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Research Skills: Policy

Policy - skills required of excellent PhD or doctoral students

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12 November 2010

An excellent researcher at doctoral or PhD level:

  • Understands the relevant policy-making processes and presents findings in a policy friendly format.
  • Analyses policies and understands the wider contexts in which they are situated.

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

  • Recognises, understands and appreciates the importance of policy making to research and of research to policy making.
  • Engages in dialogue with the public, policy makers, government and other key organisations.
  • Evaluates the impact of policy and its fitness for purpose.

Note: These skills are identified in the UK Researcher Development Framework – where they appear as D3.4 Engagement and Impact: Policy

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