Vitae News - 29 March 2018

Vitae News - 29 March 2018

Member regional seminars: Scotland and Northern Ireland and East of England

Bookings are underway for the Scotland and Northern Ireland member regional seminar: 'supporting resilience at different academic stages' taking place on Monday 21 May 2018 at the Strathclyde Business School and for the East of England member regional seminar 'Practice sharing in Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for supervisors' taking place on Tuesday 29 May at the Bradfield Centre, Cambridge. 

The events are part of our series of free seminars aimed at facilitating networking and practice-sharing and is open to all members regardless of region.

Look out for more member regional seminars being announced soon.

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£1.5M fund money awarded to UK institutions

Catalyst Fund money of 1.5 million has been awarded by Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to 17 universities in England to improve support for the mental health and wellbeing of postgraduate researchers. Vitae is delighted to be collaborating with some of the awarded institutions. 

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ESRC report identifies skills gap

In a recent report the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) have identified several key skills gaps in social sciences that will help prioritise the direction of future research training and consequently improve the UKs social science potential.

Vitae responded to the consultation and looks forward to working with the ESRC and the community on next steps as well as exploring how the Researcher Development Framework (RDF) can help social scientists develop the skills and competencies they need to help meet the gap.

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Naturejobs have posted a recent blog highlighting the drop in female leadership at the world’s top 200 universities.

Expressing concern in the overall trend in low gender representation at top university positions Dr Janet Metcalfe, Head of Vitae says: “There should be more gender equality at the highest levels. More women in leadership positions provides positive role models for female academics and can encourage better gender balance and diversity at all levels.”

Vitae in the news

A separate article by Nature Career News focuses on the high employability of candidates gaining a PhD and reports some interesting statistics from career tracking analysis that has taken place. Dr Janet Metcalfe, Head of Vitae says: " PhD recipients should feel confident in their career potential, especially if they are willing to look beyond universities."

Read Naturejobs blog

Read Nature Career News article