The 2011 Forum was an important opportunity for institutions to influence the policies and strategies for researcher development and the Concordat over the next spending review period. In light of the Comprehensive Spending Review announcements, the Browne Review, the Research Excellence Framework and institutional responses, the Policy Forum aimed to:
- explore strategies, structures, practice and reporting mechanisms for sustaining researcher development beyond Roberts ringfenced funding
- respond to the outcomes and recommendations from the Independent Review of the Roberts skills agenda and implications for future strategy and practice
- compare how universities are profiling researcher development and the Concordat to differentiate their strategic missions
- review the role of the Concordat and researcher development as part of strategies to develop the UK HE research workforce and improve the research environment.