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University of Leicester

Research Staff Career Development:

Available training courses:

Loughborough University

For information on training opportunities for research staff:

Centre for Academic Practice (formally The Teaching Centre):

Loughborough University Research Staff Association (LURSA):

University of Nottingham

The central short courses catalogue for staff & students at the University of Nottingham can be found here:

Examples of suitable short courses:

  • Effective Classroom Management
  • Introduction to Open Educational Resources
  • Small Group Teaching
  • Taking a stand: how to command an audience and deliver effective presentations
  • Mentoring: an introduction


Vitae is dedicated to realising the potential of researchers through transforming their professional and career development. We are an international programme led and managed by CRAC, a not-for-profit registered UK charity dedicated to active career learning and development. Working in the UK since 1968, when we ran our first project to support transitions of doctoral researchers to industry, Vitae has great expertise at enhancing the skills and career impact of researchers locally, within a global context.

Much of our work has been funded by the UK Research Councils and we have played a key role in the UK drives for high-level skills, innovation and world-class researchers.

Since 2013 we have been supported by Research Councils UK (RCUK) and UK HE funding bodies: Department for Employment and Learning (DELNI), Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE), Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and the Scottish Funding Council (SFC).

Vitae brings together all those with a stake in realising the potential of researchers. We establish partnerships to champion the needs of researchers and demonstrate their impact on economies and society. Together we develop policy and practice to effect real and lasting change. We provide online information, advice and resources for higher education institutions and researchers on professional development and careers.  Further information and Vitae resources can be found at:

The Vitae management team is based in Cambridge, with eight UK regional Hubs.

The work of the regional Hubs aims to:

  • organise meetings and events for staff supporting researchers
  • build and sustain a network of staff with an interest in the professional development of researchers to share best practise
  • facilitate regional collaborative activity to support the development of researchers
  • act as a channel for information on relevant policy and opportunities to promote researcher development
  • enable regional engagement in UK national discussions & initiatives

The Midlands Hub is hosted by the University of Warwick, with a Hub Manager working across the whole region to active engage researchers and researcher developers.  If you would like to find out more about the support on offer from the Hub Manager (until March 2015) please contact:

Cross-disciplinary exchange for impact