D1 - The Power of Partnerships: UKRSA and Researcher Developers working together to implement the revised Concordat

Day Day 2
Code D1
Start time 11:10
Room Norfolk
Work with Research Staff

Dr Anjali Shah, Epidemiologist / Professional Development Advisor for Researchers, University of Oxford and UKRSA

Alanna GluckProfessional Development Manager, Vitae

Workshop overview: 

The UK Research Staff Association (UKRSA) provides a collective voice for researchers at Higher Education Institutions across the UK through building researcher communities and influencing policy.

The revision of the Concordat is the perfect opportunity for researchers and researcher developers to gain momentum in improving the environment within Universities and other Research Organisations.

This workshop will give participants the chance to consider partnerships within their own institutions, and to reflect on the recommendations of the Concordat.

Workshop topics covered: 

  • Research Staff Associations (RSAs)
  • The Concordat Review
  • Partnership working
  • The challenges of change

Conference Themes covered:

  • Research staff and supply of talent; strategies and practice, developing a pipeline of research talent through strategies to attract and retain researchers
  • Employability of researchers; enabling career transitions, championing the breadth of researcher careers and encouraging intersectoral mobility
  • Research environment and culture; shaping an inclusive research environment; wellbeing and mental health, gender equality and diversity research integrity and open research
  • Engaging research leaders, principal investigators and supervisors in professional development and nurturing the careers of researchers
  • Continuing professional development of those involved in the development of researchers

Workshop outcomes: 

By the end of the workshop, participants should:

  • Be aware of the UKRSA and its work
  • Have reflected on the value of RSAs
  • Be familiar with the UKRSA’s views on the strengths and challenges of the Concordat recommendations
  • Have considered the challenges of implementation

The outputs from the workshop will be utilized to enrich the UKRSA’s position paper response to the proposed revisions to the Concordat.


Brief introductions and facilitated discussion.