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Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers is an agreement between the funders and employers of researchers in the UK that sets out seven principles around which the careers of researchers should be supported. It provides a 'single, unambiguous statement of the expectations and responsibilities of researchers, their managers, employers and funders'.

The seven principles 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.

What does the Concordat mean for researchers at Kingston University?

As a Kingston University researcher, the Concordat should have a positive impact on your career development and working conditions. It provides a clear overview of your responsibilities as a researcher, what you can expect from your employer and your funder.

Implementing the Concordat at Kingston University

Kingston University is fully committed to achieving the principles of the Concordat. Our Gap Analysis and Action Plan 2016-2018 update, subsequent Two-Year Review, and updated Action Plan for 2018-20 demonstrates the support we provide in our commitment to the career development of researchers. It also shows the plans we have in place to improve that support further.

HR Excellence in Research Award

HR Excellence in Research Award A nationwide process enables UK HEIs to gain the European Commission's HR Excellence in Research Award, which acknowledges their alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment. Kingston is one of 268 institutions across Europe with the Award (95 UK and 173 in other European countries). Institutions who have gained the recognition are listed on the EURAXESS.

The UK process incorporates both the QAA Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers to enable institutions that have published Concordat implementation plans to gain the European Commission award. The UK approach includes ongoing national evaluation and benchmarking.