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Research Foundations

As you begin your career in university research you need to consider the following questions:

  1. What makes a good researcher?
  2. How can I enhance my own performance in research?
  3. Given the highly competitive nature of a research career, how can I be sure that research is the right career choice for me?

The Researcher Development Framework

To help you answer the question "what makes a good researcher", a Researcher Development Framework has been created as a tool for planning, promoting and supporting the personal, professional and career development of researchers in higher education. It is designed to be aspirational, yet realistic, identifying both the descriptors of good researchers and how to progress to the next phase within individual descriptors.

The Framework has been built from empirical data collected through interviewing researchers to identify the characteristics of good and excellent researchers. It incorporates all of and is an evolution of the 2001 Joint Statement of the UK Research Councils’ Training Requirements for Research Students.

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