Professional Training

Programme Descriptions 2020

  • Motivation skills for research staff

 

The Motivation workshop will give participants several types of tools to become a great motivator, including goal setting and influencing skills. Participants will also learn about five of the most popular motivational tools and how to bring them together to create a custom program.

Workshop Date: 07 February 2020 NW Conference Room

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  • Presentation skills for research staff

 

This workshop is from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm and is aimed at those who want to learn about developing effective presentation skills.  

The following topics are covered in the talk:

  • Making effective presentations to a small or large audience
  • How to communicate your message and test if it is understood
  • How to influence the audience and what aids to use
  • How to overcome nerves
  • Body language

 

Workshop Date: 14 February 2020 WGB 226

 

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  • Making that Transition

 

  • Transition to a Leadership Role
  • Different Leadership Styles
  • Career Planning for You!

 

Workshop Date: 21 February 2020 NW Conference Room

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  • Maximizing Professional Effectiveness

 

 This interactive workshop will give the participants the skills and knowledge to deal effectively with their goal of being more effective in the research workplace. The workshop focuses on shaping the individual to grow and develop their existing talents to use in their research while successfully achieving personal and organisational goals in research.  

 

Workshop Date: 06 March 2020 North Wing Conference Room

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  • Grant Writing/Scientific Writing

 

 An outstanding grant begins with a great research idea based on a meaningful hypothesis that generates important research questions. Combine this with a high-quality scientific approach and communicate your ideas effectively in your written proposal. This workshop is aimed at those in the early stages of their research career and aims to assist with writing effective and successful grant applications.

Publication of Research: Drawing on the experiences of the presenter as a former Chief Editor of Nature Microbiology and Biology Editor of Nature, this part of the session will focus on the research publication process from the perspective of a premier scientific publishing house.

 

Workshop Date:  13 March 2020 North Wing Conference Room

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  • The Importance of Networking and Research Integrity

 

Description to be updated

 

Workshop Date: 20 March 2020 North Wing Conference Room

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  • Communication and Presentation Skills

 

This workshop is aimed at those who want to learn about developing effective presentation skills.  

The following topics are covered in the talk:

  • Making effective presentations to a small or large audience
  • How to communicate your message and test if it is understood
  • How to influence the audience and what aids to use
  • How to overcome nerves
  • Body language

 

Workshop Date: 03 April 2020 North Wing Conference Room

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  • Gateway UCC

 

GATEWAY provides an Eco-System that supports and accelerates campus based businesses both Spin-In and Spin-Out, drawing on the commercialisable technologies provided through the UCC research community. GATEWAY UCC provides Start-Up companies with a complete Business Supports Programme and Mentoring and access to the full range of University facilities including it academic supports. 

To date GATEWAY UCC incubated companies support 200 jobs with over 30 company state-ups  across a wide spectrum of areas including IT/ICT; Food; Education; Health; Energy; Medical Devices and Pharma.

 

Workshop Date: 08 May 2020 North Wing Conference Room

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  • New Horizons: Sourcing and Accessing Non-Academic Career Opportunities

 

 

Workshop Date: 15 May 2020 North Wing Conference Room 

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  • Team Building

 

To be provided

 

Workshop Date: 22 May 2020 North Wing Conference Room 

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  • Teaching and Learning Skills

 

This workshop provides post-doctoral researchers with the opportunity to explore theoretical principles of teaching and learning and assist those who are undertaking part-time teaching, or preparing for an academic career.

 

Workshop Date: 05 June 2020 North Wing Conference Room

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  • Supervising and Working with PhD Students

This workshop offers practical guidance on recruitment, handling the student/supervisor relationship effectively and methods to help students toward completion and emergence as an independent researcher in their discipline.

