Vitae: Realising the potential of researchers

About Vitae

Vitae is a national organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes. 

We play a major role in the drive for high-level skills and innovation and in the UK's goal to produce world class researchers. Our vision is for the UK to be world-class in supporting the personal, professional and career development of researchers. 

To achieve our vision we have four main aims:

  • championing the development and implementation of effective policy 

  • enhancing higher education provision through sharing practice and resources

  • providing access to development opportunities and resources

  • building an evidence base to support the researcher development agenda

Vitae builds on the work and activities of the UK GRAD Programme for postgraduate researchers and UK Higher Education Researcher Development (UKHERD) network for research staff. Vitae is funded by the Research Councils UK (RCUK) and managed by CRAC: The Career Development Organisation and delivered in partnership with regional Hub host universities.

By working together with higher education institutions and research institutes, we provide specific support for doctoral researchers and research staff.  We also champion the common needs and interests of all researchers.  

We work with those committed to developing the potential of researchers, including national and international organisations, government, funders of research, universities and other employers of researchers, and researchers themselves.

Vitae is passionate about valuing and developing those who are directly contributing to research and knowledge.


Our online resources are there to help you develop your career, manage yourself and your research and understand your rights and responsibilities as a researcher. We have dedicated sections on the website for postgraduate researchers (www.vitae.ac.uk/pgr) and for research staff (www.vitae.ac.uk/researchstaff).  There is also a facebook group for part-time postgraduate researchers.

Our booklet ‘The balanced researcher: Strategies for busy researchers’ aimed at all researchers, looks at achieving a work life balance whilst completing your research.

Our planner titled ‘Planning A Doctorate: Schedule for Success’ offers advice on the major stages and milestones in doctoral research. You will also find an electronic PhD Planner at: www.vitae.ac.uk/planner.


For information of events of interest to you, visit www.vitae.ac.uk/events. Vitae currently runs the following workshops at a national and regional level:

  • Careers is Focus – 1 day event

  • How to be an effective researcher for PhDs and research staff - 2 day courses

  • Broadening Horizons career development for research staff - 2 day course

  • GRADschools - 3-5 day training courses 

  • Part-time researcher workshops – 1 day workshop

  • Vitae research staff conference


What do researchers do? First destination of doctoral graduates by subject. An analysis of first employment destinations of doctoral graduates 2003-2007 form UK universities by discipline and subject.

What do researchers do? Career profiles of doctoral graduates, a collection of 40 career profiles and around 1000 first destination job titles of doctoral graduates

GRADBritain is our online magazine written by and for postgraduate researchers. To subscribe or to submit articles for future issues go to www.vitae.ac.uk/gradbritain.

PGR tips is our monthly email (www.vitae.ac.uk/pgrtips), which offers tips and advice to help you through your PhD. Recent issues have covered:

  • making the most of the Vitae website

  • using peer review

  • time management

Contact information

For more information about Vitae and its activities, please visit the website www.vitae.ac.uk or contact your regional Hub Manager:

Dr. Kate Mahoney
Vitae Midlands Hub Manager
University House
The University of Warwick

Tel: 024 76 574729


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