Vitae News: November 2023

Vitae News: November 2023


Welcome to the Vitae News. This month’s Vitae news is a mixture of reflection and looking ahead at opportunities in 2024. Read on to find out more. 


Vitae International Researcher Development Conference 2024 - #VitaeCon2024

Register your interest now for the Vitae International Researcher Development Conference 2024! Sign up to be the first to receive updates on dates, venue and tickets, as well as to hear about opportunities to help shape the conference. We are keen to include a diversity of voices, particularly from the researcher community, so do sign up if you would like to be involved.  

Participants reflect on inspiration from #VitaeCon2023

Four participants were asked to contribute to this reflective piece on the impact of #VitaeCon2023 from their perspectives, including a researcher, a trainer and two researcher development professionals. The piece draws on themes that are highly topical to the research environment. 


Strategic Thinking for Researcher Developers: A 3-part action-learning workshop series about unlocking solutions, insights and influence

Vitae Impact, Culture and Engagement (ICE) Award winner Dr Saneeya Qureshi, Head of Researcher Development, University of Liverpool, is using her prize winning fund, kindly provided by UKRI and Wellcome, to run three workshops during the first half of next year.

This series of workshops for researcher development professionals will help create meaningful connections with a like-minded peer community - providing the opportunity to gain new insights and perspectives on real challenges or themes brought to the cohort by each participant. The deadline for registering your interest is Thursday 14 December. 

Member benefits

Vitae International Researcher Development Conference 2023 - #VitaeCon2023 

We’re delighted to announce that anyone from a Vitae member organisation will now have access to all plenary and workshop recordings as well as on demand content from #VitaeCon2023. Re-watch the plenaries, catch up on the workshops and gain new insights from the resources in the on-demand section.


Vitae Concordat thematic sessions

Vitae members can re-watch last week’s Researcher Development Concordat thematic session on ‘Aligning the Concordat with research culture’. We encourage all members to sign up for the next two sessions early next year which focuses on ‘Implementing the Concordat in small and specialist institutions’ and ‘Challenging ableism through the Concordat’. 

Ten years of Vitae Three Minute Thesis (3MT®)

Doctoral candidates from member institutions who are considering entering the Vitae 3MT® ten-year anniversary competition in 2024 can get inspiration from People’s Choice Award Winner 2023, Ridzuan A-Rasid from Loughborough University, who talks about the confidence boost the competition gave him. 

In preparation for the ten-year anniversary celebrations look out for an impact survey in the new year that will be circulated to 3MT® organisers at member institutions as well as 3MT® alumni. 


Learning and development

Evolving the Vitae Researcher Development Framework: The RDF in practice - Thursday 25 January 10:00-12:00, online  

We invite researchers and researcher developers from member institutions around the world to an upcoming online workshop to discuss how the Vitae RDF might be evolved to continue supporting researchers, researcher developers and institutions. 

Vitae RDF Working Group 

As part of the RDF evolution work, we are also looking for members to collaborate with us throughout the process as part of a Vitae RDF Working Group. The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 15 December 2023. 

Improving research culture

What next for research culture? 

With research culture remaining high on the agenda, Vitae’s Head of Policy and Advocacy, Dr Yolana Pringle, has written a new blog for members reflecting on where the sector is at: What next for research culture? 


Report: Inclusive selection and support for the Future Leaders Fellowship scheme 

The Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC), that manages the Vitae programme, has published a report this week following research into the internal selection processes used by institutions for the Future Leaders Fellowship (FLF) scheme.

Commissioned by UK Research & Innovation (UKRI), the report considers the extent to which institutions selection and support activities are inclusive and highlights good and innovative practice.


Survey: Supporting international researchers and the European Research Area

Following the announcement in September by the UK Government and the European Commission of an agreement on the association of the UK to Horizon Europe and Copernicus from 1 January 2024, we have put together a short survey to seek your views on how we can best help institutions in supporting international researchers and researcher mobility more broadly. 


Interim evaluation of AI and data science postgraduate scholarship funding 

An interesting report focusing on early progress of under-represented groups of students studying postgraduate conversion courses in artificial intelligence (AI) and data science has been published.

The report was undertaken by the Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) Ltd on behalf of the Office for Students (OfS). Whilst the report highlights high levels of interest in the scholarships, it raises questions about the value proposition for industry of funding scholarships as opposed to placements or internships. 

Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment (CoARA) news 

In line with commitments made by signatories to the Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment, the first five-year CoARA action plans are now available to read online.  

Reflecting Vitae’s continued involvement in the European Research Area, CRAC is delighted to be part of the recently announced CoARA Boost project - supporting the advancement of CoARA's mission in the worldwide reform of research assessment.  

Interim evaluation of AI and data science postgraduate scholarship funding

Managers of researchers are being invited to share their experiences about their career paths, skills and competencies in a new survey. Coordinated by the European Association of Research Managers and Administrators (EARMA), the Horizon Europe funded project, “RM Roadmap”.

The survey will feed into work that supports the recognition and professionalisation of research management and is open until 22 December 2023.  

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