Transferable skills

Project management

  • Financial management
  • Understanding financial systems
  • Budgetary control
  • Managing people
  • Understanding the characteristics of an effective team
  • Interpersonal skills within teams
  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • Team building
  • Skills in delegation and support
  • Planning
  • Planning the work and the allocation of work
  • Planning to avoid peak load problems for support staff
  • Proposal writing
  • Expertise in writing project proposals
  • Quality issues
  • Understanding of quality assurance processes
  • Conducting regular project reviews - including development of ideas
  • Skills in working to deadlines and producing a quality product
  • Understanding the project's purposes
  • Clarity on project context
  • Information/document management
  • Know-how management
  • Construction of databases
  • Document handling

Personal and interpersonal

  • Networking skills
  • Financial management
  • Time management
  • Assertiveness skills
  • Use of information technology
  • Word processing
  • Skills of workload management
  • Stress management skills
  • Managing your supervisor
  • Negotiation and persuasion
  • Communication skills
  • Managing people
  • Team working
  • Managing vhange
  • Handling the media

Corporate management/Business skills

  • Entrepreneurship e.g. business start-up awareness
  • Technology transfer
  • Protection and exploitation of intellectual property rights (IPR)

Research skills


  • Keeping abreast of current developments/future trends in the research domain
  • Maintenance of familiarity with literature and with current practice in the field
  • Awareness of research activities of other people in the centre
  • Awareness of the wider social and political context of the research


  • Clarity of thought
  • Ability to distil out the finding of crucial significance from volumes of research data
  • Ability to operate across a range of different projects
  • Ability to generate high profile, authoritative statements on key issues
  • Developing the ability of staff to apply research methods/concepts to new domains

Research concepts

  • Research strategies
  • Ethical issues
  • Scientific method - some philosophical considerations
  • Philosophies and issues within research
  • Hypothesis generating and testing
  • The political dimensions of research
  • Ethnographic research
  • Economic models of research


  • Bibliographic and reading skills
  • Quantitative and IT aspects in research
  • Understanding of how to exploit hierarchical databases and use CD-ROMS
  • Statistical analysis techniques
  • Methodology generating and testing
  • Measurement and experimental design
  • Analysis of data - hard and soft
  • Validation of findings
  • Statistical skills
  • Qualitative and historical aspects in research
  • Working with organisations
  • Design and use of questionnaires
  • Using questionnaires in organisations
  • Survey techniques
  • Case study approaches to research
  • Computer modelling
  • Interviewing and participant observation
  • Field work
  • Survey methods (interviews, questionnaires, case techniques, action research)
  • Econometric methods; psychometric methods
  • Linear and multivariate modelling
  • Association and grouping analysis techniques
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Interviewing skills
  • Knowledgeable about available software for data analysis
  • Acknowledgement of the importance of qualitative skills
  • Survey techniques
  • Enhancement of qualitative skills e.g. awareness of software packages
  • Sound quantitative grasp even if not primarily a quantitative researcher


  • Writing skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Ability to write and present appropriately to different audiences
  • Skills in identifying outlets for publication
  • Networking skills