Concordat Strategy Group welcomes Independent Review of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

Concordat Strategy Group welcomes Independent Review of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

The Concordat Strategy Group (CSG) welcomes the ten-year review of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. Their commissioning of an independent review of the Concordat coincides with the Government’s ambition to increase investment in research and development to 2.4% of GDP by 2027.  

Professor David Bogle, Chair of the Independent Review panel, and Pro-Vice-Provost of Doctoral School, University College London, is presenting the panel’s findings and recommendations at the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference today.  

Professor Julia Buckingham, CBE, Chair of Concordat Strategy Group, and Vice-Chancellor and President, Brunel University London, will be providing the CSG response to the report and announcing the launch of a sector consultation.

 Professor Julia Buckingham commented:

 “The review report reinforces the positive impact the Concordat has had and that there is more to be done to maximise the potential of our researchers - essential for the future of UK research and innovation, and for meeting the skills gap”

The CSG will undertake a broad consultation and sector engagement through the autumn on the review recommendations to inform the revision of the Concordat through focus groups and activities engaging different audiences. The revised Concordat will be developed in partnership with the sector.

The 15 review recommendations include: 

  • broadening the definition of ‘researchers’ to include all staff engaged in research
  • increasing support for researcher independence
  • finding solutions to the problems of mobility, time-limited contracts and promotion
  • continuing to be owned by the sector, with implementation overseen by a representative steering group
  • including new principles for funders and principal investigators

Professor David Bogle said: 

“The revised Concordat will help nurture and develop the sharp, independent minds that both the academic world and the world beyond need to drive innovation crucial for our society”.

Read the Independent Review of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and CSG response

Notes to Editors

About the Concordat to Support the Career development of Researchers

The Concordat was launched in 2008 to provide a framework to support the career development of researchers in UK universities and research institutes. The Concordat Strategy Group announced the independent ten-year to evaluate the progress made in implementing the principles and what policy interventions would be required to ensure an effective research system. Details of Concordat Strategy Group membership can be found here.

About Vitae

Vitae is the global leader in supporting the professional development of researchers, experienced in working with institutions as they strive for research excellence, innovation and impact.

Vitae provides the Secretariat to the CSG.

We are a non-profit programme, part of CRAC: the Career Development Organisation with nearly 50 years' experience in enhancing the skills and careers of researchers. We strengthen our members' institutional provision for the professional development of their researchers through research and innovation, training and resources, events, consultancy and membership.

CRAC provides research intelligence and innovation for all those who support career development for people of all ages and in all sectors. We work in partnership with government agencies, education organisations and providers and employers and professional bodies.

CRAC is a registered charity No 313164 established in 1964.


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