Researcher Development

The PGSkills programme by RDF domain

The Researcher Development framework or RDF, developed by Vitae, can help you identify the skills and experience you need to plan your career development.

It is structured into four domains covering the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of effective researchers. To help you plan your development in these different areas we have listed out courses by RDF domain in the sections below.

Domain A: Knowledge and intellectual abilities

The knowledge and intellectual abilities needed to be able to carry out excellent research.

Information seeking

Literacy skills and reference management

Research methods, data handling and analysis

Academic writing


Domain B: Personal effectiveness

Personal, career and self-managment skills.

Self management

Personal qualities

Professional and career development


Domain C: Research governance and organisation

The knowledge of the standards and professionalism needed for the effective management of research.

Research management

Professional conduct

Domain D: Engagement influence and impact

The knowledge and skills to work with others and to maximise the impact of your research

Working with others

Communicating your research

Engagement and impact