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Forbairt Ghairme & Taighde Scileanna UCD

Frequently Asked Questions on Training & Development

1. How do I book a place on a programme?
All programmes under the Research Skills & Career Development Framework should be requested at your planning meeting with your PI/mentor, details of which should be recorded on your planning document.  In addition to training programmes/workshops, a number of 'open' events will also be offered and can be booked directly using the details provided on the website.

 2. What happens after I have forwarded my completed planning document to the Training Co-ordinator with details of training authorised by my PI/mentor?

  • The Training Co-ordinator acknowledges receipt of requests directly to each applicant as soon as possible after receiving them. 
  • Once the required minimum number to operate the relevant course has been reached, the date is set and the Training Co-ordinator will notify each applicant at least three weeks in advance with full details.
  • If unable to attend on the relevant date, your name will be brought forward to the next available date and you will be notified again prior to that event.

 3. If I have been authorised by my PI/mentor to attend a training programme requested at my planning meeting do I have to let them know when it is on?
Yes all staff must inform their PI/mentor/supervisor if they wish to attend a training programme prior to confirming their attendance.  This is to ensure there is appropriate cover in place.

 4.  When will the training I requested at my planning meeting take place?
In order to run a training programme a minimum number of requests are required.  Once the minimum number has been reached participants will be contacted and informed of the training date. 

5. What is the cost incurred if I do not attend the programme after confirming my attendance?
You are expected to attend the training requested within a certain timeframe. When possible, you will be informed directly by the Training Co-ordinator when the training will take place. It is your responsibility to inform your PI/mentor/supervisor of the date for the training.

If you cannot attend on that date, your name will be placed on a waiting list for when the training takes place again. If you accept the place on the programme, and subsequently need to cancel, you must inform your PI/mentor/supervisor that you cannot attend before informing the Training Co-ordinator.


  • Ten working days prior to date of training: The staff member has an opportunity to attend the training when a place becomes available on it again.
  • Between 10 and 3 working days prior to date of training: They have an opportunity to attend the programme on another date but cannot be prioritised. The school/institute may have to pay for the staff member in advance of the training if fees have been incurred.
  • Two working days prior to date of training:  A cancellation fee of €200 will be charged to the school/institute cost centre based on the average cost of training, room hire and catering per person.  They have an opportunity to attend the programme on another date but cannot be prioritised

 6. Where does the training take place?
All training programmes take place on Belfield campus unless otherwise stated.

 7. Will lunch be provided?
Lunch is provided on one and two day programmes only.

 8. What do I do if I have special/dietary requirements?
Please email with any special or dietary requirements and we will be happy to help you.  You should do this as early as possible, preferably when you confirm your attendance.  Vegetarian options are always included.

 9. Do you need to bring anything on the day?
If you need to bring anything on the day such as sample materials you will receive notice.  Sometimes programme notes are emailed in advance.  In such cases, you should ensure to bring a printed copy of the notes with you.  Otherwise, you should bring a pen and some paper.

10. What is the dress code for attending training programmes?
Please follow your local dress code and dress as you would to work on a normal day.