Professional development for researchers

Academic Professional Apprenticeship (APA)

Academic Professional Apprenticeship (APA)

The Level 7 Academic Professional Apprenticeship (L7 APA) is a new standard intended to develop full competency in early career academics’ role as practitioners.

Thanks to all of you who applied to be independent assessors to be part of their EPA service.

Read Academic Professional Apprenticeship case study from the University of Exeter

Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF)

Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF)

Read latest report around the RDF - Understanding the experience of postgraduate researchers (PGRs) using the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) at UK Universities & find out recommendations for doctoral researchers, institutions and for the wider sector.

Read 2020 slides: Understanding the experience of PGRs using the Vitae RDF at UK Universities

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

In the current climate, online delivery has become more important than ever. Vitae offers expertly facilitated tailored programmes for researchers, offering flexible online solutions for delivery. Read more details of our online and virtual training and development courses

New to professional development planning? To make the most of opportunities and develop new ones try our Professional development planning for researchers online course (PDP ROC) course

Our Professional Development and Training for Researchers leaflet details the courses that are available to Researchers and Researcher Developers

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



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Quick Tips for researchers

Professional development advice sheets: covering the 63 professional development areas from the Vitae RDF

Action and evidence examples: setting actions for professional development or demonstrating your progress

Knowledge and intellectual abilities

Personal effectiveness

Research governance and organisation

Engagement influence and impact