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Resources for supporters of researchers

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Support and Career Development
(Principle 3, paragraph 9)
"Research managers should actively encourage researchers to undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity, so far as is possible within the project. Funding bodies acknowledge that the training of researchers is a significant contribution to research output and they encourage employers and mentors to adopt these practices".

Research managers - including Supervisors, Principal Investigators (PIs), Research Team Leaders, Directors of Research and Head of Schools or Departments - and other supporters of researchers, e.g. Staff Developers, Careers Advisors and Mentors, play a key role in supporting the career development of researchers.

The following are some relevant resources for the supporters of researchers offered by national initiatives, e.g. the Vitae Researcher Development Framework and the Concordat.

1. Information related to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF)
PIs and supervisors have a significant role in supporting the professional development of researchers. The Vitae RDF can help provide that support. To find out more, click here.

Useful advice given to researcher developers, HR specialists, careers advisors and trainers on how they can use the RDF to support the careers of researchers. To find out more, click here.

This briefing gives an overview of how PIs and supervisors can use the RDF to support the career development of their researchers. To read it, click here.
Advice given to senior managers on how to use the RDF to support the career development of researchers.To read it, click here
2. Information related to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers
The briefing gives emerging themes and practical examples relevant to managers of researchers implementing the Concordat. To read it, click here.
This briefing gives emerging themes and practical examples relevant to senior managers implementing the Concordat. To read it, click here.
The briefing gives emerging themes and practical examples relevant to human resources specialists implementing the Concordat. To read it, click here.
3. Information related to 'Every Researcher Counts'

'Every Researcher Counts'  is a Vitae project which promotes equality and diversity in research careers. It provides case studies and stakeholder briefings to improve the understanding of equality and diversity issues amongst those who support and manage researchers within higher education institutions. These include:

Vitae offers a series of flexible training resources on equality and diversity for use with research managers. To find out more, click here.