RDF Development Cards

Vitae RDF workshop using Vitae RDF Development Cards

Vitae RDF workshop at Hiroshima University

The Vitae RDF Development Cards have been designed to support researchers with identifying their skills and planning their professional development. The cards can help you to work with the Vitae RDF to enhance researchers' development in an enjoyable, structured and personalised way. They are based on the Vitae Researcher Development Framework and support researchers in trying to become more self-aware and answer questions like: 

  • Where do my interests lie?
  • What do I enjoy doing?
  • How do I develop in areas required for the next step of my career?
  • How do I give evidence of my skills to employers? 

Who are the cards for?

Researchers themselves or anyone working with them on their professional development including:

  • Trainers
  • Researcher developers
  • Careers advisors
  • PIs
  • Supervisors
  • Team leaders


Each set of cards consists of 82 laminated cards including a folded A4 image of the RDF, 63 RDF descriptor cards (in A6 postcard size), 12 sub-domain cards and six suggested activities.

In addition to the activities we include a number of free supporting documents for you to use as you wish:

How to buy our cards

If you don't have a set yet, you may order the cards by completing our form.

The cards are sold at £70 per set + VAT and postage. If you order 6 packs or more, you will qualify for a bulk discount on your order:

Number of packsBulk discount per pack
1-5 packs £70 each
6-10 packs £65 each
11-26 packs £60 each
26-50 packs £55 each
50-100 packs £50 each

If you are based at one of our member organisations, you will additionally qualify for a 10% discount on your order.

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About the Vitae Researcher Development Framework

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) is an approach to researcher development, which aims to enhance capacity to build an international workforce, develop world-class researchers and build an international higher education research base.
The Vitae Researcher Development Framework was developed by and for researchers, in consultation with the academic, public and private sectors.

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