Research Concordat to Support Researchers

WorkshopWhat is the Concordat?

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers sets out the expectations and responsibilities of researchers, their managers, employers and funders. It aims to increase the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK and to improve the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy.

Who are the signatories?

The Concordat is an agreement between UK government, UK Research Councils, UK Education Funding Councils and Universities UK.  

The Key Principles of the Concordat  involve:

  1. Recruitment and Selection
  2. Recognition and Value
  3. Support and Career Development
  4. Researchers’ Responsibilities
  5. Diversity and Equality
  6. Implementation and Review

The copy of the Research Concordat and briefings for researchers and managers of researchers is available at

Launch of the Concordat at GCU – November 2008

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.  He gave the 3rd annual GCU Welcome Celebration research guest lecture to over 120 GCU researchers and staff who provide services to researchers.  

Gap Analysis against the Concordat

At Glasgow Caledonian University, we are pleased to note that we have the Concordat good practice systems in place for the recruitment, selection, recognition and value of researchers.  We are also at the forefront of providing support, comprehensive training and development for the whole continuum of our researchers pursuing a research career – from research students to research leaders.

GCU’s action plan for the implementation of the Concordat and other researcher development activity

This has been developed by the Graduate School and approved by the University Research Committee.

The Graduate School, established in 2006, provides a range of development opportunities for researchers (staff and students) pursuing a research career. Our programme of Research Excellence Development Opportunities were established in 2011, focuses on helping principal investigators and emerging research leaders to develop research excellence.

The university’s Action Plan 2013 - 2014 (PDF document):

  • Shows what we have achieved
  • Gives our plans for the future.

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