Vitae News: November 2022

Vitae News: November 2022
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Welcome to November’s edition of the Vitae News. We have another full edition for you this month, covering events and policy updates, as well as new professional development opportunities. 

Open access content and event

#VitaeCon2022 content now open 

Great news! You can now view all plenaries and workshops recorded at the Vitae International Researcher Development Conference - #VitaeCon2022 conveniently arranged in YouTube playlists, grouped by plenary theme. 

Other playlist titles include: 

  • Supporting researchers into, through and beyond the PhD 
  • Cultures, environments, and impacts of researcher development   
  • UK policy for researcher development: policy and predictions 
  • Researcher development Concordat implementation: successes and systemic issues 

All other content from the Vitae International Researcher Development Conference - #VitaeCon2022 is now open access. 

EURAXESS webinar - Public engagement in science and international connections - Thurs 8 December 2022

Vitae is delighted to partner with the British Council in organising a webinar on public engagement in science and international connections. Hosted by EURAXESS UK, the event will take place on Thursday 8 December.

Showcasing personal experience of public engagement opportunities through programmes connected to the UK, the panel will include Yasna Najmi, of Ulster University, who won the People’s Choice Award for the Vitae Three Minute Thesis Competition 2022, sponsored by Taylor & Francis. 

Member events

Concordat thematic sessions

Vitae is pleased to announce the start of a monthly series of online 'thematic sessions' aimed at tackling well-known challenges around the Researcher Development Concordat.  

The 90-minute sessions will include a mix of presentations, panel discussions and group work.

HR Excellence in Research (HREiR) Award Workshop - Mon 28 November 2022

Last minute places are available for the upcoming HR Excellence in Research Award workshop taking place between 14:00 - 17:00 GMT on the afternoon of 28 November 2022. Members can join us to gather tips around mastering the Award process at your institution.

The workshop is free to Vitae members with a role or interest in the HREiR Award and/or implementation of the Researcher Development Concordat.

What do Researchers do? Doctoral graduate employment, activities and earnings - Wednesday 30 November 2022

Please reserve your place as soon as possible if you want to attend our What do Researchers do? Doctoral graduate employment, activities and earnings event. Vitae’s longstanding and extremely popular ‘What do researchers do?’ series explores the destinations and career paths of doctoral graduates and how they contribute to society, culture and the economy. 

Not a Vitae member? Contact us to find out more about what membership can offer you and your institution. 

Researcher development and research culture

Vitae support for training and research culture projects  

Vitae's recognised expertise in developing researchers has been applied to the delivery of around 70 training events to audiences in more than 10 countries in the past year. We offer a broad range of sessions for online or in person delivery and provide regular training for researchers at all career stages.  

We are pleased to work with institutions in realising their research culture aspirations, addressing such topics as 'how to engage researchers' or 'identifying values and behaviours associated with research culture'.

The Culture, Employment and Development in Academic Research Survey (CEDARS)

Incorporating the environment, culture, professional development and employment of research staff and postgraduate researchers and the experiences of their managers, CEDARS will run next year from 1 March 2023 until 16 June 2023.

What’s more, Vitae can also provide survey analysis expertise to help uncover insights from CEDARS data. If you are a UK or global member and interested in running this useful benchmarking survey at your institution, please contact us at  

Vitae becomes a Signatory to The Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment  

The Careers Research Advisory Centre (CRAC) Ltd, which manages the Vitae programme is now a proud signatory of The Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment and, subsequently, a member of the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment (CoARA). The Agreement outlines reforms for a future vision of the assessment of research. 

Member article

A recent post for WonkHE by Vitae community member Dr Mark Whelan, Researcher Development Training Officer at the University of Surrey, explores how to put the aims of the Researcher Development Concordat into practice for ‘early career researchers’ and what they are doing at the University of Surrey to overcome inherent challenges.

Researcher development and research culture 

Vitae are recruiting, could you thrive as part of our team?    

The Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) Ltd, which manages the Vitae programme, is growing and as a result we are looking for enthusiastic and motivated professionals to join our team. There are multiple roles available to support our evolving research, policy and evidence work, as well as to engage and collaborate with our membership community as it grows.

The roles will have responsibility for managing a portfolio of projects, from developing and delivering engaging events and building strong relationships with our community and stakeholders, to undertaking research and evaluation in the field of careers and related policy areas at a national and international level.    

If you are looking for a new challenge in an empowering and supportive environment, we may have a permanent role for you in our friendly team. 

Free researcher resource: advice on wellbeing when writing

Taylor & Francis are inviting researchers to take their hard-working brains to The Knowledge Retreat – a free, two-week email program offering expert practical tips on caring for your mind, improving focus, and finding inspiration when writing and researching. 

Created by academics for their community, The Knowledge Retreat tackles the unique challenges of academic life, from feeling you don’t belong, to overcoming barriers to writing. Packed with insights and ideas, the advice supports researchers to discover new positive habits that can help with career development, research impact and, of course, personal wellbeing.  

PGCert Higher Education Global course 

The PGCert in Higher Education (Global) is a new course being run by the University of Nottingham, and is designed to enhance professional practice for teaching and supporting HE professionals. 

Open to university teachers, technicians, learning technologists, academic and information skills support professionals, IT staff, research staff and those who have recently completed postgraduate research, the course aims to develop you as a critically reflective, evidence-informed practitioner.  

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