Building Research Leaders 2018

  • is a program for Flinders’ ECRs and MCRs who are 5+ years post-PhD conferral


  • is designed to develop the skills, knowledge and attitude required to become a research leader, including
    • high level interpersonal skills
    • leadership skills
    • delegation
    • thinking strategically
    • self-management
    • promoting yourself


  • is delivered over six face-to-face sessions at Flinders’ Bedford Park Campus, March – October 2018


To apply into the program, return your completed application form by 1 March 2018.

Building Research Leaders Application Form 2018 (DOC 133KB)


Note: participant numbers are capped and participants are required to attend all sessions.

Please direct all queries to Marina Delpin.


Session 1 Friday 23 March 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Session 2 Friday 20 April 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Session 3 Friday 1 June 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Session 4 Friday 13 July 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Session 5 Friday 24 August 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Session 6 Friday 12 October 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM


Testimonials and experiences of part participants

  • In the current fast-paced academic climate, the 2017 Program provided an opportunity to reflect, regroup and re-energise, by quarantining time for personal research development. The program was structured in such a way that participants were able to develop personal skills alongside supportive relationships with facilitators and peers alike. I enjoyed the practical elements grounded within broader theoretical discussions around writing and researcher development... Each participant set personal goals throughout the year and the sessions provided good accountability for tracking our progress. Workshops also provided useful tips that we could immediately apply to our work. For example, we developed strategies for reducing time spent on email, getting more words on the page, fostering positive collaborations, and attracting non-traditional funding.

  • The Building Research Leaders program was relevant to the diversity of experiences of early career researchers in terms of disciplines, career stage, and funding source.  It achieved this by cleverly distilling the fundamentals of research success and sharing them in practical and meaningful ways creating personal epiphanies… To have the program occur across the year means that I had the opportunity to try different ways of putting into practice the specific practices, approaches, and evidence-based knowledge.

  • The best thing about the Building Research Leaders program was the opportunity to meet other Early Career Researchers from around the university, and to get together once a month to talk about the challenges we’re facing and the achievements we’ve made with our research. This kind of open discussion is an under-emphasised but extremely important part of the creative process. It also enforces a sense of community and the notion that we are not alone and a lot of the issues we’re dealing with are shared by a wider group.