B2 - Pathways to chartership: career progression and professional recognition in multi-disciplinary CDTs

Day 1 at 16:40 - Pathways to chartership: career progression and professional recognition in multi-disciplinary CDTs
Day Day 1
Session B
Start time 16:40
Room Oxford
Doctoral Researchers
Code B2

David Coates, Chair RSB Accreditation Committee, University of Dundee

Paul Trimmer, Head of Accreditation, Royal Society of Biology

Robyn Henriegel, Accreditation and Professional Standards Manager, Institute of Physics

Toby Underwood, Accreditation Manager, Royal Society of Chemistry

Alison Mitchell, Director of Development, Vitae

Jen Reynolds, Professional Development Manager, Vitae

Workshop overview:

"Chartered status demonstrates your commitment to your professional development which is valued by both individuals and employers helping to shape your future career." – Hilary Jeffreys, Chair of Admissions Committee, Royal Society of Chemistry

A new Pathways to Chartership Lens will be launched at this workshop providing a bridge between professional development of doctoral researchers using the Vitae RDF in multidisciplinary CDTs and the competence and commitment for professional pathways to achieve recognition as Chartered Biologist (CBiol), Chartered Chemist (CChem) or Chartered Physicist (CPhys).

In a crowded market, you need to do everything you can to stand out. Chartered status demonstrates a commitment to professional development and provides professional recognition of your competence in skills, knowledge and experience as recognised by your peer group and which is highly regarded by employers.

Vitae has been working in collaboration with the Royal Society of Biology, Institute of Physics and Royal Society of Chemistry to develop the Lens. The aim of the collaboration is to empower researchers in science to focus on the key areas that are important to demonstrate a successful career. 

The new RDF Lens enables researchers to use their professional development as a researcher to work towards Chartered status with the Royal Society of Biology, Royal Society of Chemistry or Institute of Physics and to consider career progression in a broader professional context. Previous work with the Engineering Council also created a Professional Pathway Lens on the RDF. 

This workshop will help participants consider how to facilitate progression to Chartership through researcher development using the RDF Pathways to Chartership Lens.

Workshop topics covered:

This workshop will cover:

  • why professionalism is important and an outline of our concept – why it has come about
  • professional recognition in general – the assessment process (evidence based) and outcome
  • consideration of multidisciplinary CDTs, hence the collaboration and linking to the RDF
  • the service our collaboration provides to researchers in their career
  • an introduction to the lens
  • consideration of your current CDT researcher development and how you could map training through the lens to facilitate Charterships.

Workshop outcomes:

By the end of the workshop, participants will: 

  • have considered the importance of professionalism and understand the concept behind the collaboration for the Pathways to Chartership Lens
  • understand the assessment process and outcomes of professional recognition
  • have considered how to facilitate Charterships using the Pathways to Chartership Lens within own researcher development context (CDT).


Presentation and interactive activities.