Professional development for researchers

Make planning your professional development a priority with advice and other materials that we hope you’ll find helpful. You’ll also find resources to help you support researchers’ professional development.

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Advice and resources - by topic

Advice and resources - by topic

Most of the content in this section is arranged by topic in line with the 4 ‘domains’ of the Vitae RDF

Knowledge and intellectual abilities

Personal effectiveness

Research governance and organisation

Engagement influence and impact

Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF)

Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF)

The RDF describes the knowledge, behaviour and attributes of successful researchers.

How to use the RDF for researchers and researcher developers

The RDF Planner – plan your professional development with our online app for researchers

Planning your professional development

Planning your professional development

New to professional development planning? To make the most of opportunities and develop new ones try our online course

The career-wise researcher booklet gives practical ways to develop your career management skills

Career action planning: facilitator guide and presentation. A short development session to run with researchers

Practical resources for researcher developers

Practical resources for researcher developers

See our practical resources page for quick links to the most popular guidance, support and resources for you, including:

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Collections

Browse our collections by type of resource, across all topics.

Quick Tips for researchers: bitesize advice

Professional development advice sheets: covers all 63 professional development areas from the Vitae Researcher Development Framework

Action and evidence examples: inspiration when you want to set actions for professional development or demonstrate your progress