Vitae News: February 2022

Vitae News: February 2022

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Welcome to the February Vitae News. It’s another full edition this month, including an update on the researcher development survey, news on our conference this year and the latest Researcher Development Concordat update.

Policy and practice-sharing

Researcher development survey extended to 8 March

Thank you to everyone who has completed the researcher development strategy, provision, and profession survey so far. To capture as many views as possible from those involved in researcher development, we are extending the survey until Tuesday 8 March.

Don’t miss your opportunity to have your perspective included in this first-of-its-kind survey, so that as a community we can better understand and shape the researcher development landscape.

Register your interest and we will let you know as soon as the draft programme is published and bookings open. We are also inviting expressions of interest for an in-person networking event, as an optional follow up to #VitaeCon2022.

Vitae International Researcher Development Conference 2022 (#VitaeCon2022) 

Preparation is underway for the Vitae International Researcher Development Conference 2022, which will take place online during the week of 12-16 September, centred around the policy and practice of global researcher development.

Achieving Researcher Development Concordat principles 

Researcher Development Concordat information pages

Following the appointment last year of Universities UK (UUK) as Secretariat for the Researcher Development Concordat, all information relating to the Concordat can now be accessed via a new sector-owned site.

Vitae welcomes the independent online information hub this creates for the sector as the ‘go-to’ place when referring to and accessing the Concordat. The information on the Vitae website is being re-directed to these new pages.

In conjunction with this, Vitae has developed the Concordat Platform of Practice for the Researcher Development Concordat Strategy Group, with the platform serving as a repository for sharing organisations’ practice of implementing the three principles of the Concordat.

The Platform has already collected several submissions and we warmly encourage institutions to continue sharing examples of how they’re upholding the Concordat’s principles, so that the sector can learn from what’s working locally.

Talks and presentations

Register your interest for Vitae Three Minute Thesis® Competition 2022 

We are delighted to announce that Taylor & Francis will be our sponsor for the 3MT® competition this year. The competition will be held during the week of #VitaeCon2022 (see above) with the exact date and time to be announced in due course. If you have not yet registered your interest in entering the Vitae 3MT® competition 2022, please do so below.  

Congratulations to People’s Choice Prize winner in 2020, Vinaya Srirangam Nadhamuni of Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary, University of London, who has used her prize money to produce two cancer screening information videos to increase awareness and accessibility for minority ethnic groups in the UK. 

Final Intellectual Property for Research lecture 

The last of the Intellectual Property Office’s live lectures for this year will be taking place on Thursday 3 March, and is designed for researchers of any discipline working within the UK research community. Please share notice of the lecture to your researcher networks so they can register using the link below and get one of the last of the free places. 

Other news

Seeking views from Arts and Humanities doctoral students

As part of a review commissioned by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) around current doctoral provision in the arts and humanities, the Careers Research Advisory Centre (CRAC) Ltd, who manage the Vitae programme, are seeking views from current doctoral students in the arts and humanities about their experiences. Please forward on to those relevant in your network. 

UKRI Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) draft strategy 

If you would like your views to be included as part of a researcher development response by Vitae to the UKRI EDI strategy please submit your comments to by 14 March.

The consultation provides a good opportunity to identify any gaps or potential consequences to be considered to ensure the strategy is as robust as possible.

UKRI calls for input to 'New Deal'

Last week, UKRI also launched a call for input on the New Deal for Postgraduate Research to seek views and comments from those with an interest in postgraduate research training. This could be used to help improve the experience and quality of postgraduate research training in the UK. The deadline for responses is Tuesday 17 May.

Clare Viney, CEO, CRAC/Vitae commented:
"CRAC/Vitae welcomes the consultation and focus on the importance of research training and professional development within doctoral education. All researchers should have the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills of value to careers within and beyond academia. The open call  is a great opportunity for the community to highlight challenges and complexities, and to suggest solutions to ensure the New Deal is truly transformational."

Résumé for Research and Innovation (R4RI), a Narrative CV Approach – webinar, 21 March  

Learn more about UKRI’s narrative CV approach, in which instances these could be used and why you may consider adopting them at your organisation.

Upcoming online Researcher Career Summit - 31 March 

Join the International Consortium of Research Staff Associations (ICoRSA) at its Annual Researcher Career Summit 2022, featuring perspectives on researcher careers from UNESCO, Science Europe, the European Commission, and national research staff associations.

Coming soon: The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy survey 

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will be launching the first government survey of the UK-wide research and innovation workforce in the next few days.

BEIS will be asking anyone working in the diverse occupations that are vital to innovation and research in the UK to complete it, which will ultimately serve to offer better data for policy decisions that impact the whole workforce. Vitae is part of the Steering Group and will be tweeting when the survey goes live. An early findings discussion will take place next month with a final report findings and dissemination discussion planned in April.

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