Research Concordat to Support Researchers

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

What is the Concordat?

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, commonly known as the Researcher Development Concordat, is an agreement between stakeholders to improve the employment and support for researchers and researcher careers in higher education in the UK.

It sets out three clear principles of environment and culture, employment, and professional and career development. The principles are underpinned by obligations for the four key stakeholder groups, funders, institutions, researchers and managers of researchers, to realise the aims of the Concordat

Who are the signatories?

Both funders and institutions can be signatories, representing the researchers and managers of researchers they fund and employ.

Evolution of the Concordat

In November 2008, Glasgow Caledonian University was one of the first Scottish universities to invite Dr Ian Cameron, Head of the Research Councils UK Careers and Diversity Unit, to speak and help launch the 2008 UK Government Research Concordat: to Support the Career Development of Researchers at GCU.

The publication of the original Concordat in 2008 paved the way to widespread improvements in the research environment and opportunities for professional development for researchers across the sector.  However, as the recent Independent Review led by Professor David Bogle recognised, there is still much to do.  Following this review and subsequent sector consultation the new Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers was launched in September 2019.  It is shorter, clearer, more accessible and outlines the specific responsibilities of funders, employers, principal investigators/managers of researchers and researchers themselves.

The revised Concordat principles are now reflected within the UK HR Excellence in Research Award process, retained by GCU, following our six-year review in 2019.  GCU is currently undertaking a Gap Analysis of how we are meeting our obligations and creating an updated Action Plan accordingly, with a view to becoming a signatory of the new Concordat.  

The 2019 Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers is available here.

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