Vitae - Realising the Potential of Researchers

Vitae is the UK organisation championing the personal and professional development of research students and staff in higher education institutions and research institutes.


Funded by the Research Councils, Vitae provides a range of resources and events to help researchers develop and articulate their skills and plan their continuing professional development.

Vitae is also responsible for the development and promotion of the Researcher Development Framework which sets out the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of successful researchers and encourages them to aspire to excellence through achieving higher levels of development.

The following resources are available from the Vitae website and research students are encouraged to make use of these as part of a broad-based researcher development training plan:

Doing a Doctorate

Although the practicalities of doing a doctorate differ to some extent by discipline and institution, these pages give general advice on various aspects of doing and doctorate and how to access further support and guidance:

Vitae Effective Researcher Booklets*

Practical advice and tips tailored to researchers on topics chosen to support professional development. Each booklet includes advice and suggested exercises to work through:

* Free registration to Vitae website needed for access (requires type email address)

Part-Time Research Students

Nine successful part-time researchers from a range of disciplines and career stages answer questions about doing a doctorate on a part-time basis. They give tips and advice for prospective and current part-time researchers.

Career Planning and Career Development

Vitae is a national organisation that promotes researcher development and they have a number of resources to help you to think about what you want to do, navigate recruitment processes, and manage your career over the long term:

* Free registration to Vitae website needed for access (requires type email address)

Job Applications and CVs for Research Degree Graduates

Preparing a Curriculum Vitae can be daunting - particularly for research students. But there are techniques you can use and Vitae have a number of resources to help you plan, draft, and refine your CV and prepare for job applications and interviews:

* Free registration to Vitae website needed for access (requires type email address)

Please note these links are to the Vitae website. The University cannot be held responsible for the content of external sites.

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