D1 - What does research independence mean for research staff?

Day 2 at 13:45 - What does research independence mean for research staff?
Day Day 2
Session D
Start time 13:45
Strand Research Staff
Code D1

Dr Katie Wheat - Training and Resources Development Manager, Vitae


During this workshop, participants will explore the meaning of independence as a researcher. For example, where and how does the transition take place from ‘recognised’ to ‘established’ researcher? How can this transition be supported? How do researchers profile and showcase themselves as having achieved independence? Is it important to make a distinction between ‘personal independence’ and research independence’?

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) will be used as a framework for this session, using a current draft of an ‘independent researcher’ lens, which will be shaped and built on by participants during this workshop.

Topics covered

  • An overview of the ‘independent researcher’ project background
  • Exploring the needs and expectations of research staff during the transition to independence
  • The Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) as a tool for identifying and developing the relevant knowledge, behaviours, and attributes of independent researchers

Workshop Themes

  • New approaches to enabling researchers to reach their potential and make powerful career choices
  • Working with PIs and supervisors to transform professional development for researchers and embed professional development in the research environment
  • Leadership development for researchers

Conference themes


  • Building institutional capacity for researchers’ professional development to maintain research excellence
  • Sustainable practice to support researcher skills, professional and career development


  • Understand the context for achieving and supporting research independence
  • A ‘research independence’ lens on the Vitae Researcher Development Framework


The session is a mixture of presentation, interactive discussion and activities