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Professional development planning (PDP)

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.







SELF-ASSESSMENT OF TRAINING NEEDS

Supervisors are really important in encouraging students to engage with their own development. At the same time, it is vital that supervisees are able to identify opportunities that work for them, and build and reflect on their own development as researchers.

We understand that researchers work in individual ways; each has different training needs at different stages in his or her research. To acknowledge this, Warwick has developed a bespoke online Professional Researcher Development tool (PRD).

PRD is a personalised tool help research students plan their own programme of research training. They assess their current level in a whole range of competencies based on Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework. Once a need is identified, the tool links to relevant training opportunities, and then helps students to prioritise, plan and reflect on what they’ve learned/achieved.

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Professional Development Planning



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