Information for institutions, funders and other organisations

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, also known as the Researcher Development Concordat, is an agreement between employers of researchers and research funders on the expectations for the professional development and employment conditions of researchers in the UK. Organisations sign the Concordat to show their commitment to achieving its Principles for the environment and culture, employment and professional and career development of researchers.

The Concordat is an aspirational, flexible and living document that will adapt to the evolving research environment and can be used by different types of organisations. Employers can demonstrate their commitment in different ways or prioritise just a few areas of the Concordat to start with. The Concordat signatories should also engage with systemic challenges, such as reducing use of fixed-term contracts, increasing security of employment and gathering data on career paths of researchers.

Committing to the Concordat
Signatories information

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 of the Concordat by the head of the organisation publicly committing to implement the Principles. A template letter is available for this purpose. You will need to inform Vitae as the CSG Secretariat who manage the signatories process for the Researcher Development Concordat.

Latest list of signatories to the Researcher Development Concordat

HR Excellence in Research Award

The Concordat Strategy Group
Governance

The Concordat Strategy Group

The Concordat Strategy Group (CSG) is responsible for promoting the implementation of the Principles of the Researcher Development Concordat across the UK, in line with its implementation strategy and in partnership with other bodies.

The CSG is comprised of representatives from funding bodies, higher education institutions, and other organisations and associations from within and outside of higher education.

Vitae acts as the Secretariat for the CSG. As part of their Secretariat role Vitae manage the signatories process for the Concordat.

For more information, see Concordat Governance

Background to the Concordat
An overview

Background to the Concordat

Evolution of the Concordat

An 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.

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

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

What can 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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Supporting researchers and managers in their career and professional development
Career and professional development

Supporting researchers and managers in their career and professional development

Here you can find resources to help engage researchers with their own professional and career development, as well as support for managers of researchers.

Senior managers can find information on the impact of developing researchers here.

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework describes the knowledge, behaviour and attributes of successful researchers.