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  • Tell the person next to you about one past experience you feel has prepared you for doing a research degree.Give them a chance to tell you the same about themselves
  • The Researcher Development Framework is a tool for planning, promoting and supporting the personal, professional and career development of researchers in higher education. It describes the knowledge, skills, behaviours and personal qualities of researchers and encourages them to aspire to excellence through achieving higher levels of development. The RDF divides the skills and attributes early career researchers should have into four main domains: Knowledge and Intellectual Abilities Personal Effectiveness, Research Governance and Organisation, and Engagement, Influence and Impact. You may find Vitae's RDF Professional Development Planner useful for assesing your skills, identifying areas for development, creating an action plan, and recording evidence of your progress.
  • Right now this might seem a bit silly, but as you progress through your PhD, it is important to remember that there is a life outside of the thesis! So take up opportunities to learn and develop, to network with other researchers, to procrastinate (a little bit), and to look beyond the viva and see how you will develop as professional researcher…
  • PGR Welcome 2011

    1. 1. Graduate Development[the why, what & how of developing as a professional researcher]<br />EPS Postgraduate Welcome Event, September 2011<br />Dee-Ann Johnson, The University of Manchester<br />
    2. 2. What’s this all about?<br />Graduate Development is all about gaining and enhancing skills to successfully complete your research degree and maximise employability in your chosen career path<br />
    3. 3. What skills do you bring?<br />
    4. 4. If you’re already skilled why do you need to think about this?<br />Because a PhD is about so much more than the thesis…<br />
    5. 5. If you’re already skilled why do you need to think about this?<br />And because you are an early career researcher – development is part of the game plan…<br />
    6. 6. Oh that’s why…<br />Raise your self awareness (hone your research skills & acquire professional skills that you can take to any job, anywhere<br />Interdisciplinary networking (don’t underestimate the importance and power of this!)<br />Share knowledge & experience with other researchers (and with people outside of academia)<br />Increase your confidence (there will be tricky times ahead)<br />Open doors (new opportunities & increase career scope)<br />Continuing professional development (learning doesn’t stop after you passed your viva!)<br />
    7. 7. So how can we help?<br />Graduate Development<br />Workshops<br />Coaching & Mentoring <br />Skills audits <br />Competitions <br />Sign posting<br />Opportunities <br />Funding<br />News, blogs, advice<br />Accredited courses<br />GRADschools<br />Briefing sessions<br />Online resources<br />It’s our job to make sure we know what’s going on in the wider context for early career researchers and help you to develop professionally and personally.<br />
    8. 8. Researcher Development Framework<br />Knowledge, skills, behaviors and personal qualities of researchers <br />Assess your skills<br />Identify areas for improvement<br />Create and action plan<br />Record evidence of progress<br />Assess your skills …<br />
    9. 9. But what sorts of areas do we cover?<br />Workshops, Advice & Resources on…<br /><ul><li>Research ethics & integrity
    10. 10. Academic writing
    11. 11. Project management
    12. 12. Information management
    13. 13. Thesis & viva preparation
    14. 14. Getting research funding
    15. 15. Preparing for fellowships
    16. 16. Teaching & learning</li></li></ul><li>But what sorts of areas do we cover?<br />Workshops, Advice & Resources on…<br /><ul><li>Public & community engagement including competitions
    17. 17. Peer review & getting published
    18. 18. Conferences - presenting & posters
    19. 19. Social media
    20. 20. Networking
    21. 21. Enterprise</li></li></ul><li>Graduate Development<br />Who do we work with?<br />Careers Service<br />Manchester Enterprise Centre<br />University Language Centre<br />PGR Representation<br />Library<br />Supervisor, Research Group,<br />School<br />UMIP<br />WiSET<br />Research Computing<br />Vitae<br />You!<br />Research Councils<br />Public Engagement<br />STEM/NCCPE Ambassadors, Widening Participation, Manchester Beacon, Science Festivals<br />
    22. 22. Ok - what next?<br />See you at the Introduction to Research workshop (& other workshops as you progress through your degree)<br />Check out our website & blog:www.manchester.ac.uk/eps/researchsupport<br />Read our weekly e-bulletins (packed full of great opportunities & news that you don’t want to miss)<br />Follow us on twitter @epsgrads(the quick & simple way to keep up to date)<br />Come visit us (Faculty Graduate Education Office, C4 SackvilleStreet Building)<br />
    23. 23. A final thought<br />

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