Vitae News: September 2020




As this is the first Vitae News since Vitae Connections Week 2020 as well as the start of the new academic year for many of us, this edition reflects on the successes of the year culminating in Vitae Connections Week and looks ahead at the Annual Programme for 2020-21. 

Vitae Connections Week #VitaeCon2020

Open access recordings


Amanda Solloway and Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser

We are pleased to provide an edited version of Amanda Solloway, Minister of Science, Research and Innovation, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, sharing a platform for the very first time with Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser, CEO, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) at Vitae Connections Week 2020, for those who were not able to attend.





'On demand' content

With so many interactive ‘live’ sessions to choose from, you may not have had the chance to look at our 27 ‘on demand’ sessions yet.

There is still time to look at the topical and useful resources that are still available to browse on our event app. 





Twitter moments

This handy compilation of tweets was compiled to summarise each day during Vitae Connections Week.

Links, screenshots and quotes were shared by attendees on Twitter, making them a useful resource to look back on.

Twitter summaries


New lens on the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF)

If you ventured into the Vitae Zone at Vitae Connections Week you may have noticed the Public Engagement Leadership (PEL) lens developed in conjunction with the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE).

It has been designed to help researchers and research leaders develop competencies for leadership in public engagement.


Vitae Member and #VitaeCon2020 participant priority access 


Plenary recordings

Video recordings from the four plenary sessions at Vitae Connections Week are now available for participants and anyone from a Vitae member organisation.




Diversity in research

Following Vitae Connections Week, a two-part diversity in research recording has been published, featuring Dr Katherine Powlesland, Postgraduate Widening Participation Manager, University of Cambridge and Dr Robin Mellors-Bourne, Director of Research and Intelligence at CRAC.




Also published for Vitae Connections Week was an interview with Professor Rory Duncan, Director of Talent and Skills, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), about research careers, culture and policy, giving further insight into UKRI’s Concordat action plan.
We also spoke to the author of the recently published ‘Supervisor’s Voice: perspectives on the values and boundaries of the supervisory role’ exploring how UK based Arts Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) supervisors feel able and willing to support their researchers.




3MT® competition




Congratulations to Lucy Thomas, University of Birmingham for winning the Judge’s choice prize and to Vinaya Srirangam Nadhamuni. Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary, University of London for winning  the People's Choice prize. The event took an extra exciting dimension this year as it was the first time that the People's Choice vote was opened to all online. 

Special thanks to our Chair, judges and host too. 


Past achievements and looking to the future



Annual report and programme of activities

For those new to the Vitae community, the  Vitae Annual report 2019-20,  and accompanying summary  highlights give an idea of what we  have been doing to support institutions, researcher developers and researchers in the past year. 


Looking to the year ahead, the Vitae Annual Programme for 2020-21 has been developed following conversations among the community during the member roundtables held over the summer.





Vitae Twitterchat

To start our off the new academic term, we will be holding a #Vitaechat around open research and open access in October. The chat consider progress  made over the past year, how the 'open' agenda links to aspects of research culture, research integrity, research assessment, as well as considering the detrimental impact of some research metrics.



Other news




With social connections and virtual support being more important than ever, #ResDevInYourPJs was initiated by The Academy at the University of Liverpool as a way of reaching out to the researcher community across the sector including bite-sized videos and top tips for researcher developers working to support their researchers.



National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW)

Following the National Postdoc Appreciation Week last week, the recording of the panel speaking about researcher career options, resources and opportunities, is now available to watch, and includes a contribution from Vitae.