What Qualification?

What's in it for me?

UCC is delighted to announce that ILM has rated UCC as an approved provider for Epiguem's Professional Skills for Research Leaders.  This means that each participant will receive an ILM certificate of attainment for completing the suite of programmes, quizes and attending the workshops. 

 In 2013, University College Cork gained the HR Excellence in Research Award in recognition of the University’s on-going commitment to adopting the principles of The European Charter for Researchers and a Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. This commitment is echoed in the University’s Research Strategy. The University is keen to provide its research leaders with the  tools they need to perform in the their "multi-faceted role".  

To quote the Charter and Code:

 "Senior researchers should devote particular attention to their multi-faceted role as supervisors, mentors, career advisors, leaders, project coordinators, managers or science communicators. They should perform these tasks to the highest professional standards. With regard to their role as supervisors or mentors of researchers, senior researchers should build up a constructive and positive relationship with the early-stage researchers, in order to set the conditions for efficient transfer of knowledge and for the further successful development of the researchers' careers. "

In today’s world the value of recognised qualifications is increasing.  The ILM certificate of attainment will enable you to provide evidence of your research leadership skills.  Great leadership and management training comes in all shapes and sizes. Not everyone wants to take a formal management qualification, which is why UCC recognises that a good quality in-house management development programme will give you the freedom to participate while ILM monitor and endorse the overall quality of the programme.


Every horizon 2020 Grant agreement includes the following article:


32.1 Obligation to take measures to implement the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers

The beneficiary must take all measures to implement the principles set out in the Commission Recommendation on the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the

Recruitment of Researchers 41, in particular regarding:

- working conditions;

- transparent recruitment processes based on merit, and

- career development.

The beneficiary must ensure that researchers and third parties involved in the action are aware of them.


The University hopes that this ILM endorsed Professional Skills for Research Leaders Programme will assist Senior Post Docs and Research Fellows to enhance their research management skills at this critical time in their careers.

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