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. 

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.

Researcher networks working group

Researcher networks working group

This working group is thinking about how we can support researcher networks and communities through resources, events and initiatives which can engage them in being part of institutional bodies.

Challenges include:

  • how to start a new researcher community or network
  • engaging with groups who are not campus based, or where an institution has multiple campuses
  • maintaining momentum when key group members have to step away
  • how to engage those that don't ordinarily participate
  • diversity and inclusion within networks