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About Researcher Development

Researcher Development helps you get the best out of Warwick from your time here - and most importantly getting the best from yourself.

"The prime gain from doing a PhD is little to do with the subject. It is the life skills; surviving countless struggles, persisting through difficult times, becoming a resourceful problem solver and independent thinker; and knowing when to ask for help. Invaluable for any future role!!"

What is RDO?

Whether it is getting the tools to do the job, understanding concepts of research practice, getting yourself organised, keeping yourself and life on track; or taking time to listen and understand other people's research, the Researcher Development Programme is designed by you, for you. We use a Coaching Development model which puts you in charge of your own learning, supports your creativity and curiosity and works to your strengths and needs

Most of our online sessions are 60-90 minutes and are coaching and development focussed where we may share knowledge and help you find the answers for yourselves.

Importantly, the delivery team are all active researchers, lecturers, and skilled facilitators.

We do not run webinars or seminars. The sessions are interactive and you are fully in charge of your own learning and development.

The Summer RDO Programme starts June 6th and the RDO Notebook with workshop descriptions, the full programme and booking links is here.

Coached - A story and an introduction to Researcher Development


Transcript of video

Research Development Online Overview (2021)

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework

Using the RDF as a researcher

Professional Development Planning for Researchers

History of Vitae RDF and Researcher Development

Open Research

Research Integrity

Impact and evaluation

Vitae members area (you will need to register with your Warwick email) will enable you to access more materials, more networks and keep in touch with events within researcher community

Why Researcher Development? Why do I need to be involved?


The Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) is the widely endorsed framework underpinning professional development for researchers at all levels. Using the RDF can help institutions to fulfil the requirements set out by funders and governments for the support of researchers and researcher careers.

The Research Councils UK Statement of Expectations
The Statement of Expectations makes it clear that Research Councils UK (now UKRI) expect UK research organisations to fully embed researcher development into normal processes in the research and training environment, and to use the Researcher Development Statement to underpin their professional development programmes. Research organisations are expected to take into account the Researcher Development Statement when reviewing their range of formal and informal support and provision for researchers.

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) is structured into four domains covering the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of researchers. It sets out the wide-ranging knowledge, intellectual abilities, techniques and professional standards expected to do research, as well as the personal qualities, knowledge and skills to work with others and ensure the wider impact of research. Within each of the domains there are three sub-domains and associated descriptors.

Domain A: Knowledge and intellectual abilities: The knowledge, intellectual abilities and techniques to do research

Domain B: Personal effectiveness: The personal qualities and approach to be an effective researcher

Domain C: Research governance and organisation:
Knowledge of the professional standards and requirements to do research

Domain D: Engagement, influence and impact: The knowledge and skills to work with others to ensure the wider impact of research


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