How we work with your organisation

So your institution has Vitae organisational membership. How do you stay in touch with the network?

We want to keep our members informed, to consult on the direction we take and to create opportunities to share ideas and collaborate.

Key contacts

When your organisation takes Vitae membership, you put forward three key contacts (one 'senior' and two 'operational') who take responsibility for our contract with you and for disseminating membership information within your organisation. Your key contacts have a designated Vitae membership contact, .

Helping shape the programme

Member organisations and their staff will be offered opportunities to influence our whole programme of events and resource development.

The best way to achieve this will be discussed at the time of taking up membership and may be dependent on your geographic location and current needs from membership.

In the UK, where we have the most member organisations, we've established a system of Regional Representatives who liaise with us and act as advisors to contribute to the development of strategy, provide an institutional perspective and highlight priorities from members in their regions. We hold a series of networking seminars annually where members with responsibility for researcher development can share practice and help shape our programme of activity for the coming academic year. All members will be given a chance to feed in their suggestions for topics before we launch the next programme at our September conference.

to find out how you can feed in your views as a member organisation.

Collaboration

From time to time we will offer opportunities to be involved in discussions and projects on specific themes or topics. This can happen via consultations, online Member Community groups and at themed Vitae events.

We also encourage network members to initiate collaborative projects. The Vitae Member Community and Membership Directory and events such as those in our Connections series are there to help facilitate collaborative working. If you have an idea for a researcher development activity and are having difficulty identifying others who may want to work with you, .

Keeping you informed

When you register on our website using your institutional email address (so that we can recognise you as a member), you have the opportunity to sign up for regular updates from us. If you've already registered but didn't subscribe to updates, to ask to be included.