Each RDF descriptor listed below has a link to the Vitae website where you can find further information including suggestions for how you can improve in each area.

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A1 Knowledge base

  1. Subject knowledge
  2. Research methods: theoretical knowledge
  3. Research methods: practical application
  4. Information seeking
  5. Information literacy and management
  6. Languages
  7. Academic literacy and numeracy

A2 Cognitive abilities

  1. Analysing
  2. Synthesising
  3. Critical thinking
  4. Evaluating
  5. Problem solving

A3 Creativity

  1. Inquiring mind
  2. Intellectual insight
  3. Innovation
  4. Argument construction
  5. Intellectual risk

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