Vitae News - 19 January 2018

Vitae News - 19 January 2018

EPSRC has call for new CDT and the contribution of researcher development

EPSRC has launched the call for new CDT (Centres for Doctoral Training) ‘in areas where both breadth and depth of research training are required to address UK skills needs at the doctoral level. EPSRC expects to commit up to £492M (subject to budget confirmation) to support in the region of 90-120 CDTs subject to quality across the Engineering and Physical Science landscape.’

CDT proposals should:
  • Ensure a forward-looking, ambitious portfolio of research training which makes a positive difference for the UK;
  • Protect the UK’s long-term capability and foster an expansion of multidisciplinary research;
  • Secure leverage in order to maximise the benefit of public funds;
  • Train the next generation of UK leaders for industry, research organisations and elsewhere
 In terms of researcher development, in line with the RCUK Diversity Principles, EPSRC expects that ‘ED&I is embedded at all levels and in all aspects of research and training practice’, and ‘enhanced training’ provision to include: 
  • Responsible Research and Innovation
  • Impact and translation
  • User engagement
  • Wider training experience  
A dedicated webpage packed with the many relevant and useful Vitae resources will be published by Wednesday 24 January.

Vitae can provide broad cross sector and international perspectives on researcher development so get in touch if you would to discuss further. 

Last chance to book your place at 'Preparing Researchers for an Unknown Future'

If you want to secure your place at our 'Preparing Researchers for an Unknown Future' next week, please register as soon as possible as the last places are currently available on a first-come first-served basis. 

The event cleverly combines three very relevant strands of open research, intersectoral engagement and mobility and work/life balance, wellbeing and mental health and boasts a very credible line up of speakers. 

There will be some valuable dicussion and networking opportunities between a range of participants representing institutions from both inisde and outside the UK.

New report from National Postdoctoral Association

The National Postdoctoral Association has released a new report revealing some interesting findings. The report, based on a 2016 survey of 130 association member institutions from the US who employ postdoctoral researchers has recommended:
  • increased support for offices of postdoc affairs 
  • better pay and benefits equal to those of other campus employees and campuses
  • establish more generous parental leave and other family-friendly policies
  • track the careers of past postdocs
The report is available to read in full below.