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"Vitae – the course of one’s life or career"

Vitae is a national organisation that champions the professional and career development of postgraduate researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes.

We work in partnership with higher education institutions, research organisations, funders, and national organisations to meet society's need for high-level skills and innovation and produce world-class researchers.

We are a network based organisation, consisting of a central team based in Cambridge and a series of 8 regional Hubs throughout the UK and international networks.

Vitae aims:

  • Build human capital by influencing the development and implementation of effective policy relating to researcher development
  • Enhance higher education provision to train and develop researchers
  • Empower researchers to make an impact in their careers
  • Evidence the impact of professional and career development support for researchers

 Vitae is supported by Research Councils UK (RCUK), UK HE funding bodies and managed by CRAC: The Career Development Organisation and delivered in partnership with regional Hub host universities.

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Useful Vitae Resources

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  2. Schedule for success
  3. Courses and events
  4. Researcher booklets

Welcome to the Graduate School of Life Sciences


We are the largest centre for research and professionial training in the Life Sciences in the UK, offering a unique experience to a community of around 2000 postgraduate students spread across departments within the School of the Biological Sciences, School of Clinical Medicine and eleven University Partner Institutes in the Cambridge area.

Every year some of the world's brightest and most determined students are attracted by the opportunity to carry out research projects with renowned scientists in a vibrant, multidisciplinary environment at one of the world's most respected research-led universities.

The School co-ordinates funding opportunities within the Life Sciences for their postgraduate education, as well as ensuring students receive the highest quality supervision and training.