The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers - September 2019

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The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, commonly known as the Researcher Development Concordat, is an agreement between stakeholders to improve the employment and support for researchers and researcher careers in higher education in the UK.

It sets out three clear Principles of environment and culture, employment, and professional and career development. The principles are underpinned by obligations for the four key stakeholder groups, funders, institutions, researchers and managers of researchers, to realise the aims of the Concordat.

Background to the Concordat
What is it?

Background to the Concordat

Evolution of the Concordat

FAQs

2008 Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

Independent Review of The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

Consultation on the recommendations of the Independent Review of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, published April 2019

Stakeholders of the Concordat
Who is it for?

Stakeholders of the Concordat

The Concordat has been created for the benefit of the whole research community within the UK to improve the environment and culture within which research is conducted. It will benefit those conducting and managing research, as well as the quality of the research itself.

The aims of the agreement will be realised through implementation of the Principles of the Concordat, which contain expectations for the four stakeholder groups:

Researchers

Managers of researchers

Institutions and funders

Although it is institutions and funders who will ultimately sign the Concordat, all stakeholders have responsibilities to help achieve its aims.

Committing to the Concordat
How to sign up

Committing to the Concordat

In signing up to the Researcher Development Concordat, organisations are committing to meeting the signatory responsibilities, as well as those laid out for the four stakeholder groups under the Concordat Principles.

Any organisation with an interest in the career development of researchers may become a signatory by the head of the organisation publicly committing to implement the Principles. A template letter is available below for this purpose. Organisations need to inform Vitae as the CSG Secretariat who manage the signatories process for the Researcher Development Concordat.

Template letter for new signatories

Latest list of signatories to the Researcher Development Concordat

What are organisations doing to deliver on the Concordat Principles?
Examples of practice

What are organisations doing to deliver on the Concordat Principles?

Examples of practice have been collected and listed by Principle expectations for the fours stakeholder groups.

These examples demonstrate some of the intitiatives which organisations are undertaking to support the professional and career development of researchers.

HR Excellence in Research Award

How to engage with the Concordat
Engage and share

How to engage with the Concordat

Collection of resources to help the research community engage with the Concordat:

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