The Career Development Framework (CDF) provides directed, experiential learning to help you work towards your research and professional goals. 

UQ’s CDF was developed in consultation with students and industry and provides a skills and personal development based approach to research training. While recognising the centrality of excellent disciplinary training provided within the UQ research degree, the CDF provides you with additional developmental activities in the following three key areas:

  • Transferrable Skills
  • Professional Skills
  • Research Skills

Training covers topics such as research integrity, networking, communication skills and inter-cultural communication, writing skills, teamwork, CV writing, entrepreneurship, business acumen, resilience and emotional intelligence; among others. This overview provides a summary of each training session including event type and duration.

Training sessions are run throughout the year which provides some flexibility for you to decide which training is right for you and when.

You will need to register for each session. You can register through the links provided in the Events Calendar.

The Framework

The framework is divided in the four theme areas, and within those themes you can build upon your training by working through the different tiers of activities.  Most activities and workshops lead to a capstone experience that provides context to the training undertaken. The four themes are:

Your Research Degree
Knowledge Transfer & Strategy
Commercialisation & Entrepreneurship
Academic Development
Your Research Degree

Completing a research higher degree is a rewarding achievement that takes commitment and tenacity. This theme is focused on helping you to prepare for some of the challenges along the way with workshops and seminars that provide you with strategies for efficient writing, managing your time effectively, and developing resilience. It will also help you reflect upon and make use of the transferable skills that you have developed during your research higher degree studies.

Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship

Understand the processes that connect research outcomes to the generation of commercial intellectual property and the varied strategies for turning this commercial IP into new products, processes and services. Learn about and develop the leadership and management skills and team-building ability associated with entrepreneurship. 

Knowledge Transfer and Strategy

Knowledge transfer is the two-way exchange between researchers and the public and private sector that improves a business, leads to increased commercial opportunities or generates societal and cultural benefits. Some of the activities within the CDF will enable you to develop strategies for knowledge exchange that can include the understanding of the context of your research in terms of its impact, including social and ethical implications and the importance of interaction with potential end-users. These include strategies for the communication of research outcomes and management of intellectual assets (including commercial intellectual property).      

Academic Development

Many people enter into a PhD with the aspiration of an academic career. In most disciplines, a good publication record, effectiveness presenting your research, experience in teaching, and an understanding of research policy and funding opportunities are all important elements that contribute to a successful academic career. This theme provides seminars and workshops in these areas to help prepare you to work towards an academic position following the completion of your research higher degree.

Capstone Experiences 

CDF structure

The four theme areas all have a number of capstone experiences available. These experiences are designed to provide you with a practical application of some of the strategies and techniques learnt in the CDF seminars and workshops. Activities include:

  • Placements and work experience
  • Networking Events
  • Mentoring opportunities
  • Output focused workshops, together with keynote plenary sessions and online training tools
  • International and domestic travel grants to undertake short term research training or conference presentations