Are you a researcher looking to develop your leadership skills? Have you more than 3 years post PhD experience? Then the Aspiring Research Leaders Programme could be the programme for you.

The Aspiring Research Leaders Programme has been designed to help you to develop the competencies you need to further your research career.  

This programme will enhance your skills to lead others, build relationships and improve your collaboration skills. The programme will help you to understand funding opportunities, and finances. This programme offers you all the tools you need to take the next step in your research career.  

With a mixture of face to face and online delivery, this programme is delivered in short sessions over a 9-week period. Strengthened with Action Learning Sets to maximise peer learning, participants are supported through the programme to identify the actions they need to take in order to start becoming an Independent Researcher.  

Participants must be available to attend all the sessions. If you wish to book on this exciting new programme, contact

I participated in the Aspiring Research Leaders Programme in 2022 and found it to be enjoyable, illuminating, and informative. The programme consisted of several parts including various training activities, networking activities and opportunities to develop a long-term career strategy. The training courses were relevant to a mixture of day-to-day activities and areas I wanted to develop. The focus, not only developing longer-term goals but also strategizing how to make those goals a reality, was of particular significance and value.

Tutors for the programme were engaging, encouraging, and actively worked towards fostering a collaborative and supportive community between participants. I particularly enjoyed the sessions on communication where we were provided with practical tips on managing a broad range of ‘difficult’ conversations. The order of the programme was well thought-out and provided a great mix of personal development and strategic career-oriented thinking. One of the key outcomes of the programme was networking across a diverse range of disciplines from engineering to business to the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. I’ve been able to develop amazing friendships because of my participation in this programme.

I would strongly recommend this programme to other early-stage researchers. My only regret is that the programme ended.

Alison O'Connor, June 2022

I really enjoyed attending the Aspiring Research Leaders Programme in 2022. The team did a great job. The course definitely helped me to better plan how to develop the competencies to further my research career.
I highly recommend this program for those researchers who want to develop their leadership skills.

Douglas Mota Dias, June 2022


I did the Aspiring Research Leaders programme earlier this year; I have nothing but praise. It was interactive, provided great learning across a range of related topics and fantastic networking with likeminded researchers across a broad spectrum of dept/faculties. It was definitely worth the time invested.

Catherine Naughton, Sept 2022

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