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The latest podcasts from Vitae: Realising the potential of researchers
Category: Higher Education
Vitae champions the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes. For more information please visit www.vitae.ac.uk.

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January 21, 2013 04:43 AM PST

Would you like to know the secret to high output, high quality, scholarly writing?

As a busy researcher do you feel like you never have enough time to get to your research, particularly the writing part?

If so, then this podcast is for you.

Podcast hosted by Vitae and presented by John Igoe, Vitae Digital Development Manager.

Share your own time management and writing tips and join the conversation on Twitter (@vitae_news)

November 29, 2012 01:29 AM PST

The Vitae Research Staff Conference 2012 focused on the role of research staff and research staff associations in leading and supporting sector change.

Research staff associations represent the interests of research staff and their colleagues by interacting with institutional management and administration, informing institutional policy, and facilitating the organisation of training activities and career development session for other researchers. Research staff associations can be crucial agents in embedding the implementation of the principles of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (‘Concordat') and in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) Research Environment.

Research staff are well placed to inform, represent and develop the skills and knowledge base of research staff colleagues in the areas that matter most to them. Research staff associations are in a unique position to co-ordinate the responses of research staff to policy changes that affect their working conditions, professional development and career opportunities and to ensure that the provisions introduced and delivered by higher education institution employers are tailored to their needs and that research staff participate in their development.

This podcast episode, narrated by John Igoe, Digital Development Manager at Vitae, summarises some of the key messages from the conference.

Many thanks to the selected participants who contributed towards this podcast.

November 05, 2012 05:54 AM PST

This podcast explores how staff supporting researcher development can best support their institution in returning on the environment criteria in the upcoming Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment, and in developing impactful research leaders of the future.

REF is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. It will replace the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and will be completed in 2014. A key component of the REF, carrying a weighting of 15%, is to provide a research environment with ‘vitality and sustainability'. This includes elements such as professional development and implementing the Concordat principles.

The podcast was recorded during the 'Preparing for the REF' Vitae event held in Manchester on 11th July 2012.

For more information on REF, please visit www.vitae.ac.uk/ref.

September 18, 2012 09:38 AM PDT

Brought to you from day 2 of the 2012 Vitae Researcher Development International Conference, this podcast executively summarises many of our conference activities, from plenary speakers to workshop leaders, to the experiences of our conference participants, the engaging final keynote and closing thoughts from Vitae's Director.

Podcast programme

Introduction to the podcast - Michael Duignan, Vitae

'Research staff: professional development, career development and impact' day 2 plenary speakers
- Elizabeth Wilkinson, Head of Postgraduate Career Developer, University of Manchester
- Dr David Finger, National Podstdoc Association, US

Introduction to day 2 workshops - Michael Duignan, Vitae

Snapshot of the participant experiences - various

Final keynote - 'Happiness Research and happier researchers', Nic Marks, Founder of the Centre for Well-being

Closing thoughts, key points and messages from day 2 - Ellen Pearce, Director, Vitae

September 02, 2012 08:27 PM PDT

Brought to you from day 1 of the 2012 Vitae Researcher Development International Conference, this podcast executively summarises many of our conference activities, from plenary speakers to workshop leaders through to our special interest sessions and dedicated research strand.

Podcast programme

Introduction to the podcast - Michael Duignan, Vitae

Conference aims and objectives - Ellen Pearce, Director, Vitae

'Comparing international strategies for developing researchers' - day 1 plenary speakers

- Dr Bob Sowell, VP of Programs and Operations, Council of Graduate Schools

- Prof Shelda Debrowski, Higher Education Researcher, University of Western Australia

- Prof Takehiko Kitamori, VP of Human Resource Development and Internationalisation, University of Toyko

- Martin Hynes, Chief Executive, European Science Foundation

Introduction to day 1 workshops, special interest sessions and research strand - Michael Duignan, Vitae

Closing thoughts, key points and messages from day 1 - Ellen Pearce, Director, Vitae

June 27, 2012 01:12 AM PDT

The podcast provides an insight in to the Vitae Connections event held in May, for those who develop the skills of researchers to come together and learn more about how to integrate experiential learning theories and techniques in to their provision in the development of researchers. Dr Janet Wilkinson and Paul Toombs, two of Vitae associate trainers, of whom delivered the session provide an overview of what happened on the day, complimented by key take home messages, hints and tips exclusively for our online listeners to consider. In addition the final part of podcast, is dedicated to what our participants will take away from the day and do differently to make a difference within their institution.

March 02, 2012 01:28 AM PST

The UK and worldwide Twitter trending Digital Researcher event, was held at the British Library on Monday 20th February 2012 and attended by 116 researchers, 100’s more tuning in as a virtual participant and many Tweeters joining in the discussions online via the #dr12vitae hashtag on Twitter. The event itself provided an opportunity for researchers to think about how they undertake research and to consider whether new technologies could improve their research.

For those who would either like a re-cap of the day’s activities or for those who could not join in on the action, we have made the following resources available…

February 23, 2012 05:31 AM PST

Dr Stylianos Hatzipanagos from King’s College London highlights the importance of the pedagogical approach when using new technologies

February 23, 2012 05:30 AM PST

Dr Shailey Minocha from the Open University shares her findings on ways digital technologies are currently used in researcher training and development

February 23, 2012 05:30 AM PST

Dr Sarah-Louise Quinnell from King’s College London talks about her experience using the social media to boost her research

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