Places still available at Leeds conference for research staff

The third Vitae Research Staff conference is due to take place at the Queen's Hotel, Leeds, on 3 November 2011 and places are still available.

Last year's conference focused on the sustainability and embedding of local and national research staff associations (RSAs) as supportive structures for research staff. This year the emphasis will be on regional RSAs, whilst consolidating and sharing our learning from setting up RSAs and increasing their impact.

In previous years this conference has proven instrumental in stimulating engagement in RSAs and this year's event aims to do the same for regional RSAs.

Participants will:

  • Discuss how research staff can get their voices heard more effectively in policy discussions, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally
  • Share how to build and maintain successful research staff communities with illustrative examples of institutional governance models
  • Explore the contribution of RSAs to the building of institutional capacity to support research staff professional development and careers as well as the research environment
  • Consider the research environment and examine issues that impact on research staff across institutional and disciplinary barriers and how to influence this
  • Share resources and best practice concerning setting up of local and regional RSAs, researcher engagement and increasing impact on research outcomes and researcher careers
  • Receive the new UKRSA report on the value for money of RSAs.


  • Participants will be up to date with latest policy initiatives and how they impact on research staff
  • Increased engagement of research staff  in RSAs, at  local,  national and regional levels, allowing RSAs to represent research staff more fully and have greater impact
  • An increase in both participation and understanding of regional RSAs
  • Individuals will gain a greater knowledge of the issues that affect RSAs and how best to deal with them
  • Increased sense of community for UKRSA and regional RSAs.

Who should attend?

  • Members of committees of local or regional RSAs
  • Those interested in establishing RSAs
  • Research staff who do not have access to departmental or institutional RSAs
  • International people interested in RSAs
  • A number of places are available for staff supporting research staff who are interested in establishing RSAs

This conference is free of charge.

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