support this community of researchers and innovators.”

Alongside the University of Glasgow, the partnership brings together specialists from organisations in the academic, commercial, and third sectors Vertical Future, Cardiff University, Queen’s University Belfast, the School of Advanced Study, University College London, the University of Cambridge, the University of Leeds, Vitae, and the Universities Policy Engagement Network.

The collaboration has grown out of the partnership of six universities running the first FLF Development Network, established in October 2020 to support 250 research and innovation leaders, including the first three rounds of FLFs.

Increased reach

The second phase of the FLF Development Network for Rounds 4-6 of UKRI’s Future Leaders Fellowship scheme and up to 200 additional research and innovation leaders nominated by the Research Councils. It will deliver novel training and development opportunities, catalyse knowledge exchange externally and internally, and promote collaboration building and networking opportunities to help fellows navigate the changing research and innovation landscape. The programme is funded for three years.

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First published: 14 February 2022