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Professional Skills for Research Leaders (PSRL) Programme 2019-20

Want to enhance your research leadership, management and engagement skills? Or expand your professional network?

DCU's ILM-accredited Professional Skills for Research Leaders (PSRL) is a blended learning programme for researchers designed by researchers, academics and Learning & Development professionals.

Target Audience: Postdoctoral researchers and early-career academics


This programme will help you:

  • develop your career strategy in a broader research context
  • advance your grant writing skills
  • build on your capabilities as a team leader
  • establish and maintain fruitful research collaborations
  • develop your communication skills in a variety of capacities (including presenting at conferences, publishing your research and presenting your research on radio, TV and to industry).

The Programme:

The programme comprises a blend of 6 online modules complemented with attendance at the first workshop on Getting the Best from the PSRL and 4 out of the 6 remaining workshops lasting 1 to 3.5 hours each.

PLEASE SIGN UP FOR THE INTRODUCTION (workshops are selected later).

Online Course


Introduction to Professional Skills for Research Leaders 

INTRODUCTION: Getting the Best From the PSRL – 4th November 2019 (14:30 - 15:30) - SIGN UP FOR THIS MODULE ONLY TO APPLY FOR THE PROGRAMME. 

Developing and Consolidating your Research Career

WORKSHOP 1: Developing and Consolidating your Research Career – 10th December 2019 (9:30 - 12:30) with 90 minute one-to-one career sessions for each participant between 9th-13th December

Funding your Research

Funding your Research (2 workshops)

WORKSHOP 2: Developing your Research Funding Plan – 22nd January 2020 (13:00 -15:30)

WORKSHOP 3: Grant writing - 12th February 2020 (13:30 - 15:30) 

Managing a Research Team

WORKSHOP 4: Managing a Research Team – 4th March 2020 (10:00 - 13:00)

Research Collaboration

WORKSHOP 5: Research Collaborations – 23rd June 2020 (10:00 - 13:00)

Communicating your Research

WORKSHOP 6: Communicating your Research – 23rd June 2020 (14:00 - 17:00)

These interactive workshops extend and discuss the online content and present new and up-do-date material and research relevant to the theme of focus.

Contributors include Principal Investigators and experts on the topics.  Participants must achieve a pass mark of 70% for the course by completing an online quiz for each of the on-line elements.

Group mentoring

Group mentoring is a hugely beneficial approach of sharing knowledge with peers, exploring career paths and challenges, and receiving advice from seniors in the field of research.

All participants on the programme will be invited to take part in group mentoring, led by a Principal Investigator as mentor. The group will meet monthly to explore solutions to challenges that mentees face and potential areas for career development. Mentees will also benefit from peer to peer support and the opportunity to network and build relationships.

Key Contributors:

Dr Steve Hutchinson

After many years as an academic zoologist, Dr Steve Hutchinson moved to the field of training and development now working at the forefront of researcher development practice. He has led researcher development centres at the Universities of both York and Leeds, is a Vitae course director and tutor and an associate and programme director for the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. In 2006 Steve established his own company going on to design and deliver highly-acclaimed researcher development programmes across a range of institutions all over Europe.

Janet Sheath - Career Coach

Janet works as a career specialist teaching on the Birkbeck University of London Career Coaching and Management Masters programme and as Academic Supervisor at Kingston University.  She works across the practitioner / academic boundary, connecting career research and theory into the world of career coaching.  She runs her own Career Consultancy working with organisations to manage and develop careers and also coaches individuals in career transition.  Janet consults to career agencies, trains and supervises experienced career coaches in the UK and Ireland and is a fellow of the National Institute of Career Education and Counselling.

Fee: 100 euro. 

If you would like furtheri nformation on the PSRL, please contact