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Essentials of Academic Leadership


The Workshop will take place on Thursday 21st February 2019, 10am until 5pm in room to be confirmed

This experiential one-day course aims to provide postgraduate researchers with the foundations and essentials of current leadership theory as well as focussing on their application within the research student context. You will explore the reasons behind the challenges of leadership, work through relevant case studies and reflect on your own personal leadership styles.

We will identify the characteristics of effective leaders and then learn a critical history of leadership theories over the last century – particualrly those that can easily be aplied within a research group enviroment. We will cover how to be a focussed leader, how to lead with authenticity, and discuss pertinent case studies. There will also be an opportunity to discuss any specific situations you are currently dealing with.

An excellent introduction to leadership, which I would highly recommend to anyone interested in the topic. It was engaging and inspiring!” – Participant feedback

This session will cover:

  • Characteristics of effective leadership
  • Leading leadership theoriesLeading beyond authority
  • Appling leadership in the University context

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Define and recognise effective leadership
  • Understand and apply the most widely used theories of leadership
  • Improve your ability to delegateImprove your ability to coach and develop others
  • Develop resilience over the long term


Assoc. Prof. Adair Richards is a world leader in researcher development as well as being an academic, consultant, judge and broadcaster. He has worked for many of the world’s leading Universities and last year his training courses were delivered across 5 continents. He attained 5 of his University qualifications at Warwick where he has trained researchers for over a decade.

He has an award-winning PhD and has completed postdoctoral research positions in both the sciences and the humanities. Recent feedback from University participants on his courses comment particularly on his ability to empower lasting change and on his combination of being both intellectually rigorous and very personable.

You can watch him deliver his TEDx talk ‘Designing Universities that Work’ at

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