Vitae News: July 2024

Vitae News: July 2024

Vitae News: July 2024



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  • Exciting updates for the Vitae 3MT® Competition
  • Researchers' Corner guides
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Vitae 3MT® Competition Updates

We're excited to announce that 65 entrants have been submitted to the Vitae 3MT® Competition sponsored by Universal Impact.

All 65 entrants have won their institution's 3MT® competition. All institutional competitions combined have had up to 850 researchers taking part, which is fantastic!

Important competition dates

 This year's competition will be broadcast online on Wednesday 2 October 2024 12:30-13:15 (GMT+1).

At the end of the broadcast we will open the vote for the Vitae 3MT® Competition 2024 Peoples' Choice winner, and the vote will close on Friday 4 October 10:00 (GMT+1).

We will then go live on Friday 4 October 12:30 (GMT+1) to announce the Vitae 3MT® Competition Judges' and Peoples' Choice winners.

 Information on how to tune in on both above dates will be available soon.

And finally, the Judging Panel for the Quarter Finals of the 3MT® Competition has been announced.

Universal Impact to sponsor the Vitae 3MT® Competition

Vitae are delighted that Universal Impact are to sponsor this year's 3MT® Competition.

 Universal Impact is a research communications consultancy. Through training, mentoring programmes and strategic partnerships, it empowers researchers and research institutions to identify and communicate their expertise to targeted beneficiaries – from the media and policymakers to industry and the REF – for the maximum reach and impact. It has partnered with dozens of institutions around the world and is a subsidiary of The Conversation, a global media network that delivers research-based news and analysis to an international audience of tens of millions.

 Matt Warren, founder and managing director of Universal Impact said: “Universal Impact and The Conversation believe in the extraordinary power of research to drive progress – and the importance of communicating it in an accessible, engaging way. Vitae’s 3MT® Competition brilliantly reflects this mission and we are delighted to support it in its 10th anniversary year.”

More on the Vitae 3MT® Competition.


Vitae International Researcher Development Conference 2024 (#VitaeCon2024) – Latest updates

Online: Tuesday 3, Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 September 2024

 In-person: Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 September at Millennium Point, Birmingham, UK.

Next speakers announced!

We are thrilled to announce our next speaker at the in person #VitaeCon2024 - Prof. Tom Stoneham.

Prof. Stoneham is Head of the Department of Philosophy at the University of York. He is a Strategic Peer Reviewer alongside other academic roles, and has experience supervising research students on philosophy, self-knowledge, consciousness and folk-psychology, amongst other related topics. His keynote for the conference will be on the ethics of AI.

 We are excited that Nysha Givans, Doctoral Researcher at the University of Wolverhampton, will also be speaking at the in person #VitaeCon2024.

She is a doctoral candidate in Education, researching challenges faced by marginalised, lower socio-economic communities in education.

Her research explores the relationships between the individual and the community and how these impact marginalised groups, and she uses approaches of autoethnography, film analysis and literary text examination. Nysha will be speaking on a panel focused on belonging, vital to enhancing researcher communities.

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Book your place at #VitaeCon2024 – September 2024

Join us for our flagship annual conference to share, connect, and discuss the key topics impacting the professional and career development of researchers. Bookings are open now. Member discounts and member-only 3-for-2 ticket offers are available.

Book your place

Featured Exhibitors at #VitaeCon2024

Epigeum - Gold Exhibitors. Part of Sage publishing, Epigeum is a leading provider of online training courses supporting the needs of higher education institutions across Research, Support & Wellbeing and Studying. 



Code Switch Consultants - Gold Exhibitors. Specialists in creating and delivering transformative learning experiences through programmes and workshops in consultancy, project management, industry engagement and entrepreneurship.


Skillfluence - Gold Exhibitors.

Skillfluence is one of the UK's leading providers of programmes helping Universities improve Knowledge Exchange, Innovation and Impact.

The mission of Skillfluence is to equip university researchers so that they can create greater socio-economic value through their research, simultaneously achieving their life and career goals.

 View all Gold Exhibitors 

Looking to reach wider professional development audiences?

The Vitae International Researcher Development Conference attracts hundreds of global participants from across the research sector every year. We have a range of exhibition and sponsorship opportunities to engage with our audience. Please see more information. For further information please contact:

Improving Research Culture 

Update on the Hidden REF

The 2024 Hidden REF competition is now open for submissions.

The deadline is Friday 13 September 2024.

Four new categories have been added to recognise vital work that is being overlooked in research.

Don't miss this opportunity to raise awareness of your work and of others', to celebrate researchers and to help campaign to change research assessment.

More information

ALLEA Survey of key stakeholders on research assessment and CoARA

ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, is conducting a survey to gather perspectives on research assessment and CoARA (Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment) from key research stakeholders.

Please complete the questionnaire by Sunday 15 September 2024.

Vitae is part of the CoARA Boost Consortium.

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Academic work habits survey

 Professor Inger Mewburn, Director or Researcher Development at the Australian National University, is calling for participants for her team's survey on academic work habits. It is intended that the survey will enable better structuring of academic work and workplaces.

 Academic work habits survey

Researchers' Corner

Ever get that 'just drifting' feeling? Notes for Doctoral students

Doing a doctorate is hard, so don’t be hard on yourself too! If you're struggling with self-motivation and self-confidence, know that you're not alone: many people before you have had these struggles. The key to success is to acknowledge them and find ways to tackle them, in small, consistent increments.

Take lack of focus. If you’re finding that your research direction is drifting against the tide, then here are some ideas to break the drift:


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CRAC Announces two new trustees

The Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) is pleased to announce the recent appointment of two new trustees for this year to the Board of Trustees, Rachel Lambert-Forsyth and Professor Roger Whitaker.

 Rachel Lambert-Forsyth is Chief Executive of the British Pharmacological Society (BPS) and Managing Director of BPS Assessment Ltd (BPSA).

 Professor Roger Whitaker is the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Enterprise at Cardiff University, and Founder and Academic Director of Supercomputing Wales.

See more on the CRAC website

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