Vitae News: 3MT sponsor announced, working from home & virtual events & activities - March 2020



Welcome to the March Vitae News. We hope you are keeping safe and well. This month’s edition includes our latest virtual events, as well as practice-sharing tips on protecting wellbeing and mental health during these difficult times.
The latest information, support and any changes to upcoming activities in light of coronavirus (Covid-19), can be found on our new dedicated page

 Vitae 3MT® competition 2020

3MT® sponsor announced

We are delighted that Taylor & Francis are sponsoring the Vitae 3MT® competition 2020 and look forward to working together on another exciting competition.

The competition, developed by the University of Queensland, challenges six finalists selected from more than 1,200 doctoral candidates to articulate their research in just three minutes. All Vitae member institutions are eligible to take part - just fill in our short registration form. For those considering holding a virtual competition this year, take a look at our new guidelines

Vitae 3MT® FAQs


Adapting to working from home




#Vitaechat recap

Last week’s #vitaechat – ‘Adapting to the new normal: working from home as a researcher developer’ contained some great advice on managing your working day and environment. Tweet @Vitae_news with your suggestions for our next #vitaechat.

#vitaechat summary


New remote working blog posts 

We are grateful to Julie Reeves from the University of Southampton for sharing some useful tips on delivering researcher development training remotely. Read Julie’s post ‘Digital Delivery - Advice for online sessions & workshops’
Rachel Cox, Engagement and Policy Project Manager at Vitae has also shared her experiences of being a new fulltime homeworker. Her post ‘Mental health and wellbeing – staying sane when working remotely’  contains handy tips for those of us in the same boat.

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Virtual events and acitvities

Connections: Getting to Grips 

Our popular event for those new to their role in researcher development, will now take place on Thursday 14 May as an online event. The programme, available soon, is being adapted to help make the most out of the virtual networking experience and will include topics such as delivering researcher development remotely. Anyone with new responsibility for researcher development as part (or all) of their role will benefit from this practice-sharing event (pets and home-schooling kids also welcome!)

Register for Connections



HR Excellence in Research Award Member webinar
On Wednesday 22 April, we will be holding a webinar for HR Excellence in Research (HREiR) Award holders. This is a good opportunity to discover the impact the revised Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers will have and how the two processes are linked.  This webinar is for both senior and operational contacts for the HREiR Award within member institutions and we aim to incorporate a wide range of questions during the session. Free registration is required, and you can submit your questions in advance using the link below.

Register for webinar



Due to pressures created by coronavirus (Covid-19), we understand that you and your researchers may have other priorities right now. Therefore, in order to support communities who do wish to run CEDARS, we have taken the decision to keep the survey open until the end of July, pending future developments.  

As REF has been suspended for the time being, this extension will allow more time for institutions to collect data for their environment statement. It will be up to individual institutions to choose if and when they want to run CEDARS during this period, as best suits their needs and the context for their community.  

Find out more about CEDARS