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College for Leadership Engagement and Research

NTU’s College for Leadership Engagement and Research (CLEaR) launched in 2020. CLEaR builds and promotes a culture of sustainable research and engagement leadership at NTU. It supports the Researcher Development Concordat and aligns with our ‘University, re-imagined’ strategy to develop and nurture the next generation of researchers.

About CLEaR

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CLEaR is NTU's virtual College for Leadership Engagement and Research. It supports NTU's strategic ambitions for research and for our research and enterprise communities.

We offer researchers numerous programmes and workshops to support their research journey; from leading your first research project and setting up a research centre, to influencing policymakers and leading as a principal investigator or leading for supervision. We are here to support you every step of the way.

On this page, you will find all the information you need about CLEaR and the current offering we have for our researchers.

Vice-Chancellor's Future Research Leaders Programme

Other Programmes and Workshops

Leading for Supervision

This NTU research supervision resource is an online resource for Doctoral Research Supervisors to update their knowledge and practice; it may also be useful for those new to supervision. It has been designed to be used flexibly and will provide updates on current practices in supervision and provide resources to help support you and your Postgraduate Researchers. It also signposts you to key policies and procedures for Research Degree Supervisors. It complements a wider programme of development and updates including regular webinars provided by the Doctoral School.

Leading my First Research Project

Open to late stage doctoral candidates to help them steer their research beyond the thesis and move towards independent researcher status. Your research supervisor will need to support your application to ensure that it does not detract from your studies and completion of your doctorate. The programme will focus on working with your supervisor to develop an agenda-setting approach that starts to map out ideas for a first research project; mapping potential partners and funders and considering outputs, as well as building effective networks.

Being a Researcher on Social Media

Social media has become an integral part of research over the past few years. Since research is all about producing new information, social media offers you unique opportunities to present these new ideas to a wide and varied audience. Learn more about what it's like to be a researcher on social media and how to best use it to your advantage. Please click this tile or send an email to to gain access to the materials and workshops.

More Development Opportunities

Thrive Learning Experience Platform

NTU has invested in a sector leading AI enabled learning experience platform with a dedicated section for researcher development opportunities and resources.

Researcher Mentoring

Mentoring is a dynamic, supportive and developmental relationship where a more experienced colleague works with you to build your skills and knowledge. It provides the opportunity for you to gain expertise from the mentor's experiences and advice.

Women in Academia

Our institutional Athena SWAN action plan is committed to establishing a programme of work that supports women's career development. This is a dedicated space for women working within academia at NTU. It houses curated guidance and resources for women academics, including: development; wellbeing; and inspiring women case studies.

Contact us

For more information on CLEaR, or for any questions regarding the content on site, please contact Fiona McKerlie, Head of Researcher Development.