 

Workshop Date: 12 June 2020 North Wing Conference Room

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  • Commercial Awareness and Knowledge Transfer

 

This workshop aims to develop modes of engagement with potential partners in industry and elsewhere. Led by our Technology Transfer Office here in UCC the workshop aims to encourage you to pitch your ideas and replicate the various situations where you may interact with potential new partners. The idea is to identify the specific points in the research process that can lead to successfully transferring knowledge and technology 

 

Workshop Date: 19 June 2020 North Wing Conference Room

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  • Innovation and entrepreneurship

The IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme in UCC helps graduates to turn innovative ideas into successful technology based businesses. This workshop demonstrates the critical importance of product –market fit and explains how entrepreneurs use business model innovation frameworks to build successful businesses

 

Workshop Date: 26 June 2020 North Wing Conference Room

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  • Research Data Management

No matter what the specific subject matter, research produces large amounts of complex data. Typically researchers are excited by generating this new information and give little thought to data management and data management planning. This session introduces researchers to the development of Data Management Plans including how data should be organised in a logical and accessible fashion.  Filing, transformation, documentation, metadata and citation are all discussed and finally principles of confidentiality, storage and security are presented.  This is an introductory session designed to help researrchers actively manage their research data in a systematic manner.

 

Workshop Date: 10 July 2020 North Wing Conference Room

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  • CV Clinic for Research Staff

 

This CV Clinic will assist researchers the necessary tools to convert their career history into a well-crafted and targeted CV for whichever career path they choose.

 

Workshop Date: 03 July 2020 North Wing Conference Room 

 

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  • New Horizons: Sourcing and Accessing Non-Academic Career Opportunities

 

 Workshop Date: 19 July 2020 North Wing Conference Room

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  • Blogging for Researchers

 

Workshop Date: 24 July 2020 North Wing Conference Room

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  • Statistics for Researchers

The goal of this programme is to strengthen your ability to use statistics when conducting your research work. It teaches how to plan and execute a strategy for data analysis which explores and answers specific example research questions.

This programme is also deliberately designed so that the key statistical skills learned here are transferable to other areas for use in your subsequent career.

 

Workshop Date: 04 September 2020 North Wing Conference Room

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Leading a Research Team

 

  • To explore what leadership is and to identify the differences between management and leadership
  • To examine a number of leadership models and identify what make leaders personally effective
  • To gain insight into our own leadership style and approach and consider how we can be more effective as team leaders

 

Workshop Date: 11 September 2020 North Wing Conference Room

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  • Communicating your Research

This course helps participants understand the key principles that underpin all effective communication, identify the most appropriate channels and develop a tailored communication strategy that takes account of your personal style and circumstances.

Syllabus

  • Your communication strategy
  • Publishing Dealing with the media
  • Internal communications
  • Digital tools and approaches

 

Workshop Date: 18 September 2020 North Wing Conference Room

 

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  • Communicating Skills for Researchers

This course helps participants understand the key principles that underpin all effective communication, identify the most appropriate channels and develop a tailored communication strategy that takes account of your personal style and circumstances.

Workshop Date: 25 September 2020 North Wing Conference Room

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  • Project Management Skills Part 1

 

This workshop is designed to help you keep your research projects on track particularly in challenging situations.  It includes project scope and gathering requirements; creating a project plan; assessing project risk; managing multiple projects; managing multiple initiatives; scheduling, and controlling and managing contracts.

 

Workshop Date: 02 October 2020 North Wing Conference Room

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  • Project Management Skills Part 2

This workshop is designed to help you keep your research projects on track particularly in challenging situations.  It includes project scope and gathering requirements; creating a project plan; assessing project risk; managing multiple projects; managing multiple initiatives; scheduling, and controlling and managing contracts.

 

Workshop Date: 09 October 2020 North Wing Conference Room

 

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  • Funding your Research

 

The course helps participants gain a good understanding of the complete grant application process, an awareness of factors that influence funding decisions and and potential pitfalls. It also demonstrate the skills necessary to write applications for grants and other types of funding (fellowships, contracts, philanthropic support) that are compelling and competitive to help secure funding for your research.

Syllabus

  • Competitive contexts
  • Planning your grant (choosing a topic, team, source of funding, estimating costs and time, collaborators, pods with specific national grant information)
  • Writing the grant (creating a persuasive argument, demonstrating impact, tips for good grant writing)
  • Managing your grant requirements (reporting, contract and IPR, budget management, university requirements)
  • Applying for research fellowships

 

Workshop Date: 06 November 2020 North Wing Conference Room

In-House Professional Training Provided 2018

 

  • Motivation skills for research staff

 

The Motivation workshop will give participants several types of tools to become a great motivator, including goal setting and influencing skills. Participants will also learn about five of the most popular motivational tools and how to bring them together to create a custom program.

