Lucy LeeDr Lucy Lee - Researcher Development Manager

After completing a PhD and postdoctoral research project in the department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the University of Sheffield, I joined the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health at the beginning of 2007.

At this time there was little provision for the training and development of research staff and my role was created to design a flagship training programme specifically tailored to meet the needs of the researchers in the Faculty alongside supporting the development of a postdoc society (now Research Staff Association). I took a research led approach to the programmes’ development, consulting with all stakeholders and assessing the baseline research environment of the Faculty. This assessment allows for future benchmarking of the programme to assess the impact it has on both the researchers, Faculty and University.

I am very proud of how the Faculty’s researcher development programme has developed into ‘Think Ahead’. I have overall responsibility for managing and developing the programme; co-ordinating workshops, TA:SURE and creating additional opportunities and support mechanisms for early career research. My expertise lies in programme development and impact evaluation and I have provided consultancy in the design and development of researcher training programmes and how to incorporate the Impact Evaluation Framework into practices.

 My current research interests lie in the area of researcher development and include:

  • The impact evaluation of training programmes and development of programmes using research-led methods (Lee et al 2010);
  • Principle Investigator engagement with training and development for research staff;
  • The value of vacation bursary schemes in improving the employability of both research staff and undergraduates.

Until 2015 I was a member of the CROS/PIRLS (Careers in Research Online Survey/Principle Investigators and Research Leaders Survey) national steering group which exists to ensure the appropriateness and sustainability of CROS and PIRLS and their associated activities in collecting and reporting the views and experiences of researcher staff, principal investigators and research leaders employed in higher education (HE). The CROS results are the key benchmark to provide evidence for progress in implementing the Concordat (to support the career development of researchers). The data also provides evidence for the ‘research environment’ element of REF submissions and evidence in relation to the HR Excellence in Research award which reviews how Universities are implementing the Concordat.

email me: l.lee@sheffield.ac.uk

Tel: 22 28728