Professional Researcher Development

Current Professional Researcher Development Opportunities

The Department of Research & Impact are currently in the process of implementing an enhanced enabling infrastructure to develop and facilitate a comprehensive range of professional support services and development opportunities for all our research staff.

Two initial professional researcher development programmes include:


RIGOUR (Research Income Grant Opportunities for Ulster Researchers) is a programme intended to act as a platform to stimulate a better understanding of funder requirements; the elements of an application; including impact and costing, as well as providing practical input from academics who have been successful with grant applications.

The programme will rely upon participants to develop their proposals in their own time between the sessions.

For further information on the RIGOUR Programme please contact Teresa Lennon


SOARING Programme (Significance and Originality in Academic Research: Interpreting New Guidance) is a new support programme focused on further strengthening Ulster’s research outputs by increasing their quality and REFability.

SOARING aims to provide academics and researchers with insight as to what peer review and REF panels are seeking when they review research outputs and how their research outputs can be maximised to address these requirements.

Through a series of panels, workshops and support information, the programme will provide a platform to stimulate a better understanding of what it means to produce internationally excellent and world-leading outputs.

For further information on the programme please contact Loraine McFadden


The Doctoral College at Ulster University has developed a Researcher Development Programme (RDP) that aims to enhance and support the personal and professional development of PhD Researchers at Ulster.  As a University committed to world-class research, we will aim to provide research training that enables our PhD Researchers to realise their potential as professional researchers.

The RDP at Ulster is an integral part of the doctoral programme.  The RDP incorporates a suite of workshops, specialist skills sessions, online training and personal development planning activities, which will provide you with opportunities to gain the experience and skills required to be a competent and professional researcher.

The RDP website (accessible for Supervisors) is at:

For further information on the Researcher Development Programme, please contact Lisa Thompson, Doctoral Development Manager, Doctoral College.


Ulster’s online Doctoral Research Supervision Development Programme is available to all supervisors who have now been auto-enrolled on Blackboard Learn (November 2017).