Vitae Conference initiatives announced

We are delighted that a number of new initiatives, research and projects are being announced at the Vitae conference this year. These include:
  • a range of international perspectives at the conference in the plenary, workshop sessions, and the research strand, including Australia, the United States, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden
  • a new Higher Education Academy (HEA) good practice guide of how institutions have used the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) for enhancement, including a range of illustrative case studies
  • an update on the Vitae Researcher Development Framework implementation and international validation projects, including the launch of a new online RDF planner for pilot in the autumn for institutions
  • a new report from the European Science Foundation on the Feasibility Study to assess the applicability across Europe of a generic framework for the professional development of researchers based on the Vitae Researcher Development Framework through focus groups with researchers in six countries.
  • latest information on the implementation and benchmarking of the Concordat, including the announcement of the latest UK institutions to gain the HR Excellence in Research Award
  • an update from the UK Research Staff Association, the US National Postdoc Association and the new International Consortia of Research Staff Associations
  • a dedicated ‘research strand' in partnership with the International Journal for Researcher Development providing an opportunity for those carrying out research in this area to present their work. Proceedings from the research strand of the conference will be published in a special edition of the journal after the conference, subject to the normal peer review processes of the journal
  • the latest data on the longitudinal career paths of doctoral graduates based on the HESA destination data as part of the ‘What do researchers do?' research series
  • the opportunity to contribute to two projects to ensure the Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) and Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS) are well aligned to the needs and experiences of respondents and institutions
  • an update on Vitae's plans and future developments