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Research Skills: Perseverance

Perseverance - skills required of excellent PhD or doctoral students

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12 November 2010

An excellent researcher at doctoral or PhD level:

  • Demonstrates self-discipline, motivation and thoroughness.
  • Perseveres in the face of obstacles and set-backs but benefits from peer, supervisor or leader support.
  • Deals effectively with the dull, routine, aspects of research.

Looking ahead, a doctoral student can aim to become an excellent early-career researcher who continues to do these things.


Note: These skills are identified in the UK Researcher Development Framework – where they appear as B1.2 Personal qualities: perseverance

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