A1 - How CROS and PIRLS are providing insights into progress in implementing the Concordat

Day 1 at 15:30 - How CROS and PIRLS are providing insights into progress in implementing the Concordat
Day Day 1
Session A
Start time 15:30
Room Oxford


Research Staff
Supervisors and Principal Investigators 
Code A1

Dr Janet Metcalfe, Head, Vitae

Dr Robin Mellors-Bourne, Director of Research & Intelligence, CRAC/Vitae

Workshop overview: 

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers underpins the policy interventions that relate to researcher career development in order to ensure an effective UK research system, and much of our practice. Approaching ten years after its launch in 2008, the Concordat Strategy Group is conducting an independent review of the Concordat. The review will consider its impact, progress made in implementation of the Concordat principles and the extent to which it has achieved its aims, and if it remains fit for purpose or requires updating. 

In this workshop we will illustrate where the aggregate results from CROS since 2009 and PIRLS since 2011 provide evidence of progress in implementation of the Concordat principles at UK level. This will also give an insight into how institutions can systematically assess their own progress against the Concordat’s principles. The workshop will also provide an opportunity to understand how the Concordat is used strategically in HEIs, so that this can be fed into the review.

Workshop topics covered: 

  • Is the Concordat keeping pace with changes in the demographics of researchers and the structures of institutions? 
  • How does it impact on governance, training and development of researchers? 
  • How inclusive should it be?

Themes covered: 

  • Engaging research leaders, principal investigators and supervisors in professional development
  • Developing a pipeline of research talent through strategies to attract and retain research talent, and mainstreaming equality and diversity in the research environment
  • Evaluation and impact of researcher development to understand its contribution to research, society and economy

Workshop outcomes: 

By the end of the workshop, participants will: 

  • Be informed of the extent of progress by the sector in implementing the Concordat principles
  • Have explored how they can assess their institutional progress in supporting the career development of researchers
  • Have contributed their views on how the Concordat should evolve to drive further improvements in the working and career environment for researchers


Information sharing, structured discussion and sharing of experiences, best practices and ideas