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 shape the programme), is informing our researcher centred approach to ensure a relevant, impactful, and coherent programme. 

The programme commences 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 the Action Learning Set ethos to encourage peer networking and provide fellows with further clarity around their future career directions. Further professional development workshops such as grant funding, project management, career management, open research, and leadership and management of others, online resources, and enhanced evaluation will complete the programme.  

We will provide further updates on the programme over time and please do get in touch with Vitae’s Learning and Development Team via learning.development@vitae.ac.uk if you have any questions.