B8 - Engaging supervisors and students in skills development: Using the RDF to underpin a remotely-delivered Professional Practice module

Day 1 at 16:15 - Since 2006 postdoctoral researchers at UWE have been required to obtain 60 credits of skills development activities during their doctorates. This has been a prompt to innovative ways of gaining credit but has also been perceived as a barrier to research progress. In response to demands from supervisors for a module that is integrated with doctoral research, the UWE Graduate School developed the ‘Research In Contemporary Context' module. This was a Professional Practice module (30 M level credits) which used research-based learning to develop competencies drawn from the Researcher Development Framework. It was delivered with remote access via Visimeet (a Janet enabled video-conferencing client) and researchers included transferable skills workshops in their assessments. Strand - All Researchers (practice).
Day Day 1
Session B
Start time 16:15
Strand All Researchers (practice)
Code B8
Presenters Dr Paul Spencer - Researcher Development Manager, University of the West of England
Dr Neil Willey - Director of Graduate School, University of the West of England


This workshop:

  • outlined how Professional Practice modules can help doctoral researchers and supervisors engage with skills development
  • showed how the researcher development framework could be used to integrate skills development and doctoral research
  • discussed the use of remote delivery of skills development activities.

Workshop outcomes:

  • had an opportunity to share practice about how the RDF can be used in researcher development
  • explored alternative approaches to delivering skills development activities.


Interactive workshop.