The month of January is named after Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, endings, and transitions, and is often a time when we resolve to do things differently. Are you considering any research-related resolutions for 2017? Continue reading “Happy New Year!”
In the second 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.
If only self-reflection, in the context of becoming an effective researcher, were as easy as looking in the mirror! In fact, the ability to reflect on your experiences, strengths and weaknesses, and to seek and respond to feedback is a hugely important quality you will develop as a researcher. Effective self-reflection allows you to keep moving forward by careful evaluation of the past.
As well as being the basis for categorising all the posts on this blog, the RDF is an important keystone for your development.
Each post on this blog is categorised by the domains and sub-domains of the RDF, and tagged according to the descriptors (and other useful keywords). So it’s probably about time I introduced the RDF to put this more in context.
Put simply, the Researcher Development Framework, or RDF, is a professional development framework for researchers. It captures the knowledge, skills, behaviours, and attributes of successful researchers and allows researchers at all stages of their career to map their current level of performance against a professional standard with a view to ensuring they can reach their full potential as researchers. Continue reading “Introducing the RDF”