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Title: Research Student Development Programme and the ePortfolio

Research Student Development Programme and the
  • Dr. Richy Hetherington

Training and Development - history
National Changes
HEI full time Academic staff 99/00 113,790
11/12 117,845 2010 26 Doctoral Graduates work
in HE research 6 months after graduation, 19
after 3.5 years
Data from http// Vitae
Number of research students has increased Full
time academic positions have not
A changing employer environment
  • Competency Frameworks
  • Appraisal and feedback
  • Performance Management
  • Self Assessment

Roberts Report 2002
  • Many employers do not initially pay those with
    PhDs any more than they would a new graduate,
    viewing the training (particularly in
    transferable skills) that PhD students receive as
    inadequate preparation for careers in business
  • Institutions are not adapting quickly enough to
    the needs of industry

Research council Joint Skills statement
  • Research Skills and Techniques validate
    problems, critical thinking, a knowledge of
    recent advances
  • (B) Research Environment broad understanding of
    context,. confidentiality, ethics commercial
    exploitation of research
  • (C) Research Management effective project
  • (D) Personal Effectiveness self-discipline,
    motivation, and thoroughness
  • (E) Communication Skills promoting the public
  • (F) Networking and Teamworking In the
    institution and the wider research community
  • (G) Career Management Commitment to continued
    professional development

Researcher Development Framework
RDF Headings
A1 Knowledge base
A2 Cognitive abilities
A3 Creativity
B1 Personal qualities
B2 Self management
B3 Professional career development
C1 Professional conduct
C2 Research management
C3 Finance, funding resources
D1 Working with others
D2 Communication dissemination
D3 Engagement impact
Now a Requirement
  • Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) requirement for
    all UK research degrees
  • Funders expectations BBSRC, MRC have skills
  • National and International competition to provide
    good quality training (part of the prospectus)

Development Programme Goals
  • Helping researchers be more effective
  • Aiding timely progression and thesis completion
  • Improving research outcomes therefore academic
    career prospects
  • Develop researchers broad range of skills so
    options outside of research are available
  • Improve confidence in skills gained and their use
    in a variety of roles

Research Student Development Programme
Electronic booking system
  • Appropriate staffing
  • Monitoring
  • Evaluation
  • Accommodate Changes
  • Additions

Development Programme Timetable
  • In total over 100 hours of training development
    offered each year
  • Excluding safety training first year Phd has 5
    compulsory sessions totalling 7.5 hours
  • There is one compulsory sessions per year, a
    professional approach is expected
  • RCUK expects students to undertake 2 weeks
  • (80 hours) a year on skills development

Selection of Evaluation Results
Workshop Facilitator good/ very good poor Average Score Attendees 2012/13
Grant Writing Travel Grants Dr Gwen AverleyMrs Alicia Cresswell 80 0 4.8 10 (5)
Writing Your First Year Report Prof John Kirby 96 4 4.5 81 (25)
Careers Outside of Research Dr Lorna Dargan 74 0 4.4 23 (11)
Systematic reviews - approaching the literature  Erika Gavillet 100 0 4.8 7 (2)
Writing a Literature Review Mrs Alicia Cresswell 100 0 4.9 51 (20)
Personal Development Plan (PDP) Preparing for your Progress Review Panel Prof. Dianne FordDr. Lorna Dargan 100 0 4.6 81 (65)
The Research Environment Dr Gwen Averley 57 0 4 11 (7)
Presentation Skills using PowerPoint Mrs Sue Vescey 100 0 4.4 12 (7)
Achieving Career Success Dr Lorna DarganProf. Deborah Henderson 100 0 4.8 6 (4)
Academic Integrity Plagiarism Dr Richy Hetherington Ms Erika Gavillet 85 0 4.4 21 (13)
Introduction to IT Databases (Lecture) Mrs Rebecca McCready 100 0 4.6 6 (3)
Wider View
  • Postgraduate conference
  • FameLab
  • 3 Minute Thesis
  • Demonstrating and leading seminars
  • Biotechnology YES
  • Research Seminars
  • Institute training
  • Internships (PIPS)

The ePortfolio
eProgression instructions
Blog integrated with My Skills
Record meetings
Students add attendees
Self Assessment/PDP
2011 PRES Results for FMS students
  • How important are opportunities available for me
    to further develop my research skills
  • 1 not important, 94 important
  • How important are opportunities to develop a
    range of transferable skills
  • 3 not important, 82 important

Development programme Impacts
  • Timely progression and degree completion
  • Good research outcomes (fewer thesis
    corrections, more publications)
  • More public engagement and publicity for the
  • Building confidence 97 said Recording your
    Research session improved their awareness in
    project time management

Good News
More Good News
  • Supervisors have a responsibility to support
    researcher students development
  • Development programme and ePortfolio are there to
    help with this and to support students research
  • Benefits supervisors and the institution as well
    as the research students