Personal Development Planning and the Researcher Development Framework

Personal development planning starts with questions - questions about where you are now and where you want to be in the future.

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The exact questions are down to you, but we would suggest something like the following:

  • What do I want to achieve this year? over my research degree? with my life?
  • What would characterise the type of person that I want to be? What sort of career? What sort of personal life? What sort of intellectual abilities or interests? 
  • Am I in a position to make those things happen? Am I giving sufficient focus and time to making those things happen?
  • Do I need to learn anything or develop new skills to make those things happen?
  • Am I actively taking steps towards my goals? Am I making use of the support available to help me achieve my goals?

Personal development planning involves taking the answers to questions like these and using the answers to decide where you want to go and how you will get there.

That journey is one on which you will reflect at specific points to make sure that you are going in the right direction and to decide whether you need to make any changes in what you are doing or how you are doing it.

Researcher Development Framework

Research students are encouraged to use the Researcher Development Framework to support their personal development planning. The Researcher Development Framework sets out the knowledge, behaviours, and attributes that you are expected to demonstrate as a researcher.

The Researcher Development Framework is designed for researchers at all levels and you may find not all parts of it are relevant to you – but it will help you think about the full range of skills you will need to:

  • succeed in your research degree
  • achieve your longer-term personal and professional goals

Click on the graphic below to learn more about the four Domains of the Researcher Development Framework:

Domain D Domain A
Domain C Domain B

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You can download the complete Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Researcher Development Framework.

Using the Researcher Development Framework

As a research student, you will use the Researcher Development Framework to support your personal development planning in three main ways - follow the links to learn more:

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