Methodology report: Understanding the experience of postgraduate researchers (PGRs) using the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) at UK Universities

RDF Methodology report 

The project has focused on themes around the RDF structure and language, and the overall experience of users such as how PGRs were introduced to the RDF; to what extent they were benefitting from using it; and the nature and scope of institutional support they received.

Following the key findings, the report outlines recommendations for doctoral researchers, institutions and for the wider sector.

A series of in-depth interviews with PGRs also took place, examining the experiences and perceptions of RDF users, from which a set of case studies will be produced.

The outcomes of the report will not only help Vitae’s ongoing RDF refresh project but will also help inform UK HE policy and the development of PGR training within institutions.

This project was funded through the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE), Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP).

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Look out for case studies to follow soon.