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DCU Research Career Framework

Professional Development Opportunities for Researchers

Professional development is the ongoing enhancement and maintenance of knowledge, skills and competencies.  It is a
major focus of the framework and aims to ensure researchers can meet the demands of their roles and be in a position to
maximise opportunities within the University and develop a wider career path.  It is also intended to support PI's in
delivering excellence of research at DCU.

Participating researchers are facilitated in developing a broad range of specific and transferable skills that they need to
acquire to be successful in their chosen career.  These include Research Skills (e.g. understanding of relevant
research methodologies), Communicating Research (e.g. communication skills) and Understanding the
Research Environment
(e.g. knowledge of intellectual property and commercialisation).

The Framework recommends that researchers should participate in four days development per annum.

To support researchers in their development, the university offers a wide range of specific programmes for researchers. 
Please click on the links below for further information


Also the following activities can count towards the four days development:

  • Shadowing researchers in their field
  • Participating in conferences
  • Participating in research seminars to demonstrate expertise, knowledge gained
  • On line learning
  • Teaching activities
  • On the job training (for example learning from a more experienced researcher with a particular focus on the framework's competencies)

                    Professional Development Opportunties will be offered through the following methods: