'PhD students and young researchers increasingly find employment outside the world of education. This book is an excellent guide to the skills they will need as they make that move.' - Professor Nigel Vincent, Vice-President for Research & HE Policy, The British Academy 'This book should be required reading for researchers embarking on a research career, particularly those on doctoral training programmes, and academics in their roles as supervisors or managers of researchers.' - Dr Janet Metcalfe, Chair and Head Vitae This book provides a succinct guide for doctoral and early career researchers about the nature of transferable skills, why they are needed and how they can be acquired, evidenced and marketed. In the UK, possession of a doctorate is longer the rarity it once was and the competitive ecomic climate makes it even more critical that doctoral graduates and early career researchers can convince prospective employers of both their specialist and generic skills. In this context, institutions are also required to provide well organised, relevant training in skills development if they are to attract and retain doctoral candidates. Thus, the book also has value for those charged with developing the transferable skills of others. With coverage of project management, team working, communication, leadership and technical skills, this book is an essential guide for researchers who want to make the most of the skills you have and acquire the skills they need. The authors' work engages them daily in the development of researchers' skills and they made a substantial contribution to the development of Vitae's Researcher Development Framework. The Success in Research series, from Cindy Becker and Pam Denicolo, provides short, authoritative and accessible guides on key areas of professional and research development. Avoiding jargon and cutting to the chase of what you really need to kw, these practical and supportive books cover a range of areas from presenting research to achieving impact, and from publishing journal articles to developing proposals. They are essential reading for any student or researcher interested in developing their skills and broadening their professional and methodological kwledge in an academic context.
Professor (Emeritus) Pam Denicolo, a chartered psychologist, has just retired from her fulltime role at the University of Reading where she developed the Graduate School system and the post-registration professional practice and research element of the School of Pharmacy. Her passion for supporting and developing graduate students is demonstrated through her contributions as Vice Chair to the UK Council for Graduate Education Executive Committee, as chair of the Society for Research into Higher Education Postgraduate Network and Executive Editor of the Guides for Supervisors Series. She was a key contributor to Vitae's development of the Researcher Development Framework (RDF) and the QAA's Doctoral Characteristics Advisory Group, and is currently contributing to the revision of the Code of Practice. She is currently advocate for Graduate Studies at the University of Surrey. Dr Julie Reeves, has been involved with delivering skills training to researchers since 2005. Currently she is based at the University of Southampton where she designs, delivers and coordinates transferable skills training for early career researchers and research staff. Prior to this she was the Skills Training Manager, at the University of Manchester, for social science, arts and humanities postgraduate researchers, their supervisors and research staff. Her academic background is in politics and international relations, with degrees from the Universities of Kent and Southampton. Julie is one of the key contributors to the RDF. She has contributed to Hinchcliffe, Bromley and Hutchinson eds. (2007), is a member of the CIPD and the SRHE, and is a co-convenor of the Postgraduate Issues Network (PIN) within the SRHE