About Vitae membership

Vitae membership enables organisations with a stake in realising the potential of researchers to build capacity in developing research excellence, bringing benefits to research outputs, innovation, society and the economy.

Vitae’s place within the higher education community and our relationships with governments and other key stakeholders, enables us to contribute to and influence higher education policy relating to research and researcher developers, and advocate on our members’ behalf.

Membership provides full access to a wide range of resources including online materials, publications and reports, generous member discounts on all events and dedicated member only activities. 

Learn how to join as a Vitae member and become part of a collaborative and innovative network committed to developing researchers to their full potential.

Communicate your research

Communicate your research

1,200+ researchers from member institutions took part in Vitae Three Minute Thesis Competition in 2018

Find out more about 3MT 2019

Prepare for the competition by listening to podcasts and reading about effective communication for researchers. Our Public Engagement podcast is also very relevant to the competition.

Join the conversation

Join the conversation

Connect with likeminded researchers via Vitae’s digital network of Community groups

Follow us at @Vitae_news to get updates on cutting edge trainings, resources and trends in professional development for researchers

Contribute you voice to a live #vitaehangout, #vitaechat, and let us know your thoughts about the research environment at #vitae18

Demonstrate Impact

Demonstrate Impact

Access Vitae reports and publications for sector intelligence and benchmarking insights:

Share Best Practices

Share Best Practices

Attend Vitae events to network with colleagues from across the UK, Europe, America, Australasia and Japan to share evidence-based best practices.

Vitae Researcher Development International Conference, bringing together all those with a strategic and practical role in developing researchers

Connections: getting to grips Vitae’s annual professional development event for new researcher developers

Sign up to our Vitae Working Groups - creating a platform for innovation and providing a greater voice to all members of the research environment.

Read Annual Vitae programme 2018/19

Develop Yourself

Develop Yourself

Enhance your career and yourself through professional development opportunities.

Vitae Researcher Developer Mentoring Pilot launched to provide peer-to-peer mentoring across our network of researcher developers

Vitae is working with the Higher Education Academy (HEA) on development programmes and schemes tailored to address the Academic Professional Apprenticeship (APA) requirements in research and teaching

Professional recognition model for Researcher Developers using elements from the Vitae Career Framework for Researcher Developers (CFRD)

Shape Policy

Shape Policy

Partnering with policy leaders on the progress of the 10 year independent review of UK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers due in July 2018

Vitae supported over 40 member institutions with submission for the HR Excellence in Research Award

We are committed to providing member-informed responses to Consultations and Inquiries including:

  • QAA consultation UK Quality Code for Higher Education
  • Industrial Strategy
  • REF 2121
  • European Commission’s Public Consultation on next EU Research & Innovation
Build Capacity

Build Capacity

Supporting over 30 member institutions with funding bids from:

Read our building Capacity leaflet

Think Globally

Think Globally

With capacity building projects in over 20 countries, Vitae is committed to supporting researcher development in an increasingly competitive global environment

EURAXESS - working with European partners on interesctoral mobility

CIRCLE - working in sub-Saharan Africa to enhance researcher development capacity and support climate change Fellows to solve local and global challenges

La Caixa and Polonez - professional development programmes for doctoral and postdoctoral fellows in Spain and Poland