Workshop Date: 09 February 2018 North Wing Conference Room

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  • Presentation skills for research staff

 

This workshop is from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm and is aimed at those who want to learn about developing effective presentation skills.  

The following topics are covered in the talk:

  • Making effective presentations to a small or large audience
  • How to communicate your message and test if it is understood
  • How to influence the audience and what aids to use
  • How to overcome nerves
  • Body language

 

Workshop Date: 16 February 2018 North Wing Conference Room

 

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  • Team Building

 

Team Building is vital for all motivated, successful research teams. It's important to learn how to communicate clearly within your team, resolve conflict and work to the strengths of the team. This workshop combines discussion, team building exercises and communication activities.

 

Workshop Date: 23 February 2018 North Wing Conference Room

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  • CV Clinic for Research Staff

 

This CV Clinic will assist researchers the necessary tools to convert their career history into a well-crafted and targeted CV for whichever career path they choose.

 

Workshop Date: 09 March 2018 North Wing Conference Room 

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  • Maximizing Professional Effectiveness

 

 This interactive workshop will give the participants the skills and knowledge to deal effectively with their goal of being more effective in the research workplace. The workshop focuses on shaping the individual to grow and develop their existing talents to use in their research while successfully achieving personal and organisational goals in research.  

 

Workshop Date: 23 March 2018 North Wing Conference Room

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  • Grant Writing/Scientific Writing

 

 An outstanding grant begins with a great research idea based on a meaningful hypothesis that generates important research questions. Combine this with a high-quality scientific approach and communicate your ideas effectively in your written proposal. This workshop is aimed at those in the early stages of their research career and aims to assist with writing effective and successful grant applications.

Publication of Research: Drawing on the experiences of the presenter as a former Chief Editor of Nature Microbiology and Biology Editor of Nature, this part of the session will focus on the research publication process from the perspective of a premier scientific publishing house.

 

Workshop Date:  13 April 2018 North Wing Conference Room

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  • The Importance of Networking

 

Description to be updated

 

Workshop Date: 27 April 2018 North Wing Conference Room

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

  • Communication and Presentation Skills

 

This workshop is aimed at those who want to learn about developing effective presentation skills.  

The following topics are covered in the talk:

  • Making effective presentations to a small or large audience
  • How to communicate your message and test if it is understood
  • How to influence the audience and what aids to use
  • How to overcome nerves
  • Body language

 

Workshop Date: 04 May 2018 North Wing Conference Room

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  • SPRINT Accelerator For IP Based Start-Ups

 

GATEWAY provides an Eco-System that supports and accelerates campus based businesses both Spin-In and Spin-Out, drawing on the commercialisable technologies provided through the UCC research community. GATEWAY UCC provides Start-Up companies with a complete Business Supports Programme and Mentoring and access to the full range of University facilities including it academic supports. 

To date GATEWAY UCC incubated companies support 200 jobs with over 30 company state-ups  across a wide spectrum of areas including IT/ICT; Food; Education; Health; Energy; Medical Devices and Pharma.

 

Workshop Date: 11 May 2018 North Wing Conference Room

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  • Career Planning for Research Staff

 

Is your career on track or do you feel like you need a clearer sense of purpose and direction? Is your present direction enabling a meaningful life? Do you have people who can support you in your career development? This workshop will provide you with the space, information and tools to start working immediately on planning the next phase in your career with confidence and enthusiasm. 

 

Workshop Date: 25 May 2018 North Wing Conference Room

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  • Teaching and Learning Skills

 

This workshop provides post-doctoral researchers with the opportunity to explore theoretical principles of teaching and learning and assist those who are undertaking part-time teaching, or preparing for an academic career.

