D2 - Does existing professional development provision match the language and context of arts and humanities researchers?

Day 2 at 13:40 - Does existing professional development provision match the language and context of arts and humanities researchers?
Day Day 2
Session D
Start time 13:40

Researcher developers

Code D2

Dr Katie Wheat, Training & Resources Development Manager, Vitae

Marie-Alix Thouaille, PhD candidate, University of East Anglia

Dr Ross English, University Lead on Doctoral Student Development, Kings College London

Dr Kieran Fenby-Hulse, Programme Manager, Early and Middle Career Researcher Development, Coventry University

Workshop overview:

The AHRC and British Academy’s Oakleigh report (2014) revealed issues of identity, career-uncertainty and lack of awareness or access to training and development provision by arts and humanities researchers immediately following their doctorate. The report suggested that early careers advice and support would be beneficial and that this should be led by the requirements of the early career researchers in question.

The language of researcher development can tend towards a scientific research career, compounding the issues of lack of awareness and lack of engagement. By making training and development, including resources such as the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF), more accessible to A&H researchers at an early stage in their career, it may help to mitigate some of the issues surfacing later.

Through this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to probe the challenges in more depth, to analyse their own provision in light of these challenges, and to explore the potential solutions to remove the barriers to engagement.

This workshop will kick-start a 6-month project looking at professional and career development for A&H researchers, including the differences in research context, training preferences, language and identity compared to STEM researchers. The feedback gathered during this workshop will inform the direction and outcomes of the 6-month project, potentially leading to new resources to support researcher development for A&H researchers across the sector.

Workshop topics covered:

  • Professional and career development provision for arts and humanities researchers
  • The language, context and identity of researchers in the arts and humanities
  • Use of the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) in and arts and humanities context

Themes covered:

  • Engaging research leaders, principal investigators and supervisors to transform professional development of researchers and embed professional development in the research environment
  • Developing a pipeline of research talent, including widening participation, strategies to attract and retain research talent, and approaches to mainstreaming equality and diversity for researchers in the research environment

Workshop outcomes:

  • Participants will have a deeper understanding of the career development issues facing arts and humanities researchers
  • The outcomes of the workshop may help to remove barriers to engagement with researcher development for arts and humanities researchers
  • Feedback gathered will inform a 6-month project into professional development in the arts and humanities, which aims to produce new resources available to the sector


Presentations, group activities and brainstorming