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Skills Development Overview

Skills Development Overview

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An overview of the skills development support for postgraduate research students at UWE, Bristol
An overview of the skills development support for postgraduate research students at UWE, Bristol

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UWE Bristol

Researcher Skills Development
An overview of support
Dr Paul Spencer
Researcher Development Manager
UWE Graduate School
Paul.spencer@uwe.ac.uk
0117 32 83974


The Products of a Research Degree
A written body of
work
A researcher with a
set of skills

“The product that the doctoral researcher
creates is not the thesis – vital though that is to
their subject area through the creation of
original knowledge – no, the product of their
study is the development of themselves”
– Sir Gareth Roberts

Why the emphasis on skills?
“There should be additional training for PhD
students and postdoctoral researchers, mainly
in transferable skills, equivalent of two weeks
per year”
– Sir Gareth Roberts (b. 1940; d. 2007 )
“SET for Success” (2002)- A report to Gov’t on the supply
of educated talent to the UK economy
What are these skills?
UK Research Councils produced a
“Joint Statement on Skills” (2001) which described a
range of competences that should be developed by the
end of a research degree
Researcher Development Framework
• Developed by Vitae in collaboration with
Research Councils
• Knowledge, behaviours & attitudes of
researchers across a range of experience
• Supersedes the JSS
• See the “Getting Started” handout
• http://www.vitae.ac.uk/rdf
The UWE Graduate School
• Overarching admin support for PGR
• Provides an institutional focus for PGR
• Broad skills development programme
• Emphasis on generic/transferable skills
• Complement faculty student support
Skills Development Programme
Practical/knowledge workshops for research degrees
• The IT workshops (Microsoft Office)
• The Progression Examination
• Writing Up
• Preparing for the
Viva voce exam

Skills Development Programme
Wider research skills
• Getting Published
• Perfect Posters
• 1st Steps to Small Group Teaching
• How to win funds & influence people
• The digital researcher

Skills Development Programme
Transferable skills (the fun stuff?)
• The Effective Researcher
• Art & Science of Communication
• Project management in a nutshell
• Personal Skills Development Residential

Residential course Summer 2016
Skills Development Programme

Workshop suggestions in the first year
• The Beginners’ Guide to the Research Degree
• Data Management Best Practice
• Searching & Organising the Literatures
• Introduction to Qualitative Data Analysis

Booking places on events?
www.uwe.ac.uk/researchevents

Other resources

Vitae, ©2015 Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) Limited.
Vitae is dedicated to realising
the potential of researchers
through transforming their
professional and career
development.
www.vitae.ac.uk/inductions-routemap
www.vitae.ac.uk/focusonstarting
www.vitae.ac.uk/startingadoctorate
@vitae_news @vitae_news
Vitae, ©2015 Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) Limited.
Vitae Researcher
Development
Framework
(RDF)


Describes the
knowledge, behaviours
and attributes of
successful researchers


Use it to assess your
strengths and identify
areas for further
development



www.vitae.ac.uk/rdf
Vitae, ©2015 Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) Limited.
Vitae Researcher Development Framework Planner
(RDF Planner)
upload files such as CVs, conference details, testimonials
print reports for discussions with supervisors etc.
record learning & development goals and monitor progress
view the attributes of successful researchers through different
"lenses".

Online app
enables you to:
keep a record of
professional
development
identify expertise
and capabilities


www.vitae.ac.uk/rdfplanner
Vitae, ©2015 Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) Limited.
On www.vitae.ac.uk
www.vitae.ac.uk/startingadoctorate
www.vitae.ac.uk/inductions-routemap
www.vitae.ac.uk/researcherbooklets
www.vitae.ac.uk/focus-on
www.vitae.ac.uk/researchimpact
www.vitae.ac.uk/rdf
www.vitae.ac.uk/wdrd
@Vitae_news on Twitter
#vitae15 #phdchat #phdadvice #acwri
@vitae_news
Register to our website with your
university email for full access
@vitae_news
Register to our website with your
university email for full access
Graduate School Community
We want doctoral students to feel connected to
each other and to the staff supporting doctoral
students.


@uwegradschool
facebook.com/groups/uwegradschool
Connected learning
janet.iocom.com/signup/westofengland
http://thedigitaldoctorate.com
www.uwe.ac.uk/graduateschool
The bigger picture about a doctorate
Wisdom from an assistant professor in the U.S.

The illustrated guide to a PhD
Some hints & tips that I’ve
gathered over the last 15 years!
1. Supervisors are busy people

2. Write & get feedback on your work
as you go along

3. Be realistic – it’s not a Nobel Prize
4. Beware the distractions
5. Take a break once in a while
6. It’s all about work-life balance
7. Get help where you can
8. It’s really about persistence
Where do I find out more?
• Graduate School Webpages
http://www.uwe.ac.uk/graduateschool
• Digitally Connected Researcher blog
http://thedigitaldoctorate.com
• Vitae researcher development –
http://www.vitae.ac.uk
• PhD comics – http://www.phdcomics.com/

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