 

Workshop Date: 01 June 2018 North Wing Conference Room

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  • Supervising and Working with PhD Students

This workshop offers practical guidance on recruitment, handling the student/supervisor relationship effectively and methods to help students toward completion and emergence as an independent researcher in their discipline.

 

Workshop Date: 08 June 2018 North Wing Conference Room

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

  • Commercial Awareness and Knowledge Transfer

 

This workshop aims to develop modes of engagement with potential partners in industry and elsewhere. Led by our Technology Transfer Office here in UCC the workshop aims to encourage you to pitch your ideas and replicate the various situations where you may interact with potential new partners. The idea is to identify the specific points in the research process that can lead to successfully transferring knowledge and technology 

 

Workshop Date: 15 June 2018 North Wing Conference Room

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  • Innovation and entrepreneurship

The IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme in UCC helps graduates to turn innovative ideas into successful technology based businesses. This workshop demonstrates the critical importance of product –market fit and explains how entrepreneurs use business model innovation frameworks to build successful businesses

 

Workshop Date: 06 July 2018 North Wing Conference Room

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  • Research Data Management

No matter what the specific subject matter, research produces large amounts of complex data. Typically researchers are excited by generating this new information and give little thought to data management and data management planning. This session introduces researchers to the development of Data Management Plans including how data should be organised in a logical and accessible fashion.  Filing, transformation, documentation, metadata and citation are all discussed and finally principles of confidentiality, storage and security are presented.  This is an introductory session designed to help researrchers actively manage their research data in a systematic manner.

 

Workshop Date: 13 July 2018 North Wing Conference Room

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  • Developing and Consolidating your Research Career

This course enables participants to identify strategies, tools, opportunities and people to help establish themselves in their research career, set realistic goals for career development and understand the importance of measuring progress towards them.
 
Syllabus

  • Career pathways
  • Enhancing your track record
  • Building breadth and depth in your career strategy
  • Increasing your public profile
  • Contributing to the development of the discipline (including peer review)
  • Monitoring your development and success

 Workshop Date: 20 July 2018 North Wing Conference Room

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  • Research Planning Tools and Techniques

From grant writing to career management, researchers often need to plan projects. This is an applied session which has been designed to introduce participants to some of the most widely used planning tools. Techniques covered will include

- Scheduling (Gantt Charts, critical path analysis/PERT)

- Analysis (SWOT, risk, impact)

- Monitoring (dashboards, logs)

 

Workshop Date: 27 July 2018 Boole 5

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  • Statistics for Researchers

The goal of this programme is to strengthen your ability to use statistics when conducting your research work. It teaches how to plan and execute a strategy for data analysis which explores and answers specific example research questions.

This programme is also deliberately designed so that the key statistical skills learned here are transferable to other areas for use in your subsequent career.

 

Workshop Date: 07 September 2018 North Wing Conference Room

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  • Leading a Research Team
  • To explore what leadership is and to identify the differences between management and leadership
  • To examine a number of leadership models and identify what make leaders personally effective
  • To gain insight into our own leadership style and approach and consider how we can be more effective as team leaders

 

Workshop Date: 14 September 2018 North Wing Conference Room

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  • Communicating your Research

This course helps participants understand the key principles that underpin all effective communication, identify the most appropriate channels and develop a tailored communication strategy that takes account of your personal style and circumstances.

Syllabus

  • Your communication strategy
  • Publishing Dealing with the media
  • Internal communications
  • Digital tools and approaches

 

Workshop Date: 21 September 2018 North Wing Conference Room

 

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  • Managing Yourself Through Change

 

Details to follow

 

Workshop Date: 28 September 2018 North Wing Conference Room

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  • Project Management Skills Part 1

 

This workshop is designed to help you keep your research projects on track particularly in challenging situations.  It includes project scope and gathering requirements; creating a project plan; assessing project risk; managing multiple projects; managing multiple initiatives; scheduling, and controlling and managing contracts.

 

Workshop Date: 05 October 2018 North Wing Conference Room

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  • Project Management Skills Part 2

This workshop is designed to help you keep your research projects on track particularly in challenging situations.  It includes project scope and gathering requirements; creating a project plan; assessing project risk; managing multiple projects; managing multiple initiatives; scheduling, and controlling and managing contracts.

