What do researchers want to do?

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New Vitae report explores doctoral researchers’ career thinking

‘What do researchers want to do? The career intentions of doctoral researchers’ confirms that:

  • for many postgraduates, undertaking a doctorate is an exploratory career stage, not a definite first step to a research career
  • their choice to undertake doctoral research is overwhelmingly for intellectual curiosity and interest
  • about half of final-year doctoral researchers are thinking about working in higher education, although the vast majority intend to pursue occupations or careers which relate to their research discipline
  • doctoral researchers tend to seek work that is interesting and exciting rather than being driven by opportunities for high financial reward
  • for most doctoral researchers, this aspirational mind-set is yet to be tempered by pragmatic thoughts, such as job availability.

More highlights available here.

Find out more about the ‘What do researchers do?’ series

So you want to be in….medical communications

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So you want to be in…medical communications

8 March 2012, 10:30-15:00, Manchester

Audience: Postgraduate researchers and research staff

The Vitae NW Hub and MedComms Networking is delighted to host this careers event in Manchester. It is free to attend for everyone, though primarily intended for postgraduate researchers and research staff from the biomedical sciences. We will explain how areas of the UK such as Oxfordshire, London and Cheshire are home to numerous leading medical communications (MedComms) agencies that serve the global pharmaceutical industry…and they’re crying out for good staff! These agencies are looking for individuals with:

  • a genuine enthusiasm for science and its application to the world of medicine
  • the ability to work independently within a small-team environment

Why attend?

  • to meet with a number of MedComms professionals
  • to learn more about careers in the MedComms industry including medical writing and account management
  • to network with other researchers from across the North West and beyond

To book:

More information on the Vitae website including details on how to book a place.


10.30   Registration and coffee
11.15   Welcome and Introduction by Peter Llewellyn, NetworkPharma and presentations by:

· Darwin Healthcare Communications The agency perspective; what we do, how we do it, what we look for in a new staff, and the training and career opportunities ahead.

· Ryan Woodrow, Freelance Medical Communications Consultant Been there, done it, got the tee-shirt. Life in MedComms.

· Carys Mills, Carys Mills Recruitment Tricks and tips for gaining that elusive first job.

13.00   Lunch and informal discussion with senior staff from additional leading medical communications agencies. We expect 10-12 agencies to participate so there will be lots of useful people from MedComms to meet. Agencies signed up so far; Darwin Healthcare Communications, Medicus International, PAREXEL MedCom and Watermeadow Medical – more names TBC.

15:00  Close

Future events:

London on 13 July 2012 – If you can’t make this one, the event will be held at the Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL – further details 

Further resources:

MedComms Networking have a growing list of resources including videos and an up-to-date careers guide to download, as well as details of all past and upcoming events.

Career paths of researchers

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Do you want to make more informed decisions about the next steps in your career?

Do you want to explore the many options that are available to doctoral graduates to assist with your career decision making?

What do researchers do? Labour market information

is a new online resource on the career destinations of doctoral graduates from Vitae.

  • Find out about the fifteen main employment sectors for doctoral graduates, including the current state of the industry, future projected trends, the roles that doctoral graduates have taken up in each sector in recent years and useful resources, including key employers within the sector
  • Read profiles on sixty of the most common occupations for doctoral graduates, including numbers of doctoral graduates entering these jobs, a brief explanation of what the role entails, entry requirements, typical salaries and useful links
  • Explore the career paths and destinations which researchers from individual disciplines and subjects have followed
  • Get advice on using labour market information to assist with career planning

Remember, you also have access to 1:1 advice and support through the Newcastle University Careers Service and indepth resources and information through the Careers Service website.

Are you digitally literate? Vitae want your views

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How digitally literate are researchers?

How is digital technology being used for research and to develop researchers?

At what rate are higher education institutions embedding digital literacies in researcher development?

Vitae invites researchers (doctoral and research staff) to complete a short online survey that focuses specifically on the digital literacy of researchers and institutional staff in researcher development roles. This significant cross-institutional baseline study is part of the Developing Digital Literacies programme, funded by JISC and supported by Vitae along with a number of other professional associations.

The purpose of Vitae involvement in the Developing Digital Literacies programme is to promote the development of coherent, inclusive and holistic institutional strategies and organisational approaches for developing digital literacies in higher education.

Results will be made anonymous, then published in an aggregate public report in February 2012. The results will enable Vitae to refine sector activities that focus on digital literacy such as the extremely popular Digital Researcher event for researchers and research staff, and will be used to support the researcher development community to establish new approaches for developing digital literacy for researchers and the researcher development community in higher education.

The closing date for submissions is 24 January 2012.

Please support us and complete this short survey.

Vitae Researcher Development Conference

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Want to know more about what key speakers feel about the major issues impacting on researchers? You can now listen to podcasts of the main sessions held at the Vitae Researcher Development Conference, held in early September.

Leadership In Action – 3 day course

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This 3-day residential course allows researchers (postgraduate students and research staff) to explore and develop their leadership skills. Participants have the opportunity to look at relevant theory, practice their unique leadership styles and receive feedback.

Venue: Hydro Hotel, Windermere, Lake District

All participants will be given accommodation between Tuesday – Friday. Accommodation for the night before the start of the course will be available on a first come first serve basis. Limited places available.

 The Vitae Leadership in Action course is FREE to any postgraduate researcher or member of research staff (across all disciplines) within any UK HEI. More information on the Vitae site.