During 2004, NPC carried out a survey with the Centre for Recording Achievement (CRA) and the UK GRAD Programme to ascertain the research student perspective of personal development planning (PDP). The concept of PDP is to keep a record of progress, and analyse the training needs of each research student to identify where training is required and also monitor how effective the training is developing them in their own research as well as for their future career. Such a tool is vital in helping research students realise what they can do with their doctoral degrees.
Over the past year, NPC has had an important role and has been praised much by UK GRAD and CRA for engaging the interests of postgraduates in the project. An online survey was carried out by NPC that gained nearly 1400 responses. Some of the results of this have been put together jointly in a short report produced by NPC, UK GRAD and CRA. This summarises the diverse nature of support from supervisors, the mixed views of PDP from research students as to whether it is a helpful process or a bureaucratic obstacle. This has been lined against responses from institutions who run personal development programmes.
To view the report, please click here.