Vitae News - 26 February 2018

Vitae News - 26 February 2018

#vitaehangout: Making the most of PhD placements

Preparations are underway for our #vitaehangout 'Making the most of PhD placements' which takes place on Tuesday 20 March at 12-1pm GMT.

Our panel represents different perspectives ranging from those who have undertaken a placement to an institutional and funders view. Panellists include:
  • Steve Colburn, Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE)
  • Ysabel Gerrard, University of Sheffield - placement at Microsoft
  • Rob Hardwick, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
  • Rob Keegan, South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP) 
  • Sarah Middle, Open University/CHASE - placement at the British Library
The informative lunch hour will be a useful and effective investment of time. It's very easy to take part, just register your interest and you will be emailed a live YouTube link nearer the time in readiness for the event. Questions can be posted before or during the event for the panel to answer.


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Regional events

Our one-day neworking seminars open to member organisations are back. The free seminars, hosted by our Vitae regional representatives and member organisations, aim to facilitate networking and practice-sharing among the staff based at Vitae member organisations. Each region chooses a theme to focus their seminar on.

Anyone from a member institution with an interest in developing researcher developers can attend, particularly membership key contacts and those who can speak on behalf of their institiution.

Look out for announcements about your nearest seminar over the next month. We hope to see most member institutions represented where possible as it's your opportunity to feed into our annual programme; get updates from Vitae as well as find out what's happening in the sector.

First to be announced: East of England regional seminar on 29 May with the theme of 'Practice sharing in Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for supervisors'.

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regional seminar

Technicians Commitment

The Technician Commitmentis a university and research institution initiative, led by a steering group of sector bodies including Vitae, with support from the Science Council and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Technicians 'Make It Happen' campaign. The Commitment aims to ensure the following for  technicians, technologists and skills specialists working in higher education and research:
  • visibility
  • recognition 
  • career development 
  • sustainability 
  • evaluating impact 
Universities and research institutes are invited to become signatories of the Technician Commitment. It now has over 60 signatories who have access to a dedicated online resource and a vibrant community of practice. The next signatory event is on April 11th at the East Midlands Conference Centre.

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Technicians Commitment