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Researcher Development Hub - Explore Vitae

What is vitae?

Vitae is the global leader in supporting the professional development of researchers. All DCU researchers have FREE access to their website.  

A non-profit programme, Vitae enhances the skills of researchers, providing research and innovation, training and resources, events, consultancy and membership.

Please register using your DCU email and password and get familiar with it. Below are some L&D curated resources. When you sign up, make sure to "Subscribe to Vitae news" on the home page. 


Exploring Career opportunities for Researchers - Vitae provide excellent analysis and advice for postdocs on career management and opportunities inside and outside HE. 

Project Management - quick tips on how to apply project management to your research approach

How to plan and deliver your research

Raising Your Profile as a Researcher - advice on how to pursue and create career opportunities

Most popular Vitae pages for researchers

  1. Pursuing an academic career - commonly asked interview questions
  2. Pursuing an academic career - how to write an effective academic CV
  3. Professional development – about the Vitae Researcher Development Framework
  4. Researcher careers - CV examples
  5. Doing a doctorate – completing your viva
  6. The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers
  7. Leadership development - leading a research project
  8. The Three Minute Thesis competition
  9. Researcher careers - What do researchers do?
  10. Vitae's wellbeing and mental health webpages

Career Stories

Vitae's Career stories give examples of researchers at different stages of their careers and can offer pointers in terms of your own career. 

"My name is Alison James, I am Head of Learning and Teaching at the London College of Fashion and my PhD was a biographical analysis of Dod Proctor RA looking at her life and work. London College of Fashion is a higher education college, part of the University of the Arts London...."

Vitae Hangouts - panel discussions

Vitae hangouts are recorded panel discussions that cover a range of subjects, including

  • Navigating your digital profile
  • Coping with stress and anxiety
  • Successful career planning for researchers
  • Will getting a mentor boost your career?
  • Improving equality in the research environment 
  • How to develop your profile in and outside academia?
  • Make a successful start in your research!
  • Get your voice heard and boost your career


Example Hangout: Make a Successful Start in Research

The Vitae moderator is joined by current doctoral researchers and PhD graduates to tell you things they wish they’d known when starting out.

Careers advisors are on the panel to discuss how to become a successful researcher and offer tips for a smooth and enjoyable PhD.