The Doctoral School is pleased to offer two sessions utilising the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) Planner.

The first event on Friday 13 July (10.00 – 11.00 am 12.2.19 Charles Street)  is a classroom session designed to introduce researchers to the importance of Professional Development Planning and how to undertake a Development Needs Analysis using the Vitae RDF.

As part of the RF1 (or equivalent) process, new doctoral researchers at Sheffield Hallam University are required to confirm they have undertaken a Development Needs Analysis. This must be done on the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) Planner and the ‘My Actions’ and ‘My Action Plan’ reports must be attached to your RF1 (or equivalent) application.

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The second event on Thursday 19 July (11.00 – 12.00 noon, 12.3.10 Charles Street) is a practical, hands-on session and provides an introduction to the Vitae RDF Planner online tool and an opportunity for new doctoral researchers to get started on their development needs analysis and ask questions.

If you don’t already have an RDF planner account, please contact Liz Brearley via who will arrange this for you. Please make sure you have activated your account before attending the session.

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The Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) is a professional development framework for researchers that describes the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of successful researchers. The RDF Planner is an online application that can be used to identify strengths, action plan, review achievements and create a portfolio of evidence.

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