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Virtual Research Environment (VRE)

The CHASE Research Environment (VRE) is provided by the Open University. You can use the VRE for the following:

• Information about institutional training
• CHASE forms and documentation
• Online discussion forums and student profiles
Vitae RDF planner (see below)

The CHASE team will provide you with information on how to access the VRE and will arrange for your RDF login.

Researcher Development Framework

Developed by Vitae, an organisation dedicated to supporting early career researchers, the Researcher Development Framework (RDF) sets out the skills needed to be successful in research. You can access a range of resources related to the Researcher Development Framework via the Vitae website, and read through the RDF briefing for doctoral researchers.

The framework sets out the wide-ranging knowledge, intellectual abilities, techniques and professional standards expected to do research, as well as the personal qualities, knowledge and skills to work with others and ensure the wider impact of your research. The RDF Planner takes you through the sections of the framework, and helps you to map your own achievements and areas for development. It is accessed via the CHASE VRE. Please watch the short video at the Vitae website to learn more about how to use the RDF planner.

Your professional profile

As a doctoral researcher, you should start to build your professional profile online. There are various platforms on which you can create a presence, and your supervisor or careers service will be able to advise on which will be most useful for you.

The CHASE website includes a searchable database of student profiles. You should update this to include information about your research, any other activities, and a photo. Your CHASE profile page can be useful when applying to present your work at conferences, or for placement opportunities, so it is worth taking the time to make it work for you.

To add your profile, please use the link below and click the button to ‘Add CHASE student profile’. You can supply your own photograph, or a photographer will be on hand to take profile pictures at Encounters conferences.