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This lens is for researchers in engineering and technology who aspire to achieve Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. It provides a bridge between the Vitae Researcher Development Framework and the competence and commitment standard for CEng status that is set out in UK-SPEC1, published by the Engineering Council. The CEng title is awarded to those who can demonstrate the requirements published in UK-SPEC, and the assessment process includes a review of submitted documentary evidence. Evidence can be derived from a range of sources, for example research, managing research contracts, industry-related activity, taught modules and public engagement. This lens demonstrates the strong link between the UK-SPEC requirements for CEng and the development of an engineering researcher’s knowledge, understanding, skills, competence and attributes. It is intended to help researchers to make these links and assist them in identifying elements of their research activity that could demonstrate CEng competence. It can also be used as a professional development tool/planner to identify further areas of development. Gathering evidence around Phases 2 and 3 in the RDF will help in demonstrating CEng competence.