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Ever wondered what research staff do when they move on from HE?

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Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2015

Award categories announced







The Equality Challenge Unit guides to the Every Researcher Counts

Vitae published a suite of 15 guidance documents by The Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) to accompany the Vitae Every Researcher Counts scenarios


Preparing for your professional development conversations, new guide for research staff

New guide for review meetings and action planning for research staff now available









72 UK institutions have retained the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award

Today Vitae confirms that a further 11 UK universities have retained the HR Excellence in Research Award...




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HR Excellence in Research Award: event report and slides now available

Event report, consultation and slides now available: HR Excellence in Research Award



Equality and Diversity: Actions for All

Today at the Equality and Diversity Conference organised by Vitae, we have announced ten Actions to improve the equality and diversity for research staff...





#ShareMyThesis competition launches

EThOS at the British Library launches #ShareMyThesis Twitter competition


What does leadership mean to you? 10 quick tips

In the run up to the new highly anticipated edition of our Leadership in Action programme, this coming March, here are a few tips on developing you leadership potential…


European research project on researcher careers

New survey explores careers of postdoctoral researchers


Vitae Membership Commences 1 January 2015

From 1 January 2015, Vitae’s new membership subscription service will take effect. Over 100 UK organisations have already joined, and we look forward to an exciting year of innovation in support of researcher development.


New training materials for research staff

Research Staff Futures: Supporting institutional step change in provision for research staff


Focus on moving on and up for research staff

New campaign focuses on careers of research staff...





The role of the doctorate in professional careers

Calls are now open for contributions to a one day interdisciplinary conference on ‘The role of the doctorate in professional careers’.


Vitae membership update

We are pleased to announce the names of over 100 institutions who will become Vitae members in January 2015



Got 3 minutes to spare? Want to learn something new?

Find out what happened at the Three Minute Thesis Final last week!


New report on Understanding the recruitment and selection of postgraduate researchers

New report was published during the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference



What do research staff do next?

Preliminary findings from the 'What do research staff do next project?' indicate staff researchers leave academia in search of job security...


Congratulations to THE Awards shortlisted institutions

The Times Higher Education Awards Committee has confirmed the names of universities shortlisted for the Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers.



Help us reach ex-researchers!

#PostAcStory survey




Final of the UK Three Minute Thesis (3MT® ) competition

An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present. Their time limit... 3 minutes


Vitae Conference announcement

We have just confirmed the following developments, which will be introduced at the Conference in September


Prize confirmed for the winner of the Three Minute Thesis UK Competition

An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present. Their time limit... 3 minutes


Become a Vitae member

Vitae is now inviting research organisations and universities to become Vitae members.


Meet the speakers at the CRAC’s 50th Anniversary

It’s just under two weeks until CRAC, Vitae’s parent organisation celebrates its 50th anniversary with a major careers event in Cambridge.


First look at Vitae Conference workshops and speakers

We are pleased to announce the first speakers and workshops confirmed at the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference taking place between the 9-10 September.



Senior and early career researchers wanted for review panel

The British Council are looking for researchers who would like to broaden their experience of peer review


Do you have any colleagues or employees who used to be university researchers?

New survey investigates what research staff do when they move out of academia


Meet the 19 external peer reviewers who will evaluate the UK HR Excellence in Research process

Today, Vitae is delighted to announce the names of 19 peer reviewers, selected for their complementary experience and expertise, who will undertake the external review of UK institutions’ progress and plans


Two more UK universities gain the HR Excellence in Research Award

Today Vitae confirms that two more UK universities have gained the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission.


Book now on Vitae regional events

...including a networking day for Midlands staff researchers, new career workshop for East of England staff researchers and Train the Trainer workshop for staff developers in South West and Wales and Midlands...


Invitation to CRAC’s 50th Anniversary

On 14 -15 July, CRAC, Vitae’s parent organisation is celebrating its 50th anniversary by hosting a major careers event in partnership with NICEC (the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling)


Inviting the researcher voice to Vitae's Open Space

Fee-exempt places for 6 researchers to attend the Vitae Open Space event, 19 June


JISC competition offers 5k to improve student life

Competition is open to postgraduate researchers


New career case studies published

RCUK has published research career case studies, designed to inspire those who are considering research as an occupation


Call for Vitae Conference programme content

Deadline to submit your workshop proposals is 16 June




Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) UK competition

1 slide, no props, 3 minutes…



Your enterprise questions answered

Follow-up to how to start a business after your PhD? Hangout


‘Growing the best and brightest: the drivers of research excellence’

Vitae welcomes a new independent report commissioned by The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS)



THE Awards are now open for entries

Now in their tenth year, the Times Higher Education Awards will be looking for outstanding examples of best practice during the 2012-13 academic year.


Cancer Research UK - new Concordat signatory

Vitae is delighted to announce that the Cancer Research UK has become the latest organisation to sign the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.


Working conditions and career development included in latest H2020 grant agreement

On 26 March the European Commission published a number of additional articles to the draft Horizon 2020 Grant Agreement.


Meet our Enterprise panelists...

Join researchers turned successful entrepreneurs for our first free #vitae14 Hangout on 20 March (Thursday) from 2pm GMT! Katie Wheat (of #ECRchat) will be joined by entrepreneurs, founders and educators spanning high-tech to social enterprise to discuss how to take the first steps towards building your own business and being more enterprising in your research.


The European Commission publishes report on certification for HR management of researchers

In 2013 the European Commission launched a feasibility study into the development of a certification mechanism for human resources management in Europe.



49 UK universities have demonstrated their continuing commitment to researcher development

...by retaining the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award at the two year stage.



Focus on Enterprise!

Seize opportunities to practise an enterprising mindset this March!


Welcome to the first phase of our new website

Today we are releasing the first phase of the new Vitae website.


HR Excellence in Research Award External Review

External review for UK announced, EURAXESS Roadshow



Understanding the recruitment and selection of postgraduate research students

CRAC (the Careers Research & Advisory Centre) and Vitae, supported by the International Centre for Guidance Studies at the University of Derby and in collaboration with the UKCGE, are commencing research work on behalf of HEFCE. This will gather qualitative information to build a picture, from an HE institutional perspective, of the market for prospective postgraduate research (PGR) students in England, how they are recruited and selected, and their role in the HE research base.




Happy New Year from Vitae!

With the new year fast approaching, we would like to take a few moments to highlight the upcoming developments for 2014 and reflect on our achievements this year.


International opportunities for researchers from the British Council

With the New Year fast approaching, Euraxess is calling on Early Career Researchers globally to apply for their Researcher Links workshops, taking place in 2014.




JSPS London Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers

Application Deadline: Thursday 5 December 2013 Fellowships must start between 1 May 2014 to 31st March 2015.









Research Council Common Terminology for Postgraduate Training

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has (7 August) set out Common Terminology for the different approaches to funding postgraduate training taken by the seven Research Councils to provide clarity and consistency for postgraduate students and higher education institutions.


Themes, initiatives and discussions at the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2013

We are delighted that a number of new initiatives, research and projects are being announced or discussed at the Vitae conference this year.