Advice for PhD students: Developing Competency across your Star Chart

Dear Colleagues,

Andy Wiles, Impact Statistician at Capital Academicians here again! I am republishing my advice to all PhD student issued two years ago now. It is all the more important that you become a self investing subject, developing the highest level of competencies across all 12 areas of the Research Development Framework chart. In this we are aided by Vitae technologies, the organisation with which all UK Universities sign a research concordat, designed to give your PhD experience heightened impact. Do contact me if you have any questions, but it is all in the stars, as they used to say! The RDF wheel below is the actual live vision of what your doctoral team are aiming to achieve. It is a requirement that they introduce it to you. So here it is! ENJOY.

Today I have the great pleasure of introducing the research development wheel, adapted from the Astrological Chart, and adopted by all leading HE institutions (see this link!!: This is the wheel of knowledge. At Weeengland we incentivize all PhD students to liberate their impact and escape their star signPhD students, uniquely, can explore all elements of the astrological configuration. Eminent psychologist Carl Jung wrote: “like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season in which we are born”…but what if we can help you to enjoy the vintage and the qualities of every month, every day, ever season? Your birth chart reveals built-in gifts and struggles for this lifetime, as well as insights about your  limited personality. However at Weeengland impact means liberating you, the PhD student, from this determinism. This requires a new type of chart, an RDF circle chart, designed to enhance your experience of star signs as yet unimagined, designed to make you fully rounded. Have a look at any traditional Zodiac. Non-PhD students – study a few, test it out – are stuck. For example if you are Taurus, the bull, your personality traits are set. On the good side you are reliable, warm-hearted and determined. On the dark side you are possessive, stubborn, and often greedy. But look at our RDF wheel below. The RDF wheel allows you to liberate yourself from the closed world of your star sign. This revolutionary chart forces every student to explore all twelve star signs. The chart maps exactly on to the astrological chart, allowing Taureans (typical traits in C1) for example to develop typical Libran traits, outlined in the A2 section of the Research Development Framework chart:

Librans enjoy working with others, they balance the scales of justice through evaluation and criticism. They can balance out the stubborn Taurean. Now you, the PhD student can access the domains under each competency (see figure 1), establish what you need to do to meet the competencies related to your research and learning needs as identified in discussion with supervisors. You can determine your own personal growth plan, your particular path to stellar impact.

To take full advantage of this unique opportunity we suggest that you buy your own astrological chart, detailing the position of the stars and planets at the second of their birth. This allows supervisors to understand your natural limits, and to use the RDF chart to overcome these. We recommend that you follow the wheel clockwise through the key competencies determined by the planets, progressing logically through the astrological year. The order of the astrological signs is Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. The competency statements for each star sign define a taxonomy ranging from masters to doctoral outcomes. An MA student must complete competencies in at least six star sign areas, while a PhD student must demonstrate competency in all twelve star signs. This progress can be measured in an e-portfolio accessible to central administration, directors of postgraduate studies and supervisors. The life cycle of the research student and their personalised astrological suppository will be linked to an annual evaluation.

Capital Academicians recommends that at the start of the PhD process every student visits one of out approved astrologers. For more information visit this site: Do contact me if you are not a PhD student and would like to progress up the competency chart, thus escaping the astrological limits to your life! This innovative development at Weeengland would not have been possible without the assistance of Vitae ( who have helped to develop this amazing patented escape from the clutches of astrological limitation.

Dr Andy Wiles,

Impact Statistician, Capital Academicians

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