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Our courses

Short courses that cover how to pitch and write for The Conversation and reach non-academic audiences.

Working with Vitae

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) describes the competencies (knowledge, behaviours, skills and attributes) of effective researchers, as identified by the higher education sector. The RDF provides researchers with an internationally recognised route map for their professional development. This approach is now embedded across over 140 higher education institutions in the UK. Vitae also supports almost 200 HEIs globally from 20 different countries.

The Conversation training, mapped by Vitae, supports researchers to develop competencies to enhance their knowledge and intellectual abilities to undertake research (Domain A); to develop personal effectiveness particularly in relation to professional and career development (Domain B); and to develop competencies in relation to research impact, influence and impact (Domains D). See individual course pages for further breakdown.

About The Conversation

The Conversation is an independent source of news analysis and expert comment written by academic experts, working with professional journalists who help share their knowledge with the world.