Reframing Research Leadership: The Changing Research Leadership Landscape (for Research Leaders)

Date(s) - 23/11/2023 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Research Leadership Development Consortium

Online Seminar Series 2023-25


‘Reframing Research Leadership: The Changing Research Leadership Landscape’

23 November 2023 (14.00-16.00 GMT) – online via Zoom

In the inaugural event of the series, a roundtable entitled ‘Reframing Research Leadership’ will explore the varied pathways of research leadership, viewed through the lens of our panellist’s unique leadership journeys. This session will reflect on the challenges of navigating research leadership in the changing context of UK Higher Education as the panellists discuss their influences, the challenges they face in their roles, as well as exploring the opportunities for supporting the development of high-quality research and inclusive research cultures.

Panel: Professor Mel Simms (University of Glasgow), Professor Joanne Murphy (University of Birmingham), Professor Matthew Brannan (Newcastle University), Professor Christian Harrison (University of Bolton), Professor Paresh Wankhade (Edge Hill University) and Adam Forristal Golberg (University of Nottingham)



About the Panel:

Mel Simms – Dean of Research College of Social Science,  University of Glasgow

Melanie Simms is Professor of Work and Employment at the University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School. Mel’s role as Dean of Research in the College of Social Science at Glasgow means active involvement in the shaping and development of research culture. Her own research focuses on the collective representation of both workers and employers in industrial relations structures. She has experience of working with trade unions and international collaborators. Mel has worked at University of Leicester, University of Warwick, University of Kent, Cardiff University and the University of Oxford

Joanne Murphy – Professor of Inclusive Leadership University of Birmingham

Joanne Murphy is a Professor of Inclusive Leadership at Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham. Her research explores leadership and change in volatile environments, and she has worked extensively with business, government, not for profits and police and security organisations to build leadership capacity and manage change. Joanne has experience of research at Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster University, and Trinity College Dublin

Paresh Wankhade Professor of Leadership and Management, Edge Hill University

Paresh is Professor of Leadership and Management at Edge Hill University and is an Internationally known expert in the field of emergency services management.  He is the Editor-In-Chief of International Journal of Emergency Services and has built exceptionally strong working relationships with Senior members of the Emergency Services. Most recently, he has been elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

Christian Harrison Professor of Leadership and Enterprise, University of Bolton
Christian is Professor of Leadership and Enterprise at University of Bolton. He is also the Director of the Centre for Leadership and Empowerment in Greater Manchester. His research focuses on entrepreneurial leadership and leadership skill development, and is a regular invited expert on leadership topics for television and print media. Christian’s background as a trained Pharmacist gives him insights into the potential and challenge of interdisciplinary research and he has a particular interest in promoting and advocating scholarship and research, his work in this area is recognised by his appointment as Chair of the Academy for African Studies

Adam Forristal Golberg Research Development Manager (Research Growth) University of Nottingham

Adam Forristal Golberg is Research Development Manager (Research Growth) at the University of Nottingham and has also worked at Keele University. He has over seventeen years of experience in supporting research grant applications, mainly in social sciences, but more recently covering the whole breadth of disciplines. He served for four years on an NIHR Research for Patient Benefit funding prioritisation panel as a public/patient representative and is one of the ARMA Special Interest Group champions for Research Development. He writes occasionally for Research Professional and blogs at and on Twitter and Bluesky @cash4questions

About the Consortium

The aim of the Research Leadership Development Consortium is to organise development events that strengthen and support research leadership in the social sciences. Leadership development activities are designed to support social science researchers in an increasingly interdisciplinary, inter-sectoral and fast-changing landscape. Our objective is to explore enablers and opportunities for professional connectivity, impactful networking, quality research co-production, mentorship and capacity building.

Who should attend?

Anyone who is responsible for (or will be in the near future) leading research centres, teams or projects.

Benefits of Attending

Hear from a panel of senior academics with a vast amount of experience in managing and leading research groups, teams and projects. Share best practice and ideas in a supportive and non-judgemental space. Although seminars are organised with a panel, they are designed to be engaging and interactive and not ‘lectures’. We welcome your feedback as this helps us to improve our programme going forward.


***SEMINAR SCHEDULE (Dates to be confirmed)***


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Date: May 2024

Title: Building Professional Research Connections and Developing your ‘Research Leadership Brand’


Date: July 2024

Title: Providing Research Leadership for Transformative Change


Date: September 2024

Title: Developing and Leading an Inclusive and Supportive Research Culture


Date: November 2024

Title: Interdisciplinary Research Leadership


Date: January 2025

Title: Becoming a Global Research Leader


Date: March 2025

Title: Impact and Engagement in Research Leadership


Date: May 2025

Title: Reflectivity and Resilience in Research Leadership