Vitae Newsflash: October 2021



Welcome to the October edition of the Vitae News. In this month’s edition, we bring you information about upcoming events, resources and career development opportunities. 

Upcoming events

Career Guidance Guarantee launch

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The Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) Ltd, that manages the Vitae programme, will be involved in launching a ‘Career Guidance Guarantee’ today between 2.00-3.30 GMT+1.  The event is free to attend and open to everyone working in career development, including those in HE. 

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Vitae member forums

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Starting this week, our member forums are a great opportunity to meet others sharing a similar perspective or role in researcher development. There’s still time for members to book a place at the following: 

Perspectives for senior leaders - Thursday 21 October 2021, 9.30-11.00am GMT +1 For institutional leaders of researcher development strategy to connect researcher development to the wider institutional and national context.  

Perspectives for leaders of researcher development - Wednesday 3 November 2021, 9.30-11.00am GMT  For leaders or heads of researcher development who are focused on the touch points between strategy and delivery.   

Perspectives for staff supporting the development of researchers - Wednesday 10 November 2021, 9.30-11.00am GMT  For delivery-focused and operational staff supporting the development of researchers or those new to developing researchers.  

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Connections: Policy and Practice Tuesday 23 November 2021, 9.30am-4.30pm GMT

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For those looking to broaden their understanding of the evaluation and impact of researcher development to inform institutional policy and practice, this event focusses on measuring success and demonstrating impact. 

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Save the date: Mental Health and Wellbeing in Structured Doctorates -  Wednesday 1 December 2021 

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Initiated by members of the Vitae Wellbeing Working Group, this event will focus around factors influencing the mental health and wellbeing of PGR the specific context of structured doctorates, including professional doctorates, doctoral training partnerships and taught PhDs 

Timing and more details to follow.

Vitae festive networking event 

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Thursday 9 December 2021, 2.00-3.30pm GMT

Bookings are open for this event, which highlights the key learnings from the year and is an opportunity to meet your peers in researcher development and enjoy the festive spirit, albeit in a virtual manner.

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Connections: Getting to Grips

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If you or colleagues have started your researcher development position recently, book your place at Connections: Getting to Grips. This day-long event is a great way to build your network, share practice and discover how to make an impact in your role.

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#VitaeCon2021 Recordings 

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Recordings from the plenaries, workshops and on-demand sessions at Vitae’s annual conference, Connections Week 2021 (#VitaeCon2021) are now accessible on the Vitae website. 


Two reviews of UK doctoral education published 

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Vitae welcomed the publication of the Engineering and Physical Research Sciences Council (EPSRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) reviews of doctoral funded education earlier this month. Dr Janet Metcalfe, OBE, Principal, Vitae said:

… Both reports highlight the importance of professional development within doctoral education and the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills of value to careers within and beyond academia. They also recognise the value to doctoral researchers of participating in activities beyond their research project, particularly experience of business and access to placements. Both reports recognise the challenges around EDI and access to doctoral education, and the length and funding for doctoral degrees, which we look forward to being addressed in the New Deal for postgraduate research.  

EPSRC contracted RANDeurope and Vitae to carry out a literature review as well as student and alumni focus groups, as part of their review. 

Review of EPSRC support for Doctoral Education 

Review of the PhD in the social sciences


Career development opportunities for researchers

People and Talent Strategy Advisory Panel Researchers Subgroup

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Applications are open to researchers from across academia, industry, enterprise and policy to join the People and Talent Strategy Advisory Panel Researchers Subgroup at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). Applications need to be submitted by 15 December 2021. Please forward this opportunity on to your local researchers and networks.

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UK Committee on Research Integrity (UK CORI) 

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This recently created UK Committee is looking to appoint a chair and founding members. If you want to have a part in solving systemic challenges for research integrity and can bring a range of relevant skills and experience to the board, consider submitting an application. 

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Opportunities for life scientists 

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For life science researchers, the European Laboratory Research & Innovation Group (ELRIG) will be holding the following drug discovery events over the next few months. Please forward to all those in your networks who may be interested.

Read ELRIG events listing