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Research Skills: Communication Methods

Communication methods skills required of excellent PhD or doctoral students

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12 November 2010

An excellent researcher at doctoral or PhD level:

  • Constructs coherent arguments and articulates ideas clearly to a range of audiences, formally and informally through a variety of techniques, including written and oral formats.
  • Listens to debate and engages with the audience. Actively engages in knowledge exchange with colleagues, sometimes between disciplines/research areas.

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

  • Appreciates key rhetorical and interrogative skills, including how to persuade others of a viewpoint’s merits, asking the right questions at the right time, demonstrating and communicating credible suggestions to achieve aims.
  • Can communicate research to a diverse and non-specialist audience. Recognises the value of ideas from outside academia and incorporates them where appropriate. Actively engages in inter-disciplinary knowledge exchange.
  • Presents work confidently and fluently.

Note: These skills are identified in the UK Researcher Development Framework – where they appear as D2.1 Communication and Dissemination: Communication Methods

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