Professional and career development programme for BA Researchers at Risk

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We are delighted to be working with The British Academy to provide a programme of support for the professional and career development of Researchers at Risk fellows. The fellowship programme is funded by the UK government and supported by the UK National Academies with the Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA). Further information on the fellowships can be found at: Researchers at Risk Fellowships | The British Academy. 

The programme has been designed to support 180 Researchers at Risk Fellows at over 70 UK-based institutions and help them to navigate the challenges of integrating into UK academic life and plan for their future and diverse career paths. 

The data from our initial development needs analysis has provided an understanding of the fellows’ training and development needs, their levels of confidence and areas of interest. These findings together with the input and insight from the fellows themselves through our Researchers at Risk Learning and Development committee (formed of fifteen fellows who are working with us to co-create the programme), is informing our researcher centred approach to ensure a relevant, impactful, and coherent programme. 

The programme commenced with a two-day in person ‘Career development within and beyond academia’ workshop this month for cohort groups based on disciplines. Additional activities include networking events and ‘career support conversations’ that use an Action Learning Set ethos to encourage peer networking and provide fellows with further clarity around their future career directions and important peer support. Further professional development workshops such as grant funding, project management, open research, wellbeing and mental health, and leadership and management of others, are being developed and delivered for fellows.

A dedicated microsite and LinkedIn group brings together all resources and materials shared through our programme, and a space for fellows to collaborate online. An evaluation will  be undertaken on completion of the programme in 2025 to evidence impact.  

 Get in touch with Vitae’s Learning and Development Team via learning.development@vitae.ac.uk if you would like to find out more.