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Live #vitaechat on Twitter


Our next #vitaechat takes place via Twitter on Tuesday 19 May, 12-1pm BST, linked to the Mental Health Awareness Week’s… More

Our next #vitaechat takes place via Twitter on Tuesday 19 May, 12-1pm BST, linked to the Mental Health Awareness Week’s theme of ‘kindness’. This event is open for researcher developers and researchers too and we hope you can join us for what is likely to be a lively, engaging and informative chat.

If you or researchers you know would like to be part of the conversation, more details can be found on our website.

#Vitaechat on mental health of researchers


#Vitaechat on mental health of researchers After the success of our Twitter chat in March, we are planning to host… More

#Vitaechat on mental health of researchers

After the success of our Twitter chat in March, we are planning to host a further #vitaechat to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, around the mental health and wellbeing of researchers.

The #Vitaechat will take place on Tuesday 19 May, from 12pm until 1pm UK time.

It will be focused on the Mental Health Awareness Week’s theme of ‘kindness’ and what that means in the academic context.

Everyone with an interest in researcher development is welcome to join us. Look out for announcements of panellists soon!

https://www.vitae.ac.uk/events/vitaechat-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing

Free - Coding Demonstrations: Programming for Social Science Research


Coding Demonstrations: Programming for Social Science Research Computational methods for collecting, cleaning and analysing data are an increasingly important component… More

Coding Demonstrations: Programming for Social Science Research

Computational methods for collecting, cleaning and analysing data are an increasingly important component of a social scientist’s toolkit. Central to engaging in these methods is the ability to write readable and effective code using a programming language.

This free series, organised by the UK Data Service, introduces core programming concepts and methods through the use of social science examples.

Led by Dr Diarmuid McDonnell and Dr Julia Kasmire of the UK Data Service, May’s demonstrations address the following topics:

 

  • Introduction to Python for social scientists – 06 May 2020 @ 4pm
  • Collecting data I: web-scraping – 13 May 2020 @ 4pm
  • Collecting data II: APIs – 20 May 2020 @ 4pm
  • Setting up your computational environment – 27 May 2020 @ 4pm

We work through coding examples line-by-line, explaining the logical and programmatic aspects of the methods being demonstrated. During each session you will be able to run the code yourself in real time without any installation on your machine. Each demonstration uses the popular Python programming language and lasts for roughly 30 minutes.

This series is part of a wider training programme on new forms of data for social science research.

The link to join these sessions will be sent in your booking confirmation email

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Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2020 - Call for Content


Call for Content –  The call for content for interactive workshops, presentations and posters is open and we invite you… More

Call for Content –  The call for content for interactive workshops, presentations and posters is open and we invite you to share your examples of practice, strategic approaches, evidence of impact, and emerging ideas in researcher development.
Proposals should address at least one of the conference themes:
  • In light of the changing research environment, is it time to change the nature of the doctorate itself; would radical changes be possible, and what is the role of researcher development in this context?
  • How do we embed responsibility for culture change at all levels of the research system, and support leaders, managers and supervisors with their responsibilities for research integrity, wellbeing and mental health, and career development?
  • How can we best prepare researchers to be flexible, adaptable, mobile, open and professional, and to thrive within their current and future careers?
  • What are the measures of success of researcher development; what is its impact, and to what extent does this align with researcher and employer expectations?
  • What have we learnt from the continued evolution of strategy, profession and practice in researcher development; how can we ensure continued relevance and value for the next decade of researcher development?

 

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Free - Coding Demonstrations: Programming for Social Science Research taking place May 2020, to book please use this link - https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/news-and-events/eventsitem/?id=5616

Visiting Professor, Stephen Morton will be giving a lecture on ‘Big challenges for our small planet – and implications for future health & wellbeing’ Wednesday 22nd April 2020 - Time: 3:30 – 5pm- UCLan, Adelphi Building, ABLT1 please click the link: Eventbrite/StephenMorton

REF Open #18 The Appeals within the Code of Practice - a drop in session with the REF Team 11th March 2:00 pm – 3:30pm in Room BB142