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.

“Despite being a voluntary instrument, the Concordat is having a significant impact across the higher education sector. The intention to implement the principles of the Concordat is now widespread in institutions, and the corresponding infrastructure is increasingly in place.”
                  Three year review of the Implementation on the Concordat, 2012 

Independent Review of the Concordat

Independent Review of the Concordat

This year marked ten years since the launch the of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, and this year the Concordat Strategy Group (CSG) commissioned an Independent Review of the Concordat to evaluate:

  • The progress in implementing the principles
  • Whether it remains fit for purpose
  • What policy interventions are required to ensure an effective research system

The Independent Review of the Concordat report is being launched at the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2018 on Monday 17 September. In parallel to this, the CSG who welcomed the review, will also launch their Concordat Review Response at the conference. A link to both reports can be found here

You may find it useful to read The Vitae response to the community consultation on the Independent review of the Concordat

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 will be launched at the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2018.

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