Career and professional development from Vitae

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Tailored for researchers 

Building on of experience providing learning and development workshops and programmes for higher education institutions in the UK and beyond, Vitae’s researcher development provision spans a wide range of topics and audiences. Our career and professional development workshops are tailored for researchers at all career stages, from researchers in the first year of their doctorates to experienced researchers in leadership roles. To find out more, contact us at or complete our online form

Very useful and well presented, will recommend it to my colleagues” 


Expert facilitation 

Our staff and associate trainers have a breadth of online and in-person delivery experience and a wide variety of specialist knowledge and expertise. Training can be delivered in-person at your institution or online. We are skilled in adapting delivery formats and styles to maintain participant engagement, and in using interactive techniques to enhance participants' understanding of topics and motivation to participate fully in sessions, whether online or in-person.  Many of our associates have worked, or currently work, in research and/or higher education, and they bring this understanding and experience to their training.    

Training themes

Vitae training expertise spans a wide range of topics. Below is a list of the types of sessions we can deliver for your researchers. Contact us for more information. 

  • Career and professional development: Professional and career development planning; Career choices within and beyond academia; Making effective job applications; Introduction to the Researcher Development Framework (RDF) and Planner.
  • Personal effectiveness: Time management; Work-life balance; How to be an effective researcher; Mental health and wellbeing; Networking strategies. 
  • Impact and engagement: Building an online profile; Publishing and peer review; Enterprising researcher; Innovation and creativity; Responsible research and innovation; Open Research/Science. 
  • Leadership and collaboration: Effective team leadership; Managing collaborations; Building and managing a research group; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Research project management: Introduction to research management; Project management tools and processes; Strategic project management; Finding and applying for grants.  
  • ‘Train the trainer’ sessions: Tailored for researcher developers, providing you with a grounding in the principles and techniques of effective researcher development and supporting you to deliver in-house workshops.
  • Coaching: Online coaching with qualified coaches on a one-to-one basis to support researchers in their career development or other specific needs. 
It was well structured, insightful, interactive and well-coordinated with knowledgeable facilitators” 

A strong foundation 

Vitae programmes are formulated using the descriptors of the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) which maps the full range of knowledge, behaviours and competencies that the higher education sector has identified as attributes of successful researchers. Learning outcomes for all of our courses are fully mapped to the RDF. 

Vitae training is built around the needs of your researchers. Our expert team will work with you to design effective engaging workshops and other training activities that meet your requirements, from a one-off webinar on time management to a comprehensive, holistic research culture programme. 

Looking for something different? We welcome requests to develop bespoke courses; please contact us to discuss your requirements and receive a quotation using our online form or at