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Research Skills: Academic Literacy and Numeracy

Academic literacy and numeracy skills required of excellent PhD or doctoral students

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12 November 2010

An excellent researcher at doctoral or PhD level:

  • Prepares grammatically and syntactically correct text for written or oral presentation.
  • Writes clearly and in a style appropriate to purpose and context for specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Is mathematically competent to undertake research in own discipline/research area; understands and applies any statistics that may be used in the discipline/research area; analyses data and uses appropriate computer packages.
  • Is IT literate and digitally competent, uses virtual networks for research.

Looking ahead, a doctoral student can aim to become an excellent early-career researcher who:

  • Improves own style of texts for written or oral presentation.
  • Develops further necessary IT and digital skills.
  • Understands any analytical or statistical procedures in related disciplines/research areas and continues to develop mathematical ability.

Note: These skills are identified in the UK Researcher Development Framework – where they appear as A1.7 Academic literacy and numeracy

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