The UK Research Councils issued a joint statement of "Training Requirements for Research Students
" in 2001. This was replaced by the "Researcher Development Statement
" (RDS) in 2010, as detailed in the "Researcher Development Framework
". In the process they seem to have simplified it, down from seven to four domains:
Note: the Joint Statement of the Research Councils’ Skills Training
Requirements for Research Students (JSS) has been replaced by the
Researcher Development Statement (RDS) as the reference document for the
professional development of researchers, including postgraduate
researchers. The RDS is a strategic statement setting out the knowledge,
behaviours and attributes of effective and highly skilled researchers
appropriate for a wide range of careers. It has been endorsed by key
organisations including RCUK, UK funding bodies, UUK and the QAA.
The RDS updates the JSS and extends researcher development beyond the
doctoral experience. All the JSS skills and attributes have been
incorporated into the RDS and a mapping of the JSS against the framework
and vice versa is available for reference.
The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) underlies the
Researcher Development Statement (RDS) and represents a major new
approach to researcher development, to enhance our capability to build
the UK workforce, develop world-class researchers and build our research
For more information on the Researcher Development Framework, associated Statement and related resources go to www.vitae.ac.uk/rdf
From: "Researcher Development
Statement" (RDS), Vitae, 2010.
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