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Hughes Hall researchers invited to apply for unique leadership programme

The Impact Leadership Programme (ILP), part of the Bridge at Hughes Hall, is designed to prepare our research community for life – and impact – beyond the college gates; in other research environments, business, policy-making, and practice.

Now beginning its second year, it introduces successful participants to transferrable skills and experiences that complement academic research training and underpin the paths to an impactful career. It includes self-directed learning, group discussion, workshops, followed by individualised networking and mentoring.

The ILP has been developed by Hughes Hall By-Fellow, Dr Jimmy Chan, who has a 25-year background in international asset management: ‘The Bridge programme captured my imagination and resonated with my thoughts on how a Cambridge college could better engage the world to make a difference. The Impact Leadership Programme provides a powerful complement to research skills and career aspirations,’ said Dr Chan.

Robert Will, one of the ILP’s first participants, explains why he joined the Programme. ‘Hughes is a perfect place for me, from the modern forward-thinking attitude to initiatives like the Bridge. I think we all want to be leaders in what we do in some way, so being able to build up those skills that aren’t necessarily part of our courses is a real benefit.’

‘I wanted to get more involved in the Cambridge ecosystem.’ says fellow participant Nicole Wheeler, a Hughes Hall Research Associate. ‘I applied to the ILP because I wanted to build my leadership skills to start my own academic group. I also wanted to gain some broader perspectives on how to build an impactful career.’

To find out more

The programme is open to all Hughes Hall post-doc researchers and PhDs now starting their second or third year. If you are eligible and interested, please email Dr Chan (jc2116@hughes.cam.ac.uk). Application closes on Monday 28 September.