C7 - Mini-symposium: Implementing the Concordat: Where are we now and where are we going?

Day Day 2
Code C8
Start time 11:10
Developing research staff
Developing supervisors and principal investigators
In a policy/strategic/leadership role

Chair: Professor Dianne Berry, University of Reading

Dr Robin Mellors-Bourne, CRAC

Dr Janet Metcalfe, Vitae

Dr Anjali Shah, University of Oxford

Dr Emma Spary, University of Leeds

Rachel Cox, Vitae

Dr Katie Wheat, Vitae

Workshop overview: 

Following the publication of the new UK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers on 12 September 2019, this workshop will give delegates a unique opportunity to hear from members of the Concordat Writing Group and Concordat Strategy Group on the key changes in this new version and considerations for this new phase of implementation across UK universities, research institutes and funders.

Chaired by Professor Dianne Berry OBE, Chair of the Concordat Writing Group, a panel of speakers will pitch their questions for discussion, followed by facilitated ‘world café’ style table discussions. Delegates will be invited to move freely between discussions, engaging in topics of most interest and contributing to this sector endeavour to drive systemic change.

Topics will include:

  • Monitoring progress and establishing baseline measures
  • Recognising and rewarding institutional success in implementation
  • The role of researcher development managers in influencing change
  • Engaging research staff and managers in their responsibilities
  • Further support needed at an institutional and sector level

Themes covered: 

  • Trends in the wider research, employment, and policy environments and how these might affect researcher development strategy
  • Strategic opportunities and challenges for organisations in creating and sustaining environments where researchers can flourish

Workshop aims: 

  • Understanding the implications of the new Concordat
  • Contributing the local and sector progress in implementation

Value for delegates:

During this workshop, participants will be able to think about how to support their institution as a potential signatory of the Concordat.

They will leave the workshop with a deeper understanding of the sector-wide challenges in implementation and contribute to a discussion paper that will be published following the conference and shared with the Concordat Strategy Group.