Supervisors have a significant role to play in encouraging students to engage with their own professional development. At the same time, it is essential that students are able to recognise their own training needs, identify opportunities that work for them, and reflect on their own personal and professional development as researchers. We'd like to introduce our online portal which helps them (and you) do just that...
Assessing training needs
We understand that researchers work in individual ways; each has different strengths and different training needs at different stages in her/his research. In response, Warwick has developed an online portal, hosted on the Graduate School's Professional development for postgraduate researchers web pages, where all doctoral students are encouraged to plan their own programme of professional development.
The portal allows them to assess their current skills against a comprehensive set of competencies based on Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework.
The associated professional development planning form introduces the range of skills and competencies which postgraduate researchers are expected to develop, using Warwick’s six key themes model. Using this simple form, students can reflect on their current range of skills, identify areas which they wish to develop further, and draw up a personal action plan. Supervisors and students alike are encouraged to use the form as a basis for discussion about training needs.
We expect that as a supervisor you will find these resources to be useful tools for facilitating discussions about your supervisees' professional development. If you have questions about the portal tool or would like to discuss its use, please email PGRdevelopment@warwick.ac.uk.
Professional Development Planning