Environment and culture

Excellent research requires a supportive and inclusive research culture

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Healthy working environments attract and develop a more diverse workforce, impact positively on individual and institutional performance, and enhance staff engagement.

This Principle recognises that a proactive and collaborative approach is required between all stakeholders, to create and develop positive environments and cultures in which all researchers can flourish and achieve their full potential.

Researchers must:

  1. Actively contribute to the development and maintenance of a supportive, fair and inclusive research culture and be a supportive colleague, particularly to newer researchers and students.
  2. Ensure they act in accordance with employer and funder policies related to research integrity, and equality, diversity and inclusion.
  3. Take positive action towards maintaining their wellbeing and mental health.
  4. Use available mechanisms to report staff who fail to meet the expected standards of behaviour, particularly in relation to discrimination, harassment, bullying, and research misconduct.
  5. Consider opportunities to contribute to policy development aimed at creating a more positive research environment and culture within their institution.

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