Vitae member update November 2021 (UK edition)

Vitae member November 2021

It was good to see so many of you at the Vitae Member Forums over the last few weeks and follow-up summaries will be shared in due course to expand upon different conversations from across the series. 

In this month’s message, there are several updates for our member community on upcoming events and opportunities for your attention. 

Connections: Policy & Practice 

Final preparations are underway for our online, day-long event for those supporting and leading the development of researchers, taking place on Tuesday 23 November. 

We are delighted to announce guest speakers: Dr Maria Arruda, Head of Researcher Development, University of Nottingham; Dr Andy Dixon, Deputy Director of Research and Innovation Services (Environment and Strategy), University of Portsmouth; and Dr Davina Whitnall, Researcher Development Manager, University of Salford. 

If you want to find out more about evaluating the impact of researcher development to inform institutional policy and practice, there are still places available at the event. 

Mental Health and Wellbeing in Structured Doctorates 

Speakers are also now being announced for our upcoming Mental Health and Wellbeing in Structured Doctorates event, taking place on Wednesday 1 December from 10.00-11.30am GMT.  

We are pleased to announce that Prof Jane Creaton, Reader in Higher Education, University of Portsmouth and Prof Jo Finch, Professor and Deputy Director, University of East London will be speaking at the event.  

This free member event will explore how the factors influencing the mental health and wellbeing of PGRs might impact differently on students undertaking a doctorate within a structured programme, such as a doctoral training partnerships, doctoral network, or professional doctorate.  

Festive networking event 

After another demanding year for researcher development, we warmly welcome you to attend our festive networking event on Thursday 9 December from 2.00-3.30pm GMT. 

With the success of last year’s event online, we’ll continue with this format and invite members from across our international community to join in the festivities. You can expect games, a quiz, opportunities for networking, and the chance to get your Christmas jumper out of the cupboard! 

IP for research events 

To build knowledge and skills of Intellectual Property amongst doctoral and early career researchers, we are recruiting eight institutions, or groups of institutions, across the UK to host a free 90-minute webinar each between January and March 2022. The webinars have been developed by the Intellectual Property Office in partnership with Vitae and deadline for applying to host one is Monday 22 November.  

We will also be running six live lectures for anyone not able to attend a hosted event, taking place during January and February. Please share information on the lectures with researchers in your networks. 

Sharing practice around career development for early career researchers 

Managers of researchers are formally expected to provide support for ECRs in their career development and progression, yet evidence of how this is done is not widely available and often only shared at a local level. 

We invite you to respond to this short survey by sharing your experience and ideas of how managers can provide this support. The survey’s findings will form part of a dedicated toolkit being produced by UKRI Future Leaders Fellows, Drs. Andy Guise and Katie Sheehan, in partnership with Vitae, as discussed at Connections Week 2021. The survey will close on Monday 13 December. 

People and Talent Strategy Advisory Panel Researchers Subgroup 
Applications are open for researchers to join the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), People and Talent Strategy Advisory Panel Researchers Subgroup. This is a good career development opportunity for researchers in your networks. The application deadline is 15 December 2021.  

Aidan Grimsley, Portfolio Manager – Skills and Careers Unit, BBSRC has written a useful blog to explain the value of researchers joining the subgroup.