Vitae Researcher Development Framework (Vitae RDF)

  – an innovative researcher training model endorsed by the UK Joint Research Council

BBDiag Fellows will be trained under the Vitae Researcher Development Framework innovatively combined with the BBDiag platform for gaining interdisciplinary scientific and transferable skills as well as personal quality, creative thinking and business mind-set.

Table 1.2a1, BBDiag transferrable skills defined under Vitae RDF & their mapping with the training programmes

Vitae RDF domains Targeted skills development in local & network training Typical training measures
Domain A: Knowledge and intellectual abilities Knowledge:  Domain specific research skills for each WP, hands-on experience and practical applications; Multidisciplinary knowledge and skills for blood biomarker-based diagnosis for early-stage AD; Interdisciplinary research methods;Cognitive abilities: Analysing & synthesising complex information from diverse sources, critical thinking, evaluating & problem solving;Creativity: Enquiring mind, intellectual insight, innovation, argument construction and intellectual risk. IST meetings & local trainings, training through research, NE-1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 & 9, secondments.
Domain B: Personal effectiveness and professional conduct Professional & career development: Career management & continued professional development, responsive to opportunities, networking, reputation and esteem;Self-management: Preparation and prioritisation, commitment, time management, responsive to change and work-life balance;Personal qualities: Enthusiasm, self-confidence, integrity, responsibility & self-reflection. IST meetings & personal mentoring, CDP, NE-4, secondments.
Domain C: Research governance and organisation Professional conduct: Ethics & principles, research integrity, legal requirements, IPR & copyright;Research management: Strategy, planning & delivery, and risk management;Finance, funding and resources: Income generation, financial management, infrastructure & resources. IST meetings & personal mentoring, NE-4
Domain D: Engagement, influence and impact Engagement & impact: Public engagement, enterprise & entrepreneurship, policy (ethics & standardization), impact of research on wider society, environment and culture;Communication & dissemination: methods and skills, media, and publication;Working with others: Collaboration, team-working, people management and influence & leadership, gender equality & culture diversity. Local training, NE-4, 5, 7, 8 & 9, public engagement and disseminations activities, secondments

BBDiag fully recognises the need for training a new generation of highly skilled ESRs with excellent personal quality and creative & entrepreneur mind-set and impact to the economic success, addressing major global challenges and building a leading knowledge economy for Europe. To achieve this, the ETN employs the Vitae Researcher Development Framework in conjunction with the BBDiag triple-i research & training platform, to define the essential transferrable knowledge & skills required by the ESRs. Table 1.2a1 shows Vitae skills mapping with the BBDiag training programmes including network events (NEs).

BBDiag innovatively extends/enriches the Vitae RDF by implementing it across an ETN of 13 ESRs working jointly with a common goal for the development of novel diagnostic tools for early-stage AD. In such a network each ESR is part of a major project and has individual responsibilities for the success of the project. This is in contrast to the existing Vitae RDF implemented at a single university for the training of researchers based on their own stand-alone projects. The collective Vitae RDF training of ESRs in the ETN will have an added value in particular for the ESRs to gain skills in collective learning, communication, team-work, leadership, inter-personal interactions, collaboration, and working towards WP and network deadlines and deliverables.

PU is the recipient of the European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award. This award reflects the ongoing work of PU in support of the researchers and was assessed by a panel comprising of the European Commission, the Concordat Strategy Group, Vitae, the UK Research Staff Association and the Equality Challenge Unit. The award acknowledges the commitment to achieving the principles of the concordat to support career development of all researchers and the European Charter for Researchers. PU manages the on-going activities of this award through the Graduate School. The Graduate School is fully committed to the implementation of Vitae RDF in BBDiag by employing its rich experience and expertise in the Vitae RDF programme implemented at PU. It will provide all the required support to the ETN, including Vitae RDF training, membership, self-assessment Cards and Web-based CDP for all the Fellows and supervisors.