Domain B - Personal Effectiveness

Learn more about Domain B of the Researcher Development Framework

Domain B

This domain contains the personal qualities, career, and self-management skills required to take ownership for and engage in professional development.



1. Personal Qualities

  1. Enthusiasm
  2. Perseverance
  3. Integrity
  4. Self-confidence
  5. Self-reflection
  6. Responsibility  


  • Approaches research with enthusiasm, passion, and confidence
  • Is resilient and perseveres in the face of obstacles
  • Is self-reflective; seeks ways to improve performance and strives for research excellence
  • Is pro-active, independent, self-reliant, and takes responsibility for self and others
  • Shows integrity

2. Self-Management

  1. Preparation and prioritisation
  2. Commitment to research
  3. Time management
  4. Responsiveness to change
  5. Work-life balance



  • Anticipates and responds to directions and trends in research
  • Plans, prioritises, and conducts research in proactive way
  • Delivers research projects and results on time and effectively
  • Develops awareness of, and helps to achieve, work-life balance for self and colleagues


  • Has a strategic approach to research
  • Has focus, commitment, and ambition
  • Is flexible and responsive to change

3. Professional and Career Development

  1. Career management
  2. Continuing professional development
  3. Responsiveness to opportunities
  4. Networking
  5. Reputation and esteem

Knowledge of:

  • Career and employment opportunities inside and outside academia


  • Takes ownership of and manages professional development
  • Shows commitment to continuing professional development and enhancing employability
  • Maintains and develops relevant skills set and experience in preparation for a wide range of opportunities within and outside academia
  • Actively networks for professional and career purposes and seeks to enhance research reputation and esteem

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