Vitae for supervisors

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Presentation by Emma Gillaspy at the University of Manchester to supervisors in the Faculty of Humanities, June 2009

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Vitae for supervisors

  1. 1. The Vitae programme
  2. 2. 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>
  3. 3. National Perspective (1) <ul><li>“ 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 </li></ul><ul><li>Roberts money only guaranteed to be ring-fenced until 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>20% to 2% doctorates secure an academic post whilst >50% leave academia immediately after graduating </li></ul>
  4. 4. National Perspective (2) <ul><li>Innovation Nation White Paper (March 2008) stressing the importance of ‘investing in people and knowledge, unlocking talent at all levels' </li></ul><ul><li>European Council's conclusions (March 2008) 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 2008) 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 (18 December 2008) </li></ul>
  5. 5. National Perspective A&H <ul><li>Research positions accounted for 21% of all A&H PhD graduates in 2003, 14% in 2004 and 17% in 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>PhD graduates in the arts and humanities had a lower than average employment rate and were more likely to combine work with study, be on short-term contracts or choose self-employment than the total PhD population </li></ul>
  6. 6. Vitae vision For the UK to be world-class in supporting the personal, professional and career development of researchers
  7. 7. 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>
  8. 8. Support for you… <ul><li>Concordat briefing ( www.vitae.ac.uk/concordat ) </li></ul><ul><li>Overview magazine ( www.vitae.ac.uk/overview ) </li></ul><ul><li>Supervising a doctorate ( www.vitae.ac.uk/supervision ) </li></ul><ul><li>Policy developments ( www.vitae.ac.uk/policy-practice ) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Support for your researchers… <ul><li>Website resources for postgraduate researchers and research staff </li></ul><ul><li>Publications to support researcher development: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What do researchers do? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The balanced researcher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PGR tips </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GRADBritain magazine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning a doctorate: Schedule for success wallplanner </li></ul></ul><ul><li>National events </li></ul>
  10. 10. Regional support <ul><li>Events </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local GRADschools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pathways/PhD and researcher zone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PRiE/PRASH/PRISM conferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Northern Enterprise Schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Effective Researcher </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Regional publications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quarterly newsletter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monthly ebulletin </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Signposting to useful resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Beyond the PhD </li></ul></ul>www.vitae.ac.uk/nwhub

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