Research and Enterprise

 Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

Concordat for supporting the Career Development of Researchers

Published in 2008 by and describes the agreement between funders and employers of researchers in the UK. It sets out to provide clear set of principles for the future support and management of research careers. It explains how best to embed these principles in to the institutional practice. The concordat gives a clear statement of the signatories collective expectations for the support and management of researchers. It also emphasises the responsibility of researchers to take control of their career and to further it through informed decisions.


The University commits to:

Commitment 1: recognising of the importance of recruiting, selecting and retaining researchers with the highest potential to achieve excellence in research.

Commitment 2: recognising and valuing researchers as an essential part of their organisation’s human resources and a key component of their overall strategy to develop and deliver world-class research.

Commitment 3: ensuring that researchers are equipped and supported to be adaptable and flexible in an increasingly diverse, mobile, global research environment.

Commitment 4: ensuring the importance of researchers’ personal and career development, and lifelong learning, is clearly recognised and promoted at all stages of their career.

Commitment 5: encouraging individual researchers to share the responsibility for and need to pro-actively engage in their own personal and career development, and lifelong learning.

Commitment 6: ensuring that diversity and equality be promoted in all aspects of the recruitment and career management of researchers.

Commitment 7: undertaking regular and collective review of its progress in strengthening the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK.


Embedding of the Concordat

The University’s refreshed Strategic Plan (2011:2.2.3) states that ‘Investment in researchers and researcher development will be a high priority, including support for early career researchers.’

Two key objectives are to: ‘Increase the University’s cohort of research active staff (including postdoctoral researchers), emphasising research leadership and establishing a work environment that is conducive to research and enterprise’ and to ‘provide a high quality physical research environment and infrastructure that stimulates innovation and supports world class research’.

This strategic direction provides an appropriate context in which to demonstrate how practice at the University is in line with the Concordat. The award of EC HR Excellence in Research reflects institutional engagement with this agenda and is articulated in the action plans. A series of action plans have been generated beginning in 2012. An account of the review process undertaken at the end of each planning cycle is provided in the commentaries. The "Going forward" action plan targets 2016-17 detail future planned activities.

HR Excellence in Research

A UK-wide process, incorporating the QAA Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, enables institutions to gain the European Commission’s ‘HR excellence in research’ badge, acknowledging alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment

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