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.

Concordat consultation launched; don’t miss your opportunity to respond before the year end. Read more and complete survey (closing date 7 January).

Independent Review of the Concordat

Independent Review of the Concordat

The sector consultation on the recommendations of the Independent Review Panel is open until 7 January 2019.

The Concordat Strategy Group welcomes responses from both individuals and organisations interested in the career development of researchers. They particularly wish to hear from researchers and principal investigators. You can find a link to the consultation here

Watch out for consultation related events

The report of the Independent Review Panel and the Concordat Strategy Group response were released at the 2018 Vitae Researcher Development International Conference. A link to both reports can be found here

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