Three principles at the heart of the agreement:
- Environment and culture
- Professional and career development
The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, frequently referred to as the Researcher Development Concordat, is a national agreement to improve support for researchers and researcher careers in UK HE.
The revision of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (known as the Researcher Development Concordat) has been led by the Concordat Strategy Group and written by a multi-stakeholder writing group, chaired by Professor Dianne Berry OBE, in response to recommendations from an Independent Review led by Professor David Bogle.
Key changes from 2008:
The Concordat is owned by the higher education sector as a whole, and overseen by the Concordat Strategy Group, chaired by Professor Julia Buckingham, Vice-Chancellor and President of Brunel University London.
"This revised Concordat resets the bar and provides fresh impetus in driving the agenda forward through systemic change".
- Professor Julia Buckingham CBE
The Concordat is an aspirational, flexible and living document that can be used in a variety of organisational contexts and will adapt to the evolving research environment".
Early initiatives will be:
The Concordat Strategy Group will maintain continuity to support the launch and early implementation of the Concordat, before a new governance structure comes into place in 2020. A major review of implementation will be conducted after three years.
The University of Bradford became a signatory of the Concordat in April 2020. This involves:
The ten obligations that signatories must meet can be found in our action plan, details below.
Taken from The Concordat Essential information for researchers, 2019:
The Concordat also sets out expectations for you, your managers, and research funders, to recognise that career development is a shared responsibility. You should familiarise yourself with these expectations, some of which may also be included in your employment contract or funding conditions.
The Concordat is an aspirational, flexible and living document that will adapt to the evolving research environment and can be used by different types of organisations. Employers can demonstrate their commitment in different ways or prioritise just a few areas of the Concordat to start with.
The Concordat signatories should also engage with systemic challenges, such as reducing the use of fixed-term contracts, increasing security of employment and gathering the data on career paths of researchers.
At Bradford, the ‘Staff and Postgraduate Researcher Development Working Group’ oversees action planning, consultation and progress activities. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation & Engagement champions the Concordat at senior level. The Research and innovation Services (RaIS) team supports many of the Concordat activities we undertake.
Since our university became a signatory, a number of activities have been undertaken.
Our current action plan showing the ten obligations, our gap analysis, and our steps to meet these is available to read.