Posted: September 4th, 2022

A RESEARCH SKILL PORTFOLIO The portfolio will contain: An evaluation of the students’ research skills using the RDF framework with targets set Evidence of how the targets have been/are being met A reflection on the student’s positionality A completed dr

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The portfolio will contain:

  • An evaluation of the students’ research skills using the RDF framework with targets set
  • Evidence of how the targets have been/are being met
  • A reflection on the student’s positionality
  • A completed draft ethics form



Learning & Skills Scoring guide

This is a checklist to indicate my skills at the beginning of my master’s program

1: not confident (not really sure about the requirements at Master’s level)

2: not that confident (but do have some understanding of the requirements at Master’s level)

3: reasonably confident (understand the requirements expected at this level)

4: very confident (understand and can show evidence of ability to meet requirements at this level)

5: higly confident (understand and can show clear evidence of competence at Master’s level)







Domain A; Knowledge and Intellectual Abilities

A1; Knowledge Base

Subject Knowledge

· Information Literacy and Management


· Information Literacy and Management


· Information seeking


· Information Literacy and Management


Academic Literacy and numeracy


A1 2; Cognitive abilities

· Analysing


· Synthesizing


· Critical thinking


· Evaluating


· Problem-solving


A1 3; Creativity

· Inquiring mind


· Intellectual insight


· Innovation


· Argument Construction


· Intellectual Risk


Domain B; Personal Effectiveness

B2 – Self management

· Preparation and prioritisation


· Commitement to Research


· Time Management


Responsivenes to Change


· Work-Life Balance


Domain C; Research Governance and Organisation


D1; Working with others


· Collegiality


· Team working


People Management






Influence and leadership




Equality and Diversity






Status- Not started/In progress/Complete





Goal #1:

To be able to understand the subject matter -postgraduate research skills 


In progress

September 2021

October 2021


To be able to understand and use in my research data analysis 


In progress

December 2021

September 2022

Goal #3

 To be able to understand and use self-management in carry out my research


In progress

December 2021

September 2022

Goal #4

To be able to understand research management and apply it in my research work 


In progress

December 2021

September 2022

Goal #5

To be able to understand how to work with teams


In progress

December 2021

September 2022

Reflection on your Researcher Positionality

When you have completed this reflective exercise, you should add it to your Research Skills portfolio.

How is what you see shaped by where YOU stand? What factors or aspects of your identity do you feel might play a part in determining your research topic and how you will carry out your research? Do you feel that your research is influenced by any of the factors listed below? To help you think about this here is video on positionality, it is based on American research but it does make some good points


How might this influence your research?

How will you account for this in your research?









Writing Strategies: What’s Your Positionality?


FACE Ethics – FD, UG & PGT Short Form (Involving human participants, subjects or material)


A.1 Title of the research

A.2 Principal investigator’s details

First Name


Last name


A3. Student number (NOT YOUR log-in number)

A4. Supervisor’s name

Your supervisor will be allocated in Trimester 2

A5. School/Department

School of Education

A6. Your

email address


A7. Qualification working towards e.g. BA(Hons) or Masters


B1. Select from the list below to describe your research: (Tick/highlight as appropriate)

Research with human participants

Research using already published data or data in the public domain

Research involving discussion of sensitive topics or topics that could be considered sensitive

Research involving discussion of culturally sensitive issues

Prolonged or frequent participant involvement
Research conducted outside the UK
Research involving accessing social media sites


: (please complete the box below)

B2. Are the participants expected to be from any of the following groups? (Tick/highlight as appropriate)

Children and youths (under the age of 16)

Persons with learning disabilities

Persons with other forms of mental incapacity or mental illness

Persons in emergency situations

Prisoners or young offenders

Persons who could be considered to have a particularly dependent relationship with the investigator, e.g. members of staff, students

Other vulnerable groups

None of the above

Does your research require you to have a DBS check? Yes/no (delete as appropriate)

If yes, please provide further information on how/when this will be obtained

What are the potential benefits and/ or risks for research participants in both the short and medium-term?

What will be done to minimise any identified risks?

B.3 Is there a potential for criminal or other disclosures to the researcher requiring action to take place during the research? (e.g. during interviews/group discussions, or use of screen tests for drugs?)

Yes/no (delete as appropriate)

If yes how these will be addressed:

B.4 Will your research require participants to complete surveys or answer questions (e.g. interviews?) participants be asked to do in the study?

If yes, then please provide a draft list of questions


Describe how potential participants in the study will be identified and recruited and who will do this. How participants are approached and recruited is an important consideration to ensure that they are not induced or coerced into participation. The way participants are identified may have a bearing on whether the results can be generalised. Please explain each point and give sub-groups of participants separately if appropriate. also say who will identify, approach and recruit participants. Remember too to append all advertising material (posters, emails etc) as part of your application.

C.1 Describe how potential participants in the study be identified, approached and recruited and who will do this:

(i) identified:

(ii) approached: (i.e. how will you tell prospective participants about the research and invite them to participate? Also, will you speak to them face to face or use email or telephone?) It may be appropriate to approach participants and ask them to sign up on the spot for low risk research; however, giving participants a length of time (at least a week) to consider is usually necessary for riskier projects. *

(iii) recruited: (i.e. how will participants sign up to be participants in the research? e.g. through returning a signed consent for to the researcher) *

C2. Will the research involve any element of deception?

