Newly Appointed Assistant Professor Development Programme

Welcome to the Assistant Professor Development Programme which has been created specifically for our newly appointed members of faculty.

Take a look at this short introductory video which outlines all upcoming programme events and dates.

We hope that the programme will enable you to take important steps in building cross-disciplinary relationships and feeling more connected to UCD.

There are three main elements to this programme: specific development seminars, mentoring and networking events.

  • A dedicated schedule of formal development seminars for participants in this programme is available. This is in addition to the comprehensive range of courses offered to employees to support their skills and professional development in UCD.
  • Mentoring can be a powerful form of support as you make a transition to a new role and/or organisation. Through our mentee training we offer guidance on how Newly Appointed Assistant Professors can access and make the most of mentoring at UCD.
  • Forming and fostering relationships can be a challenge in a large organisation, and our hope is that by participating in this programme you will enjoy the benefits of networking across your College and beyond.

In the meantime, if you have any queries please contact

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Creation of peer networks and fostering of inter-disciplinary relations is one of the objectives of this programme and should also benefit your career and enjoyment of life at UCD now and later. Networking events can be booked through the booking centre page.

UCD Orientation (available to all new staff) will take place on February 7th and 9th 2022 (one-hour sessions on each of these mornings), and Faculty Induction will take place on the afternoon of February 9th.

Due to Covid19 all events are now online.

To book your Faculty Induction Session and/or UCD Orientation please see this page.

There is a diverse range of quality development opportunities at UCD and these are constantly changing.

Specific development seminars and events for this programme are available to book through the booking centre page.

You can also view other relevant training providers across UCD on this page

Details of the UCD Teaching and Learning Lecturer Workshop can be found here.


The rationale for Academic Mentoring is to support professional growth and to promote excellence in teaching & learning; research and contribution and leadership. 

For the purposes of this programme, the mentoring element is structured as follows: 

  • All newly appointed Assistant Professors could be assigned a mentor by their Head of School or they can opt to select their own
  • All mentors and mentees should attend training prior to the commencement of their mentoring relationship. 
  • The relationship is driven by the mentee, with both parties developing a mentoring agreement together. 

For more information on mentoring and upcoming training dates please see the UCD Mentoring pages which also has a short video about getting started with mentoring at UCD.

If you have any questions or need assistance in identifying a mentor you can contact

Below are some links that you may find useful.

Some of the basics 


Setting up a Research Profile (aka RMS Profiles) 

Searching Research Profiles using names/keywords/disciplines


The Faculty Development Framework is an important document for you to read and should help with your career and development planning, preparing for meeting your mentor etc 

There is plenty of support and training available across UCD, here are links to some you may find of particular relevance

For an overview of teaching and learning support, please watch this short New Faculty Welcome video.  More information is available on the Early-career Faculty page of the UCD Teaching and Learning website.  To join or visit the UCD Teaching & Learning Google+ community click on the following link: You must log into UCD Connect first.

  • UCD in the Community 

UCD in the Community is an initiative that was established to support and promote civic engagement across the UCD community. For more information please see the website


LinkedIn Learning

Find out more about UCD’s new e-learning resource LinkedIn Learning.


SIGN IN - Click here to access LinkedIn Learning by entering your UCD

Connect Username & Password.


We’ve compiled a selection of LinkedIn Learning courses for you



Building Relationships

Career Planning

Imposter Syndrome

Mentoring Others

For Mentees


Alternatively, you can view some of our LinkedIn Learning collections and learning paths in the UCD People and Organisation Development course catalogue, by clicking on the competency tiles.


Or simply, browse courses and videos using the Search box at the top of the page when logged in to LinkedIn Learning. As a LinkedIn Learner you can now control the time, pace, and place of your learning.