Welcome to CRDI SkillsLog

The CRDI SkillsLog is a facility to track and record transferable skills during PhD and Postdoctoral training, with support from mentors.

A definition of a transferable skill is an ability developed in one environment that can be applied in other environments. Here we are focusing on skills that are valued across employment sectors. The aim is to help develop tools to succeed, whether in a key position in academia working with industry, or through a career path that takes the individual outside academia.

Transferable skills go beyond what is learnt in a formal context (e.g. as expressed in the learning outcomes of an education module). Much of the work done during a PhD or Postdoctoral research project has the potential to contribute to transferable skills development. CRDI SkillsLog provides a blended platform for programme leads to incorporate this into Education & Development.

SkillsLog in Practice (1): As used in the CTRSP

 

The MMI Clinical & Translational Research Scholars Programme (CTRSP; 2011-2016) was a structured 4-year PhD programme for science graduates, with the objective of developing disease-focused researchers able to bridge gaps between basic scientists, clinical scientists and industry.

During Year 1 of the 4-year programme, the 25 CTRSP Scholars participated in graduate education modules and practical placements in industry, in academic research labs and in clinical research facilities.



  1. Each CTRSP Scholar had access to their own personal online SkillsLog
  2. Throughout their PhD, Scholars were invited to update their SkillsLog. They added Transferable Skills on completion of each PhD component (e.g. education module or practical placement). Scholars could also add their own components (e.g attending an international meeting or  a particular aspect of their PhD Research)
  3. On clicking 'Add Transferable Skills' in their SkillsLog, Scholars were prompted with a list of transferable skills. They simply selected the skills that they had acquired or improved, and explained briefly how this was done (Click the Demo button below for more details)
  4. Scholars shared their SkillsLog during regular meetings with external industry mentors who advised on further transferable skills Development and producing a competitive CV
CTRSP
CTRSP Scholars, Staff & Poster Presenters at Annual Scientific Meeting 2015


Notably, only a year after graduation, over 50% of the CTRSP Scholars in employment held positions in industry (see the CTRSP Alumni webpage).



The MMI Clinical & Translational Research Scholars Programme was funded under the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI) Cycle 5, and co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

SkillsLog in Practice (2): As used in the NEPTuNE Programme

The Neonatal Encephalopathy PhD Training Network (NEPTuNE) is a HRB Collaborative Doctoral Award structured PhD research programme coordinated by CRDI.

HRB NEPTuNE trains PhD students in multidisciplinary research projects in premier research centres in Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork and NUI Galway. Students will have a holistic overview involving the entire translational research paradigm from basic science research, translational clinical research, clinical trials to epidemiology and population health, while getting in depth expertise in their chosen areas.

HRB NEPTuNE Scholars have access to educational modules from University College Cork, Trinity College Dublin, NUI Galway and CRDI via the NEPTuNE Curriculum online platform.


  1. Each NEPTuNE Scholar has access to their own personal online SkillsLog
  2. Throughout their PhD, Scholars are invited to update their SkillsLog. They add Transferable Skills relating to courses participation, aspects of their PhD research, conferences involvement, etc.
  3. On clicking 'Add Transferable Skills' in their SkillsLog, Scholars are prompted with a list of transferable skills. They simply select the skills that they have acquired or improved, and explain briefly how this was done (Click the Demo button below for more details)
  4. Scholars share their SkillsLog during regular meetings with their Academic Mentor
HRB NEPTuNE Scholars, from l to r: Tim Hurley, Fiona Quirke, Chelo Del Rosarion, Megan Dibble, Andreea Pavel

Irish Universities’ PhD Graduates’ Skills

This skills statement, a key output of the Irish Universities Association Strategic Innovation Fund Fourth Level Ireland project, describes the desired learning outcomes and skills that PhD students may develop during their studies. Students develop these skills through their research and additional taught modules.

See the document here