Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

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The UK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers is an agreement between funders and employers of research staff to improve the employment and support for researchers and research careers in UK higher education.
It sets out clear standards that research staff can expect from the institution that employs them, as well as their responsibilities as researchers.

Vitae leads on the management and implementation of the Concordat. The Concordat Strategy Group oversees strategy and implementation.

Read the Concordat Strategy Group's Concordat consultation report, published 1 May 2019. We also have created this summary slide set to be disseminated within institutions. Read  Julia Buckingham's July update 

Use these useful member templates to help disseminate the latest information  about the Concordat within your institution.

Independent Review of the Concordat

Independent Review of the Concordat

Read the Concordat Strategy Group's Concordat consultation report

Use these useful member templates to help disseminate Concordat information within your institution

A link to the Independent Review Panel report as well as the Concordat Strategy Group response can be found here

Use this handy summary slide set set to present the progress of the Concordat within your institution

Engage with the community

Engage with the community

We will be seeking views and feedback from our members on how best we can support the implementation of the revised Concordat principles. Look out for further announcements about this.

Sign up to one of our three new working groups which will all have relevance to the revised Concordat.

Read our new leaflet about the Future of the Concordat, that was launched at the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2018.

Read The Vitae response to the community consultation on the Independent review of the Concordat

Concordat background and benefits

Concordat background and benefits

Brief overview of the development of the Concordat from its origins in 1996 and relationship to the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers and the HR Excellence in Research Award.

Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

Implementing the Concordat will sustain research excellence and bring benefits to the health, economy and well-being of the UK:

  • Increase attractiveness of the UK for talented researchers
  • Improve research output and impact
  • Attract and retain researchers from the widest pool of talent
  • Potential to secure more research funding.

The importance of investment and development of human resources is formally recognised within the Research Excellence Framework and European Commission’s Horizon 2020