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Research Skills: People Management

People Management skills required of excellent PhD or doctoral students

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12 November 2010

An excellent researcher at doctoral or PhD level:

  • Negotiates activities and deadlines with supervisor/line manager.

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

  • Becomes conscious of own management style; improves approach and technique.
  • Supervises/manages and develops less experienced researchers and students, with sensitivity.
  • States clear expectations, clarifies goals and negotiates realistic deadlines so that people know what is expected of them.
  • Sets an example in relation to equality and diversity matters; challenges inappropriate behaviour.
  • Motivates and encourages others.

Note: These skills are identified in the UK Researcher Development Framework – where they appear as D1.3 Working with Others: People Management

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