In response to Sir Gareth Roberts’ 'SET for success' review of research and training (2001) the government has provided money through the Research Councils to support the development of training opportunities for PhD and postdoctoral researchers in all subjects. This funding is now known as Researcher Development Funding but is referred to colloquially as 'Roberts' funding'.
The Roberts initiative requires HEIs to provide at least two weeks dedicated training for research and transferable skills training at PhD level. A further recommendation is for a similar level of training to be provided for postdoctoral researchers.
Roberts' funded development opportunities funded via `Roberts money’ (including all those supported by this fund) need to promote development in one or more of the five areas outlined in sections C-G of the Research Councils’ Joint Skills Statement (2001).
The five areas, C-G are :
- Research Management
- Personal Effectiveness
- Communication Skills
- Networking and Team Working
- Career Management