C10 - Developing yourself and developing others

Day 2 at 11:00 - This workshop illustrated the importance of personal development to researcher developers and how they could develop others through this process. The idea came as a result of a connection event organised by Vitae, where researcher developers expressed the importance for continued personal development and career progression.

We encouraged researcher developers to address their personal development through practical projects and experience that enabled them not only to develop themselves through further skills and expertise but also to develop and inspire others.

This can be achieved through activities such as volunteering, which enables researcher developers and researchers to demonstrate knowledge and skills that are not necessarily developed through their current work and helps them become more effective and attractive in the job market.

The importance of continuing professional development for researcher developers is embedded in Vitae's MAPIT framework designed in collaboration with AUA, which articulates the professional skills of researcher developers. Strand - All Researchers (practice).
Day Day 2
Session C
Start time 11.00
Strand All Researchers (practice)
Code C10
Presenters Ms Daniela Bultoc - Skills Development Programme Manager, University College London
Mr Paul Toombs - Personal and Career Development Consultant, Vitae Associate
Ms Sally Veitch - Postgraduate Researcher and Academic Support Tutor, Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr Jo Cordy - Development Adviser, Queen Mary, Unviersity of London


The session covered:

  • how volunteering can be fulfilling, perhaps challenging and rewarding for personal development
  • shared personal experiences from researcher developers and researchers who have volunteered
  • talking about the benefits of volunteering to the individual, to the organisation and the institution
  • shared examples of volunteering programmes
  • how volunteering gives you responsibility, recognition, learning and joy
  • how volunteering is a sustainable practice to support researcher skills, professional and career development.


  • had a greater awareness of how volunteering can be part of personal development
  • became inspired to volunteer themselves and encourage others to volunteer.


Information, interaction and discussion.