Professional Skills for Research Leaders Graduation Ceremony 2017
At a ceremony on 15th December, twenty University College Cork researchers graduated with a certificate in Professional Skills for Research Leaders.
The programme, which is run annually, accepts participants from across University College Cork for the online and blended learning workshops which enable researchers to identify a range of strategies and opportunities to establish themselves as research leaders.
ILM accredited certificates were presented by the Vice-President for Research & Innovation Professor Anita Maguire and Mr Barry O’Brien, Director of Human Resources.
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 Strategic Plan 2017 – 2022 and the Univeristy’s Research Strategy.
In line with UCC’s mission to prioritise the delivery of staff development programmes for Researchers, UCC worked with Epigeum to develop Professional Skills for Research Leaders (PSRL).
PSRL is an online programme designed to help individual researchers enhance their approach to leadership, management and engagement. It enables them to identify a range of strategies and opportunities to establish themselves as research leaders, from writing compelling and competitive funding applications to managing relationships with team members and collaborators.
In UCC the course is delivered with high quality, accessible training complemented by six practical workshops facilitated by in-house trainers and expert guests. We use this blended learning approach incorporating on-line learning with 6 x 3 hour workshops as this complements and builds on the on-line material. As the value of recognized qualifications increases UCC achieved ILM endorsement of the programme which is critical to its success.
To date, UCC has 60 graduates of this programme, which is accredited by the ILM. The participants are researchers who are just about to become independent researchers and those who have just started to build their own independent research groups.
The programme has run each year since 2015 accepting 20 participants from UCC per year.