We continually invest in academic talent and provide an environment that enables our researchers to thrive and succeed.
We run the Crucible Programme at Leeds which is designed as a development programme for early career academics. Participants are sought from across the University to break down barriers between disciplines. Time and space away from the ‘day job’ allows people to develop novel ideas and methods. External speakers are invited to provoke challenge-led research ideas using creative thinking approaches.
The outcomes are wide-ranging and include:
- developing new research skills
- gaining experience of commercialisation
- collaborating with new partners to enable novel research projects, new publications and becoming involved in national committees
University Academic Fellows (UAFs)
We have recently recruited 180 University Academic Fellows (UAFs). These are future research leaders who follow a structured five year development and induction programme leading to a permanent position at the level of Associate Professor and Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
Future Leader Fellows
The UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships is an initiative to grow the strong supply of talented individuals needed to ensure a vibrant environment for research and innovation in the UK.
University of Leeds researchers have been awarded Future Leader Fellowships in each of the cohorts so far.
- Dr Evangelos Pournaras – Digitally Assisted Collective Governance of Smart City Commons (ARTIO).
- Dr Richard Mandle – A New Order of Liquids: Polar and ferroelectric orientationally modulated soft materials.
- Dr René Frank – The architecture of Alzheimer’s disease-associated pathology by cryo-electron tomography.
- Dr Timothy Thurston – The Tibetan Sustainable Heritage Initiative.
- Dr Vicktoria Spaiser – Understanding Normative Change to Address the Climate Change Emergency.
- Dr Yoselin Benitez-Alfonso - PDWallMech: Harnessing PlasmoDesma Wall Mechanics for plant biotech and biomaterials.
- Dr Catherine Walsh - Seeding life on habitable planets.
- Dr Charisma Choudhury - Next generation activity and travel behaviour models: Bringing together choice modelling, ubiquitous computing and data science.
- Dr Lucy Stead - Investigating the role of epigenetic remodelling in glioblastoma in response to therapy.
- Dr James Poulter - Characterising and targeting Cyclin D stabilisation in development and disease.
- Dr Laura Carter - Contaminants of emerging concern in agricultural systems: a risk to soil and plant health?
- Dr Richard Mann – Collective behaviour of cognitive agents.
- Dr Laura Dixon – Understanding adaptation to increase temperature robustness in wheat.
- Dr Karen Michelle Davies – Molecular mechanism of the cyclic electron flow pathway.
- Dr Izzy Jayasinghe – Simplifying Microscopy Technology.
- Dr Lauren Gregoire - Constraining projections of ice sheet instabilities and future sea level rise.
- Dr Katie McQuaid - Gender, Generation and Climate Change (GENERATE): Creative Approaches to Building Inclusive and Climate Resilient Cities in Uganda and Myanmar.
- Dr Alexander Valavanis - Terahertz-frequency sensors for atmospheric chemistry and space research.
Michael Beverley Innovation Fellowship Programme
This unique 12-month fellowship programme aims to build innovation culture and develop the next generation of academic entrepreneurs at the University of Leeds.
The fellowship will help early to mid-career researchers to contribute to the strategic direction of research and innovation within their faculty; deliver impact through their research on society, policy and business; and further their personal development.
Fellows will have access to an inspiring network of trusted business experts, senior academics and University of Leeds alumni, through our Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) based mentoring programme, which matches a dedicated group of three mentors to every one fellow.
In becoming a Michael Beverley Innovation Fellow, not only will these academics be accelerating their own research journey, they will also be a part of the creation of an outward facing and entrepreneurial culture which will become a USP for the University, and will build the reputations of both the University and the city of Leeds as destinations where entrepreneurs can thrive.
Find out more about the Michael Beverley Innovation Fellowship Programme.
Through our ‘top performers’ scheme, we recruit academics who excel in their field, are recognised for their first-rate research reputation and lead research groups or institutes.
These research leaders share our commitment to solving global problems and are instrumental in growing key research areas. In addition, they often chair prestigious committees, research council panels or editorial boards and provide professional guidance by being trustees or members of external bodies.
Some of our research leaders include Professor Alejandro Frangi, Diamond Jubilee Chair in Computational Medicine and Professor Helen Gleeson, Head of Physics.
Vibrant PhD community
Leeds Doctoral College creates a real sense of community and shared endeavour among our 3,000 postgraduate researchers. It brings together support and opportunities to enhance the postgraduate experience at Leeds. The College runs regular events including the annual Doctoral College showcase and Research Nights. Read more about celebrating your research.
At a local level, we have graduate schools within our faculties; they provide training and host conferences, seminars and social events for research students.