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 2022/23 will take place in person at the Chartered Association of Business Schools, 40 Queen St, London EC4R 1DD 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 24 November to Friday 25 November 2022

Session 2: Thursday 19 January to Friday 20 January 2023

Session 3: Thursday 2 March to Friday 3 March 2023

Session 4: Thursday 8 June to Friday 9 June 2023


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.

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) 
  • Professor Penelope Tuck, Professor of Accounting, Public Finance and Policy and former Director of Research, Birmingham Business School, Birmingham University  
  • Professor Ian Tonks, Professor of Finance, School of Accounting & Finance, University of Bristol; Deputy Chair of REF2021 UoA17 Business and Management Studies sub-panel 
  • Professor Graeme Curry, Professor of Public Management, Warwick University 
  • Professor Tim Vorley, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dean of Oxford Brookes Business School 


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 2022/23 will start in November 2022 with four in-person sessions taking place throughout the year at a central London venue. The dates are:

Session 1: Thursday 24 November to Friday 25 November 2022

Session 2: Thursday 19 January to Friday 20 January 2023

Session 3: Thursday 2 March to Friday 4 March 2023

Session 4: Thursday 8 June to Friday 9 June 2023

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: £3,875.

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].

Payment and Cancellation Policy

Payment for the event must be received before the start date of the event concerned. Access will not be permitted to the event if full payment has not been received. 


  • Cancellations received within 14 days of booking your place on the event will receive a full refund. 

  • Cancellations received after the 14-day cancellation period and later than 14 days before the start date of the event will not be eligible for a refund.  

  • Although we endeavour to run all events as advertised, BAM reserves the right to cancel any event if, for example, there are not enough people to justify running the event or if other significant unforeseen circumstances arise. Please be aware that delegates are always responsible for ensuring their own travel and accommodation against cancellation, and the British Academy of Management is not able to reimburse anyone for these under any circumstances.  

To cancel a booking a cancellation request must be submitted via your BAM Account, to do this:

  • Go to your BAM Account
  • Click 'My Events'
  • Under 'Upcoming Events' will be the booking, please click Cancel Booking
  • Follow the steps and complete the request