Digital Skills for Researchers

There are several digital tools and technologies on offer to assist you with your research, such as tools to help you conduct your research to data analysis tools.

To access our list of recommended learning resources, you will need to log in to Moodle, our virtual learning environment. We’ve included a range of resources, from ‘How-to’ guides on the Microsoft website, to courses within LinkedIn Learning. As a student or member of staff, you have free access to LinkedIn Learning. Make sure you have registered before using any of the LinkedIn Learning courses.

All the resources have been mapped to the Researcher role profile that has been provided by Jisc, which focuses on the digital capabilities relevant to researchers and research students within higher education (HE). These resources will help you to assess and reflect on your own digital skills, identify areas for development, plan your personal digital skills development path and ensure your digital skills are fully recognised by earning digital badges that can be included on your CV and LinkedIn profile.

To gain a digital badge, complete four or more resources within a specific digital capability. You can use these badges as evidence of your learning and share with fellow students, lecturers, and future employers to demonstrate your knowledge and skills.

I don’t want to follow the recommended learning pathway.
How can I access these resources?

You don’t have to follow our recommended learning pathway in Moodle, you can access our full range of digital skills resources at any time by clicking on one of the following digital skills capabilities. Access our collection of resources online; save, organise and share them.

By keeping track of what you have learned, you can gain a range of digital badges that you can share with colleagues, fellow students and future employers to demonstrate your knowledge. All you need to do is complete 4 or more resources within each digital capability. Find out more on how to gain your digital badges.

I don’t know where to start. What do I do?

If you’re not sure which area you’d like to explore further, get started by completing the JISC Discovery Tool. This is a self-assessment questionnaire to evaluate your current digital skill levels. Upon completion, it will provide you with your very own, personalised report which will highlight your strengths as well as any areas you’d like to improve on.

Responses to the questions and your report are private and will only be seen by other individuals such as your manager or personal tutor if you choose to share it with them. 

Advice and support

If you have any questions, or if you’re looking for further support,
please get in touch with one of our Digital Skills Advisors and they will get back to you.
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