Researcher Development Framework
An international competency framework to develop world class researchers.
The RDF is a very useful professional development tool that outlines the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of successful researchers. You can use it to identify gaps in your researcher skill set and areas where you want to excel. This can be done either on your own or in discussions with your PI and/or mentor who can help you identify career advancement opportunities.
The RDF was developed by Vitae using empirical data from interviews with diverse researchers at all career stages up to professor level. The RDF divides the characteristics of excellent researchers into 4 domains which are broken down into 12 sub domains and 63 descriptors.
You may wish to view the full Researcher Development Framework.
All University staff have access to over 2000 LinkedIn Learning resources which can feel overwhelming. Therefore, to help you navigate to the researcher development you need we have created 4 learning pathways mapped to the domains of the RDF.
Click the tiles below to explore the playlists on LinkedIn Learning. You will need a LinkedIn Learning license to use the playlists.
Domain A: Knowledge and Intellectual Abilities
The knowledge, intellectual abilities and techniques to do research:
A1: Knowledge base
A2: Cognitive abilities
Domain B: Personal Effectiveness
The personal qualities and approach to be an effective researcher:
B1: Personal qualities
B3: Professional and career development management
Domain C: Research Governance and Organisation
Knowledge of the professional standards and requirements to do research:
C1: Professional conduct
C2: Research management
C3: Finance, funding and resources
Domain D: Engagement, Influence and Impact
The knowledge & skills to work with others to ensure the wider impact of research:
D1: Working with others
D2: Communication & dissemination
D3: Engagement & impact
Vitae have further useful resources and information about how you can use the RDF.