Vitae Newsflash: August 2023

Vitae Newsflash: August 2023

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Vitae Newsflash

Vitae International Researcher Development conference 

Speaker announcements 

We are delighted to announce the addition of more speakers to our programme for the Vitae International Researcher Development Conference - #VitaeCon2023. To see when they will be contributing, visit the conference agenda on the event platform:  

  • Dr Ifedapo Francis Awolowo, project Institution lead for the Accomplished Study Program in Research Excellence (ASPIRE) and Senior Lecturer in Financial and Management Accounting, Sheffield Hallam University  
  • Frances Burstow, Director Talent and Skills, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) 
  • Silvia Gómez Recio, Secretary General, Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN) 
  • Dr Hamied A Haroon, Chair of the National Association of Disabled Staff Networks (NADSN), Medical Imaging Research Scientist and Disability Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and Accessibility Activist 
  • Steven Hill, Director of Research, Research England 
  • Dr Jennifer Leigh, Reader in the School of Social Policy and Social Science Research, University of Kent, Co-lead of the National Association of Disabled Staff Network (STEMM) Action Group, and member of the Vitae Policy Advisory Group 
  • Joe Marshall, Chief Executive, National Centre for Universities (NCUB) 
  • Dr Angela Midgley, Researcher Development Manager, University of Salford 
  • Dr Sally Osei-Appiah, Postgraduate Research Diversity Lead, University of Leeds 
  • Dr Neelam Wright, Academic Developer and Senior Teaching Fellow, University of Southampton 

We very much look forward to the varied perspectives and valuable insights they will bring relating to the conference themes. If you haven’t yet booked your #VitaeCon2023 place, you can do so on our website

Vitae Impact, Culture and Engagement (ICE) Awards announced 

Congratulations to everyone who has been nominated for the Vitae ICE Awards, celebrating and recognising the incredible work being done within the researcher development community. The longlist has now been published, highlighting the depth and breadth of the work celebrated by the Vitae ICE Awards and we are delighted to announce the shortlist for each of the Award categories. Join us for the Awards ceremony on Monday 25 September by booking your ticket for the Vitae conference today. Places for the Gala dinner are limited. 

Calling researchers! - #VitaeCon2023 conference bursaries available 

Vitae are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of bursaries to enable researchers who are involved in researcher networks and staff associations/committees to attend the Vitae International Researcher Development Conference 2023, both online and in-person. Sponsored by UKRI, this initiative aims to bring the researcher voice to the conference and provide a professional development opportunity for researchers looking to understand the researcher development landscape. Read more and share with your researcher networks. 

#VitaeCon2023 exhibition now open! 

The conference exhibition has now launched on the event platform and we invite you to visit the booths of Epigeum, Innovation-to-Commercialisation of University Research (ICURe), ScientifyRESEARCH, Skillfluence and Taylor & Francis. Dedicated 15-minute exhibitor sessions will soon be added to the agenda, so look out for more information in the conference programme. Participants can use the community network to interact directly with #VitaeCon2023 exhibitors in the run up, during and following the event.