Dr Janet Metcalfe

Janet Metcalfe

Janet is Head of Vitae, an international programme with a mission to lead world-class career and professional development for researchers. She leads on Vitae’s activities relating to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, the UK equivalent to the European Charter and Code, and the UK process for the HR Excellence in Research Award. Janet was a member of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Advisory Group (2013 –2017) and the Royal Society Diversity Committee. 
Recent projects include an H2020 project for EURAXESS on the intersectoral mobility of researchers; exploring the wellbeing and mental health of doctoral researchers for Research England and Office of Students. Her publications include: ‘What do research staff do next?’ on the career paths of postdoctoral researchers who leave European research organisations to work beyond academia; ‘Equality and Status of Women in Research’ for the Global Research Council.
Janet led the development the Vitae Researcher Development Framework that describes the knowledge, skills and attributes of highly effective researchers. She manages two large scale biennial surveys of researchers’ experiences: the Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) and the Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS). She works internationally with research institutions and funders to create professional development programme and training for researchers at all stages of their research career. 


Janet will be delivering the workshop The Concordat: creating an environment for researchers to flourish on Wednesday 10 July.


The 2008 Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers has been instrumental in transforming the support for early career researchers across the UK. This workshop will explore how this change has been achieved, the outcomes of the recent independent review of the Concordat and how it is being revised to drive through more systemic cultural change through the combined actions of all stakeholders: employers, funders, managers of researchers and researchers. This will include creating a more supportive and inclusive research culture, recognising and valuing the contributions of researchers, and continuing professional development as an integral part of research activities. Participants will be encouraged to discuss their organisational contexts and challenges, and share examples of practice in supporting the career development of their researchers. 
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