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Research Skills: Project Planning and Delivery

Project Planning and Delivery skills required of excellent PhD or doctoral students

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12 November 2010

An excellent researcher at doctoral or PhD level:

  • Applies effective project management through the setting of research goals, intermediate milestones and prioritisation of activities.
  • Acts on decisions agreed with supervisor/line manager and delivers results.

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

  • Independently defines a manageable research project.
  • Understands project management cycles and is able to draw on a number of project management techniques and tools.
  • Allows for wider public access to and long-term preservation of research information/findings.
  • Does not let problems drift; manages conflict.

Note: These skills are identified in the UK Researcher Development Framework – where they appear as C2.2 Research Management: Project Planning and Delivery

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