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Researcher Professional Development Framework

Ongoing professional development helps maintain and advance skills, knowledge, and competencies required to be a successful researcher in today’s global research environment. It is important for researchers of all levels (including postgraduate research students) to develop transferrable and professional skills for degree completion, career progression, personal development and employability.

The Researcher Professional Development Framework (RPDF) is an evidenced-based framework underpinned by the needs of the ECU research community that is designed to provide a holistic view of researcher development across an academic career.  The framework is organised in to four domains which represent the important competencies for a research academic.  These domains include:

  • Personal and Professional Development:
  • Research Skills;
  • Research Governance; and
  • Engagement and Impact.

This Researcher Professional Development Framework defines these four domains and further explores core competencies that exist within each domain.  This organisation of domains and competencies allows ECU researchers to track their progress, according to their career stage and participate in workshops, seminars, online courses, mentoring and other activities that help build their capacity within each domain.

Researcher Professional Development Workshops

All researcher professional development workshops will soon be aligned to the RPDF. This ensures all professional development offered is consistent with the framework and provides ECU researchers the opportunity to continually build their skills and competencies as a world-class researchers. To facilitate this vision, Research Services has recently compiled a consolidated list of all available professional learning opportunities at ECU. Soon, these will be aligned to the Framework, however for now, this list provides a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all researchers to view the professional learning workshops available. Visit the Training Workshops and Events list to register for upcoming training and networking opportunities.


Manager, Research Governance
Dr Stacey Waters
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5400

Researcher Capability Development Coordinator
Sharon Smart
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2802

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