Vitae News: March 2022

Vitae News: March 2022

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Welcome to the March edition of the Vitae News. This month we bring you updates on the different events we have scheduled for the next few months, as well as a new video of the 2021 Vitae 3MT® competition finalists.

Event updates

Focus on: The New Deal for PGRs - Tuesday 26 April

This Vitae member discussion forum will provide the opportunity to share your views around the following four focus areas of UKRI’s New Deal for postgraduate research training: 

  • models and access 
  • routes in, through and out 
  • rights and conditions 
  • funding and financial support. 

Key topics arising from the meeting will be submitted by Vitae as written input to the open consultation concerning the New Deal.

Ten is Zen: Counting 10 days of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)  

Enabling researchers to pursue CPD is a priority for institutions and funders worldwide, with researchers engaging in 10 or more days per year being one of the key obligations in the UK’s Researcher Development Concordat. At this Vitae member event, participants will share and learn about different approaches to defining what counts as CPD for researchers, to help them champion professional development locally. 

Member forum: Interim outcomes from Vitae’s survey on researcher development - Thursday 5 May

Thank you to all those who responded to the researcher development strategy, provision, and profession survey. We will be exploring the key findings with Vitae members on 5 May 2022, so please save the date if you are interested in joining.

Connections: Getting to Grips - Thursday 19 May

The draft programme has now been launched for Connections: Getting to Grips, which takes place on Thursday 19 May this year.   

If you are only a few months into your role as a researcher developer, or just feel you need a refresher, the Connections Getting to Grips event provides a safe environment for like-minded professionals to practice-share and network, navigate the researcher development landscape and gain insights into how to add value and create impact in your role. Bookings are open, with discounted rates for Vitae members.  

Vitae International Researcher Development Conference 2022

Plans are currently underway for hosting a conference brainstorming session to gather ideas from different perspectives and develop the most relevant programme for our community. Look out for the launch of bookings and the call for content to follow soon! 

In the meantime, you can register your interest in the conference and we will contact you when bookings open. 

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) talking heads - ‘key skill is simplify but don’t over-simplify your presentation, to make it accessible’

We asked each of our six Vitae 3MT® 2021 finalists six different questions about their 3MT® journey, and have compiled their answers for those involved in organising or taking part in 3MT® competitions this year to take advice and inspiration from. 

We can also reveal that the date for this year's Vitae 3MT® final, sponsored by Taylor & Francis, will be Thursday 15 September.

Precarity in research resources

Following the panel appearance today by Clare Viney, CEO, CRAC/Vitae, at the International Consortium of Research Staff Associations (iCORSA) Annual Researcher Career Summit 2022,  we have published a playlist  of 'precarity in research' videos from Vitae Connections Week 2021.

UK sector input

Call to host UK National PostDoc Conference (NPDC) 2023 now open 

The UK Research Staff Association (UKRSA) is looking for the next host of the conference to be held in 2023. As part of UKRSA’s mission to support research staff through stronger working conditions and career opportunities, the conference provides a space for postdoctoral researchers to discuss current issues, engage in professional development, and suggest ways to improve research culture. For further information, contact the UKRSA co-chairs.

Consultation on the design of the UK’s future research assessment system 

As part of the Future Research Assessment Programme (FRAP) the four UK research funding bodies are seeking views on what the UK’s future research assessment system might look like.  If you would like to contribute your opinion please see below.

Research and Innovation (R&I) Workforce Survey

There is still time to inform the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) survey of the UK-wide research and innovation workforce. Anyone in the diverse occupations that are vital to innovation and research in the UK are invited to complete it to help offer better data for policy decisions that impact the sector. 

News from The Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC)

Professor David Oswell announced as new Chair 

The Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) that manages the Vitae programme, is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor David Oswell as Chair of the Board of Trustees. David is currently a CRAC Trustee and Pro-Warden for Research, Enterprise and Knowledge Exchange at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Clare Viney, CEO at CRAC/Vitae said: “We very much look forward to working with David during this next chapter and thank Astrid [Wissenburg] for navigating us through an unprecedented period of change, helping us to evaluate opportunities arising from the pandemic, that have paved the way to a positive future.” 

Diversity in STEM

As a result of being invited to speak as a witness at the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s Diversity in STEM inquiry, Clare Viney, CRAC/Vitae has written a blog titled: 'Are we up for confronting the lack of progress?'.

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