How are you using the new PGR Portfolio of Activity?

Administrative tool or an aid to your own professional development?

The PGR Portfolio of activity is a required part of the PGR Development programme for all Postgraduate Researchers (further details below) but it has been designed to be much more ….

How do you plan to use this tool?

RDF wheel including descriptorsRecord your professional development during your research degree: You can use the PGR Portfolio of Activity to record all non-spider training and other development activities. The Portfolio of Activity is aligned to the Researcher Development Framework (RDF) that has been ratified by the University for use by all Researchers. You can use this alignment to create a broad CV for both a future CV or for your progress as a researcher.

>>Introduction to the Researcher Developer Framework

The record also illustrates the range of opportunities available during your research degree

Document the skills achieved in your activities:  You can use the the terminology of the RDF descriptors to record the skills developed or gained through your professional activities, recorded as above. A description field for each activity allows you to add further explanation that might help in future applications. At the end of each year, the record will provide a simple audit of the skills that you are developing.

>> See our Introduction to the PGR Portfolio of Activity

Planning your development: By reviewing your skills and comparing this with the range of opportunities available to you, you can start to plan the activities you will need to engage in to help prepare for your future ambitions.

As a mandatory requirement: You are required to complete a minimal of one week additional professional experience gained during your research degree and to record this in the PGR Toolbox. The record should be emailed to your primary supervisor in May of each year, prior to the start of the Annual Progress Report procedure.

>> Annual Progression Requirements

This tool is a replacement for the record of training and generic activities that was formerly part of the Personal Development Record in Lusid.

Feedback: This is a new tool. Your suggestions for future development are welcome,   PGR Development Online Enquiries.

We hope to provide further face to face workshops early in the new year. New dates will be announced in this blog.