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Postdoc Academy


Leadership in Action

Leadership in Action is a nationally recognised training programme specifically designed to prepare early career researchers for leadership roles.

Cambridge is joining seven other institutions (including hosts King's College London and University College London) to offer this practical and interactive virtual training to postdocs.

This programme is a unique opportunity to reshape your ideas about being a leader and expand your leadership skills, supported by experienced coaches.

It provides you with the opportunity to practise leadership skills in a safe environment, with fellow researchers from different disciplines and institutions.

The programme will also help you to:

  • understand the impact of leadership styles on those being led
  • influence people towards a common goal/purpose
  • receive feedback on your own leadership styles and identify how these can be developed further
  • engage with researchers from a variety of disciplines, backgrounds and career stages.


Applications for February/March 2022 are now closed. We will advertise the next round when dates are confirmed. 

If you have any questions about the programme or application process, please contact


What happens during the course?


The course is based around seven activities, the first six of which are designed to explore a different aspect of leadership and provide a practical insight into how leadership works.

In the final activity, you will address a leadership activity that you can continue beyond the course.

You will work with others in teams of six with a coach to help you make sense of the activities.


Buddies and home groups

Throughout the course you will work alongside your "buddy", who is another course participant. Together you will share your experiences and provide mutual support.

You will also have a “home group” where you consolidate your learning.


Resilient leadership

Underlying everything is the Resilient Leaders Elements, a framework you can use to support your learning.


When is it happening?

Dates have not yet been confirmed for the next iteration of the Leadership in Action course

Sessions run from 09:30-12:00 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Full attendance at all sessions is mandatory (9 sessions in total).


Institutions involved

Postdocs from the following institutions will be participating in the February / March run of Leadership in Action:

  • Brunel University London 
  • Francis Crick Institute 
  • Imperial College London 
  • King’s College London 
  • Queen Mary University London 
  • University College London 
  • University of Cambridge 
  • University of Nottingham


Participant feedback

"The programme helps to build a leader inside you … you are exposed to becoming a better leader."

"An intense three days that will reshape your ideas about being a leader."

"A great opportunity to try out leadership skills in a supportive environment."


How to apply

Applications for the February/March 2022 round of Leadership in Action are now closed.

Future runs of the course will be advertised once dates are confirmed.