What makes a successful researcher?

A pilot on using the Research Development Framework and the accompanying Professional Development Planner for researchers begins on Monday 13 June.

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) is a comprehensive new approach to enhancing the careers of researchers. It was developed through interviews with successful researchers in a range of disciplines. It encourages you to identify your strengths and prioritise your professional development.

The RDF enables you to consider skills and experiences that will enhance your career prospects and articulate your knowledge, behaviours and attributes to employers.  It covers all the skills and attributes needed to become a successful researcher.  It is not exclusive to people hoping to pursue an academic career.

Read the FAQs about the RDF.

The RDF has been incorporated into a 'Professional Development Planner' to allow you to identify the areas you want to develop further, create an action plan and record evidence of your progress. You can use it to help you plan for your long term career ambitions but also to make a feasible short term plan.

The planner allows you to set targeted aspirational goals. Decide where you are currently (with as much evidence as possible) and where you would like to be, then come up with an action plan with realistic goals and time lines to get you there.

Dr Victoria Willett will be starting a pilot on using the RDF and PDP on Monday 13 June, culminating in a focus group in London on 15 June.

This is a great chance for you to focus on your personal development and get help drawing up your action plan as well as an opportunity for you to inform the development of a powerful career tool for all researchers in the UK.  Your input would be invaluable in ensuring the Researcher Development Framework is an effective personal, professional and career enhancing resource for postgraduate researchers and research staff.

Vitae Yorkshire and North East will refund travel expenses.

Sign up for the pilot

For more information, contact:
Dr Victoria Willett
Vitae Yorkshire and North East Hub Manager.
Tel. 0113 343 6659
1.35a GTSC (SDDU), Parkinson Building, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT

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