Wendy and Susi introduced the Researcher Enhancement and Development (READ) Programme to the first year doctoral researchers at QMU this week.
This innovative programme, the first of its kind in Scotland, has been developed following a successful application for funding from the Scottish Credit Qualification Framework. The Doctoral Certificate in Researcher Enhancement and Development programme formalises the researcher development skills training currently offered to doctoral candidates and staff. Three modules, each worth 20 credits, support doctoral researchers to hone their research skills in order for them to achieve the end goal (their doctorate). At the end of a successful three year period (six for part time candidates) the participant gains an additional qualification of a Doctoral Certificate in Researcher Enhancement and Development.
Doctoral researchers are provided with a template in QMU’s ePortfolio. Doctoral researchers complete sections recording their supervisory meetings, their CPD activities, and critically reflect on their developing understandings of what it means to be a researcher. Feedback has been very positive with researchers seeing the tool as a practical and helpful tool for them.