C6 - Mapping researcher development provision to the RDF: state of the art and gaps analysis

Day 2 at 11:00 - The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) was launched in 2010 in response to recommendations to create a UK professional development framework for postgraduate researchers and research staff. Higher education institutions can utilise the RDF to underpin strategic reviews of their researcher development provision. Three years on, participants took stock of the progress institutions have made by mapping researcher development provision against the RDF. The workshop explored the best practices in mapping provision to the RDF and identified the gaps and associated challenges. Furthermore, comparisons were looked at, as to how researchers utilise the RDF planner. Strand - All Researchers (practice).
Day Day 2
Session C
Start time 11.00
Strand All Researchers (practice)
Code C6
Presenters Ms Traci Wilson - HEI Programme Manager, Vitae


 Topics covered:

  • case studies of institutions mapping their provision to the RDF to highlight benefits and process
  • challenges in mapping or providing training in all areas of the RDF
  • postgraduate versus research staff provision
  • opportunities to share experiences from other institutions.

Workshop outcomes:


  • learned best practices for mapping provision to the RDF
  • contributed to the discussion on the gaps and challenges that HEIs face in this area
  • discovered how this fits into the wider European context of training provision.


Information, panel and discussion.