Doing research

Advice and resources related to doing a PhD, supervising a PhD, working as a member of research staff or developing as a PI.


Doing a doctorate

Doing a doctorate

Advice for doctoral candidates

Routemaps for new researchers

Starting a doctorate – key relationships, planning your project, common challenges…

During your doctorate – raising your profile, managing yourself, staying positive…

Completing your doctorate – writing as you go, viva checklist, finishing…

Part-time researchers on film

Listen to our online hangouts on topics such as make a successful start in your research, get your voice heard and boost your career and develop your profile in and outside academia.

Take part in our Vitae Three Minute Thesis, Vitae research communication competition

Research Staff

Research Staff

Advice for research staff

Starting a job: probation

Your responsibilities as a researcher

Professional development review

Moving on

How 10 researchers have used the Vitae Researcher Development Framework

What do research staff say about their experience? The Careers in Research Online Survey runs every two years in the UK

Vitae Researcher Futures. Steer a course through the early years of a research career. Download materials for these courses and more from our library of resources

Supervising a doctorate

Supervising a doctorate

Advice for supervisors on supporting candidates.

In the early stages – positive relationships…

As they progress – keeping on track…

During the final stages – writing, viva, career support…

Supporting disabled doctoral researchers – fieldwork, academic networks, writing support…

See our forthcoming events listing or request event mailings

Browse presentations, reports and other outcomes from past researcher developer events

Vitae Researcher Futures. Steer a course through the early years of a research career. Download materials for these courses and more from our library of resources

Wellbeing & mental health

Wellbeing & mental health

To produce world-class research, we must provide a healthy and supportive research environment that allows researchers to flourish.

Read our dedicated wellbeing and mental health page for a wealth of resources on this subject.

Read our new leaflet to find out why it is important; the populations at risk; what institutions can do; and what next for Vitae.

Equality and diversity in researcher careers

Resources and support for disabled researchers

Institutional case studies examining specific issues and support techniques

Training materials based on a variety of challenging scenarios, most around managing researchers

Actions for All. Ten actions to improve equality and diversity in research

Open Research

Open Research

We have put together a comprehensive collection of useful resources relating to Open Research.

These pages have been developed to coincide with Open Access week and include a 15 minute open research podcast Vitae made in conjunction with Taylor & Francis.

Click here to find out more.

Research directors and PIs

Research directors and PIs

Leadership development for new and aspiring PIs

PIs on mentoring research staff - short videos

See our overview of resources to help you support your researchers

Experience survey of PIs and research leaders. Read the latest PIRLS report

Search the site for advice to recommend to your researchers. Wide-ranging topics include getting funding, research ethics, authorship and time management