Vitae News: January 2023

Vitae News: January 2023


Happy New Year to all our Vitae News subscribers! This month we bring you the latest on upcoming events and news from the sector.  


Upcoming webinars for researchers and researcher developers

Following the popularity of the public engagement, science communication and researcher mobility webinar, we are pleased to continue our partnership with the British Council in the delivery of two more topical webinars: 

  • Supporting Refugee Researchers at Risk - Weds 1 March, 14:00 - 15:00pm GMT  
  • Find out about the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment (COARA) - Weds 22 March, 14:00 - 15:00 GMT  

The webinars will be hosted by EURAXESS UK; more details to follow soon. 

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) event - Connections: Getting to Grips - Thurs 18 May 2023

Have you recently taken on responsibility for supporting researchers in their professional development? Or do you have an interest in developing your career in that direction? If the answer is yes, join us for ‘Connections: Getting to Grips’; our flagship CPD event introducing key topics for supporting researchers in their development. Navigating through the researcher development landscape, this day-long training provides: 

  • insights for adding value in your role; 
  • time to consider your own professional development; 
  • and opportunities for networking with peers from across the sector.


Vitae International Researcher Development Conference 2023 - September 2023

Lots of planning is happening behind the scenes in preparation for the launch of the Vitae International Researcher Development Conference 2023. This policy and practice themed event is aimed at all those with a stake in research culture, careers and development of researchers and the research landscape.


Following on from the success of last year’s multi-format event, we will once again be hosting an inclusive online element, as well as meeting in person at a new location (to be announced soon!) with increased capacity for an expanded programme. 

Member benefits

Researcher Development Concordat thematic sessions

Continuing our support for member institutions in implementing the Researcher Development Concordat, our three Concordat thematic sessions are all now open for member bookings. Topics include supporting managers, sustainable academic careers and measuring impact.  

Note however that due to staff illness the session: ‘Designing success (measures): setting targets to measure impact’ has been re-scheduled to Wednesday 26 April. 

Culture, Employment and Development in Academic Research Survey (CEDARS) practice-sharing event - Tues 21 February 2023 - 14:00-15:30 GMT  

The date for the CEDARS practice sharing event has been confirmed and we are delighted that Dr Janet Metcalfe, Principal, Vitae will be joining us to share insights into the survey for 2023.  

CEDARS provides an up to date picture of the UK environment, culture, professional development and employment of academic research staff and the experiences of their managers, with many findings likely to be relatable to institutions worldwide. Survey topics include equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), job satisfaction, career support, research integrity, and bullying and harassment. Learnings from the survey can help us improve research culture on a global scale. 

If you are contemplating running CEDARS at your institution, please contact us at: CEDARS will be running from the beginning of March.

Other news

Support with your bids

The 9 February deadline is looming for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) funding bid, so those of you who work for institutions considering a last minute submission, please contact us if you need training and evaluation service support from Vitae to partner with your bid. 

Research Culture Uncovered podcast

As part of the REDS ‘Research Culture Uncovered conversations’, a podcast titled ‘The leaky pipeline – who loses out?’ has been launched featuring Dr Rachel Handforth in her capacity as Research and Evaluation Project Manager at The Careers Research Advisory Centre (CRAC) /Vitae. The podcast focusses on inequalities for underrepresented groups for postgraduate research degrees and is well worth a listen for anyone with a stake in research culture. 


Programme Manager wanted

ESF Science Connect (ESF SC) are looking for a Programme Manager to head up the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment (CoARA) Secretariat. CoARA sets a shared direction for changes in assessment practices for research, researchers and research-performing organisations and has global signatories. The deadline for applications is 03 Feb 2023.

Seeking Postdoctoral Research Fellow   

The University of the Arts London is seeking a part-time postdoctoral research fellow, to undertake collaborative research investigating inclusive approaches to advanced digital research skills for marginalised arts and humanities researchers. The closing is 6 Feb 2023.

Stop press

To ensure that participants get the full benefit from our forthcoming events, we will be contacting those of you who have registered in instances where event dates are scheduled with proposed strike action, to help us consider planning implications. 

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