 

Workshop Date: 12 October 2018 North Wing Conference Room

 

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  • Funding your Research

 

The course helps participants gain a good understanding of the complete grant application process, an awareness of factors that influence funding decisions and and potential pitfalls. It also demonstrate the skills necessary to write applications for grants and other types of funding (fellowships, contracts, philanthropic support) that are compelling and competitive to help secure funding for your research.

Syllabus

  • Competitive contexts
  • Planning your grant (choosing a topic, team, source of funding, estimating costs and time, collaborators, pods with specific national grant information)
  • Writing the grant (creating a persuasive argument, demonstrating impact, tips for good grant writing)
  • Managing your grant requirements (reporting, contract and IPR, budget management, university requirements)
  • Applying for research fellowships

 

Workshop Date: 09 November 2018 North Wing Conference Room

In-House Professional Training Provided 2016

All of UCC's Post Doctoral Researchers can avail of the profesional training advertised through the Post Doc Hub.  Whether you are a Post Doc or Senior Post Doc you can choose any or all of the programmes below with the approval of your PI.  Each session will be 2 hours only to facilitate release from your research work.   All of the programmes will be advertised by e-mail - so don't delete them!!!  See dates of workshops below.  

To book your place please contact Cal Doyle at cal.doyle@ucc.ie

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1. Presentation Skills facilitated by Human Resources

This workshop is aimed at those who want to learn about developing effective presentation skills.  

The following topics are covered in the talk:

 •Making effective presentations to a small or large audience

 •How to communicate your message and test if it is understood

 •How to influence the audience and what aids to use

 •How to overcome nerves

 •Body language

Workshop Date: 12 February 2016 North Wing Conference Room

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2. Career Planning facilitated by The Careers Office

Is your career on track or do you feel like you need a clearer sense of purpose and direction? Is your present direction enabling a meaningful life? Do you have people who can support you in your career development? This workshop will provide you with the space, information and tools to start working immediately on planning the next phase in your career with confidence and enthusiasm.

Workshop Date: 26 February 2016 North Wing Conference Room

 

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3. CV, Job Application and Interview technique facilitated by The Careers Office

This course will enable researchers at this point in their career to develop the reflective practices and necessary tools to convert their career history into a well-crafted and targeted CV. Confidence is vital to interview success and this course aims to give you the confidence you need by teaching you everything you need to know about interview preparation and performance

Workshop Date: 11 March 2016 North Wing Conference Room

 

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4. Grant writing/scientific writing facilitated by the UCC Research Support Services (RSS)

An outstanding grant begins with a great research idea based on a meaningful hypothesis that generates important research questions. Combine this with a high-quality scientific approach and communicate your ideas effectively in your written proposal. This workshop is aimed at those in the early stages of their research career and aims to assist with writing effective and successful grant applications.

Publication of Research: Drawing on the experiences of the presenter as a former Chief Editor of Nature Microbiology and Biology Editor of Nature, this part of the session will focus on the research publication process from the perspective of a premier scientific publishing house.

Workshop Date: 15 April 2016 Food Science Building Rm 247

 

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5. The Importance of Networking facilitated by the UCC Research Support Services (RSS)

 

Workshop Date: 29 April 2016 North Wing Conference Room

 

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6. Gateway UCC Translating Research into Jobs

 

GATEWAY provides an Eco-System that supports and accelerates campus based businesses both Spin-In and Spin-Out, drawing on the commercialisable technologies provided through the UCC research community. GATEWAY UCC provides Start-Up companies with a complete Business Supports Programme and Mentoring and access to the full range of University facilities including it academic supports. 

To date GATEWAY UCC incubated companies support 200 jobs with over 30 company state-ups  across a wide spectrum of areas including IT/ICT; Food; Education; Health; Energy; Medical Devices and Pharma.

 

Workshop Date: 13 May 2016 North Wing Conference Room

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7. Researchers and Industry

To be announced

 

Workshop Date: 20 May 2016 North Wing Conference Room

 

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8. Teaching and Learning Skills facilitated by The Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning

This workshop provides post-doctoral researchers with the opportunity to explore theoretical principles of teaching and learning and assist those who are undertaking part-time teaching, or preparing for an academic career.

