Vitae Research & Scholarship Fest


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Vitae Research & Scholarship Fest

  1. 1. Vitae: National support for the professional and career development of researchers Dr Emma Gillaspy, Vitae NW Hub Manager [email_address] ,
  2. 2. The Roberts agenda “ The product that the PhD researcher creates is not the thesis – vital though that is to their subject area through the creation of original knowledge – no, the product of their study is the development of themselves” Sir Gareth Roberts
  3. 3. The Roberts agenda 1997 2009
  4. 4. Researcher skills and impact Postgraduate researchers Research staff Industry & Business Government Academia Enterprise skills Policy development skills Teaching & schools General public Public engagement & outreach skills Transferable skills
  5. 5. RCUK Research Careers and Diversity Strategy <ul><li>To ensure that the best potential researchers are attracted into research careers </li></ul><ul><li>To help universities to improve the quality of their research training and improve the employability of early stage researchers </li></ul><ul><li>To improve retention of the best researchers by promoting better career development and management of research staff in research organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Globally attractive researchers </li></ul>
  6. 6. 2008 developments <ul><li>Vitae programme launched (January-June) </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation Nation White Paper (March) stressing the importance of ‘investing in people and knowledge, unlocking talent at all levels' </li></ul><ul><li>European Council's conclusions (March) for creating a &quot;fifth freedom&quot; enhancing the mobility of researchers, making a more open and competitive labour market and creating better career structures for researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Nigel Thrift's report  to John Denham (November) on research careers, recommended more movement for researchers between higher education and industry and more commercial sources of funding </li></ul><ul><li>“ The latest RAE reinforces the UK’s position as a world leader in research…The fact that over 50 per cent of research is either ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ further confirms that the UK continues to punch above its weight in this crucial field.” </li></ul><ul><li>John Denham, Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (December) </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Concordat <ul><li>7 key principles exploring the expectations and the responsibilities of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Researchers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Managers of researchers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Employers of researchers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funders of research </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ensure today's researchers are nurtured and supported in their careers </li></ul><ul><li>Sustain research excellence to bring benefits in health, economy and well being </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  8. 8. Vitae vision For the UK to be world-class in supporting the personal, professional and career development of researchers
  9. 9. The Vitae programme <ul><li>Professional development and career support for postgraduate researchers and research staff </li></ul><ul><li>Vitae builds on the previous work of UK GRAD and UKHERD </li></ul><ul><li>Vitae aims to raise the profile of researchers and their contributions to the UK and global society </li></ul><ul><li>NW Hub works to actively engage with researchers and respond to regional needs </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Regional event information and booking </li></ul><ul><li>Regional publications archive </li></ul><ul><li>Researcher news </li></ul><ul><li>Policy news </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>News (RSS) </li></ul><ul><li>Events (RSS) </li></ul><ul><li>Publications </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>News (RSS) </li></ul><ul><li>Events (RSS) </li></ul><ul><li>Publications </li></ul>
  13. 20. Publications - NW Hub
  14. 21. Publications - researchers
  15. 22. Publications – supervisors and staff supporting researchers
  16. 23. Regional events for researchers <ul><li>Local GRADschools </li></ul><ul><li>Research staff conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Pathways </li></ul><ul><li>PRiE/PRASH/PRISM conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Effective Researcher </li></ul>
  17. 24. <ul><li>National GRADschools </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership residential </li></ul><ul><li>Careers in focus </li></ul><ul><li>National research staff conference </li></ul><ul><li>Creativity in research </li></ul>National events for researchers
  18. 25. Events – supervisors and staff supporting researchers <ul><li>Vitae researcher development conference </li></ul><ul><li>Vitae Roberts policy forum </li></ul><ul><li>Staff supporting researchers masterclasses </li></ul><ul><li>Regional/national good practice events </li></ul><ul><li>Strategies for busy researchers </li></ul>
  19. 26. Research and innovation <ul><li>What do researchers do? </li></ul><ul><li>Career stories portal </li></ul><ul><li>Employer survey </li></ul><ul><li>Vitae innovate </li></ul>
  20. 27. On the horizon… <ul><li>Working with research staff: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research staff blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fixed term contract study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RCUK cohort study </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Policy developments: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Researcher development framework </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Concordat implementation benchmarking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Impact review </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Regional events: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PRISM 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to be an effective researcher courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Broadening horizons 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PRASH 2010 </li></ul></ul>
  21. 28. Comments? Ideas? Questions?