ePortfolios for Postgraduate Researchers

Newcastle University developed a "Postgraduate Research Training Portfolio" based on the joint skills statement from the Joint Research Councils and Arts Humanities Research Board.

Features of the portfolio that researchers use include:

  • Research Plans
  • Records of meetings with supervisors (shared access)
  • Records of achievements against core research skills (JSS)
  • Self-Assessment and PDP (based on JSS)
  • Self-Assessment of project-specific Skills
  • CV (including workshops, conferences, presentations, publications etc.)
  • Unstructured area with shared folders / file upload

Supervisors can access institutionally owned data (eg. personal/programme details & training records), records of meetings. Students can also grant access for supervisors and others to view specific parts of their portfolio.

An electronic version of this was rolled out across Newcastle University in September 2005 following successful piloting with postgraduate research students in the Faculty of Medical Sciences. This is being delivered using the 'ePET' ePortfolio framework.

Related Links


A national review of PDP for postgraduates UK GRAD (2004)
Joint Statement of the Research Councils/AHRB's Skills Training Requirements for Research Students, 2001, the Research Councils and the AHRB
National Postgraduate Committee (UK) A student run body that represents the interests of both taught and research postgraduates.
SET for success - the supply of people with science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills. HM Treasury, London, 2002. The Roberts Review
UK GRAD Programme An organisation primarily funded by the UK Research Councils.

UK GRAD have recently published: A national review of emerging practice on the use of Personal Development Planning for postgraduate researchers (2004)

"Developing PDP practice for researchers is a difficult but worthwhile challenge. Research degree programmes are ideally suited to the process of reflective learning. For their part, PGRs have high hopes for their research degree experience, and high expectations about the personal development opportunities this experience will provide. It is clear from the NPC survey that there is considerable support for the concept from PGRs

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