Date of release: Thursday, April 16, 2015

The key elements of a successful research career will be addressed in a one-day event at the university next month.

Developing your Research Career is open to university staff and is aimed at academics involved in research. It will be particularly relevant to Early Career Researchers and those new to research. Expert speakers will cover a variety of topics, including impact, entrepreneurship and career planning.

The event takes place at the university's new Stockwell Street building in Greenwich town centre on Thursday 21 May from 9.30am until 4pm.

Focusing on the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) – a career planning tool that outlines the knowledge, skills, behaviours and personal qualities of researchers – the day will also launch the RDF as a career development tool at the university.

There will be a chance to hear about opportunities and support available to staff undertaking research and explore key themes relating to Athena SWAN and advancing the careers of women in STEMM.

External speakers include Michelle Ryan, University of Exeter, who presents the keynote address; Dr David Lefevre, Chairman and Co-Founder of Epigeum and Programme Director of the Global MBA at Imperial College London; Jen Reynolds, Partnerships Manager at Vitae; and John King, St George's, University of London and Kingston University Combined Faculty.

The event takes place in lecture theatre 11_0004, Stockwell Street. For further information, including how to register your place, please contact Karen Taylor, Researcher Development Manager, at

The university has also launched two surveys to gain the views and experiences of research staff on topics including leadership, management and recognition. The surveys should each take about 15 minutes to complete and are open from now until Sunday 31 May:

1. Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) gathers the anonymous views of research staff in UK higher education institutions about their experiences, career aspirations and career development opportunities.

2. Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS) gathers views and experiences from managers of researchers in the UK.

Collectively the results will be used by institutions and research funding bodies to understand researcher careers and to inform actions within the institution, the sector, and among research funders.

The two surveys are managed by Vitae and hosted on the Bristol Online Survey survey platform, which provides a secure web environment for the design, delivery, administration and analysis of online surveys.

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