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Senior Research Leaders Symposium (Welsh Institutions Only)

Clayton Hotel, Cardiff
County / Region
Position on the Pathway
Senior leadership
Fellowship Category
All Fellowship Categories
Event Type
Start Date
End Date
2 days
Institution Type
Higher education institution
Price From
Available to Welsh Institution Delegates only: £175


Please note this event has now been postponed. A future date will be advertised as soon as possible.

Supported by HEFCW, this residential symposium for senior research leaders within Welsh universities aims to:

  • provide a challenging forum for delegates to clarify and discuss institutional challenges, priorities and solutions with the potential of a pan-Wales approach to some of the agendas and solutions;
  • discuss the post-Brexit external research environment and determine the agenda/strategy each institution, and Wales as a collective sector, needs to develop;
  • explore the barriers to delivering the research agenda by sharing challenges and good practice across research management (people and resources) and research support activities.

At the end of the programme delegates will, in a safe space:

  • have a clearly defined sense of the wider research landscape horizon;
  • have developed and deepened relationships within the Welsh research collective;
  • have had the space and opportunity for creative thinking and cross-fertilisation of ideas with their peers.


The focus of this  symposium is to explore and develop strategic thinking across three themes within the external research environment:

  • The changing research landscape:

    • Research funding;
    • Policy;
    • Capacity in Wales,
  • Setting the agenda:
    • What is the research agenda in Wales?
    • Developing a collaborative strategy;
    • Lobbying;
    • Funding;
      • Advancement.
  • Delivering the research agenda:
    • Managing research and research support

      • Workload allocation models
      • Competing demands on academics
        • New ways of working?
        • Unbundling research and teaching?
        • Managing the REF and the KEF
      • Attracting and retaining high quality researchers
        • EDI
    • Support from Welsh government and funders


The delegate fee of £175 includes:

  • two days of discussion, debate and activities with refreshments and lunch provided (7& 8 November 2019);
  • an evening meal and overnight accommodation for 7 November 2019;
  • breakfast on 8 November 2019.
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Senior Leaders Research Symposium Draft Programme