Getting Started: The First Year of Your Doctorate

Years: 1


Building on your initial Induction sessions, this first full day session will look to focus on a few key areas for development.

It will begin with a light-touch self-skills review, identifying areas for attention in the coming months, as well as setting this alongside a review of expectations, to ensure the focus is on the right sorts of issues.

The day will then look at some key areas of development - specifically; working with others, communication skills and time/task/self-management. This then culminate in an in-depth look at supervision and developing the supervisory relationships, as well as setting clear overall action plans for the year ahead. Throughout the day, reference will be made to the importance of developing individual resilience-building strategies.


  • Dr Dave Filipovic-Carter

    Dave graduated in 2000 with a PhD in Public International Law, looking at the concept of statehood, particularly state failure.

    He first became interested in the role of doctoral training as a new post-doctorate, and to date has spent many years running training programmes aimed at enabling academic researchers to develop, across Central and Eastern Europe.

    His company, Education-Training Ltd has provided a small number of valued courses at Ulster for a number of years now.

    Dave continues to work closely with universities across Europe.

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework

This session maps on to Domain B of the Vitae Framework: Personal effectiveness which includes the sub-domain areas of:

  • B1: Personal qualities
  • B2: Self-management
  • B3: Professional and Career Development
The Vitae Researcher Development Framework