Vitae News: Global & UK researcher development progress including first OBE! - December 2019

Vitae News: Global & UK researcher development progress including first OBE! - December 2019


First OBE awarded for researcher development

The first ever OBE for researcher development was presented to Dr Janet Metcalfe, Head of Vitae last month, for her contribution to higher education through researcher development practice and policy globally. It is an exciting acheivement for our community which we hope will increase awareness and understanding around the importance of researcher development in the future.


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Janet said: "I feel it is also recognition for all my colleagues, friends and family who have supported me in my career and contributed to achieving so much for the career development of researchers".

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UK progress on researcher development this year

One of the biggest updates in the sector within the UK this year was without doubt the launch of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers by the Concordat Strategy Group (CSG).
Commonly known as the Researcher Develoment Concordat, it established the necessary conditions for researchers to flourish and help deliver the UK’s economic and industrial strategies.

Analysis of the consultation survey results was conducted by Vitae on behalf of the CSG, and provided critical insights into the creation of the revised Concordat. 

Look out for an update on Concordat Signatories in the new year.

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Researcher development on a global scale

Our unique position in the HE community attracts many speaking opportunities at global events, where we can help contribute and influence researcher development and policy at an international level.
It has been a pleasure to speak at several international events this year, including:
  • An exciting 'virtual' pre-recorded speaker appearance for the Australian Council for Graduate Research mental health and wellbeing forum, speaking about the wellbeing of postgraduate researchers in the UK
  • The League of European Research Universities (LERU) conference around careers of researchers inside and outside academia
  • European University Association EUACDE Annual Meeting, illustrating key points to prepare doctoral candidates for a more open research environment
  • The Norwegian doctoral education conference in Oslo, focusing on the link between researcherdevelopment and wellbeing
The Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2019 attracted participants from 18 countries and served as a dynamic platform for knowledge exchange and practice-sharing within the sector.

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We look forward to working with our community next year and meeting many of you at events and conferences.


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End of year message

Last but not least, we send seasons greetings and thank you for your support, enthusiasm and collaboration during 2019. Happy new year!