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1 The big picture Chris Park Director of the Graduate School

2 Research skills agenda Development of research skills Personal and professional development Employability Knowledge transfer/economy Drivers of change Research Councils Joint Skills Statement Revised QAA Code of Practice Roberts Review

3 Research Councils Joint Skills Statement [JSS] To provide universities with a clear and consistent message aimed at helping them to ensure that all research training was of the highest standard, across all disciplines. Competencies – Research skills & techniques; Research environment; Research management; Personal effectiveness; Communication skills; networking and teamworking; Career management From Oct 2004

4 QAA Code of Practice Cohesive framework Quality and standards of awards HEIs to monitor the success of their postgraduate research programmes against appropriate internal and/or external indicators and targets [precept 4] From Oct 2005 Special Review – alignment [2005-6]

5 Roberts Review SET for success [2002] … the minimum standards should include the provision of at least two weeks dedicated training a year, principally in transferable skills Accountability Annual Roberts Reports from HEIs RCUK – institutions will wish to monitor their skills development programmes internally for their own business reasons. The RCs monitoring will focus on what the additional funding has enabled institutions to achieve.

6 Lancasters response New procedures and systems Start Oct 2005 Apply to new PGR students Formalised, standardised, transparent Expect all students and supervisors to engage and adopt Roll out over three years PDP – developmental; best practice Accountable to agencies HEFCE, RCUK, QAA

7 Revised Lancaster Code of Practice Development Needs Analysis [DNA] Against RCUK Joint Skills List Inform decisions about training, jointly with supervisor Review progress annually Record of agreed outcomes of supervisory meetings PDP [MyPlace]

8 Skills development Explicit focus and expectation Cohesive institutional framework 10 days a year for each (f-t) student Research skills and generic skills Aim = to enhance employability Formal and informal Record of training undertaken Informed by RCUK Joint Skills Statement Guided by supervisor

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