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Researcher Resources

Researcher Development Framework (RDF)


Based on research from research staff and managers the new UK Researcher Development Framework (RDF) is now published.

Details for researchers and case studies

The RDF covers four domains:

A) Knowledge and Intellectual Attributes

B) Personal Effectiveness

C) Research Governance and Organisation

D) Engagement, Influence and Impact

The full RDF is available online and there is a matching shorter reference document and summary called the Research Development Statement.


The University of Southampton is now a member of Vitae, an organisation dedicated to world-class professional and career development of researchers.

The Vitae website has a wealth of resources and advice designed specifically for researchers, whether your ambition is to stay within or move outside academia. The resources include careers information, professional development, and research management, including:

Go to the Vitae homepage: Click on 'Register to our site'. Register using your email address for full access to the website. Tick 'I would like to receive Vitae updates and information' to receive news relevant to researchers.

The Concordat
The Concordat

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers sets out the expectations and responsibilities of researchers, their managers, employers and funders. It aims to increase the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK and to improve the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy.

Vitae Booklets
Vitae Booklets

The Vitae booklets for researchers offer practical information to support your professional, personal and career development.

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