Postgraduate Research Student Professional Development Plan Name of Graduate Student: School: Name of Supervisor(s): Date of first registration: Period under review: Professional Development Planning (PDP) is a structured process by which each individual postgraduate research student is expected to reflect on the learning outcomes they wish to achieve from the research process and to plan their personal, educational and career development. A PDP will help you i) Identify the skills you require as part of the research process ii) Identify different ways in which learning will take place iii) Draw on personal experiences to expand personal knowledge iv) Analyse and take responsibility for own learning outcomes v) Identify training needs requirements Step 1 Step 2 Personal Set Objectives Reflection Step 3 Devise Professional Development Plan PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN Graduate Student Signature: Date: Supervisor Signature: Date: Supervisor Signature: Date: Supervisor Signature: Date: Supervisor Signature: Date: College Head of Research Signature: Date: Step 1 Reflection Questions Research skills and awareness Questions to reflect on: Notes/answers Do I have a knowledge of advances and developments in my field Can I give examples of research in related fields and disciplines Do I understand appropriate research methodologies Can I critically analyse and synthesise new and complex information from diverse sources Can I formulate and apply solutions to research problems and effectively interpret research results Can I exercise critical judgement and thinking to create new ways of understanding Can I demonstrate, where appropriate, a knowledge of health and safety procedures and their application in the research environment Do I have a broad awareness and knowledge of key relevant funding sources and grant application procedures Do I appreciate basic principles of project and time management Ethics and social understanding Questions to reflect on: Notes/answers Do I understand the principles of ethical conduct of research, including avoidance of plagiarism, allocation of credit and authorship and definitions of research misconduct Do I understand the relevance of research in society and the potential impact of research on individuals, groups and society Do I where applicable, understand and can apply the relevant guidelines for the ethical conduct of research involving people, human tissue and animals Communication skills Questions to reflect on: Notes/answers Do I have effective writing and publishing skills Can I use and decide on appropriate forms and levels of communication Can I communicate and explain research to diverse audiences, including both specialist and non-specialist Can I teach and support the learning of undergraduate students when involved in teaching and demonstrating Personal effectiveness/development Questions to reflect on: Notes/answers Can I work in an independent and self- directed manner, showing initiative to accomplish clearly defined goals Di I appreciate key rhetorical skills, including how to persuade others of a viewpoint’s merits, demonstrating and communicating credible suggestions to achieve one’s aims Do I appreciate the importance of initiating new projects, proactively reacting to newly identified needs or aiming to resolve persistent problems Can I to handle difficulties in research or other professional activities in an appropriate way Can I critically reflect on experiences and act on such in a cycle of self- improvement Team-working and leadership Questions to reflect on: Notes/answers Can I develop and maintain effective relationships with colleagues Can I work in a collaborative environment Am I awareness of their own working style, that of others, and how they interact Do I understand how to acknowledge others’ views, with a willingness to reflect on and critically appraise them Do I understand leadership in team environments, recognising the strengths of team members and work effectively to achieve mutual goals Career management Questions to reflect on: Notes/answers Am I aware of transferable skills and their applicability to both academic and non- academic positions and how they are applied in different circumstances Have I career plans Do I have networks and relationships that may encourage opportunities for employment Can I present myself and my skills, attributes, experiences and qualifications, through effective job applications, CVs and interviews Do I understand the broadest possible range of their employment opportunities Entrepreneurship & innovation Questions to reflect on: Notes/answers Do I understand the role of innovation and creativity in research Do I understand intellectual property issues Do I appreciate the skills required for the development of entrepreneurial enterprises in the public and private sectors Do understand different cultural environments, including the business world, and the contribution that knowledge transfer can make to society Objectives from last year What were my three objectives from last year: Did I achieve these objectives? 1. 1. 2 2 3 3 If not, why not? 1. 2 3 Step 2 Objectives Use the information gathered from your reflection to identify three objectives that you would most like to achieve professionally over the next year. Objective 1…………………………………. Objective 2…………………………………. Objective 3…………………………………. Step 3 Personal Development Plan Identify a generic skills training module or any other activity which will help you achieve your objectives over the next year Action 1…………………………………. Action 2…………………………………. Action 3………………………………….