Concordat Implementation in Scotland
The Concordat for the Career Development of Reserachers was revised during 2007 by an HE sector working group and formally launched on 25 June 2008.
“The Concordat sets out the expectations and responsibilities of researchers, their managers, employers and funders. It aims to increase the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK and to improve the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy.”
The Concordat has seven key principles:
- Recognition of the importance of recruiting, selecting and retaining researchers with the highest potential to achieve excellence in research.
- Researchers are recognised and valued by their employing organisation as an essential part of their organisation's human resources and a key component of their overall strategy to develop and deliver world-class research.
- Researchers are equipped and supported to be adaptable and flexible in an increasingly diverse, mobile, global research environment.
- The importance of researchers' personal and career development, and lifelong learning, is clearly recognised and promoted at all stages of their career.
- Individual researchers share the responsibility for and need to pro-actively engage in their own personal and career development, and lifelong learning.
- Diversity and equality must be promoted in all aspects of the recruitment and career management of researchers.
- The sector and all stakeholders will undertake regular and collective review of their progress in strengthening the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK.
The Concordat Implementation in Scotland event took place in Edinburgh on Wednesday 11 March 2009 and sought to provide scope for institutions to consider the implementation of the Concordat in Scotland through a series of keynote speakers, practice sharing workshops and discussion groups. The report is now available online, accompanied by the presentations from the key speakers and practice sharing workshops.
The one-day event, hosted by Universities Scotland, Vitae and ScotHERD, and with sponsorship from the Scottish Funding Council, was chaired by Prof Peter Holmes, OBE, FRSE, Chair of the Research & Knowledge Transfer Committee, Scottish Funding Council with speakers including:
Prof David Gani, Director of Research Policy and Strategy, Scottish Funding Council - link to presentation
Dr Iain Cameron, Head of RCUK Research Careers and Diversity Unit - link to presentation
Ms Ellen Pearce, Director of Vitae - link to presentation
Participants included key stakeholders from the following groups:
Human Resources Specialists
Managers of Researchers
Research Staff Representatives