Vitae researcher development programmes

We offer a range of Vitae experiential learning sessions. From short sessions that can be built into other courses to longer programmes, packaged for ‘off the shelf’ use or adaptation. Many of these training resources have been developed to run with a specific group (e.g. research staff) but may be adaptable for use with other groups.

Our programmes have gone through a rigorous development process including testing and improvements in response to feedback. Some of our programmes are highlighted below. Follow the links to find out more or if you can’t find what you’re looking for.

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Starting out in research

Starting out in research

Effective Researcher (for doctoral candidates):

  • getting started - Half to 1 day programme. For those in the first 3-5 weeks of a doctorate. Skills for successful self-management and development
  • how to be an effective researcher - 1-2 day programme for those three to twelve months into a doctorate. Building understanding, capability and confidence
  • The next 90 days - 1-day programme for those 6-12 months into a doctorate. The supervisor relationship, the impact agenda, communicating research, career development
Completing a doctorate

Completing a doctorate

Effective Researcher (for doctoral candidates):

  • making progress - 1-day programme for those in the middle stages of a doctorate. Critical success factors, managing the doctoral process
  • the end is in sight - 1-day programme for researchers in the final year of a doctorate. Completion, recognising skills developed, planning a successful job-search

Part-time researcher : 6 short sessions. Improve skills and create an opportunity for networking with peers

Looking forward

Looking forward

GRADschools

  • 3-4 day programme for larger groups of doctoral candidates. Participants learn about themselves, broaden their outlook and think about the next stage of their career
Supporting research staff

Supporting research staff

Research Staff Futures

  • Enhancing Professional Effectiveness. 1-day programme for new research staff
  • Introducing Impact and Engagement. 1-day programme for research staff
  • Progressing Your Academic Career. 1-day programme for research staff
  • Managing Your Career. 1 or 2-day, modular programme for research staff
Inspiring wider thinking

Inspiring wider thinking

GRADschools

  • 3-4 day programme for doctoral candidates. Experiences beyond the PhD

Managing your academic career

  • a 1-day career development programme for women
Skills sessions

Skills sessions

Leadership in Action

  • 3 day programme. Explore leadership in theory and practice

Engaging researcher