The Researcher Development Framework was launched in September 2010 and is a professional development framework for planning and supporting the personal, professional and career development of researchers. It articulates the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of successful researchers and encourages them to aspire to excellence through achieving higher levels of development. It was developed by and for researchers, in consultation with academic and non-academic employers.
The Researcher Development Framework is structured in four main domains, each including three sub-domains and further detailed descriptors. These are the four main domains of the framework.
Domain A: Knowledge and intellectual abilities
Domain B: Personal effectiveness
Domain C: Research organisation and governance
Domain D: Communication, influence and impact