Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

  • The Concordat 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 was first published in 2008. Following sector-wide consultation, the revised Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers was released in September 2019. Oxford Brookes University became a signatory to the new Concordat in May 2020. You can read our Vice Chancellor’s letter of commitment  here.

    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. Researchers are primarily defined as contract staff who are employed solely or largely to conduct research.

    The new Concordat has three defining principles:

    1) Environment and culture (excellent research requires a supportive and inclusive research culture);

    2) Employment (researchers are recruited, employed and managed under conditions that recognise and value their contributions);

    3) Professional and career development (professional and career development are integral to enabling researchers to develop their full potential).

    For each of these principles, the revised Concordat outlines the key responsibilities of the four main stakeholder groups:

    1) Researchers

    2) Managers of researchers

    3) Institutions

    4) Funders

    To download a pdf of the  Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (2019) click on the image below: 

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    The University's "Code of Practice for the Career Management and Development of Researchers" (2012) outlines how the university meets the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (2008) and can be accessed on the Research Policies and Codes of Practice (Staff and Students only) web page

    For further information on the September 2019 Concordat, please visit the Vitae website