Vitae Live Q&A – New Year’s Goals: Successful career planning for researchers

Career opportunities for researchers cover a wide range of sectors including higher education; manufacturing; finance; business and IT; health; and public administration. Recent trends demonstrate that most researchers will go on to pursue a career beyond academic research or teaching. So how do you decide which career to embrace? How do you find out which career would suit your strengths, values and interests? Finally, how do you plan to make that happen?

On the 18th January at 2pm (UK Time), Vitae will be running a live YouTube Q&A to explore the following questions:

  • How do you realise what strengths and talents you have?
  • What kinds of career paths do researchers follow?
  • How do you make a career development plan?
  • Which qualifications and experience are required for various careers?

If you are interested in taking part in the live Q&A session, you should log into Vitae’s website and then go back to their website on 18 January 2017 to watch:

Have a question that you would like Vitae to consider during the Q&A? Email it to or tweet Vitae using #vitaehangout.

Vitae Research Staff Conference 2014

Vitae are delighted to be opening bookings for the Vitae Research Staff Conference. In its sixth year, the event, run in partnership with the UK Research Staff Association, will explore the recognition and value of research staff. The conference will bring together researchers of various career stages, representatives from research staff associations, and those supporting the development of researchers, to address topics, such as:

  • Taking control of your career – keynote address by Dr Sophia Karagiannis, King’s College London
  • Professional development planning for research staff
  • Doing more with your RSA and engaging with UKRSA
  • Intrapreneurship: What value do you add to your organisation?
  • The recognition of research staff by funders, institutions, and employers
  • Demonstrating your value to others

Vitae are currently opening a call for workshops. Find out about their criteria and email them if you would like to submit your idea.

Do you know any research staff who have moved out of academia?

The Vitae ‘What do research staff do next?’ project explores what research staff (postdoctoral researchers, research fellows, etc.) do after they leave university and how they make this transition.

This European project explores the career transitions of former research staff who have moved into other occupations. It will reveal the tipping points in their careers, understand their decision-making processes and explore their experiences and reflections of their career paths. The survey results will provide an invaluable insight into potential employment opportunities for researchers who are considering moving out of higher education. Continue reading

King’s Retains HR Excellence in Research Award

It has been announced by Vitae that King’s is one of eleven institutions to retain their HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission after their two-year review, bringing the total number of institutions to have retained the award at the two-year mark to 49.

Recognition is granted to universities within the European Union whose policies and practice show commitment to supporting researchers’ careers and ensuring good working conditions and career development opportunities for researchers.

Find out more about the HR Excellence in Research Award here:

Does anyone you work with ever drive you nuts?

Vitae and The Thesis Whisperer are collaborating to provide a webinar to help you learn how to work better with people of different personality types.

Working More Effectively with Others 17 Sept 2013, 10:00-11:00

Intellectually, we understand that people are different and come at situations with different perspectives. However, dealing with those fundamental differences at work (and at home) can be extremely challenging. This seminar will look at how differences in personality types can affect how you work with others. We will explore how you prefer to interact and how others might see the world differently to you. By attending this seminar, you will be able to develop a strategy for working more effectively with others to benefit your research and career.

This webinar is brought to you as a collaboration between The Thesis Whisperer and the Vitae NW Hub. Please contact the Vitae NW Hub and/or The Thesis Whisperer directly if you have any queries.

The session is scheduled to take place online only via Adobe Connect on Tuesday 17 September (7pm Canberra time, 10am London time). It will be a 30 minute presentation followed by Q&A.

For more information and to register, visit