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Research Skills: Continuing Professional Development

Continuing professional development skills required of excellent PhD or doctoral students

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12 November 2010

An excellent researcher at doctoral or PhD level:

  • Appreciates the need for and shows commitment to continuing professional development.
  • Recognises transferability of own experience and articulates this to potential employers or line managers.
  • Develops and maintains own records of achievement and experience.

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

  • Demonstrates self-awareness and the ability to identify own development needs. 
  • Becomes familiar with employers’ requirements and develops skills accordingly.
  • Actively seeks opportunities to enhance skills and take responsibility, formally or informally within a research environment.
  • Maintains a portfolio of achievement and experience.

Note: These skills are identified in the UK Researcher Development Framework – where they appear as B3.2 Self-management: Continuing professional development

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