Researcher Development Framework

Glasgow Caledonian University is an organisational member of Vitae, the global leader in the professional development of researchers. Vitae works with institutions striving for excellence in development and career support for research staff and students.

The Vitae website [www.vitae.ac.uk] has a wealth of resources and advice tailored specifically to you as a researcher, whether your ambition is to stay within or move outside academia. All our staff and students get full access to the Vitae website as part of our subscription.

Vitae is managed by CRAC, a not-for-profit organisation with 45 years’ experience in enhancing the skills and careers of researchers

Our training and development programme here in the Graduate School is designed around  the principles of the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) model.

This Framework articulates the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of successful researchers and encourages them to aspire to excellence through achieving higher levels of development.

The framework is a comprehensive new approach to enhancing the careers of researchers. It was developed by and for researchers, in consultation with academic and non-academic employers.

RDF Domain A: Knowledge and intellectual abilities

This domain focuses on the knowledge, intellectual abilities and techniques to do research. Improving your knowledge base and cognitive abilities is often linked to progression as a Researcher, but creativity plays a vital role too. For a more detailed analysis of the qualities in this domain please click here.

Courses we offer in The Graduate School that are related to RDF Domain A include:

  • First Year Doctoral Writing 1a: Building a Writer's Toolkit
  • First year Doctoral Writing 1b: Writing a Literature Review
  • Second Year Doctoral Writing 2a: Seeking structure – planning, outlining and designing a thesis
  • Second Year Doctoral Writing 2b: Seeking structure – Writing introductions and conclusions
  • Final Year Doctoral Writing 1: The beginning of the end...final year writing activities
  • Essentials of Academic Writing for International Students
RDF Domain B: Personal effectiveness

This domain focuses on the personal qualities and approach to be an effective researcher. Enthusiasm, perseverance, integrity and self-confidence need to be balanced with self-management skills and professionalism. For a more detailed analysis of the qualities in this domain please click here.

Courses we offer in The Graduate School that are related to RDF Domain B include:

  • Peer to peer coaching workshop
  • How to be an Effective Researcher
RDF Domain C: Research governance and organisation

This domain focuses on the knowledge of the standards, requirements and professionalism to do research. Forming your research strategy involves a broad range of elements, from ethics, practice and legal implications to income generation and financial management. For a more detailed analysis of the key features in this domain please click here.

Opportunities we offer in The Graduate School that are related to RDF Domain C include:

  • PhD/MRes Induction Day
  • Getting started in your Doctoral Studies
  • Getting your Research Programme of Study registered
  • How to use the Library Services effectively
RDF Domain D: Engagement, influence and impact

This domain focuses on the knowledge and skills to work with others and ensure the wider impact of research. Making sure your research is influential involves much more than making sure the research itself is of a high standard. Communication, teaching, public engagement and networking allow you to build your community of contacts and enhance your career. For a more detailed analysis of the key features in this domain please click here.