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Research Skills: Work-Life Balance

Work-Life Balance skills required of excellent PhD or doctoral students

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12 November 2010

An excellent researcher at doctoral or PhD level:
  • Is developing an awareness of work-life balance issues.
  • Uses support and advisory resources when necessary to avoid undue pressure and to enhance personal well-being.
  • Alert to needs of others.

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


  • Maintains an acceptable work-life balance and manages pressure.
  • Notices and helps manage the pressure on colleagues and less experienced researchers.


Note: These skills are identified in the UK Researcher Development Framework – where they appear as B2.5 Self-management: work-life balance

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