Update on the Research Project supported by USHA ‘Enhancing Principal Investigators’ Engagement in Safety Leadership’

The research is being led by Dr Sara Guediri from Alliance Manchester Business School

How do Principal Investigators view their role as safety leaders? What leadership practices do Principal Investigators use to drive safety? How can Principal Investigators’ engagement in safety leadership be strengthened?

These questions are being explored by a research project on Principal Investigator (PI) Safety Leadership at The University of Manchester.

Dr Sara Guediri from Alliance Manchester Business School presented some early findings from the study at the launch of the USHA Leadership & Management Guidance. Results from interviews with PIs highlighted the importance of informal development (learning PI leadership through experience) and identified several leadership tactics to improve safety. This poster provides a quick overview of the main outcomes from the interviews.

The project is now in its second phase. Dr Sara Guediri, Dr Patrick Seechurn and Rachel Valentine (Chair of USHA’s Competency, Development and Training Group) are leading a survey study to include responses from a larger sample of PIs from UK Universities.

If you would like to receive information on the results from the study, or your institution would be interested in participating in the survey, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .