Career Development Concordat

What is the Concordat?

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers is a UK-wide agreement launched in 2008 to promote research careers and improve research for the benefit of UK society and the economy.

It provides a clear statement of the expectations and responsibilities of researchers (staff in substantive research roles, not academic or teaching roles), their managers, employers and funders in relation to researchers’ on going career development.

The Concordat consists of seven principles about how researchers are recruited, recognised, valued, managed and supported. These principles have been drawn up following extensive consultation across the sector and are endorsed by the key funders of public research:

  • Principle 1: Recognition of the importance of recruiting, selecting and retaining researchers with the highest potential to achieve excellence in research.
  • Principle 2: Researchers are recognised and valued by their employing organisation 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.
  • Principle 3: Researchers are equipped and supported to be adaptable and flexible in an increasingly diverse, mobile, global research environment.
  • Principle 4: The importance of researchers' personal and career development, and lifelong learning, is clearly recognised and promoted at all stages of their career.
  • Principle 5: Individual researchers share the responsibility for and need to pro-actively engage in their own personal and career development, and lifelong learning.
  • Principle 6: Diversity and equality must be promoted in all aspects of the recruitment and career management of researchers.
  • Principle 7: The sector and all stakeholders will undertake regular and collective review of their progress in strengthening the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK.

The Concordat is managed by Vitae, the national organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of researchers. You can find out more by visiting Vitae’s Concordat website.

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