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Research Skills: Innovation

Innovation skills required of excellent PhD or doctoral students

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12 November 2010

An excellent researcher at doctoral or PhD level:

  • Understands the role of innovation and creativity in research.
  • May engage in inter-disciplinary research.

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

  • Exercises critical judgement and thinking to create new and/or imaginative ways of understanding.
  • Develops new ways of working on a topic and has unusual ideas.
  • Identifies which ideas are likely to be successful.

Note: These skills are identified in the UK Researcher Development Framework – where they appear as A3.3 Innovation

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