New Managers

Information and resources for those that are new to management roles.

New Manager

If you are stepping into your first management role at the university this toolkit will help you prepare and set you up for success as you establish yourself as a people manager.

Toolkit - New Manager (106.57 KB PDF)

Research Leader

A training programme focusing on the challenges faced by research leaders as they establish themselves as PIs and group leaders.  Topics include understanding your approach to leadership, developing and supporting a research group, and understanding the internal and external research and higher education environment.

Drawing upon the experience of senior colleagues and a range of internal and external contributors the programme will consider issues around leadership: how to recruit, manage and motivate a research team to effectively deliver research projects; decision making: how to balance competing demands, deal with difficult situations and identify the best options available; and personal advancement: publication profile, funding opportunities and career development.

Research Leader: New and Apsiring PIs

Leadership in Research Resources

Information on Institute for Academic Development workshops, leadership support and resources from HR, the Research Leader programme and the Scottish Crucible programme.

Leadership in Research

Leadership and Management Courses and Resources

Links to HR Talent and Development's Aspiring Manager, The Edinburgh Manager and The Edinburgh Leader programmes and different Curated Toolkits, on topics of leadership and management.

Leadership and Management

Code of Practice for the Management and Career Development of Research Staff

The Code of Practice for the Management and Career Development of Research Staff, and links to the processes and policies it outlines.  The code provides guidance on how the researcher’s employment with the University, the progress of their research, and their professional and career development should be managed.  It aims to identify the specific responsibilities in the management process that fall to the researcher, their manager and the institution and encourages regular discussion at various stages of the process.

Code of Practice for the Management and Career Development of Research Staff

From Peer to Leader

Article from the Online Development Toolkit on transitioning from a peer to a leader within a group.

How to step up from peer to leader

Resources from Other Organisations

Prosper Portal (University of Liverpool)

Prosper is an online resource freely available to Postdocs, Managers or Researchers and institutions, it contains a wealth of information relating to all aspects of postdoc career development.

Managers of researchers have access to a range of resources to support their postdocs’ career development and foster a positive and inclusive working environment.

Prosper. [external link]


Vitae is the global leader in supporting the professional development of researchers, experienced in working with institutions as they strive for research excellence, innovation and impact.  Vitae provide information to both researchers and their managers to support professional development at all career stages.

Supporting, Supervising and Managing Researchers [external link]

Setting Expectations for Research Teams  [external link]


Besides their funding schemes, Wellcome work in many ways to support careers in research. If you’re a new group leader, A career in research [PDF 913KB] has useful resources about everything from negotiating a start-up package to building an international reputation. If you’re a postdoctoral researcher, this guide might help you decide if research is the right career for you. The guide has been jointly produced by Institut Pasteur and Wellcome, with input from over 100 researchers and Wellcome interview panel members.

Tips for running your own Research Group  [external link]

The Academic's Success guide (Imperial College London)

Imperial’s Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre (PFDC) and People and Organisational Development (POD) joined forces with more than 500 Imperial academics who contributed to a new open access online toolkit for new Principal Investigators (PIs) and lecturers. It provides helpful perspectives and relevant advice from PIs and senior managers from academic departments and professional services at Imperial on the induction and probation process, as well as a wide range of tools and strategies to support new academics with establishing their career.

The Academic's Success Guide [external link]