Alison Mitchell, Director of Development, Vitae, Cambridge United Kingdom
Alison leads major Vitae projects including the Vitae Researcher Development Framework and Planner, Every Researchers Counts equality and diversity programme, and Employability, Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship. As Head of the Postgraduate Research Office, University of Strathclyde, Alison established the University strategy for developing researchers, expanding collaborations with businesses, and researching into employment in high technology SMEs. Alison was responsible for student support, and national and international postgraduate recruitment at University of Glasgow. Professional membership includes the Institute of Knowledge Transfer and Chartered Management Institute, a Fellow of the Association of University Administrators and an Associate Fellow of the University of Warwick.
Vitae champions the personal, professional and career development of researchers through a variety of different approaches, working with higher education institutions and directly with researchers to provide excellent professional and career development for researchers to meet UK and global policies, build international research, innovation and knowledge, and enhance employability and impact of researchers. More: http://www.vitae.ac.uk.
Vitae provides 2-days of project management training, to focus on how to organize research projects and various issues such as effective planning of activities, managing one’s own time, effective communication, and dealing with setbacks. The training is based on the Vitae suite of programmes ‘How to be an effective researcher’. During the ITN programme, fellows have use of the Vitae Researcher Development Framework and Personal Development Planner to review their personal and professional development. Vitae will provide a secondment.