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Cardiff University

Darlithwyr Disglair / Brilliant Lecturers Scheme

Our Darlithwyr Disglair development scheme for early career academics is a bespoke programme of innovative leadership training, peer-to-peer support and networking opportunities.

It is designed to support early career academics wishing to pursue lecturer roles by giving them the opportunity to experience life as a full time university lecturer for 18 months, and to develop their leadership skills in teaching and research supported by an innovative training programme.


Our bespoke training and development programme provides a range of leadership development opportunities. Combined with direct teaching and research experience, this approach will increase your competitiveness for future academic roles, as well as for other careers where teaching and research skills are valued and needed.

The scheme fills a gap identified by many early career academics, supporting the transition from research-only careers to those involving a balance between teaching and research.

Alongside tailored workshop days, the programme will provide each Darlithydd Disglair (Brilliant Lecturer) with a near-peer mentor (a Cardiff University lecturer with three to five years more experience) who will offer support to develop your academic career.

There will also be opportunities to network with other early career academics in the Cardiff city-region to create a supportive community of practice across institutions.

A personal research and development fund of £3,000 will be made available to each Darlithydd Disglair (Brilliant Lecturer), in addition to support provided in academic Schools. (Some variation within individual schools.)

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