Vitae Programme 2017/18

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The Vitae Annual Programme aims to continuously advance the researcher development profession to realise the potential of researchers through collaboration, innovation and reflecting sector needs.

The Annual Programme addresses the needs of our membership and therefore adds value to the sector as a whole; organisations and researchers at all levels. It achieves this by informing and catalysing our community, enabling networking and sharing of best practice to create efficiencies in the pursuit of excellence in researcher development for the research base.

'Focus on' themes for researchers

Focus on: Getting started during September

  • Share popular content to help new researchers make the best start with their doctorate or research contract
  • Join the Twitter #Vitaechat
  • For staff supporting researchers, look out for highlights from the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2017, 11 & 12 September, Birmingham

Focus on: An inclusive research environment from October to December

  • Consider inclusivity in the research environment to ensure that ‘Every Researcher Counts’
  • Listen to our podcast for researchers recorded at the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2017
  • Ask the experts in our live #Vitaechat

Focus on: Realising your potential from January to March

  • Support researchers to see the value of professional development
  • Engage researchers in your development more effectively and in a sustainable way
  • Look out for our new collaborative ‘How to . . .’ series for researchers

Focus on: Research leadership, independence and management from April to June

  • Examine what it takes for early-to-mid-career researchers to reach the next level in an academic career
  • Researchers can join our live online #Vitaehangout and #Vitaechat for expert opinions and Q&A on the topic

Focus on: Careers beyond academia from July to August

  • Ask ‘what do researchers do next?’ and ‘how can you achieve your career goals?’
  • Connect with peers and get advice through our careers surgery webinar series and live #Vitaechat

Continuing professional development for researcher developers

Vitae Connections

Professional and career development for researcher developers

  • Updates and next steps from the Vitae Mentoring for Researcher Developers pilot
  • A ‘Getting to Grips’ event in the summer for staff with new responsibility for researcher development www.vitae.ac.uk/gettingtogrips2018
  • New reports and resources to help researcher developers keep up to date with current trends and policy, and engage their researchers on the ‘Focus On’ themes www.vitae.ac.uk/focus-on

Vitae Networks, Have your say

Look out for national and international opportunities to share practice, discuss challenges and opportunities, and engage with Vitae on trends and priorities in researcher development

  • Join our practice-sharing event in January 2018
  • From February to May 2018, look out for our annual series of regionally hosted network meetings. Free to members, the aim of these is to facilitate networking and practice-sharing amongst the staff based at Vitae member organisations. They are also a key way to influence the Annual Programme for the coming year

Policy and Impact 

Stay informed with regular updates and commentary from Vitae

  • Engage with experts at a policy forum event in May 2018
  • Share your opinions and ideas through consultations
  • Contribute to the national and international understanding of researcher development through the Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS), the Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS) and the HR Excellence in Research Award