Workshop application form

Proposal deadline: Monday 4 June 2018 at 17:00

Guidelines for your workshop proposal
Workshops proposals must:

  • Clearly state aims and intended learning outcomes for participants
  • Provide a clear abstract of not more than 250 words
  • Demonstrate novel approaches to delivering a planned, structured, interactive session
  • Show how the workshop addresses at least one theme outlined above.

Workshop formats There will be two different formats of workshop:

  1. A 55 minute workshop addressing an area of policy or providing information and discussion on a researcher development policy related topic. These workshops will run on Monday 17 September.
  2. An 80 minute ‘interactive’ workshop addressing an area of practice in researcher development. These workshops will run on Tuesday 18 September.

Conference and workshop themes

The Vitae Conference is the only dedicated event that brings together all those with a strategic and practical role in developing researchers. Last year's event saw over 400 participants, the largest number yet, from the UK and internationally, including pro-vice-chancellors, heads of faculty, heads of graduate schools, HR directors, careers advisors, staff developers and trainers. Participants at the conference will: 

  • explore the political context and instruments to attract and retain highly skilled researchers, and drive research excellence including the outcomes of the independent UK Concordat review
  • enhance organisational capacity for innovative professional researcher development
  • meet the future development needs of researchers for a wide range of careers in and beyond academia
  • evidence the value of researchers and researcher development and their impact on research and innovation outputs, researcher careers, economic prosperity and society 

Taking account of the conference themes, proposals should address at least one of the following areas and should emphasise innovative practice, evidence and impact.

  • Innovations in doctoral training programmes; new modes of delivery; delivering at scale, doctoral training centres/ partnerships, Innovative Training Networks (ITNs) and other cohort-based models
  • Research staff and supply of talent; strategies and practice, developing a pipeline of research talent through strategies to attract and retain researchers
  • Employability of researchers; enabling career transitions, championing the breadth of researcher careers and encouraging intersectoral mobility
  • Research environment and culture; shaping an inclusive research environment; wellbeing and mental health, gender equality and diversity research integrity and open research
  • Engaging research leaders, principal investigators and supervisors in professional development and nurturing the careers of researchers
  • Continuing professional development of those involved in the development of researchers

We strongly recommend that you view the example workshop description before completing this form.

Critical dates for proposing a workshop

The deadline for proposing a workshop is 17.00 on Monday 4 June 2018.

We will let you know whether your proposal has been successful by Monday 2 July 2018. If successful, the information you have provided will be published for participants.

Information on workshop presenters’ conference rates

  1. Workshop presenters are entitled to a full residential conference place at a discounted rate. This cannot be combined with any other discount. However Vitae membership discount still applies.
  2. The reduced rate is restricted to a maximum of two workshop presenters per submission.  If a third workshop presenter wishes to attend the full conference they will be charged the full conference rate. 
  3. If your workshop proposal is successful, all workshop presenters will be asked to book their conference place online.
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Workshop collaborations   Where workshop submissions are complementary, Vitae may wish to bring several contributors together to provide a broader overview of the topic.