Vitae News - 2 September 2019

02/09/2019
Vitae News - 2 September 2019

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Breaking news:  Launch of new Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers announced

In an announcement by Professor Julia Buckingham CBE, Chair of the Concordat Strategy Group and Vice-Chancellor and President of Brunel University London, the launch date for the new Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers is confirmed for 12 September 2019 at the Universities UK (UUK) Annual Members' Conference.
 
“I look forward to the ensuing discussions and reception by the sector as we pass this significant milestone in the long-term ambition to drive systemic change and create the healthy and supportive culture needed to ensure our researchers are given every opportunity to thrive.” Professor Julia Buckingham CBE
 
The full update is available to read online, and further information will be published online following the launch.

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Opportunities to understand, engage, and discuss

Following the launch, there will be a number of events where you can hear more about this new version, and discuss the implications for you and your organisation, including -
 
For senior representatives of universities: The UUK Annual Members’ Conference on 12 September 2019 
 
For researchers
: The Second National Postdoc Meeting on 13 September 2019
 
Open to all: The Vitae Researcher Development International Conference on 16-17 September 2019
 
For Wales and the South-West region: An event hosted by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) on 16 October 2019 (details to be confirmed)
 
Representatives of the Concordat Strategy Group will be speaking at all the of above events, and limited print copies of the new Concordat and accompanying leaflets will be available to accompany the open access online versions.

The Concordat at the Vitae Conference

As a key topic for conference attendees supporting research staff and principal investigators in the UK, the Concordat will be discussed in a number of sessions through the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2019, including:

The Opening Plenary What is the future we are developing researchers for? will include discussion on the creation of a positive culture for researcher careers by Dr Anne-Marie Coriat, member of the Concordat Strategy Group on behalf of Wellcome (Day 1, 10.30 am)

Half-Plenary 2 Catalysing a culture shift in the development of research staff will open with a presentation by Professor Julia Buckingham CBE on how this new Concordat will be a lever for driving system change (Day 1, 3.05 pm)

Workshop C7, will be a mini-symposium on the Concordat, chaired by Professor Dianne Berry OBE, Chair of the Concordat Writing Group. In this workshop, a panel of speakers will give their key questions for the future implementation of the Concordat, followed by a world café style discussion.

Participants from across Europe may be interested in thinking about how this UK development links to the European Charter and Code, the HR Excellence in Research Award, and whether any learning can be drawn into their own local context.
 
The full programme of plenaries, workshops, special interest sessions, posters, and networking is available now, with sessions also open for booking via the conference app.

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