Vitae Research Staff Conference

In his capacity as co-chair of the UK Research staff association (UKRSA), Dr Hadoke spoke at the plenary session of the 6th annual Vitae Research Staff conference in Bristol. This conference, entitled “Recognition and Value” was based on Principle 2 of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers which states that “Researchers are recognised and valued by their employing organisation as an essential part of their organisation’s human resources and a key component of their overall strategy to develop and deliver world-class research.” The conference attracted 100 delegates and included keynote addresses from Dr Sophia Karagiannis, King’s College London (Taking control of your career) and Dr Nessa Carey, International Director at PraxisUnico (Careers – I’ve had a few).
The Conference was preceded by the UKRSA on 12th November. The committee discussed a number of important issues, including its role in providing research staff views on the HR Excellence in Research Award, CROS/ PIRLS, and the British Council Research Links initiative. Projects for the coming year were also discussed, with strong support for a project assessing the provision and implementation of maternity/ paternity leave for research staff.