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Professional Skills for Research Leaders (PSRL) Programme

Want to enhance your research leadership, management and engagement skills? Or expand your 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: This programme is designed specifically for postdoctoral researchers and early-career academics

Objectives: 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).

This programme runs again from October 2019 - DATES COMING SOON 

The Programme

The programme comprises a blend of 6 on-line 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.

Online Course


Introduction to Professional Skills for Research Leaders 

Getting the Best From the PSRL –  TBD October 2019 (14:30 - 15:30)

Developing and Consolidating your Research Career

WORKSHOP 1: Developing and Consolidating your Research Career – TBD December 2019 (9:30 - 12:30) with 90 minute one-to-one conversation on December 2020

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 – TBD (10:00 - 13:00)

Research Collaboration

WORKSHOP 5: Research Collaborations – TBD (10:00 - 13:00)

Communicating your Research

WORKSHOP 6: Communicating your Research – TBD (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:

Professor Theo Lynn

Professor Theo Lynn is Professor of Digital Business at DCU Business School and is the Principal Investigator of the Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce, an EI/IDA funded Cloud Computing Technology Centre. Previously, he was Associate Dean (Industry Engagement and Innovation) at DCU Business School (2015-2017), Business Innovation Platform Director for DCU (2015-2016) and Director of the Leadership, Innovation and Knowledge Research Centre at DCU (2009-2011). He has won over 180 grants representing over €12m in funding. 

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

This programme runs again from October 2019 - DATES COMING SOON