Vitae News: January 2022

Vitae News: January 2022

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Happy New Year and welcome to the first Vitae News of 2022. We start the year with a global survey of researcher developers, a proposal for the evolution of the UK HR Excellence in Research (HREiR) Award process, the recently launched Concordat practice sharing platform and the latest news about upcoming events.   

Vitae launches Researcher development survey 2022 

Last week Vitae launched a ‘first of its kind’ global survey of researcher developers. The ‘Researcher development strategy, provision, and profession’ survey will collect systematic evidence on the state of the art of researcher development to ensure the breadth and impact of researcher development are more visible and widely understood. 

We know that pivotal researcher development roles go well beyond training, as described in the newly published resource ‘Valuing the impact of Researcher Developers’. We encourage everyone who undertakes researcher development, or has related responsibilities for supporting researchers, to complete the survey in full or in part.  

Help Vitae to better support you as part of the global researcher development community. 

HR Excellence in Research Award: Future UK Process 

Following feedback from awardees and peer reviewers, Vitae is recommending to evolve the UK HR Excellence in Research (HREiR) Award process together with further enhancements. As such, we have emailed HREiR Award institutional contacts about a specific consultation alongside a proposal. 

The proposed changes are intended to benefit individual Award holders, as well as the sector as a whole, by increasing the time available for substantive progress within institutions and providing a larger window of time to share this progress across institutions. 

For those who would like to receive the consultation survey, or for any further queries, please contact: 

Achieving Researcher Development Concordat principles

New platform of practice available

The Concordat Platform of Practice has now been launched by Vitae on behalf of the UK’s Researcher Development Concordat Strategy Group (RDCSG). The platform aims to encourage engagement and inspire change and innovation in achieving the Principles of the Researcher Development Concordat.

Vitae welcomes all examples of good practice in improving the environment and culture, employment, and professional and career development of researchers. 

Whilst this has been part of a UK initiative, almost all of the examples can be adapted and used in a global context to help improve researcher development, research culture and researcher careers. We warmly invite you to submit your own good practices using this submission form and contribute to this evolving database.

Upcoming events

Final IP for research Live Lectures for 2022 

Vitae and the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) will be running the final, free ‘IP for Research’ online lectures for this year, taking place on: 

  • Tuesday 22 February, 1400-1430 GMT: content will be targeted for Social Sciences, Humanities, & Arts for the People & Economy (SHAPE) researchers 
  • Thursday 24 February, 1000-1130 GMT: content targeted for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) researchers  
  • Thursday 3 March, 1000-1130 GMT: content designed for any researchers within the UK research community 

This is a great way for researchers to increase their Intellectual Property (IP) knowledge and skills, and to help create greater impact through the IP generated in their research. 

Connections getting to grips

New to researcher development? Places are currently still available for the professional development event dedicated to those who have recently taken on responsibility for supporting researchers in their professional development (or for those who want a refresh). This event has been completely fully booked in the last couple of years so we advise you to secure your place soon to avoid disappointment. Look out for more details on the event coming soon. 

Register your interest for Vitae Three Minute Thesis® Competition 2022 

We have now opened booking this year’s Vitae Three Minute Thesis® competition, so please let us know if you intend to hold a competition this year by completing the registration form. More details about the competition date and further details will be announced soon. In the meantime, get inspiration from our fantastic finalists and winners of 2021

Other news

Events & Marketing vacancy 

The Careers Research & Advisory Centre (CRAC), that manages the Vitae programme, is seeking a talented person to work primarily within the Engagement and Policy team, supporting and coordinating the delivery of a variety of events, projects, and activities, including the delivery of Vitae’s annual conference and the administration of the HR Excellence in Research Award. The role is available part-time or full-time. 

Please forward to anyone you think may be interested in pursuing this role. The deadline is Monday 7 February.


Bar Council report

Those working in careers and professional development may also be interested in a new report commissioned by The Bar Council launched last week by CRAC. The report, titled ‘Life at the Young Bar’. The report presents a snapshot of life at the Bar in 2021, including challenging experiences of wellbeing, bullying, harassment and discrimination, working practices, and the impacts of Covid-19 on junior barristers in the UK. 


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