 

Workshop Date: 27 May 2016 North Wing Conference Room

 

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9. Supervising and Working with PhD Students facilitated by The Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning

This  workshop offers practical guidance on recruitment, handling the student/supervisor relationship effectively and methods to help students toward completion and emergence as an independent researcher in their discipline. 

 Workshop Date: 10 June 2016 North Wing Conference Room

 

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10. Commercial Awareness and Knowledge Transfer facilitated by the Technology Transfer Office

This  workshop aims to develop modes of engagement with potential partners in industry and elsewhere. Led by our Technology Transfer Office here in UCC  the workshop aims to encourage you to pitch your ideas and replicate the various situations where you may interact with potential new partners. The idea is to identify the specific points in the research process that can lead to successfully transferring knowledge and technology.

 

Workshop Date: 24 June 2016 North Wing Conference Room

 

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11. Industry focussed workshops (e.g. innovation and entrepreneurship ) facilitated by IGNITE

The IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme in UCC helps graduates to turn innovative ideas into successful technology based businesses. This workshop demonstrates the critical importance of product –market fit and explains how entrepreneurs use business model innovation frameworks to build successful businesses

Workshop Date: 8 July 2016 North Wing Conference Room

 

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12. Blackstone LaunchPad facilitated by Peter Finnegan Director of Blackstone LaunchPad 

  • An introduction to the Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC, overview of the supports offered, benefits that can be derived from the initiative, details of how interested parties can get involved.
  • The changing landscape for Post-Docs in Ireland.
  • Why work in industry?
  • International opportunities.
  • Career planning starts now – personal development accompanied by professional development.

 

Workshop Date: 14 October 2016 Creative Zone Boole Library

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13. Responsible Research and Innovation

The workshop with the Postdoc Development Hub, aims to equip postdoc researchers with the skills and knowledge to perform responsible research and innovation, and to reflect upon their research within the RRI parameters.  Adopting an RRI mind-set and approach to research will assist researchers in writing grant-applications, particularly considering that the European Commission and Horizon2020 are placing increased emphasis on RRI. Furthermore, researchers will gain a critical appreciation of how their research can potentially impact society, and foster the design of inclusive and sustainable research and innovation that fits with national and European Commission policy objectives.

 

Workshop Date: 11 November 2016 North Wing Conference Room

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Be-spoke Programmes

To enhance and supplement the programmes outlined above, as well as the e-learning programmes, UCC will provide the following be-spoke programmes for our Postdoctoral Researchers:

 

1.       Confident speaking at meetings

2.       An introvert’s guide to Influence and Impact

3.       Exploring team working and leadership

4.       Developing professional researcher networks

5.       Introduction to management skills for researchers

6.       Resources for Successful change or Imposter Syndrome

 

The be-spoke programmes will be announced shortly.



In-House Professional Training Provided 2017

All of UCC's Post-Doctoral Researchers can avail of the professional training advertised through the Post Doc Hub.  Whether you are a Post Doc or Senior Post Doc you can choose any or all of the programmes below with the approval of your PI.  Most sessions will be 2 hours only to facilitate release from your research work.   All of the programmes will be advertised by e-mail - so don't delete them!!!  See dates of workshops below.  

To book your place please contact Cal Doyle at cal.doyle@ucc.ie

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1. Motivation skills for research staff

The Motivation workshop will give participants several types of tools to become a great motivator, including goal setting and influencing skills. Participants will also learn about five of the most popular motivational tools and how to bring them together to create a custom program.

 

Workshop Date: 10 February 2017 North Wing Conference Room

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


2. Presentation skills for research staff

This workshop is from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm and is aimed at those who want to learn about developing effective presentation skills.  

The following topics are covered in the talk:

 •Making effective presentations to a small or large audience

 •How to communicate your message and test if it is understood

 •How to influence the audience and what aids to use

 •How to overcome nerves

 •Body language

 

Workshop Date: 17 February 2017 North Wing Conference Room

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3. Team Building

Team Building is vital for all motivated, successful research teams. It's important to learn how to communicate clearly within your team, resolve conflict and work to the strengths of the team. This workshop combines discussion, team building exercises and communication activities.

