Development Programme for Directors of Research (DPDoR) 2021-2022    

SOLD OUT: This year's cohort has now reached full capacity

DPDoR supports Directors of Research, and those aspiring to the role, to develop their leadership and strategic capabilities to manage research performance, strategy, and funding in a rapidly changing research landscape.

DPDoR 2021/22 will take place in person at a central London venue (pandemic-allowing, venue to be confirmed) with four interactive sessions taking place throughout the year to support you to develop your strategic approach and build a strong leadership network within the UK business school community.

Session 1: Thursday 25 November to Friday 26 November 2021 - County Hall, Belvedere Road, Lonodn, SE1 7GP

Session 2: Thursday 20 January to Friday 21 January 2022 - online

Session 3: Thursday 3 March to Friday 4 March 2022 - Brockway Room, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Session 4: Thursday 16 June to Friday 17 June 2022 - Council Chamber, Royal Statistical Society, 12 Errol Street, London, EC1Y 8LX


About DPDoR

DPDoR has successfully run for over 15 years as part of a joint initiative between the Chartered Association of Business Schools and the British Academy of Management. During this time, the programme has prepared around 250 senior academics to lead their institutions’ research and navigate the internal and external demands of the day.

In 2021/22, the DPDoR programme will adopt an interactive and participatory format. Participants will be given opportunities to feed in questions to help shape the programme and its focus. Before each of the four sessions, participants will be asked to undertake preparatory work relevant to each session, reflecting on their own situation and context. Sessions will include group work to facilitate peer-to-peer learning. Participants will be encouraged to share relevant experiences and resources.

Experienced research leaders from diverse backgrounds and different types of business school will be invited to each session to facilitate group discussions and share insights. The programme will focus on strategic capabilities as well as practical skills and competencies. Participants will be encouraged and supported to create a cohesive cohort for networking and staying in touch between the sessions and after completion of the programme.


What will the programme cover?
  • The role of Director of Research
  • Developing and leading research strategy
  • Devising research structures and management processes
  • Managing REF
  • Developing funding strategies and driving income
  • Managing institutional research performance
  • Working with HR and managing faculty development and performance
  • Delivering research impact


Programme Benefits
  • Build and enhance the skills and competencies required to be an effective Director of Research
  • Understand how the current external research, funding and policy environment affects your strategy for business and management research
  • Gain confidence in managing internal pressures, relationships, faculty performance and HR.
  • Explore approaches to managing the REF process from strategy, implementation and the presentation of results
  • Work towards your professional development and learning objectives in the context of your institution's research priorities strategy



Professor Natasha Mauthner, Director of Research, Newcastle University Business School 


Speakers on previous programmes include:
  • Professor Rachel Ashworth, Dean, Cardiff Business School
  • Professor Simon Collinson, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Regional Engagement, Birmingham Business School
  • Professor Caroline Gatrell, Associate Dean, Research, University of Liverpool Management School
  • Professor Anne-Marie Greene, Associate Dean Research, University of Leicester School of Business
  • Professor Katy Mason, Research Enhancement Director, Lancaster University Management School
  • Wilfred Mijnhardt, Policy Director, Rotterdam School of Management
  • Professor Markus Perkmann, Academic Director of the Global Online MBA and Academic Director of the Imperial Enterprise Lab, Imperial College London
  • Professor Graeme Currie, REF Co-ordinator and Impact Lead Professor of Public Management, Warwick Business School (previous Programme Facilitator) 


Programme themes

DPDoR features four interactive sessions, comprising engaging guest speakers and collaborative group working. The programme will cover the following themes:

Setting the scene for research leadership in UK business schools: Diversity of experiences

Participants in the DPDoR programme are a diverse group of academics, at various career stages, and based in different types of UK business schools. The first session uses participatory learning exercises to find out about the diversity of experiences, contexts, aspirations and challenges amongst participants. We will also begin the work of building the 2021/22 DPDoR cohort into a supportive group of colleagues who can learn from one another during and outside/beyond the programme sessions.

Developing a research strategy

Continuing with a participatory learning approach, the second session will focus on how to develop a research strategy, what its key elements might be, and the varieties of research strategy, and leadership/management approaches, depending on institutional contexts.

Nurturing researchers and an inclusive research culture

Session three will focus on how to nurture a diverse community of researchers, and how to build an inclusive and supportive research culture that values varied research contributions and career pathways. Topics include: developing a mentoring programme and culture; developing and leading diverse research communities; promoting equality, diversity and inclusion; nurturing early career researchers; managing the impact of COVID19; developing postgraduate researchers; supporting and managing research performance; supporting research leadership development.

Building a research infrastructure

Session four explores how to build a research infrastructure to support excellent research.

Topics include: strategies for research grant income generation; the role of research centres; capacity-building; internal allocation of time and funding for research, innovation and impact; research facilities; data capture systems; working with professional services colleagues; and responding to open access and sustainability agendas.


Who should apply?
  • Directors of Research
  • Those working towards the role of Director of Research

Participants on DPDoR, once accepted, are encouraged to discuss with their Dean or Head of Department their learning objectives and prospective actions for research strategy from the programme. Reflections upon this and discussion about realising prospective learning and actions will form a central component of the DPDoR.



“I really valued the community of Research Directors that this programme enabled me to connect with. Sharing experiences in candid conversations made this totally worthwhile.”

Professor Katy Mason, Research Enhancement Director, Lancaster University Management School

“This has been an excellent experience. A good balance of interesting guest speakers and discussion within the group. I am going away with a more strategic focus and lots of good ideas I can implement within my institution.”

Dr Marian Iszatt-White, Lecturer in Department of Leadership and Management and LUMS Doctoral Director, Lancaster University Management School

“The programme has been excellent and the input and discussion thought provoking”

Professor Helen Shipton, Professor of International Human Resource Management and Co-Director of the Centre of People, Work and Organisational Practice, Nottingham Business School

“This was an excellent programme”

Will Harvey, Associate Dean (Research & Impact), University of Exeter

“This was an extraordinary experience, better than my best expectations!”

Alcino Azevedo, Senior Lecturer in Finance, Aston Business School


Dates and Location

DPDoR 2021/22 will start in November 2021 with four in-person sessions (pandemic-allowing) taking place throughout the year at a central London venue. Please find below the dates for each session:

Session 1: Thursday 25 November to Friday 26 November 2021 (Timings TBC)

Session 2: Thursday 20 January to Friday 21 January 2022 (Timings TBC)

Session 3: Thursday 3 March to Friday 4 March 2022 (Timings TBC)

Session 4: Thursday 16 June to Friday 17 June 2022 (Timings TBC) 

Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions. A participant will not be awarded a certificate of completion if they fail to attend more than one session.


Fees and Enquiries

Programme fee: £3,670.

Please note: DPDoR is designed for the UK HE sector and therefore we are unable to accept applications from non-UK participants to this particular programme. Due to the nature of the programme which focuses on personal development and encourages frank and open discussion, it may not always be suitable for two participants to attend from the same institution. If we receive more than one registration from individuals at the same institution we will notify the institution and the participants, taking account of when the registrations were received, and ask for guidance on whether one or both can attend in the same cohort.

If you have any queries, please contact the BAM Office at [email protected].