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Leadership for reseachers
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Leadership for reseachers

Make the most of high level research knowledge and skills by fostering the skills and behaviours practiced by good leaders.

New campaign will focus on leadership resources and activities between now and 1 May

Leadership in researcher development: Vitae Connections
Call for Content

Leadership in researcher development: Vitae Connections

Vitae is inviting submissions for the next event in the Vitae Connections series: Leadership in researcher development. Send your proposals by 8 February 2016

Supporting the leadership development of early career researchers and academics
New resource

Supporting the leadership development of early career researchers and academics

Vitae is pleased to publish a new resource on the good practice in effective performance management by academic and research leaders in the development of early career academics and research staff

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Preparing for Leadership - new training programme

We are delighted to announce a new publication in the Vitae Library of Resources.


Congratulations to THE Awards shortlisted institutions

We would like to congratulate universities which have been shortlisted in the Vitae-sponsored category for Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers.


Open research needs open researchers

Researchers are becoming increasingly more ‘open’ in their research, through open access publication, open data, and their social media presence. What is the impact on the professional development of researchers as they navigate the open research environment? How do these changing expectations impact the role of researcher developers?


Recent articles on the Vitae Member Community

Recent articles on the Vitae Member Community



NEW: resources for Research Directors and Principal Investigators

Vitae has developed a range of new resources to support those who manage and mentor researchers as part of their role.























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...




CROS and PIRLS open 1 March

Register your intent to participate



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