New events: Early Bird opens

Two new Vitae events will take place in June. Join us to discuss researcher careers.

Researcher development for non-linear career paths

7 June 2016, Birmingham

How can we, together, support researchers in accessing professional development provision for all, in light of the many routes into, through, and out of a doctoral degree?

We are delighted to open Early Bird bookings to a new Vitae event on the theme of Researcher development for non-linear paths.

There is no single path through a research career, such as, from undergraduate degree, to PhD, to postdoc, to professor. Doctoral candidates may have many years of professional experience, or complete their doctorates part-time or by distance-learning. This creates unique opportunities for researchers to bring their professional experience into their research, or to combine their research with other commitments, but also creates challenges for researcher developers in meeting the needs of this diverse population.

This one-day event will explore a series of thought-provoking topics, including: 

  • providing appropriate resources and support for part-time and distance-learners
  • understanding the challenges and opportunities for developing researchers with extensive professional experience
  • researcher development provision for university teaching and professional staff undertaking a doctorate
  • preparing researchers for diverse future career directions, such as, portfolio careers, self-employment and entrepreneurship, transitions to other sectors, combining practice and scholarship, etc.

Vitae Member discount available

BOOK by 27 May - Save ££ on your place

Future Directions for the development of researchers: Next Generation of Leaders in Scotland

1 June, University of Stirling

Does the national climate enable and empower early career academics, research staff and doctoral researchers to meet their leadership potential?

Do the available development opportunities respect and include the diversity of individuals and the diversity of future career paths?

Building on successful leadership events in January and April 2016, The Scottish Funding Council, University of Stirling and Vitae are thrilled to bring you the 'Future Directions for the development of researchers: Next Generation of Leaders in Scotland'.   

This event will look at the development of research leaders through cohort building, cross-sectoral networks, and collaborative approaches. Speakers and participants will explore how to foster excellence in leadership development in Scotland, including case studies of what is already being done and considering what more could be done to push this agenda forward.

This event is open to all stakeholders in the professional development of researchers as aspiring leaders, including researcher developers, staff developers, careers advisors, research managers, representatives of funding councils and charities, supervisors and principal investigators, senior academics and managers.

Vitae Member discount available

BOOK by 30 April - Save ££ on your place