A8 - Realising the Potential of Roberts?

Day 1 at 15:30 - Realising the Potential of Roberts?
Day Day 1
Session A
Start time 15:30
Room London
Doctoral Researchers
Research Staff
Code A8

Lorna Warnock, Employability Manager, University of York

Amanda Barnes, Employability Officer/Research Fellow, University of York

Dr Tony Bromley, Senior Training & Development Officer, University of Leeds

Workshop overview: 

15 years on from the Roberts Report, ‘Set for Success’, this session aims to question how far have we travelled from then and whether we have we met these aspirations. 

The presenters are collating a ‘State of the Art’ literature review, focused around the areas of the Vitae RDF, examining the impact of researcher development. A 2002 video will introduce the aspirations and aims of the Roberts Report to stimulate discussion on what we have done well, what has been neglected and how the doctoral research landscape has changed since 2002. 

We will invite participants to share their views on these topics to further our study and for inclusion within the ‘State of the Art’ review. 

Workshop topics covered: 

  • Recommendations of the Roberts Report of 2002 in relation to researcher development and PhD training, particularly in terms of ‘transferable skills’
  • What have we done well? – the measure of our success?
  • What has been neglected?
  • How the doctoral landscape has changed since the Roberts Report of 2002.

Themes covered: 

  • Recommendations of the Robert’s Report 2002 
  • Impact of the recommendations of the Robert’s Report
  • Training for Early Career Researchers
  • Are the recommendations still relevant?
  • How far have we come?
  • What do we still need to do?

Workshop outcomes: 

By the end of the workshop, participants should: 

  • be aware of the recommendations of the Roberts Report, 2002 
  • Have considered the impact of the recommendations of the Roberts Report 
  • Have considered the changes in the doctoral research landscape since the Roberts Report
  • Have reflected upon what we do well as Researcher Trainers
  • Have reflected upon barriers to improvements in researcher training 
  • Have had an opportunity to discuss these issues with colleagues and contribute their views and experiences to the discussion


Short video presentation

Small group discussions leading to whole group discussion

Summary and invitation to complete a Google questionnaire to further capture the views and experiences of those attending the workshop.