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The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) was developed by researchers in consultation with academic and non-academic employers to create a UK development framework for postgraduate researchers and research staff in higher education institutions. The RDF articulates the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of successful researchers and encourages them to aspire to excellence by achieving higher levels of development. 

Although the framework was developed specifically for researchers, many of the skills and attributes included are essential for careers outside academia. This makes the framework not only a good starting point for assessing the skills that you need to develop for your research but also a useful tool for identifying and articulating skills and attributes for employment elsewhere. The sub-domains highlighted in the diagram in the Personal and Professional Development Programmes leaflet appear alongside training courses offered on the PPD Programme in the Faculty of Science and courses offered by the other Faculties at the University. Further information about the RDF can be found on Vitae's website.