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Currently the Researcher Development Website for students is being re-developed. To ensure that our doctoral students (and their research colleagues) still have access to important researcher development information, this original website will be maintained until the new online resource is fully available.
Welcome to the Researcher Development Programme (RDP)
The Researcher Development Programme is designed to offer our Doctoral Students at Ulster University, multiple opportunities to design and develop their futures as leaders in research and innovation (whether they choose to work in an academic or non-academic context. As a university member of the VITAE community, Ulster's program is designed to reflect, compliment and optimise the implementation of The Researcher Development Framework(RDF)by VITAE ( for each of our doctoral students.
New opportunities
In addition to face-to-face sessions (here), available on various campuses of the university, the Researcher Development Programme also offers a number of online "Epigeum " Courses which may be accessed remotely by any individual registered for doctoral studies at the University of Ulster.

It is also currenly piloting the "Doctoral Innovation Programme" out of which successful participants will recive an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) (level 5) award in Project Management. Participants also have the opportunity to complete requirements for the award of "Associate membership of the Higher Education Academy".

Doctoral Innovation Programme (DIP)

Doctoral Innovation Programme (DIP) The PGcertPD(Researchers) has now been discontinued. It has been replaced by the "Doctoral Innovation Programme" (DIP)currently running in a post-pilot iteration. The DIP provides an opportunity for research students wanting to develop their skills as reflected in the University of Ulster’s Researcher Development Framework in an articulated, award-bearing programme. Participants who successfully complete the required assessment will receive certification from the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) of a unit in “Project Management” at Level 5. As mentioned above, doctoral students are in addition, able to work towards developing teaching, tutoring and demonstrating skills:

Teaching and Learning Development Opportunities for Post-graduate Tutors and Demonstrators

The following courses are organised by Staff Development to support post-graduate students in their part-time teaching roles:

Introduction to Teaching and Learning for Post-graduate Tutors and Demonstrators (a half-day session compulsory for all who teach in the University of Ulster)

For further information go to:

First Steps to Supporting Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (an accredited course leading to Associate Status of the Higher Education Academy) For further information go to: