Impact Leadership Programme

The new Bridge leadership programme

We have designed the Impact Leadership Programme to be inclusive, relevant, impactful and accessible. It is not only for researchers interested in research translation within the Bridge but is open to all junior researchers at Hughes, whether they intend to pursue an academic research career in future or not. The Programme curriculum is relevant to researchers from different backgrounds who are interested in a variety of professional paths. Within the Programme, self-development is not a concept but a practice. When a talk or seminar ends, the learning isn’t done – the challenge to apply it has just started. To have impact, the participants go beyond sharing concepts into translating ideas into practice, leading to changes in work habits. Learning and development within the Programme can be accessed for free, for successful Hughes Hall applicants, and takes many forms including online resources, seminars, and informal discussion, as well as longer-term and more experiential offerings such as work placements and one-to-one mentoring.

Impact Leadership Programme Overview

The Impact Leadership Programme curriculum covers three key areas:

  1. An effective professional

This stream develops personal effectiveness to achieve results.

  • Communication
  • Creative thinking and problem-solving
  • Work discipline and time management
  • Motivation, initiative, resilience
  1. A team contributor and a team leader

This stream develops the skills to work collaboratively with others to complete a task.

  • Teamwork
  • Relationship and influencing skills
  • Leadership
  • Initiating and managing change
  1. An impactful profession

This stream develops self-awareness, self-development and exposures to different professions.

  • Know yourself
  • Business basics and entrepreneurship
  • Building your profession
  • Managing your growth

Impact Leadership Programme Activity Formats

The Programme builds up the understanding, exposure and experience of the participants in three ways.

  1. Learning new ideas

Programme participants learn new concepts through:

a. Self-directed learning – this involves attending online/in-person courses or reading through assigned materials. Timing is at the discretion of the participants.

b. Group work – participants are organised into cohorts and each cohort will meet every few weeks to discuss the self-directed learning. With the help of a facilitator, the cohort will draw out the nuances, richness and potential application of the learning. It can also act as a mechanism to maintain momentum within the cohort.

c. Masterclass – this involves a talk and Q&A with an experienced practitioner to give exposure to a wider perspective and deeper understanding of issues including:

  • Career options and professional development opportunities for researchers
  • Applying the transferable skills of a researcher in different job environment
  • What employers in different industries are looking for
  • Translating research into impact.
  1. Putting the ideas into practice
  2. Participants are encouraged to apply their learning. Through projects or work placements in Bridge Centres or at a partner organisation, participants can see how some of the ideas they’ve learnt are embedded in the culture, processes and working habits of different environments. These placements may be a full-time internship for up to 3 months, contributing to a short-term project or event, short-term work shadowing or individual experience days.

  3. Ongoing support

Experienced Fellows (academic or City Fellows), alumni, or other professional partners will act as mentors to participants. Over a 24-month period, the mentors will support the participant’s professional growth and development, helping them to put their learnings into practice.

If you have any questions about the Programme or to find our more, please email Dr Stephen Axford, Director of Research Translation, in the first instance: bridge.director@hughes.cam.ac.uk.