Vitae News: October 2022

Vitae News: October 2022

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Welcome to the October edition of the Vitae News. With it being a new academic year for many of us, we bring you the latest on upcoming events from our Annual Programme 2022-2023, as well as a call to action for opportunities to engage in. 

Enhanced focus for all member institutions  

Practice Pathways

Following new enhancements to Vitae membership, our ‘Practice Pathways’ (thematic collection of resources) will be launching imminently to support all institutional members globally. Each quarter we will be launching a different theme, relevant to an aspect of researcher development and research culture. 

Each theme will be delivered at two levels: a fundamental level aimed at those relatively new to researcher development and looking for the practical basics, whilst a more advanced level is intended for the more established in researcher development, or if their role in researcher development involves considering a more strategic or institutional perspective. 

Members will be notified by email when the inaugural edition of Practice Pathways launches on 31 October, for which the theme will be ‘Enhancing leadership skills’.

Event updates 


HR Excellence in Research (HREiR) Award workshop

Master the HREiR Award process in our upcoming workshop, which will take place on Monday 28 November, 14:00 - 17:00 GMT and is open to all those from Vitae member institutions.  

The workshop aims to support you in enhancing institutional efficiency in implementing the Researcher Development Concordat and furthering your research culture and researcher development ambitions. 

Latest Vitae publications and events


What do researchers do? Tracking doctoral graduate careers

Vitae will be unpacking the findings for Vitae members from our popular doctoral destinations series ‘What do researchers do?’ UK doctoral graduates’ career destinations on 30 November. Authors of the edition Dr Robin Mellors-Bourne, Director of Research and Intelligence, The Careers Research Advisory Centre (CRAC) and Vitae, and Dr Janet Metcalfe, Principal, Vitae will present the data and explain the trends that emerged from our recent analysis following the launch of this latest edition.  


Vitae Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition 2023 now open
We are pleased to announce that you can now register your interest for the Vitae 3MT® competition next year and warmly encourage institutions from outside the UK to enter this exciting science communication event. If you are interested in your institution taking part, but are not sure where to begin, please get in touch


Reflections on the Vitae International Researcher Development Conference 2022 - #VitaeCon2022

With time to reflect on those five days in September, we caught up with some of those who presented or participated across the online and in person elements of VitaeCon2022, and published these in a conference summary, which is now open access.

Twitter summaries from day one, two, and three of the online element and for the in person event, as well as media articles stemming from #VitaeCon2022 are also available to view. 

Since our last Vitae News, more recordings of plenaries and workshops from #VitaeCon2022 have also been uploaded online for participants to watch. 

#VitaeCon2022 resources will be made open access next month. 

Calls for engagement


Focus groups to explore career-related challenges for scientists  

CRAC (which manages the Vitae programme) continues to seek views from scientists on the challenges and opportunities that individuals face within research careers at different stages, and how these intersect with age, as part of research commissioned by the Royal Society. If you or those in your network might be interested in participating in a focus group in November, please complete this short screening survey


Postdocs needed for National Postdoc Conference (NPDC) 2023 steering committee 

Hosts of NPDC 2023, the Centre for Postdoctoral Development in Infrastructure, Cities and Energy (C-DICE) are seeking postdocs to join the steering committee for the conference taking place next September 2023.

They are particularly seeking postdocs from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, as well as in the arts and humanities. Please forward the link below to your networks to encourage postdoctoral researchers to take up this excellent development opportunity. 


Vitae training support for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Doctoral Networks 2022

Is your institution applying for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Doctoral Networks 2022 funding? By drawing on Vitae’s recognised expertise, Vitae can support your institutional application by providing high-quality training to support the career development, employability, and professional skills of participating Early Stage Researchers (ESRs)/doctoral candidates for your doctoral network application.


If you would like to discuss partnering on this further, please contact us before the funding deadline of 15 November 2022. 



Supporting researchers' development and improving research culture for the year ahead. 

For more ideas on how to support researchers' development and help improve research culture, Vitae can offer a broad range of sessions for delivery online or in person for researchers at all career stages, from new doctoral researchers to those in leadership roles. To find out more, see our website and get in touch to discuss how we might support your training plans for the year ahead. 


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