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Research Skills required by PhD students F2: Understand one's behaviours and impact on others when...

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9 March 2010

Research Skills required by PhD students F2: Understand one's behaviours and impact on others when working in and contributing to the success of formal and informal teams

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By the time students complete a PhD, they should be able to answer ‘Yes’ to most of these questions.

  • Do you understand the different roles of the researchers in your department/research group?
  • Can you identify:
    • different needs and aspirations among your co-researchers and other students?
    • relate those different needs and aspirations to how they prioritise and make decisions?
  • Can you identify characteristics and behaviours which make you easy to work with?
  • Can you explain why it matters that you be able to work effectively as a member of a team?
  • Can you give an example of working as a team to resolve a problem or achieve a goal?

Evidence of this skill

These are examples of documents you can collect. Each implies a piece or work, which may be a good way for you to develop this skill.

  • A reference from the leader of a team to which you have contributed.
  • A record of successfully resolving a dispute with a co-worker or another student working with you.
  • A record of successfully fulfilling a role – for example, organising the social events for a conference.

This page is based upon material produced by The Open University’s research school to support doctoral students.

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