Vitae News: July 2021




Welcome to July’s Vitae News and the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) special edition. This month we bring you the latest updates around 3MT®, Vitae Connections Week 2021, the UK government’s research and development (R&D) people and culture strategy and details on engagement activities in support of research staff. 

Vitae Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition 


This year’s Vitae 3MT® competition, sponsored by Taylor & Francis, received entries from 61 member institutions which have been reviewed by our independent judging panel of 21 representatives from the community. For the quarter final stage, each video is reviewed and scored separately by three judges based on the competition criteria as set by University of Queensland. Details of the 12 semi-finalist presenters as well as the judging panel can be found on the Vitae website.  



Semi-final judging of the 12 entries will take place this afternoon and consists of a judging panel deciding on the final six. We would like to thank all our judges for their time and contribution.


The six finalists chosen will present at the competition final taking place on Friday 10 September 2021 during which viewers will be able to vote for their favourite to win the People’s Choice prize. The chosen six will be notified and announced publicly very soon.

Watch and vote in final

Registration to watch the final will be open on Monday 9 August and after the finalists have been announced. We invite you to share the registration link with your researchers and contacts when available to participate in this free event demonstrating the power of researchers to connect with the wider public.

Vitae Connections Week 2021

We are delighted to announce the addition of more exciting speakers joining us for #VitaeCon2021:

More speakers announced

With experience in new international approaches and system-wide policies, Prof Hamish Coates, Director of Higher Education Research Division and Deputy Director of Global Research Centre for the Assessment of College and Student Development, Institute of Education Tsinghua University, will be presenting on ‘The future doctorate: Developments in Asia’ during plenary 2 on Wednesday 8 September. 

Also on Thursday 9 September, Dr Andrew Guise, Lecturer in Social Science, King's College London, will be inviting participants to input to the development of a toolkit for institutions and line managers to better champion career development and progression of early career researchers.

Speaking in the plenary 3 ‘A healthier culture of research leadership’ on Thursday 9 September, Dr Susie Miles, Associate Dean for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for the Faculty of Humanities, University of Manchester, will be giving her perspective on shaping and embedding a new culture of research leadership.

Finally, Magdalena Bak-Maier, Neuroscientist, Talent/Leadership Development Advisor and Productivity/Wellbeing Expert, will be speaking in our ‘Inclusive researcher development’ plenary 4 on Friday 10 September, chaired by Prof David Bogle, Pro-Vice-Provost Doctoral School, University College London.

VitaeCon2021 Sessions open to book 

More details have been released for the ‘live’ interactive sessions during #VitaeCon2021. Remember to make your selection for these sessions by using the ‘save your seat’ function on our event platform.
Look out for details of our on-demand content which will be available to browse very soon.

Members will need to log in to the Vitae website before making their booking to access discounted member rates. #VitaeCon2021 tickets button


#VitaeCon2021 exhibition booths open

The exhibition is now open for online visitors via the #VitaeCon2021 event platform. Take a look at what products and services for researchers, researcher developers and institutions our exhibitors have to offer.

R&D people and culture strategy launched

The UK government’s R&D people and culture strategy was published last Thursday by Amanda Solloway MP, Minister for Science, Research and Innovation and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The strategy is part of the government roadmap to help meet ambitions for increased R&D investment in the UK and reinforces the need for positive change in research. Read a short response from Vitae on the recent announcement. A launch event has been held by BEIS today.

Researcher Development Concordat Platform of Practice

We are still gathering examples of practice from across the higher education sector for the online Platform of Practice and warmly encourage anyone with a responsibility for delivering on the Researcher Development Concordat's aims to consider submitting an example for inclusion.    

To make the platform as broad and useful as possible, we are hoping to encourage a wide variety of contributions, including some form of evaluation demonstrating impact, across different contexts and stakeholders including researchers, managers of researchers, institutions and funders.

Guest blog


The Postdoc-10 Study: Understanding how Postdoctoral Researchers utilise their 10 development days

In this latest guest blog post, Dr Elizabeth Adelodun, a Neuroscientist, Senior Graduate School Tutor (ECR Lead) at Brunel University, London and Churchill Fellow, discusses her findings from the ‘Postdoc-10 study’, developed and rolled out at Imperial College London. She looks at how Postdoctoral researchers have been using their 10 days of professional development, as recommended in the Researcher Development Concordat.  

National Postdoc Conference 2021 – full bookings now open

Bookings are now open for the National Postdoc Conference 2021 (NPDC21), hosted by The University of Liverpool, on Friday 24 September 2021. In the run-up, the event will include informal networking and engagement sessions throughout August. Information about the ongoing NPDC21 poster competition can be found on the event web pages.

Vitae will be presenting a session for researchers on ‘Preparing for a successful future’.