Manchester 2020 Vision: Our ambition is to be a world-leading university, where researchers produce work of the highest significance and impact. We will be distinguished by our interdisciplinary research, for training outstanding researchers and giving parity of esteem to discovery, application, knowledge transfer and impact.
Faculty of Humanities PGR Strategy 2015: To provide the expertise and environment in which high calibre individuals are supported to develop their potential to become ambitious, creative, professional researchers able and willing to provide intellectual leadership within academia and beyond.
What is the DILP?
As the above statements suggest, in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester, we consider all our PGR students to be the developing intellectual leaders of the future. The researcher development team is there to support all students throughout their PhD journey and RD workshops will form part of the individual training plan students agree with their supervisors. However, for those who choose to commit to it, working as part of a cohort can be beneficial to a student’s professional development because of the support they receive from one another and the potential to learn from each other.
The Developing Intellectual Leaders Programme is not a course in itself, but a strategic pathway through the training and professional development provision available offered to a small cohort of committed students and supported by a series of individual and cohort-based interventions. It is designed to help participants take active control of their professional development. The DILP cohort will meet regularly through the first year of their PhD. Interventions include:
1. An in depth-training needs analysis to identify areas for development training.
2. Psychometric profiling
3. Bespoke workshops and masterclasses
4. Support with Personal Development Planning
5. Careers Advice
6. 1:1 coaching for performance and personal effectiveness
During the programme participants will work in small teams to design, deliver and evaluate a project with a clear impact for either their fellow PGRs or a wider public through public engagement and knowledge exchange.
Programme for 2017/18: There are 5 core sessions and 3 group mentoring meetings that you will be expected to attend. The core sessions will feature a guest speaker and a practical element designed to help your professional and leadership development. The group mentoring meetings will provide bespoke support for you and your group members. The other sessions listed are optional but come highly recommended because the content complements the DILP programme.
Leadership through project development: Part of developing as an intellectual leader is to make use of your skills and talents. You will be asked to plan, implement and evaluate a small project of your choice with a group of your peers.
Call for Applications: This programme is open to current PGR students at The University of Manchester. This year there will be TWO groups that will run this academic year. Group 1 runs from October – April and is only open to 2nd and final stage PGRs. Group 2 runs from February – June and is open to 1st year PGRs. Download the guidance notes and the application form from the ProGRess website. Please carefully read the guidance notes and before applying.
General information sessions will be held on the following dates and times:
Group 1: Wednesday 20th September 10:00 – 11:00am
Group 2: Wednesday 6th December 10:00 – 11:00am
2016-17 DILP Cohort Projects
Click on the links below to find out what last year’s DILP participant developed and their experiences taking part on the programme.
“Choose Your Own Research Adventure”