Research Leadership

Intellectual and Research Leadership isn’t just for senior research managers and Professors. Leadership is important at every stage of a research career and is a skill best developed and honed over time. 


Leadership and Management Resources (AdvanceHE) Leadership Development for Principal Investigators (Vitae) Leadership Resources (CIPD)
Collaboration Team Science Guide (National Institute of Health, US) Team Science Toolkit (Team Science) Tips for Running a Research Group (Wellcome Trust)

Reading List

Evans, Linda. 2014. ‘What is effective research leadership? A research-informed perspective’. Higher Education Research & Development. 33(1): 46-58. DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2013.864617 

Flinders, Matthew and Anderson, Alexandra. 2019. Fit for the Future? Researcher Development and Research Leadership in the Social Sciences: Evidence review. Swindon: Economic and Social Research Council. Available at: 

Macfarlane, Bruce. 2011. ‘Professors as intellectual leaders: formation, identity and role’. Studies in Higher Education. 36(1): 57-73. DOI: 10.1080/03075070903443734 

Macfarlane, Bruce. 2012. Intellectual Leadership in Higher Education. Abingdon: Routledge.  

Rayner, Steve, Fuller, Mary, McEwen, Lindsey, and Roberts, Hazel. 2010. ‘Managing Leadership in the UK University: a case for researching the missing professoriate?’. Studies in Higher Education. 35(6): 617-631. DOI: 10.1080/03075070903243100 

Tight, Malcolm. 2002. ‘What does it mean to be a professor?’. Higher Education Review. 34: 15–31.