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. 

The objective is that you feel more connected to UCD but also that you take the opportunities to develop cross-disciplinary relationships that will be useful and fruitful for your career and enjoyment of life at UCD. 

There are three main elements to this programme; mentoring; specific development seminars and a series of networking events. 

  • The establishment of a positive mentoring relationship is the best place to start your development planning and will help you get the most out of this programme
  • We are very fortunate in UCD that we have a comprehensive range of development activities covering a wide breadth of areas and these are linked below but we have also created a special schedule of formal development seminars
  • A challenge in such a large organisation is to form and foster relationships, our hope is that by participating in this programme you will enjoy the benefits of networking across your College and beyond

For the 2020/2021 NAAPDP all seminars and activies will be online

All feedback is welcome, it is important that this programme is relevant and useful to you. 

If you have any queries or would like to discuss the programme, 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.

Due to Covid19 all events are now online

To book the next 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 the professional growth of the individual who is in the early stage of their career 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 will have the opportunity to attend a training seminar
  • The relationship is the responsibility of the mentee and they should instigate the first meeting

For more information on mentoring and upcoming dates please see the UCD Mentoring pages

It is recommended to attend the training seminar as a first step. 

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.


To book your place on this programme, please visit the booking centre.

If you have any further queries, please contact