 

Workshop Date: 24 February 2017 North Wing Conference Room

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4. Job Applications/CV Building for research staff

This course will enable researchers at this point in their career to develop the reflective practices and necessary tools to convert their career history into a well-crafted and targeted CV for whichever career path they choose.

 

Workshop Date: 10 March 2017 North Wing Conference Room 

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5. Maximizing Professional Effectiveness

 This interactive workshop will give the participants the skills and knowledge to deal effectively with their goal of being more effective in the research workplace. The workshop focuses on shaping the individual to grow and develop their existing talents to use in their research while successfully achieving personal and organisational goals in research.  

 

Workshop Date: 24 March 2017 North Wing Conference Room

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

6. Grant Writing/Scientific Writing

 An outstanding grant begins with a great research idea based on a meaningful hypothesis that generates important research questions. Combine this with a high-quality scientific approach and communicate your ideas effectively in your written proposal. This workshop is aimed at those in the early stages of their research career and aims to assist with writing effective and successful grant applications.

Publication of Research: Drawing on the experiences of the presenter as a former Chief Editor of Nature Microbiology and Biology Editor of Nature, this part of the session will focus on the research publication process from the perspective of a premier scientific publishing house.

 

Workshop Date: Wednesday 12 April 2017 North Wing Conference Room

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7. The Importance of Networking

To be announced

 

Workshop Date: 28 April 2017 North Wing Conference Room

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8. Communication and Presentation Skills

This workshop is aimed at those who want to learn about developing effective presentation skills.  

The following topics are covered in the talk:

 •Making effective presentations to a small or large audience

 •How to communicate your message and test if it is understood

 •How to influence the audience and what aids to use

 •How to overcome nerves

 •Body language

 

Workshop Date: 05 May 2017 North Wing Conference Room

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9. Gateway UCC

GATEWAY provides an Eco-System that supports and accelerates campus based businesses both Spin-In and Spin-Out, drawing on the commercialisable technologies provided through the UCC research community. GATEWAY UCC provides Start-Up companies with a complete Business Supports Programme and Mentoring and access to the full range of University facilities including it academic supports. 

To date GATEWAY UCC incubated companies support 200 jobs with over 30 company state-ups  across a wide spectrum of areas including IT/ICT; Food; Education; Health; Energy; Medical Devices and Pharma.

 

Workshop Date: 10 June 2016 North Wing Conference Room

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10. Career Planning for Research Staff

Is your career on track or do you feel like you need a clearer sense of purpose and direction? Is your present direction enabling a meaningful life? Do you have people who can support you in your career development? This workshop will provide you with the space, information and tools to start working immediately on planning the next phase in your career with confidence and enthusiasm. 

 

Workshop Date: 19 May 2017 North Wing Conference Room

 

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11. Teaching and Learning Skills

This workshop provides post-doctoral researchers with the opportunity to explore theoretical principles of teaching and learning and assist those who are undertaking part-time teaching, or preparing for an academic career.

 

Workshop Date: 02 June 2017 North Wing Conference Room

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

12. Supervising and Working with PhD Students

This workshop offers practical guidance on recruitment, handling the student/supervisor relationship effectively and methods to help students toward completion and emergence as an independent researcher in their discipline.

 

Workshop Date: 09 June 2017 North Wing Conference Room

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

13. Commercial Awareness and Knowledge Transfer

This workshop aims to develop modes of engagement with potential partners in industry and elsewhere. Led by our Technology Transfer Office here in UCC the workshop aims to encourage you to pitch your ideas and replicate the various situations where you may interact with potential new partners. The idea is to identify the specific points in the research process that can lead to successfully transferring knowledge and technology 

 

Workshop Date: 23 June 2017 North Wing Conference Room

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14. Innovation and entrepreneurship

The IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme in UCC helps graduates to turn innovative ideas into successful technology based businesses. This workshop demonstrates the critical importance of product –market fit and explains how entrepreneurs use business model innovation frameworks to build successful businesses

 

Workshop Date: 07 July 2017 North Wing Conference Room

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15. Developing and Consolidating your Research Career

This course enables participants to identify strategies, tools, opportunities and people to help establish themselves in their research career, set realistic goals for career development and understand the importance of measuring progress towards them.
 
