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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.

Vitae have further useful resources and information about how you can use the RDF.