At IARSA, excellence is just the starting point. The Association is internationally recognised for quality and exceptional Continuing Professional Development for Researchers. We offer opportunities spanning the entire research career from graduate researcher through to accomplished senior researcher.


IARSA CPDR helps to redefine education research and training by building a diverse interprofessional workforce with the right knowledge, skills and behaviours to sustainably meet the needs of researchers today and into the future. We’re disrupting the norms around where education research and learning happens by offering a range of outstanding continuing and professional programmes for researchers and professionals who are ready for the challenge.


At IARSAyou will receive advanced, specialised training to ensure that you excel in your role and remain at the top in your field of research interest and more.


IARSA Continuing Professional Development for Researchers welcomes the opportunity to partner with notable research institutes and associations to develop customised research and educational programmes.

We have developed a mission that also places a strong emphasis on creating new knowledge through research.

Our focus on research enables us to develop and provide:

  • explorations of personal, professional, organisational and system factors that influence educational outcomes.
  • evaluations of the impact of our programmes and innovations; and
  • new models for continued learning and professional development;

assessments of educational outcomes;


. IARSA CPDR supports the following:

  • Flexible options for education research professionals both inside and outside the IARSA system
  • High-impact, results-oriented course outlines and programmes that prepare learners to solve problems, to transform their organisations and to have a significant impact in education research.
  • Offerings with the learner’s schedule in mind and intensive training in place.
  • Immediate application for learners of new knowledge and skills on the job, generating tangible results for their organisations.
  • Active and experiential learning
  • A broad portfolio of offerings from continuing education credits to workforce development courses.

Lifelong professional networks

2. What is IARSA CPDR for?

The CPDR process helps you manage your own development on an ongoing basis. It’s function is to help you record, review and reflect on what you learn. It’s not a tick-box document recording the training you have completed. It’s broader than that. Our CPDR will develop your practical and professional knowledge and skills. You will be able to interact with leading academics and practitioners/trainers and you will be brought up to date with latest developments. CPDR is an investment in positive change for individuals in their careers and in turn the institutions or industries they work in.

3. What will IARSA CPDR do for you?

IARSA CPDR is a requirement of membership of IARSA research members to reflect, review and document their learning and to develop and update their professional knowledge and skills. It is also very useful to:

  • provides an overview of their professional development to date
  • reminds them of their achievements and how far they have progressed
  • directs their research careers and helps them keep their eyes on their goals
  • uncovers gaps in their skills and capabilities
  • Opens up further development needs
  • provides examples and scenarios for a CV or interview
  • demonstrates their professional standing to students and employers
  • helps them with their careers development or a possible career change.

IARSA CPDR runs sessions and programmes throughout the year focusing on:

4. Research Fundamentals

  • getting started as a ‘New to IARSA’ researcher, including the new researcher, research supervisor and library inductions
  • starting on your PhD, including preparing your literature review, first considerations, conceptualising your research project and how to present at conferences
  • getting you started as a graduate researcher at IARSA, including the graduate researcher induction, library induction, and scholarship rights and responsibilities
  • preparing for thesis examination, including how to format your thesis and what examiners look for
  • ethical research design
  • research data – what data you need to worry about, how to manage it and where to store it

5. Research commercialisation, contracts and funding:

  • understanding research agreements
  • internal grant schemes
  • identifying funding opportunities
  • using Research Professional
  • entrepreneurship & industry
  • managing your research project.

5. Networking and collaboration:
• building international relationships
• networking instruments and practical tips
• speed networking
• collaboration & building international research partnerships
• social and networking events.

5. Research Leadership and Development
• leadership in Supervision
• leadership & emotional intelligence
• leveraging research for teaching & influencing curriculum
• research leadership
• team culture & managing conflict
• external environment and its impact
• stress management.
• quantitative and qualitative methodologies
• current internal environment
• mentoring & coaching

5. Benefits of attending
• You are establishing a network.
• You have the chance to engage with the experts.
• You are engaging in your professional community
• You are learning something new
• New research ideas
• Renewed enthusiasm for your job
• New teaching and research strategies

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