Researcher Development Framework Consultation

For many years there has been an RCUK Joint Statement of Skills (JSS) which sets out a view of the skills developed during a research degree within a UK University.

The JSS has been used as a guide to the development of research and transferable skills and is incorporated into the QAA code of practice for research degrees. Recently the concept has been under development with a view to providing a document (The Researcher Development Framework RDF) that covers all researchers from research students through to academics.

The proposed Researcher Development Framework has been created as a tool for planning, promoting and supporting the personal, professional and career development of researchers in higher education. It describes the knowledge, skills, behaviours and personal qualities of researchers and encourages researchers to aspire to excellence through achieving higher levels of development.

The consultation will allow you to comment on any or all of the following aspects of the framework:

  • as a national framework for researcher development
  • meeting the development needs of individual researchers and the needs of organisations which support them
  • the current and future skill needs of researchers

Further details can be found at:

If you would like to contribute to the University response, please email any comments to Dr Tony Bromley ( by 30th November.

Individual researchers can also respond directly via an online consultation response form which can be found at: The deadline for submitting individual responses is 11th December.

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