Making diversity work in international research and research management

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  • Workshop 1: Research Diversity

    Using cultural intelligence to support diverse international research management

    Do you want to understand more about the value of diversity and how this impacts on the quality of research and research environments?

    Do you want to create more inclusive research environments and increase diversity but are not sure where to start?

    Researchers and research managers who are comfortable in their own skin are more effective, and no university can afford their staff not to perform at their best. Using participatory approaches and a cultural intelligence framework this Research Diversity Workshop will give you the tools to open up a conversation, navigate complexities and get the best out of your team.

    The aim of the workshop is to work with participants to:

    • Gain an understanding of the benefits and challenges associated with diverse workplaces and why this is important in international research contexts.
    • Understand what a diverse work environment may look like in an international HE research setting
    • Challenge assumptions and biases in regard to diversity and working in diverse environments
    • Be equipped to support the development of diverse work environments at their own institution as well as promote diverse practices both pre- and post-award.
    • Have tools for operationalizing diversity in research proposals.
    • Become part of a Europe wide network of research managers, administrators and researchers with expertise and interests in diversity in research.

    The workshop is suitable for research managers and administrators, Principal Investigators and other researchers who want to create a positive environment, where everybody can contribute, and all kinds of diversity is seen as an asset for the group and the research project.

    This four-hour workshop covers different types of diversity (nationality, culture, sexuality, gender, ethnicity, age, religion, ability). Drawing on the experiences of LGBT+ persons and HE internationalisation, the workshop presents tools and strategies encompassing a broad definition of culture that can be used in all contexts including interdisciplinarity research settings. The workshop combines presentations with group exercises and time for individual reflection on praxis after the workshop.

    The workshop can support wider consultancy with the research support office, the research group or the department with strategic development, individual coaching and evaluations.

    The workshop is developed in a collaboration among Jakob Feldtfos Christensen (DK), Lachlan Smith (UK) and Matthew Daniels (UK). Combined we have experience from the HE sector in research support, talent development, internationalisation of research, training of LGBT+ persons in leadership positions and research evaluation. We are all openly gay men and use our own experiences while recognising our biases, to create a workshop and a space where we can openly discuss a topic that is sensitive to many.

    For more information or to book your workshop please contact us.

  • Workshop 2: Research Leadship

    A workshop made for LGBTQ+ Researchers

    Do you identify as LGBTQ+, have recently taken up a research role in Higher Education and want to gain leadership skills?

    Do you work within an international research setting and need support to understand and develop your LGBTQ+ researcher identity?

    Do you need help navigating the higher education research landscape as an LGBTQ+ researcher?

    This workshop offers new academic researchers, who identify as LGBTQ+, to explore the different ways in which being LGBTQ+ can impact on higher education research careers, particularly within an international research collaboration context. Research shows that despite progress many LGBTQ+ people are not out at work and that identifying as LGBTQ+ can impact on career progress and a sense of wellbeing at work. Developing an understanding of how your personal experiences support the development of you as an LGBTQ+ researcher can also enhance your leadership and collaboration skills.

    The session will help researchers to explore how your own experiences shape your leadership styles and approaches, enabling you to plan your research career. It will equip you with the information, tools and awareness to successfully navigate the international research arena and lead research teams in often complex partnerships. Held over two days the workshop would provide a safe but challenging space to develop strategies for leadership in higher education research. By the end of the workshop you will gain:

    1. An understanding of diversity in the workplace and specifically research settings
    2. An understanding of unconscious bias and key protected characteristics including race, age, ethnicity and sexual orientation
    3. Gain an understanding of key leadership styles that you will inform and influence your own unique leadership style and how people might respond to LGBTQ+ leaders
    4. Gain an understanding of how your own life experiences and situations shape and motivate your practice and leadership
    5. Better understand and develop reflective practice for future development opportunities
    6. Have gained valuable insights and developed practical plans to develop their own research career journeys over the next decade
    7. Built networks, contacts and connections with colleagues across higher education that will support and enable you to build stronger partnerships and closer collaborations

    The first day of the workshop will explore diversity in an international context, an introduction to leadership styles and provide an opportunity for you to reflect on your own journey, raising self-awareness and creating an understanding of labels and intersectionality. Day two will explore ten-year career planning, conflict resolution techniques and finish with a facilitated discussion exploring research plans and how can you reach your goals.

    The workshop is developed in a collaboration among Jakob Feldtfos Christensen (DK), Lachlan Smith (UK) and Matthew Daniels (UK). Combined we have experience from the HE sector in research support, talent development, internationalisation of research, training of LGBT+ persons in leadership positions and research evaluation. We are all openly gay men and use our own experiences while recognising our biases, to create a workshop and a space where we can openly discuss a topic that is sensitive to many.

  • Workshop 3: Leadership

    In Diverse Research Environments For Aspiring Researchers In HE

    Are you new to a research leadership role in higher education and want to use your own experience, knowledge and background to make you a better leader in an international context?

    Do you aspire to lead your own international research project, a centre or department with a diverse workforce and want to understand different approaches to leadership, your own leadership style and be equipped to take the next step?

    Leading research teams is a rewarding and critical part of being a researcher in higher education across the globe. Whether as a principal investigator (PI), work package leader, departmental or faculty research director or research team member we all have crucial roles to play to make research a success. As recent global events have shown there is a real value to global research collaborations and these collaborations will become only more common in the future as researchers tackle significant international challenges.

    Managing and delivering research programmes can be challenging as well as rewarding. Adding in an international dimension with partners from all parts of the globe adds another layer of complexity. Ensuring you have the skills to manage, negotiate, deliver and lead teams is critical. We are often not taught how to do this – we are expected to come out of a doctorate fully formed, ready to teach, research and provide administration! Taking time out to reflect on and understand leadership is critical to research success and making you a better leader.

    This workshop explores leadership principles and expectations for researchers that are aspiring to take leadership positions in higher education in a time of changing global demographics and challenges. Participants may have recently become a Principal Investigator on a research grant or are aspiring to lead your own research team. The workshop will be particularly relevant for researchers leading or collaborating in international research teams. By the end of the workshop participants will:

    1. Be able to articulate the challenges and opportunities for leadership as reflected in diverse research settings
    2. Gain an understanding of how your own life experiences and situations shape and motivate your practice
    3. Gain an understanding of the key principles of leadership and leadership styles that will inform and influence your own unique leadership style
    4. Have explored and determined their own leadership style
    5. Have developed an understanding of the impact of different leadership styles on organisational cultures, effectiveness and international research collaborations
    6. Have developed reflective communication skills for interpersonal relations and leading teams
    7. Developed an understanding of Conflict Resolution Key Strategies and Communication Tools

    The workshop is developed in a collaboration among Jakob Feldtfos Christensen (DK), Lachlan Smith (UK) and Matthew Daniels (UK). Combined we have experience from the HE sector in research support, talent development, internationalisation of research, training of LGBT+ persons in leadership positions and research evaluation. We are all openly gay men and use our own experiences while recognising our biases, to create a workshop and a space where we can openly discuss a topic that is sensitive to many.

Contact info

  • Phone: +45 40 44 3819
  • Mail: jfc@diversiunity.com
  • VAT: 41119454

Main office

  • Søparken 21
  • 8550 Ryomgård
  • Denmark