Getting the most from your Vitae membership

18/02/2015
Getting the most from your Vitae membership

There are now nearly 130 institutional Vitae membership organisations and we are delighted to be working with each of you to develop world-class researchers! In order to maximise the benefits of membership for you and your institution, please take a few moments now to:

Vitae website and membership directory


It’s worth taking five minutes now to register and complete your Vitae profile. This will ensure you can access all the online Vitae resources and utilise the Membership Directory.
 
Register on the website using your institutional (.ac.uk) email address and you will automatically be able to access the members-only content.
 
After registering, take a few moments to complete your website profile. (Note: This works best in Chrome).  

  • Log in to the website (or register, if you haven’t already)
  • Click on your name in the upper right-hand corner, and select View Profile
  • Click the Edit Profile button
  • Enter your first name and surname as the Display Name
  • Upload a photo
  • Enter your Job Title
  • Select a role
  • Tick Publish my profile so that you will appear in the membership directory
  • Please add some details in About me
  • Click save

The Membership Directory is only viewable to Vitae members. The directory will be an excellent tool to showcase the diverse talents and experiences of the Vitae network and facilitate your networking opportunities, as well as provide an opportunity to raise your own profile.
 
The second phase of the Membership Directory will include listings of Vitae Associate members, who are trainers, consultants, and other external providers of researcher development-related provision. This will be launched later this spring.


 

Vitae Member Community


Network, share practice and collaborate to realise the potential of researchers
 
Vitae are unveiling the Vitae Member Community, an online network for our members to share practice, discuss the latest policy developments, innovate, and collaborate!
 
Discussions have already begun, so join today to get the latest updates, ask and answer questions, and share practice with others.
 
The Community is for all members and will grow to match your interests and needs. As this is a community by members and for members, please do take an active role in developing the groups and discussion fora.
 


To join Vitae Member Community:

  • Register to the Vitae website using your institutional email address
  • Register to the Vitae Member Community using your institutional email address
  • The Community Administrator will verify your membership and then give you access to the Community platform
  • Login and click My Page. In the Options drop-down menu, you can edit your profile, upload photo, and upload a cover photo
  • Note: The profile in Vitae Member Community is separate from your Vitae website profile. It is your Vitae website profile that will appear in the Membership Directory
  • Join Groups you are interested in
  • Click on the Forum page in each group and then click Follow to receive email notifications when there is a new discussion started
  • Join a current discussion or start your own on the Forum page in the relevant group

Further details and instructions are available once you have logged in to the Vitae Member Community. Questions? Please contact us.


 

Upcoming events


Vitae Member Regional Meetings

In collaboration with our regional hosting institutions, we are busy planning the first annual Vitae members’ regional meetings taking place across the UK in March. Each meeting will provide an analysis on the implications of UK and European policy on excellence in researcher development, as well as giving participants a chance to input into relevant policy. Guest presenters will stimulate discussion with provocations reflecting on challenges and opportunities in the research environment. Don’t miss this important networking opportunity and chance to inform future Vitae strategy and activity for our members’ benefit. Book your place now.
 


Coming soon
Keep an eye out for details on these upcoming online events!
 
3 Minute Thesis webinar: You’ve asked, and we listened! Aimed at researchers planning to enter their institutions 3MT competition, participants will learn how to identify the thesis key message, relay this message succinctly, hear hints and tips from 2014 judge/finalist, and improve presentation/communication skills.

Focus on: A quarterly theme to highlight relevant resources and information. We are currently focusing on Moving on and moving up for research staff. The next theme is equality and diversity in researcher careers, and will include a Google Hangout to take place on 26 March to cover the Every Researcher Counts materials.