Vitae researcher activities in 2011

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Activities for postgraduate researchers and research staff

Vitae is now on Facebook! You can keep in touch with Vitae via Vitae fan page and Vitae GRADschools alumni page!

We’re also on Twitter:

The Researcher Development Framework is a useful career tool to enable you to identify skills you want to develop further, create an action plan and record evidence of your progress with the Professional Development Planner. Find out how other researchers have used the tool.

If you’re thinking ahead to your options for the future, the careers section of the Vitae website is full of information, including handy hints on writing your CV.

The balanced researcher” booklet offers information to help prioritise and manage the many demands on your time. “The creative researcher” booklet offers practical information and advice for researchers on being creative in a research environment. “The engaging researcher” booklet offers practical tips on how public engagement can benefit you, your research and the public with whom you engage.

Podcasts from the Digital researcher event are now available on  and iTunes ( . Vitae speak with Aleks Krotoski about being a digital researcher, and participants are interviewed about the day.

If you are a researcher with aspirations to manage your own research team, a new resource for PIs on the Vitae website will give you an insight into the role of principal investigator.

Develop your public engagement skills and keep updated on public engagement activities via ’the public engagement blog’

The Engaging Researcher – This one day highly interactive workshop has been designed for researchers who are new to, or have some experience with public engagement. It will be held in Liverpool on 30 June 2011

Activities for research staff

Research staff blog is a forum to discuss topics relevant to personal, professional and career
development for research staff. If you are interested in getting involved or learning more about it, please visit or contact Tennie Videler at

Advancing in Academia is a one-day event aimed at postdoctoral researchers which will address how to succeed in a competitive and complex research environment. It will be held in Birmingham on 12 September 2011

Activities for postgraduate researchers

What’s up doc?‘ is a new blog which provides a forum for postgraduate researchers to share experience, give information and tips on matters relevant to them in a fun, yet informed way.  It replaces GRADBritain, which has been a popular online magazine written by and for postgraduate researchers studying in the UK.

Some of the topics currently on the blog are:

  • Wade in on whether ‘Silver researchers’ (those doing a doctorate at a later stage of their career) offer a contribution to the postgraduate community
  • Is the imposter syndrome rife among postgraduate researchers? Do you feel like an imposter?
  • Read tips on presenting: One Moment’s Monument: Presenting Conference Papers
  • Online publishing and plagiarism: keeping alert – What are the issues, and how to deal with them?

Sign up to PGR Tips and receive useful tips on different aspects of your research. The latest issue on your professional development

Careers in Academia – NEW EVENT – is a one-day event aimed at early career postgraduate researchers which will address how to succeed in a competitive and complex research environment. It will be held in Birmingham on 13 September 2011

GRADschools 2011

Bournemouth, 14 – 17 June A FEW PLACES STILL AVAILABLE!
Windermere, 11 – 14 October

Audience: postgraduate researchers
The bookings are open for the 2 national GRADschools in 2011. Vitae GRADschools are designed to take an ‘experiential’ or ‘learning by doing’ approach. Whilst there is some element of presentations and information giving, for the most part, you will be actively participating in the sessions and activities. All courses are 3 days long and open to 80 postgraduate researchers.


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