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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.

This programme offers you the opportunity to attend dedicated development seminars, avail of mentoring and attend networking events. We hope that these opportunities 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.

All Newly Appointed Assistant Professor events are available to book via Booking Centre on InfoHub.

If you have any queries please contact peopledevelopment@ucd.ie

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 25 January 2023, and Faculty Induction will take place on 30 January 2023.

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

The Newly Appointed Assistant Professor Programme offers two dedicated development opportunities in coming months on below topics.

  • Developing Professional Networks, 14 February
  • Adaptive Leadership, 23 May

Newly Appointed Assistant Professors also have access to an on-demand training resource, so that you can access development solutions at a time that is convenient for you. The Training For Universities: Solutions Hub provides development programmes specifically tailored for those working in academia. Watch this video for more information about what's on offer, and check here for how to access the masterclasses and short courses. Please contact Navneet Kaur (navneet.kaur@ucd.ie) for your NAAP code to login.

All other NAAP development seminars and events for this programme are available to book through the Booking Centre page.

Details of Research Supervisor Support & Development Programme (RSSDp) hosted by UCD Graduate Studies can be found here.

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

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

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 peopledevelopment@ucd.ie

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:  http://bit.ly/UCDTLCommunityInvitation 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.

UCD People & Organisation Development

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T: +353 1 716 4919 | E: peopledevelopment@ucd.ie