Researchers are recruited, employed and managed under conditions that recognise and value their contributions


Provision of good employment conditions for researchers has positive impacts on researcher wellbeing, the attractiveness of research careers, and research excellence.

This Principle recognises the importance of fair, transparent and merit-based recruitment, progression and promotion, effective performance management, and a good work-life balance. All stakeholders need to address long-standing challenges around insecurity of employment and career progression, ensuring equality of experience and opportunity for all, irrespective of background, contract type and personal circumstances.

Researchers must:

  1. Ensure that they work in accordance with, institutional policies, procedures and employment legislation, as well as the requirements of their funder.
  2. Understand their reporting obligations and responsibilities.
  3. Positively engage with performance management discussions and reviews with their managers.
  4. Recognise and act on their role as key stakeholders within their institution and the wider academic community.

View the Concordat Principles in full, including the other stakeholder responsibilities.