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ERIC Number: ED539297
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Research and Professional Development Plan (RPDP) for PhD Students
Cunningham, Emer; Carton, Janet; Rosten, Claire
National Academy for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (NJ1), Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (3rd, Dublin, Ireland, Nov 11-12, 2009)
The University College Dublin (UCD) Research and Professional Development Plan (RPDP) is a set of tools to aid in the planning and progress of a PhD student's research and professional skills. It is an integral part of the Structured PhD programme at UCD and has been specifically designed to aid students in the planning, monitoring and completion of their PhD. It is primarily owned by the PhD student, but is intended to be beneficial to both the student and the supervisor. The RPDP potentially has great benefits for the management and timely completion of a student's PhD and in directing the acquisition of both research and professional skills. The UCD RPDP was included as an integral part of the UCD PhD Regulations, which were approved by the Academic Council in October 2006. The UCD RPDP was initially developed under license from University College London Graduate School. The RPDP was piloted with a group of eighty-five UCD students in September 2006, was monitored and reviewed throughout 2006/7 and was updated for 2007/8 using feedback from the students and their supervisors. Feedback was elicited from an online survey, student coffee mornings and supervisor feedback sessions. The findings showed that the RPDP was popular amongst the students who felt they benefited from the structure of the RPDP and the momentum it generated. The majority of the supervisors were supportive of the RPDP, in particular, the formalised meetings element. It was felt that the structure of the meetings ensured the student was well prepared and had thought about the main issues for discussion. There were criticisms of the 2006 RPDP but these were mainly concerned with the style and this has since been changed based on their input. There was consensus amongst students and supervisors that it is imperative that Supervisors are informed of, and engaged with, the RPDP from the outset of the PhD. [For the full proceedings, "Research-Teaching Linkages: Practice and Policy. Proceedings of the Third Annual Conference of the National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (3rd, Dublin, Ireland, November 11-12, 2009)," see ED539248.]
National Academy for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning. University College Cork, Distillery House North Mall, Cork, Ireland. Tel: +353-21-490-4690; e-mail: nairtl@ucc.ie; Web site: http://www.nairtl.ie
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Academy for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL) (Ireland)
Identifiers - Location: Ireland (Dublin); United Kingdom (London)