Syllabus

  • Career pathways
  • Enhancing your track record
  • Building breadth and depth in your career strategy
  • Increasing your public profile
  • Contributing to the development of the discipline (including peer review)
  • Monitoring your development and success

 

Workshop Date: 21 July 2017 North Wing Conference Room

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16. Statistics for Researchers

The goal of this programme is to strengthen your ability to use statistics when conducting your research work. It teaches how to plan and execute a strategy for data analysis which explores and answers specific example research questions.

This programme is also deliberately designed so that the key statistical skills learned here are transferable to other areas for use in your subsequent career.

 

Workshop Date: 01 September 2017 North Wing Conference Room

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17. Leading a Research Team

  • To explore what leadership is and to identify the differences between management and leadership
  • To examine a number of leadership models and identify what make leaders personally effective
  • To gain insight into our own leadership style and approach and consider how we can be more effective as team leaders

 

Workshop Date: 8 September 2017 West Wing 8

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18. Communicating your Research

This course helps participants understand the key principles that underpin all effective communication, identify the most appropriate channels and develop a tailored communication strategy that takes account of your personal style and circumstances.

Syllabus

  • Your communication strategy
  • Publishing Dealing with the media
  • Internal communications
  • Digital tools and approaches

 

Workshop Date: 15 September 2017 North Wing Conference Room

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19. Communication Skills for Researchers

Developing effective listening skills and during the workshop we would explore

  • The importance and benefits of effective listening in communication
  • How to test your understanding
  • The use of effective questioning
  • Building on and engaging with the conversation
  • The value of communication feedback and summary

 

Workshop Date: 22 September 2017 North Wing Conference Room

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20. Project Management Skills Part 1

This workshop is designed to help you keep your research projects on track particularly in challenging situations.  It includes project scope and gathering requirements; creating a project plan; assessing project risk; managing multiple projects; managing multiple initiatives; scheduling, and controlling and managing contracts.

 

Workshop Date: 29 September 2017 North Wing Conference Room

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21. Project Management Skills Part 2

This workshop is designed to help you keep your research projects on track particularly in challenging situations.  It includes project scope and gathering requirements; creating a project plan; assessing project risk; managing multiple projects; managing multiple initiatives; scheduling, and controlling and managing contracts.

 

Workshop Date: 13 October 2017 North Wing Conference Room

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22. Funding your Research

The course helps participants gain a good understanding of the complete grant application process, an awareness of factors that influence funding decisions and and potential pitfalls. It also demonstrate the skills necessary to write applications for grants and other types of funding (fellowships, contracts, philanthropic support) that are compelling and competitive to help secure funding for your research.
Syllabus

  • Competitive contexts
  • Planning your grant (choosing a topic, team, source of funding, estimating costs and time, collaborators, pods with specific national grant information)
  • Writing the grant (creating a persuasive argument, demonstrating impact, tips for good grant writing)
  • Managing your grant requirements (reporting, contract and IPR, budget management, university requirements)
  • Applying for research fellowships

 

Workshop Date: 27 October 2017 North Wing Conference Room

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23. Responsible Research and Innovation

The workshop with the Postdoc Development Hub, aims to equip postdoc researchers with the skills and knowledge to perform responsible research and innovation, and to reflect upon their research within the RRI parameters.  Adopting an RRI mind-set and approach to research will assist researchers in writing grant-applications, particularly considering that the European Commission and Horizon2020 are placing increased emphasis on RRI. Furthermore, researchers will gain a critical appreciation of how their research can potentially impact society, and foster the design of inclusive and sustainable research and innovation that fits with national and European Commission policy objectives.

 

Workshop Date: 10 November 2017 North Wing Conference Room

Department of Human Resources - HR Research

Ground Floor, Block E, Food Science Building, UCC

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