A6 - What researchers do when they move out of higher education

Day 1 at 15:20 - This workshop will present the initial results of a Vitae project, in collaboration with Naturejobs, ‘What do research staff do next’ that is exploring the careers of researchers who have been employed as research staff.

Particularly the project aims to use career stories to develop a better understanding of how researchers transition from research posts at European universities and public research institutes to career paths in other employment sectors. It explores the tipping points in their careers, why they decided to leave academic research and how they achieved this. The project will create a valuable resource for researchers looking at careers outside research in higher education, which will help them make more informed career decisions.

Presentation from Workshop A6


Day Day 1
Session A
Start time 15:20
Strand Research Staff
Code A6

Dr Janet Metcalfe - Chair and Head, CRAC/Vitae                           

Julie Gould -  Naturejobs Web and Advertorial Editor, Naturejobs                                       


The session will cover:

  • an overview of the project approach, progress and the next stages
  • emerging results from the survey, including the main reasons for leaving higher education, the competencies they are using in their current employment and the advice they would give current research staff

Participants will:

  • have the opportunity to examine the initial results and input to the next stages of the project
  • explore how the outcomes from the project can be used within institutions to support research staff career decisions.
  • learn about the range of careers of former research staff


Information, interaction and discussion.