As academics strive to achieve a professorship, their career path is often relatively clear, well guided and supported. However, once the level of professorship is achieved, after the initial celebrations, the future might be less clear in terms on how to build on this success and to develop their careers going forward. Often new Professors are unclear of what the possible professorial career trajectories are and how they might achieve them. They may also be under considerable institutional pressure to take on new leadership roles and responsibilities. 

Who Should Apply?

This programme is aimed at individuals who were promoted to a professorial position within the last five-years, but others who have submitted or will soon submit promotion to Professor applications are welcome to attend.

This programme is designed to support new Professors in crafting and developing their careers. The programme will draw on the experience of established professors who have chosen different professorial career pathways and opportunities. They will share their stories and will give advice and tips as appropriate. Topics covered will include developing your professorial identity and professorial job crafting; research leadership and supporting and mentoring colleagues; doing consultancy work; attracting and managing significant research funding; transitioning into senior management.


All sessions will be in person

SESSION 1 - 16 April 2024 - Aston Business School, Birmingham  

SESSION 2 - 13 June 2024 - The Institution of Structural Engineers, London


  • Developing Professorial Identity: challenges and opportunities
  • Getting in and getting on: climbing into senior management roles 
  • Engagement, Impact and Practice  focused Professorships 
  • Job crafting and boundary setting
  • Action Learning-and critical friendship  
  • Catching the fire: Attracting and managing BIG Grants  


  • Starting or driving one? Research Leadership and directing a research centre 
  • Learning and Teaching focused Professorships 
  • Stepping into Academic consulting and Management KTPs 
  • Leadership and mentoring of junior academics

This programme aims to: 

  • provide an opportunity to step back and reflect on future career opportunities and different trajectories (e.g. senior management, research leadership, learning and teaching focused and engagement focused) 

  • consider the challenges facing promoted professors in transitioning into their new role(s) 

  • consider the range of professorial activities and possibilities (e.g. consultancy, media engagement) 

  • support new Professors in planning and crafting their personal future careers and pathways 

  • facilitate networking among new professors in business and management 

  • to help participants build support and learning groups of peers 

Professor Sarah Robinson

Professor Sarah Robinson

Co-Vice Chair: Academic Affairs of Conference and Capacity Building

Professor David Sarpong

Professor David Sarpong

Co-Vice Chair: Academic Affairs of Conference and Capacity Building

Professor Jonathan Liu

Professor Jonathan Liu

Programme Facilitator, BAM Performance Management


  • Early-bird BAM Member: £595 (until 29th February 2024, 23:59 UK time)
  • Late fee BAM Member: £695 (until 2nd April 2024, 23:59 UK time)
If you are not a BAM member and would like to join the programme, please become a member first. You will then be able to book a ticket via the 'Book Now' button.

To find out more, and to become a member, please click here.



For specific information about this event please contact the workshop facilitator(s): 

For general enquiries please contact the BAM Office at [email protected]

Expressions of Interest

If you are planning to attend the programme and are awaiting funding, please complete your expression of interest by clicking here.

If you cannot make the 2024 dates but are interested in joining next year's programme, please complete your expression of interest here and we will get in touch when we launch NPP 2025.




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