Pacific Peoples’ Research Skills

In response to member nation requests, USP embarked on an endeavour to lift the research capacity of the people of the Pacific. Consequently major curriculum changes included the explicit development and assessment of research skills from the first year of study and flowing through to all subsequent years.

Now six years into this initiative, this symposium provides a forum to learn about:

  • Institution-wise outcomes for this initiative
  • Case studies of practice using the Research Skills Development (RSD) framework
  • Other universities approaches to building research capacity of students

The two day symposium will provide:

  • Institutional-level drivers and approach at USP
  • RSD implementation at USP
  • RSD intersections of research and teaching
  • USP showcase: stories of Pacific peoples’ research skills
  • Faculty-based workshops on RSD use
  • Introduction to RSD for those unfamiliar with the  framework
  • Masterclass for experience RSD users
  • Symposium dinner on the 15th of June

Calls are now open for abstract submission!

Submit and abstract of 200-300 words on your use of the RSD or other approaches to building students’ research skills in Ms Word format via email to

Please register your attendance here