Vitae Working Groups

Vitae Working Groups aim to influence the global research environment by giving members an opportunity to engage with a wide range of colleagues who have a stake in the policy and practice of researcher development. They will provide a platform for innovation, giving a greater voice to all members of the research environment. 

At the Vitae conference in September we announced the intention to launch a fourth working group on the topic of researcher networks. If you'd like to be involved in this working group please contact . The Researcher Networks Vitae Member Working Group will consist of doctoral candidates, researchers and staff who support researchers, to help share and develop knowledge.

You can stay up-to-date on news from Vitae Working Groups by registering to . If you're interested in joining as a Working Group member, you can register your interest here.  

Wellbeing and mental health working group

Wellbeing and mental health working group

The group has so far identified three key areas of focus:

  • mentoring
  • supervisor training
  • the impact of the professional doctorate.

The intention is to hold an event examining the impact of the professional doctorate in 2020, which will be hosted by Portsmouth University.

Further details to follow.

Continuous professional development for researcher developers working group

Continuous professional development for researcher developers working group

Following working group activities in 2019, including hosting a workshop at the Vitae conference, this group plan to produce a report highlighting:

  • The range of activities Researcher Developers undertake
  • CPD provision that is currently available to Researcher Developers
  • What gaps exist in CPD provision for Researcher Developers
  • Recommendations on what CPD provision is needed for Researcher Developers
Researcher careers working group

Researcher careers working group

This group is focusing on researcher career tracking and hope to support the collection of improved doctoral destinations data.

In addition, they are exploring how to facilitate the engagement of researchers in their career development.

The group met in December 2019 to consider next steps for taking this work forward. They are also looking to bring new members on board - you can register your interest here.

Researcher networks working group

Researcher networks working group

This working group is about supporting researchers to get involved in institutional policy and understand the research system.

To join the this Vitae Working Group you need to be a doctoral researcher, research staff and those who support them at a Vitae member organisation.