Vitae leads and supports a range of communities to benefit our members including practice-sharing networks and working groups. We also facilitate advisory groups to inform key areas of work.
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Vitae Regional Hubs

Staff who support the development of researchers in the UK can join their Vitae Regional Hub.

Vitae Hubs:

  • promote researcher development
  • sustain a network, including support staff and academics
  • facilitate collaboration, events and flow of information
  • support engagement in national and international discussions

Join your Hub to make sure you are informed about relevant opportunities

Contact us if you are interested in hosting a Vitae Hub outside the UK.

“The Vitae Hubs …are the Researcher Developer Linked-In network” Researcher Developer, Loughborough University

UK Research Staff Association

“A fulfilling career for every researcher”

The UKRSA provides a collective voice for research staff across the UK. It works closely with Vitae to nurture research staff associations and inform policy

Projects and publications

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For those supporting researcher development

Connections. Opportunities for collaborative creativity and innovation to progress researcher development. Online forums, practice sharing events, training, webinars

ERC champions. Online forum. Stay informed and join discussions about equality and diversity in research

CROS and PIRLS JISC list Join the list to receive updates and essential information. More about the surveys

Impact and Evaluation Group. Evaluating the effectiveness of skills development in early career researchers

UK regional collaborative networks

Collaborations on researcher development (CoRD) – Creative meetings and online space

Midlands Hub RD forum – Practice-sharing opportunities for members of the Vitae Midlands Hub

Midlands Hub trainer exchange – Matching requests and offers of training between institutions in the UK Midlands region.

NW training programmes working group – Members share training courses for researchers and best practice in researcher development.

ScotHERD – The Scotland and Northern Ireland researcher developer practitioner group. Sharing practice and regional issues

South East researcher development forum (SERD) – Sharing good practice, resources and ideas

The Vitae researcher development advisory group

The group meets up to three times a year to provide expertise around researcher development issues and inform the strategy and practice of Vitae

Current members include representatives of researcher development practitioners, funders of research, and other relevant organisations

CROS and PIRLS steering group

The Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) and Principal Investigators and Research Leaders online Survey (PIRLS) measure progress in implementing support for researchers’ professional development

A steering group is responsible for the control and coordination of CROS and PIRLS in the UK, including the timing and frequency of operation

The group includes representatives from a cross-section of participating institutions and other key stakeholders