No matter what your goals, you will need to develop your research skills to succeed in a research degree and in your career.
Research skills are not just a byproduct of doing research. They are capabilities that you can actively and purposefully develop. Take charge of your development as a researcher by making the most of AUT’s research workshops, seminars, groups, and resources.
The Postgraduate Researcher Development Planner maps out AUT’s research skill development opportunities (workshops, support groups, resources and so on) according to the research stage and research activities they support.
The particular skills you need to develop will vary across the life of your research programme. Early on, you need to understand how to critically read others’ research and go through the ethics approval process; later, you need to know how to disseminate your findings and communicate your research impact.
Use this planner to plot out your development across the duration of your programme. It’s hyperlinked so that you can go straight to the website or booking page for your chosen development opportunity.
Postgraduate Researcher Development Planner
Research is a complex endeavour, requiring a huge variety of skills. It’s not just about what you do in the lab or office. It’s also about how you communicate your research; how you organise your work; personal characteristics like resilience and integrity; and much more.
The Vitae Researcher Development Framework gives a great overview of the types of skills you need to be an effective researcher.
Vitae Researcher Development Framework
Jennie draws on a broad wealth of experience for her current role as Head of Researcher Development. Having worked across all educational sectors, she has knowledge of directing higher education centres of research, undertaking sectoral and institutional reviews, the teaching and learning process, and research supervision. As well as publishing on the theory and practice of educational leadership, she has researched academic identity in higher education, researcher capacity and capability building, postgraduate supervision, and developing research communities.
Anaise has a research background in science and narrative. Anaise edits the Thesislink blog for postgraduate research students, acts as a staff ambassador to the Research Students Peer Group network, and contributes to the Postgraduate Seminar Series. She also has experience with PBRF, grant writing, contract support, and research software development.