Researcher Development Framework

Richard sent me this link:

Looking around, this seems like a huge initiative. 15 million pounds of funding from 2007 to 2012. They are funded by the research councils … but their website and outward presentation looks very corporate. They have a two day conference at the Midland hotel in Manchester in early September, but the rates are about 400 pounds for 2 days. – ouch.

They have an extensive training programme for researchers at various levels … interesting to see the CVs of the long list of trainers. These appear to be of the career HE consultant types … but with a few career academics here and there.

Their website is here and here is a link to the RDF page:

Lots of documents/publications on the topic of HE and researcher development as well.

All main UK Universities seem to have web pages with the model Richard linked to, including also Manchester! As for the tool itself, it appears to consist of a number of criterion referenced descriptors of researcher development. As such it may be said to draw on a skills-based perspective, breaking down the skillful activity of doing research into a variety of sub-skills.

Not sure how to relate to it 🙂