The Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research outlines the expectations
and responsibilities of research funders with respect to public engagement, to help
embed public engagement in universities and research institutes. This will enhance
the future of research and benefit the UK society and economy.
By setting out clear expectations for research organisations, researcher managers
and supporters and researchers themselves, the Concordat aims to strengthen existing
good practice in public engagement by ensuring it is valued, recognised and supported.
The Concordat consists of a set of key principles for the future support of public
engagement, and under each principle, an explanation of how it may be embedded into
The Concordat's key principles:
- UK research organisations have a strategic commitment to public engagement
- Researchers are recognised and valued for their involvement with public
- Researchers are enabled to participate in public engagement activities through
appropriate training, support and opportunities
- The signatories and supporters of this Concordat will undertake regular
reviews of their and the wider research sector’s progress in fostering public
engagement across the UK
A copy of the Concordat can be found
The launch of the Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research will
also see the release of a new short film produced by Research Councils UK. Exploring
the benefits of public engagement with research, the film features interviews with
leading figures from the academic and research communities. The film can be viewed
The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement has produced a series
of stakeholder briefings for senior managers, managers of researchers, supporters
of researchers and researchers in implementing the Concordat within their institution:
Introduction and Overview
Briefing for senior managers
Briefing for managers of researchers
Briefing supporters of researchers
Briefing for researchers
Definitions of these categories of staff are below.
Further information and support from the NCCPE is available at
A list of signatories and supporters is available here
Senior managers - Vice-chancellors and Principals, pro-vice chancellors,
heads of faculties or support departments and directors of research institutes
Managers of researchers - Those responsible for managing and supporting
researchers, including: supervisors, principal and co-investigators, research team
leaders, directors of research and heads of schools or departments.
Researchers - Researchers are broadly defined as individuals whose primary
responsibility is to conduct research and who are employed for this purpose. This
can include postgraduate students and technicians. It is recognised that this broad
category of staffing covers a wide range of staff with different disciplinary backgrounds,
levels of training, experience and responsibility, types of contract, and different
career expectations and intentions. Given the diversity of research staff experience
and expertise, it is impossible to address researchers as a homogeneous group.
Supporters of researchers - Those responsible for supporting researchers
in their administrative and other processes related to research as well as public
engagement, including: research business managers, research administrators, finance
officers, hr staff, staff developers, careers advisors and mentors and outreach
or public and community engagement officers.
For further information about the Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research
please see the contacts page.