Yes/no (delete as appropriate)

If yes, please describe why this is necessary and whether participants will be informed at the end of the study.

C3. Will informed consent be obtained from the research participants?

Yes/no (delete as appropriate)

If yes, please describe in detail how this will be done, also provide a copy of the consent form template to be used in your research

Copies of any written consent form, written information and all other explanatory material should accompany this application

. The information sheet should make explicit that participants can withdraw from the research at any time, if the research design permits.

C4. Describe whether participants will be able to withdraw from the study, and up to what point (e.g. if data is to be anonymised). If withdrawal is
not possible, explain why not.

Any limits to withdrawal, e.g. once the results have been written up or published, should be made clear to participants in advance, preferably by specifying a date after which withdrawal would not be possible. Make sure that the information provided to participants (e.g. information sheets, consent forms) is consistent

C5. Will individual or group interviews/ questionnaires discuss any topics or issues that might be sensitive, embarrassing or upsetting, or is it possible that criminal or other disclosures requiring action could take place during the study (e.g. during interviews or group discussions)?
The information sheet should explain under what circumstances action may be taken.

Yes/no (delete as appropriate)

If yes, give details of procedures in place to deal with these issues.

PART D: RESEARCH DATA (Researchers must comply with the General Data Protection Regulations)

D.1 Where will your data be stored? (please tick/highlight more than one if applicable)

University approved cloud computing services (e.g. UoH Box)

University networks (e.g. shared drives)

External cloud services (personal Box, Google drive etc.)

Portable drive (Not recommended)

Manual files (e.g. paper copies)

Private company computers

Personal computers


D2. How will you ensure personal data on consent forms (e.g. names, addresses) will be stored securely and disposed of when the study is complete?

Nobody other than the researcher should have access to these. If consent forms cannot be digitalised and encrypted, they must be secured in a locked cabinet or room to which only the researcher has access. Ensure you do not put any words, letters, images or numbers on the consent forms which could potentially link the person to the data you have collected.

D3. Where will the data generated by the research be analysed and by whom?

D4. Who will have access and act as long-term custodian for the research data generated by the study?

D5. DATA SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES – Will the research involve any of the following activities at any stage (including identification of potential research participants)? (Tick/highlight all that apply)

Examination of personal records by those who not normally have access

Access to research data on individuals by people from outside the research team

Electronic surveys

Use of personal addresses, postcodes, faxes, emails or telephone numbers

Use of audio/visual recording devices (NB this should usually be mentioned in the information for participants)
Other electronic transfer of data

D6. How long will research data from the study be stored?

D7. When will the personal data collected during the study be destroyed and how?

Researchers must comply with the General Data Protection Regulations that are live from May 2018.


Declaration by Principal Investigator

1 The information provided in this form is accurate to the best of my knowledge and belief.

2. I take full responsibility for the information I have supplied in this application

3. I undertake to abide by the University’s ethical and health and safety guidelines, and the ethical principles underlying good practice guidelines appropriate to my discipline.

4. I will seek the relevant School Risk assessment/COSHH approval if required.

5. If the research is approved, I undertake to adhere to the project protocol, the terms of this application and any conditions set out by the Faculty Research Ethics Committee.

6. Before implementing substantial amendments to the protocol, I will submit an amendment request to the Faculty Research Ethics Committee seeking approval.

7. If requested, I will submit progress reports.

8. I am aware of my responsibility to be up to date and comply with the requirements of the law and relevant guidelines relating to security and confidentiality of participants and other personal data

9. I understand that research records/data may be subject to inspection for audit purposes

10. I take full responsibility for the actions of the research team and individuals supporting this study, thus all those involved will be given training relevant to their role in the study.

11. By signing the validation I agree that the Faculty Research Ethics Committee, on behalf of the University of Hull, will hold personal data in this application and this will be managed according to the principles established in the Data protection Act (2018).

Principal Investigator

Signature of Principal Investigator:


When completing your online version, the completed form will then be submitted by clicking on SUBMIT FORM button.


Please fill in those boxes and write a summary of a note at the end of each section A total of 2000 words. We have four sections here

For the space of Evidence. We are to write the certificate we have obtained to improve on our skills and attach the certificates at the end of the portfolio. which I have done four courses on the open university and I was given a certificate on the following courses

and you can also attach any relevant sources you might be aware of


1 Creative writing and critical reading

2 Conversation and Interview

3 Extending and developing your thinking skills

4 How to be a Critical Reader

5 Working in groups and teams

the learning and scoring skills, I have scored myself, you are to write a note under it

For the
development action plan, I have input some goals I want to attain, then you are to fill the rest part and make a summary under it

For the
positionality, you are to fill it up and make a summary note under it

For the
drafted ethics form, you’re to fill it and make a summary under it.

reference, you can add only when necessary



Research Ethics Form A V1.0

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