PDA student profile: Megg Attwood
"During my time as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate (KTP), placed with Willis Newson, an Arts in the Health Sector Commissioning Agency, I was expected to have a personal development plan.
"I was eager to further my knowledge of research in clinical settings, particularly with regard to qualitative research methodologies."
"I completed three master's level modules to gain the credits I needed for a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development. I took two modules about clinical research, 'Clinical Trials - Theory and Practice' and "Qualitative Research in Clinical Settings", as well as an Evidencing Work-based Learning module.
"The work-based learning component provided me with the framework I needed to support the writing of an article for publication, focusing on an evaluation model that colleagues and I have recently developed and piloted."
"The Professional Development Awards (PDA) provided the flexibility I needed to tailor-make an award that suited my needs and interests, whilst also valuing the work undertaken as part of my KTP role.
"I found the award interesting and challenging, and I am confident that it has made an important contribution to my research knowledge and skills, and to my future career development."