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Personal Development Plan

Skills Assessment & Personal Development Plan

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All full-time PhD students at Queen Mary are expected to take part in two weeks of transferable skills training activities per academic year (part-time students should complete a pro-rata rate of training as appropriate). Suggested activities include attending and presenting at conferences, participating in or helping to organise journal clubs, writing groups and seminar series, and attending training courses or workshops, such as the ones run by Researcher Development.

Selection of appropriate development activities and courses should form part of your relationship with your supervisor and you should expect to discuss your development needs during your annual reviews. A tool to help you assess your development needs is the Skills Assessment and Personal Development plan [DOC 100KB]. This plan allows you to assess your confidence in a variety of skills and, in turn, create an action plan for your development at different stages of your PhD.

The plan is based on the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) which is structured into four domains covering the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of researchers. The skills descriptions are taken from Phase 1 of the RDF and reflect the skills that PhD researchers should generally demonstrate at this early stage in their career.

Any training and development activities you take part in should then be recorded using the Skills Points System.