REST will provide you with a skills training framework that you can take with you to further studies or careers. It is a tool to analyse, record, reflect on and demonstrate the skills you gain throughout your candidature, be that through structured training activities or the everyday learning that happens throughout your studies.
How will you benefit from this?
This is not extra work or training that you have to undertake - REST recognises everything you are already doing and helps you frame that under the RDF. It also consolidates all training activities relevant to HDR students in one place, under the RDF, so that the training is readily available when you decide that you need it.
How does REST work?
All HDR students will have access to a number of resources and training workshops which are mapped to the four domains of the RDF outlined on the Vitae Researcher Development Framework site. Students, together with their supervisors, are encouraged to complete a Skills Needs Analysis in Inspire at the beginning of their candidature or review period, and plan and choose their REST activities for the year. Students are then encouraged to review the online materials available through FLO, and attend the workshops and training programs relevant to them. Apart from the core training activities, there are no prescribed workshops or activities for students. Students are free to choose the activities relevant to them, and can complete activities outside of the REST programming.
As a form of assessment to satisfy the REST requirements, students will be asked to record and reflect on the activities they have completed. All progress and recording will be done through Inspire, where students can ensure their Completed Activity Log in Inspire is up to date, and where they can complete a Skills Development Reflection at their annual Milestones, analysing the skills they have acquired throughout the year and mapping those skills to the RDF. The Completed Activity Log and Skills Development Reflection will form the basis for their REST Completion Certificate upon graduation (from 2020).
REST Requirements and Expectations
Please remember, this program is not meant to be an onerous task adding to your workload - it exists to help you identify, record and demonstrate your skills throughout your candidature and beyond. It is here to equip you with the skills you need to complete your HDR on time, and be ready for whatever post-HDR path you choose.
The only compulsory parts of the program are the Completed Activity Log and annual Skills Development Reflection at Milestones. Students are not required to complete any minimum number of hours training or workshops.
Expectations on Students
|All HDR students are expected to familiarise themselves with this program, and treat it as part of their candidature. They are encouraged to conduct a Skills Needs Analysis in Inspire at the beginning of their candidature, plan their training for the year, and required to complete the skills development reflection annually at Milestones through Inspire.
Expectations on Supervisors
|Supervisors are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the RDF, and assist their students with their skills development journey. It is envisaged that supervisors will have a skills development discussion with their students at the beginning of their candidature and one at every milestone, assisting students with their Skills Needs Analysis and reading through the Skills Development Reflection within the annual milestones. This program can help supervisors ensure that their students receive the relevant training they need to complete their HDR on time, and are career ready.