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Policy & Frameworks

We will consolidate and focus support for people giving greater attention to establishing the careers of the best early career researchers. We will develop future research leaders through PhD funding, people exchange opportunities and leadership development.

Postgraduate Research

Research Councils UK have developed a Statement of Expectations for Doctoral Training  which lays out common principles for the support of all Research Council students .We have also developed a Joint Vision for Collaborative Training . These were enclosed in a letter to VCs and PVCs  in June 2013. RCUK have also released a Common Terminology  for our four different approaches to training.

We have also issued guidance on International recruitment to Research Council studentships

For information on Research Council funding for postgraduate research, please see Funding for Research Training.

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Research Staff

The UK Research Councils are signatories to The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. This 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 will ensure today's researchers are nurtured and supported during their career development. By setting out clear expectations for researchers, research managers, research institutions, and funders of research, the Concordat aims to enhance the research workforce and thereby sustain research excellence in the UK, bringing benefits to the health, economy and well being of our nation. More information and a copy of the Concordat is available here.

The UK higher education sector is signed up to the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (the Charter and Code), which are implemented through the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) code of practice for research degree programmes and through the Concordat in the case of research staff development. A mapping of the principles of these codes and the European Commission response is available here

European Commission response

Fellowships

Research Councils UK have developed a Statement of Expectations for Research Fellowships and Future Research Leaders  which lays out common principles for the support of all Research Council funded fellows.

Equality and Diversity

RCUK published a statement of expectations on Equality and Diversity in January 2013 outlining our commitment to ensuring that the best potential researchers from a diverse population are attracted into research careers. Building on this we have initiated a programme of activities which includes analysing and publishing our own diversity data.  We are committed to using our diversity data to assess how effective our policies and procedures are in promoting equal opportunities. Data on application and awards can be found here .

Research Councils UK (RCUK) is committed to ensuring that the best potential researchers from a diverse population are attracted into research careers. A statement of RCUK Expectations for Equality and Diversity (issued on 17 January 2013) is available here .

Data on the board and committee membership applications and awards by gender is available here .

The Sustainability of the UK research workforce report by Research Councils UK also contains an analysis of the participation by females from undergraduate to professor by broad discipline, is available here.

RCUK have produced a briefing relating to Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Leave and Pay from the Terms and Conditions of Grants and Training Grants, the RCUK Training Grant Guide and Research Council Funding Guides. A copy is available to download here

Assurance

The RCUK Assurance programme provides assurance to the Research Councils on use of funding and compliance with the terms and conditions of grants.


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