Find out about CPD opportunities for research staff.
Career and Professional Development
At Ulster University we recognise the importance of continuous professional and career development and we are committed to providing opportunities, structured support, encouragement, and time for researchers to engage in professional development.
You should record your CPD activity and build your own personal CPD plan on the LEARN portal accessed through your People XD account. Through the LEARN portal, you will be able to search for learning opportunities, book yourself onto learning events, complete mandatory eLearning activities, and build your own personal CPD plan.
Researcher Development Framework
The Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) is a widely endorsed framework underpinning professional development for researchers at all levels. It sets out the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of successful researchers.
Success means different things to different people. It’s up to you to decide what your priorities are, how you need to develop and how that can be achieved. You can use the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) to help you to:
explore all the aspects of being a researcher
identify your strengths
prioritise areas for professional development
write a plan, then monitor progress and success
have productive discussions with others, e.g. your supervisor, PI, careers advisor or other professional development provider
look for formal and informal development opportunities
prepare for one-to-one progress reviews, appraisals or career development conversations with your research manager or mentor.
Ulster University holds institutional membership of Vitae. This enables our researchers to have full access to the range of Vitae’s online resources.
You will need to register on the Vitae website (www.vitae.ac.uk) using your institutional (Ulster University) email address.
‘Advancing your Research Career – Strategies for Research Leadership’ is a self-led elearning package which provides engaging, flexible and interactive training in the key capabilities that underpin successful research leadership.
Taking a streamlined, modular approach the course helps ensure that researchers’ career goals are well-articulated and supported by a professional knowledge base.
Using case studies, video interviews, thought-provoking scenarios and activities, and opportunities to reflect and develop action plans, the programme supports researchers to build a clear strategy for their individual career development, and to shape their career as a leader of research.
The programme consists of ten core modules:
Actively managing your research career
Shaping positive research cultures
The value of mentoring to your research career
Accelerating the impact of research through engagement
Funding your research
Leadership for successful project management
Managing a research team
Communicating your research
Reflective practice and career development
This course is designed for maximum flexibility - the modules can be taken together or separately in any order.
Go to the Staff Portal (making sure that you are logged in)
Select the ‘Employee Self-Service’ tile
Select ‘Employee Dashboard’
Scroll down to the LEARN portal button
Navigate to ‘My Activities’
In the drop-down menu, you will find the ‘Advancing your Research Career’ pathway.
Ulster’s Online Research Portal
PURE is an online research portal available to all academic and research staff and PhD researchers at Ulster.
Your PURE profile is created automatically when you join the University. You can login to your PURE profile via PURE Support.
PURE profiles are also visible externally through Ulster University’s PURE Portal.
Staff and PhD Researchers can manage their individual profile by recording research outcomes such as:
Research Outputs and Publications
Press and Media
It is important that you maintain an up-to-date PURE profile if you wish to apply for promotion through the University’s Academic and CRS Promotions Schemes.
PURE is designed to maintain an ongoing and permanent historical record of research activity at Ulster University.
It aggregates research information from numerous internal and external sources and ensures the data is trusted, comprehensive and accessible in real time.
This allows the University to build reports, carry out performance assessments, manage researcher profiles, and enable research networking and expertise discovery.
Research staff are provided with professional learning opportunities to gain Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy through the taught route (First Steps to Teaching) or the experiential route (Enhance).
The Research Excellence Awards acknowledge and reward members of staff for outstanding contributions to research and scholarly activity. The Research Excellence Awards comprise of the following categories: