In this post, the University Graduate School’s Entrepreneurial Development Officer, Katie Hoare, introduces “enterprise” and her role in supporting you to develop enterprise skills.
There is often confusion around the term enterprise. It is sometimes used interchangeably with entrepreneurship and so has connotations of starting a business. But enterprise simply refers to the generation and application of ideas to address practical situations (QAA definitions).
Enterprise sits within the Engagement, Influence and Impact domain, however enterprise skills feature in all four sections of the RDF. Enterprise isn’t a stand-alone skill you can develop in isolation, it requires a whole host of competencies and attributes. In fact I have identified 38 descriptors within the RDF which relate to enterprise.
This is not bad news. It does not necessarily mean enterprise is a more difficult skill to develop. On the contrary it means that whilst developing your enterprise skills you are simultaneously acquiring many other abilities. It also means that you are already half-way there to becoming more enterprising… Continue reading “What is Enterprise and why is it in the RDF?”
In one of our occasional series of spotlights, we take a closer look at a specific descriptor from the RDF.
In this series of “Spotlight on…” posts, we’ll be delving into the detail of the descriptors in Vitae‘s Researcher Development Framework (RDF). Each one of the sixty-three descriptors is a characteristic of an excellent researcher, and we’ll be looking at how UoB PGRs can develop these characteristics.
Synthesis has a number of meanings in the OED, but the one that is relevant here is “the putting together of parts or elements so as to make up a complex whole”  and being able to put together parts and elements from the research literature and create a complex whole is a critical skill in literature review. It’s relatively straight-forward to write a summary of the literature in your research area, but a proper literature review goes further and uses the existing literature to create a “complex whole” where new knowledge or understanding has been created. Continue reading “Spotlight on the RDF: “Synthesising””
Recently, Melina Delmas, PGR in Modern Languages, was giving advice to a friend of hers who is starting her PhD this September. Melina shares her helpful tips with all of us as a welcome to our new PGRs.
Are you a new postgraduate researcher at the University of Birmingham? Do you feel a bit daunted at the thought of starting this new adventure? If so, fear not. Lucky for you the University of Birmingham has lots of resources to help you. Here are a few tips to start you off on the right foot! Continue reading “Welcome to the University of Birmingham!”
In this post, Walaipun Puengpipattrakul, a PGR in CAL, shares some of her academic and personal development experiences during her PhD study, both part-time/distant learning and full-time on-campus.
Change is inevitable in life and often perceived unfavourably, since it frequently takes our lives out of our comfort zones. I used to perceive change as previously mentioned. However, I started to alter my perception of change to be rewarding, particularly when it takes me out of my comfort zone, after a decision to pursue my PhD study here, at the University of Birmingham. I have had a good opportunity of being back to the University campus again after my first Master’s degree from here, but this time, as both an alumnus and a PhD candidate.