Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers is an agreement between the major funders and employers of researchers in the UK. 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.

Key principles

The Concordat consists of a set of key principles for the future support and management of research careers. These are:

  1. Recognition of the importance of recruiting, selecting and retaining researchers with the highest potential to achieve excellence in research.
  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.
  3. Researchers are equipped and supported to be adaptable and flexible in an increasingly diverse, mobile, global research environment.
  4. The importance of researchers' personal and career development, and lifelong learning, is clearly recognised and promoted at all stages of their career.
  5. Individual researchers share the responsibility for and need to pro-actively engage in their own personal and career development, and lifelong learning.
  6. Diversity and equality must be promoted in all aspects of the recruitment and career management of researchers.
  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.

Find out more

  • Implementation: what is the University of Leicester doing to implement the Concordat?
  • Engagement: what does the Concordat mean to you?

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HR Excellence in Research Award
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 A UK-wide process, incorporating the QAA Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes and the Concordat to Support the Career
Development of Researchers, enables institutions to gain the European Commission’s ‘HR excellence in research’ badge, acknowledging
alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment.

Further information

Concordat website

For all queries regarding the Concordat at Leicester, please contact resdev@le.ac.uk.