Dr Katie Wheat

OrganisationA photo of Dr Katie Wheat, Head of Higher Education Engagement


Job title

Head of Engagement and Policy


Dr Katie Wheat is Head of Engagement and Policy at Vitae, leading world class researcher development to realise the potential of researchers. Through her leadership of Vitae membership and Vitae Connections Week, as well as work to support the Researcher Development Concordat, Katie engages with stakeholders across the research ecosystem to advocate for the importance of researcher career and professional development for the benefit of individuals and ultimately society.

Particular areas of interest include demonstrating the impact of researcher development and addressing pervasive barriers to a healthy research culture, such as equality of opportunity, precarious employment and wellbeing. Her role in Research integrity: a landscape study provided an opportunity to explore these barriers in the context of research integrity as well as the relationship between integrity and culture.

Before joining Vitae in 2014, Katie was a postdoctoral researcher in psychology and cognitive neuroscience at Maastricht University, during which time she co-founded the #ECRchat online peer-mentoring community for early career researchers.

Twitter: @KL_Wheat

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/