Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Workshops mapped by Researcher Development Framework (RDF)

Our researcher development workshops mapped against the UK's Researcher Development Framework (RDF).

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) presents the characteristics (called descriptors) of an excellent researcher. There are a total of 63 characteristics (such as collaboration, communication methods, integrity, financial management, etc.). They have been grouped into four domains.

The RDF can be used by research staff to evaluate their current skillset and plan their personal development. All IAD researcher development courses have been mapped to the RDF, below.

Domain A: Knowledge and intellectual abilities

IAD workshops mapped to this domain, which covers the knowledge, intellectual abilities and techniques to do research.

Domain B: Personal effectiveness

IAD workshops mapped to this domain, which covers the personal qualities and approach to be an effective researcher

Domain C: Research governance and organisation

IAD workshops mapped to this domain, which covers knowledge of professional standards and requirements.

Domain D: Engagement, influence and impact

IAD workshops mapped to this domain, which covers the knowledge and skills to work with others to ensure the wider impact of research.

We have also developed a resource for RDF-based skill mapping.  The ‘Training Needs Assessment’ spreadsheet has been designed to allow you to identify your current skillset and plan your future development as a researcher.

Training needs analysis (Excel) - download now