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.
The speakers include: 
  • Davina Whitnall, Postgraduate Skills Training Manger, University of Manchester
  • Natacha Wilson, Development and Innovation Consultant, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Geraint Wyn Story, Researcher Development Consultant, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Elise Glen, Researcher Development Coordinator, Institute of Cancer Research
  • Dr Amy Moore, Researcher Development Advisor, Institute of Cancer Research 
  • Dr Laura Fish, Higher Scientific Officer, Institute of Cancer Research
  • Shailesh Appukuttan, Technical Development Manager, University of Huddersfield 
  • Dr Richy Hetherington, Development Coordinator (Lecturer), Newcastle University
  • Dr Shailey Minocha, Professor of Learning Technologies and Social Computing, The Open University
  • Mr Steve Kendell, Associate Dean – Director, Widening Participation/Professional and Academic Development Advisor, University of Bedfordshire 
  • Dr Maria Kukhareva, Professional and Academic Development, University of Bedfordshire

Some of the workshops confirmed: 

  • Realising Researcher Potential – Introducing the CNA– Confidence Need Analysis! 
  • How embedded evaluation can secure the future of resource intensive researcher development programmes by enhancing: participant learning; course development and impact reporting 
  • A hidden resource for researcher developers: engaging and developing technical scientific staff
  • Developing experienced researchers’ use of technology: examining some critical issues 
  • Might increasing expectations limit the intrinsic attributes derived from a research degree? 
  • Ethical leadership in research
  • Supporting Widening Participation students in their transitions onto postgraduate and research study

The Vitae conference this year will also include:

  • The launch of the findings of the HEFCE funded project undertaken by CRAC ‘Understanding the recruitment and selection of postgraduate researchers by English HE institutions’
  • The launch of the findings of the HEFCE funded ‘International comparisons in postgraduate provision’ research
  • The publication of ‘Vitae occasional papers, volume 1: The Impact of Researcher Development’. A collection of papers based on workshops at the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference, 3-4th September 2013, Manchester UK
  • Access for conference participants to the International Journal of Researcher Development
  • The final of the UK 3 Minute Thesis competition which takes place before dinner with an RCUK sponsored prize of £3000 for the winner


Early bird booking discounts are available until Wednesday 16 July.

Book your place now!