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.
The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers will ensure our researchers are nurtured and supported during their career development. By setting out clear expectations for researchers, research managers, research institutions and funders of research, the Concordat aims to enhance the research workforce and thereby sustain research excellence in the UK, bringing benefits to the health, economy and well-being of our nation.
The Concordat consists of a set of key principles for the future support and management of research careers, and under each principle, an explanation of how it may be embedded into institutional practice.
The Concordat's key principles:
Vitae have produced a Briefing for Managers of Researchers which explains the requirements of the Concordat.
Anglia Ruskin University gained the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission in May 2013. The 'HR Excellence in Research' award is given to an organisation which has a robust and public implementation strategy for improving the career development and management of its researchers. On behalf of the European Commission, Vitae operates a UK-wide process, incorporating the QAA UK Quality Code for Higher Education, Chapter B11: Research Degrees and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, which enables institutions to gain the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award, acknowledging alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment. The UK approach includes ongoing national evaluation and benchmarking.
The following documents were submitted for the HR Excellence in Research Award:
As part of the requirements of the HR Excellence in Research Award, we were required to undertake an internal review in May 2015. For this we had to compile a three page summary report, assess our progress against our initial Gap Analysis and Action Plan, and provide a further Gap Analysis and Action Plan to take us to May 2017, at which time there will be a fuller external review. The following documents were submitted to Vitae as part of our internal review:
Further renewal of the HR Excellence in Research Award is subject to a successful external review after four years. In preparation, we compiled a four page summary report, assess our continuing progress against the Gap Analysis and Action Plan produced in May 2015, and to provide a new Gap Analysis and Action Plan to take us to May 2019. The following documents form our submission to Vitae, which will be followed up with a telephone interview with key staff conducted by a panel of Vitae peer reviewers: