What is the Crucible and how do I apply?

The Glasgow Crucible is a leadership and development programme designed to support you, an Early Career Researcher, in taking the next step in your career - by helping you be more ambitious in your funding applications and publications, understanding the knowledge exchange agenda, and develop meaningful collaborations within and outside the Institution. 

All four of the Colleges are involved in the development and delivery of the programme, and we intend it to be an inspirational and valuable event. 

The programme, which runs over four days, including a residential trip, will include external speakers, workshops, facilitated sessions, informal discussions, and interactions with representatives from Scottish Industry and Government. A benefit of this scheme is the relationship you will build with a network of peers from other disciplines. 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have had to reschedule the 2020 Crucible to early 2021. Further details and information on how to apply can be found below.

Who is the Crucible for?

The programme is aimed at senior postdoctoral researchers, Research Fellows and new (R&T) Lecturers from any academic area.  The programme is intended for staff who have research as a substantive component of their role and you must have submitted at least one external funding application, which may or may not have been successful. Past participants on the Scottish (or other) Crucible are not eligible to apply. If you are currently part of the University's Early Career Development Programme, participation in the Crucible will be counted as equivalent to the knowledge exchange and commercialisation aspects of the development framework. Please make this clear in your application if this applies to you.


  • Expanding your creativity
  • Powerful communication and clear strategies for research dissemination
  • Enhancing your profile as a researcher
  • Research leadership and building the culture of your collaborations or group
  • Knowledge exchange, including how to find industrial collaborators, working with Government, and public engagement.

Dates and Times:

  • We are looking to reschedule the 2 day overnight event for April 2021. Updates will be shown here once we can confirm dates with the venues. We will begin with a visit to SCENE followed by a residential stay at the Lodge on the Loch, Luss. 
  • We are looking to reschedule our day at the Science Centre for May 2021.
  • We are looking to reschedule our final day at Studio93 for June 2021.

The event will conclude with drinks and nibbles at Studio93 where you will be able to have the opportunity to chat with senior academics and alumni.

You must be available to attend all of these dates as they are part of a continuous process rather than standalone sessions. All costs will be covered.

We realise that the residential component can be challenging for anyone with caring responsibilities and wouldn't like this to prevent anyone from participating. If you are concerned about this, please get in touch to discuss it.

Crucible and the Early Career Development Program (ECDP):

If you are a new member of academic staff and part of the ECDP programme, the Crucible can contribute to the KE and Impact aspects of the development framework.

To apply for a place:

Applications for the Crucible 2021 will be opening early 2021. Please continue to check here for further updates.

The Glasgow Crucible is led by the University's Research and Innovation Services (R&I). If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Adams (Researcher Development Manager) or Amanda McKenna (Research Administrator). 

Feedback from previous Crucible participants:

  • "These two day workshop definitely changed my approach how to generate ideas and what is important in order to be innovative and creative. This session was one of the best workshops that I have ever been."
  •  "Meeting with leading academics in the University changed my perspective on where I should be aiming in terms of my career trajectory."
  • "The overall content of the Crucible programme has made me think in a more joined-up way about my research: it has helped me understand the importance of a solid line of reasoning for my work, from inception through to development and application."
  • "As a relatively new early career researcher, this programme has helped me to realise the importance of strategy, not just in my research project portfolio, but in terms of all the other elements that are required to be a successful researcher (e.g. impact, knowledge exchange, building a profile, etc.)."

The programme develops each year, based on feedback from participants.