Online career and professional development training from Vitae

Opportunities to deliver professional, interactive online training have grown significantly in recent years due to improvements in connectivity and developments in technology that help ensure a genuinely interactive learning experience.   

The most useful element was the flexibility of online attendance and multiple perspectives and speakers” 

In the current climate, online delivery has become more important than ever. We are committed to supporting Vitae Members and the wider sector to support their researchers through these difficult times.

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Tailored for researchers 

Building on our years of experience providing training and resources for higher education institutions in the UK and abroad, Vitae’s online researcher development provision spans a wide range of topics and audiences. Our virtual career and professional development training is tailored for researchers at all career stages, from postgraduates in the first year of their PhD to highly-experienced researchers in leadership roles. 

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


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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, which means they can easily dovetail with your existing provision. 


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Expert facilitation 

At Vitae we recognise that online training requires a different approach to in-person training, and we select trainers to match that requirement. Our staff and associates have a breadth of online delivery experience and are skilled in adapting their delivery style to maintain participant engagement and using interactive tools that boost participants’ understanding of the topics and motivate them to participate fully in the online session. In addition to the main facilitator, our online sessions always include a Vitae ‘host’ who manages participant interaction and deals with any technical issues.  

It was well structured, insightful, interactive and well-coordinated with knowledgeable facilitators” 


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Flexible online solutions 

The online platforms we use at Vitae have been carefully selected to support flexibility and ease of use by facilitators and participants. Sessions can be accessed from any internet-enabled device. High definition video conferencing means that all participants can be seen and heard. Interactive tools such as in-session polls, break-outs for group discussions, case studies and activities, guest speakers and Q&As allow us to replicate the majority of the features of Vitae’s in-person experiential delivery approach. 


Great interactive webinar that made sure all voices were captured. Liked the mix of audio and chat box. Great facilitation” 

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What we offer

Below is just a small selection of the sessions we can deliver for your researchers. Depending on your requirements, budget, and how much time you have to spare, we can offer anything from a stand-alone 1 hour interactive webinar to a whole day ‘virtual workshop’ to a complete multi-day online course including a pre-work module and tailored wrap-around self-directed learning options in addition to the facilitated online components. We also offer online coaching and peer-mentoring programmes.  

  • Career development: Writing CVs and job applications; Successful Interviews; Professional development planning; Career motivations and drivers; Introduction to the Researcher Development Framework (RDF); Introduction to the RDF Planner and Vitae Resources; Helping researchers take control of their careers (for PhD supervisors) 
  • Personal effectiveness:.Time management and work-life balance; Flexibility and adaptability; Researcher values; Networking strategies 
  • For postgraduate researchers: Thesis clinic; Structuring your thesis; Exploring researcher career transitions; Staying positive during your doctorate; Managing your supervisor; Research ethics 
  • Impact and engagement: Building an online profile as a researcher; Commercialisation of research; Publishing and peer review; Enterprising researcher; Innovation and creativity; Creative problem solving; Intrapreneurship; Social enterprise; Responsible research and innovation; Know your intellectual property rights; Open Research/Science 
  • Working with others: Effective team leadership; Action centred leadership; Managing collaborations; How to manage effective mentoring relationships; A mentoring approach to supervision; Building and managing a research group  
  • Research project management: Introduction to research management; Project management processes; Project management tools; Managing budgets; Finding and applying for grants; Research strategy  
  • ‘Train the trainer’ sessions: Tailored to the needs of researcher developers, providing you with a grounding in the principles and techniques of effective researcher development, and thus supporting your institution to build research capacity and professionalism. 
  • Coaching: We offer online coaching with qualified coaches on a one-to-one basis to support researchers in their career development or other specific needs. We also provide webinars to introduce the concept of coaching so researchers are ready to take full advantage of the support offered in the one-to-one sessions.  

Pricing for all of our sessions includes an online evaluation survey and report, digital copies of the session slides/materials and access to a recording of the session to allow participants to refresh their knowledge or catch up if they have missed any content. 

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