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This talk introduces the PhD Planning Toolkit

Course details

A PhD is a major undertaking, yet many people spend more time planning a weekend away than they do planning the next three years of their life.

This generally leads to missing deadlines, running overtime, regular crises and lots of stress.

If you want to finish on time and enjoy the process along the way then it is important to have a good plan. You need some very specific skills and tools to plan a PhD. This workshop will introduce you to the PhD Planning Toolkit.

A video of this talk is available here.

intended for

First and second year DPhil students

number of places


Course leader

Hugh Kearns, Flinders University, Australia

Date /time

This talk has already taken place. See Course Details above for a link to a video of the talk.

RDF Skills

B1, B2, B3

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) provides a framework for planning and supporting the personal, professional and career development of graduate students and research staff. See the the following for more details:

The Researcher Development Framework page 

The Researcher Training Tool (click on Researcher Development)

Vitae (Vitae is a national organisation dedicated to realising the potential of researchers through supporting their professional and career development.)