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Leadership development for women

The ICR runs several leadership development programmes for women as part of our commitment to develop leadership capacity within the organisation and ensure all staff have an equal opportunity to reach senior positions.

The Women in Science Group

This networking and leadership development group brings together senior researchers and staff from the ICR and The Royal Marsden to help address the inequality in the number of women in the most senior research leadership roles.

Topics explored include supporting high-performance teams, influencing skills, personal brand, leadership and mentoring.

Future Female Leaders

Future Female Leaders is aimed at women in their early career who are capable of taking a future leadership role including staff management.

It comprises a series of six on-site workshops delivered at the ICR by external consultants, and supported by 360-degree feedback and informal ‘action learning’ meetings, where participants meet to discuss and tackle common challenges.

Aurora Leadership Programme

Each year the ICR sends four women on the Aurora programme, a national women's leadership development programme run by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

The programme combines education, mentoring and online resources to encourage women in academic and professional roles to develop leadership skills, and addresses core areas associated with leadership success in research institutions and the university sector. 

It is really valuable to be surrounded by like-minded people who are all in similar stages of their careers – we are able to share experiences and support one another. It is a huge leap to start thinking of one’s self as a leader, but this course is giving me the tools to realise my strengths and how to build on my weakness. It is fantastic that the ICR is committed to building the skills of its staff by holding this course in house. Future Female Leaders participant