Evidencing Development Summary

Purpose of the Evidencing Development Summary

The Evidencing Development Summary will be the principal means by which your progress on the DDP is monitored. The purpose of the summary is to provide a record of your personal development for each of the core competencies required for a Sheffield doctoral award. The summary is designed to assist you to get the most from your postgraduate research experience, helping you to plan and reflect upon your research and how it will relate to future aspirations. By engaging with appropriate training and development, you will gain and enhance the skills needed to successfully complete your research project, and to demonstrate the eight Core Competencies. Since each student has a unique academic and professional background, and is undertaking a specific project, training and development need to be individualised to them.

The Eight Core Competencies

Core Competencies

What are the requirements?

To evidence your engagement with the DDP, you are required to submit an Evidencing Development Summary at approximately 36 months. This requires you to give an example of your experience within each of the Core Competencies; the self-reflection underpinning this process will be useful when you begin the process of applying for employment.

How to evidence?

When putting together your Evidencing Development Summary you will use your completed TNA to reflect on the training and development you have experienced throughout your research, and identify one example of the development for each of the Core Competencies. You will gain experience within some or all of the Core Competencies simply by undertaking your research. Where you require additional training or development, this can be accessed via skills training or modules available within the University, as well as relevant experiences that are not formally taught or that are gained outside the University.
It is recommended that the Evidencing Development summary should be submitted by month 36 of a PhD. If the Evidencing Development summary has not yet been completed this will not prevent you from submitting your thesis or undergoing your viva, but it may delay the award of your degree if action is not taken quickly.
You can find the blank template for the Evidencing Development Summary here