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Review of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (“the Concordat”) is an agreement between funders and employers of research staff to improve the employment and support for researchers and research careers in UK higher education.

The Concordat was launched in 2008 and its implementation is overseen by the Concordat Strategy Group, whose members represent the major research funders, including RCUK, and universities. Vitae leads on the management of the Concordat. The Concordat and related information can be found on the Vitae website.

The Concordat has not been updated since it was first published and there have been many changes within the research system since then, as well as wider national and international developments. The Concordat Strategy Group has decided it is timely to carry out a ten-year review of the Concordat to ensure it fulfils its intended purpose from 2018 onwards.

The review will be carried out by an independent expert review panel, with a secretariat provided by RCUK. The review is funded by the following organisations:

  • Research Councils UK
  • HEFCE
  • Scottish Funding Council
  • DELNI
  • Cancer Research UK
  • The Royal Society

Expert Review Panel

Following a competitive process, an Expert Review Panel has been assembled, including representatives from across the researcher community.  The panel comprises:

  • David Bogle, UCL (Chair)
  • Emma Compton-Daw, University of Strathclyde
  • Liz Elvidge, Imperial College
  • David Gavaghan, University of Oxford
  • James Henstock, University of Liverpool
  • Dave Jones, NIHR
  • Katie Normington, Royal Holloway
  • Ciara Rooney, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Rebekah Smith-McGloin, Coventry University
  • Matt Wenham, Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering

A panel member representing the industrial sector is yet to be appointed. It is hoped that this position will be filled shortly.

The terms of reference for the Expert Review Panel are available.

Timetable for the Review

The provisional timetable for the review is as follows:

First meeting of the Expert Review Panel  14 September 2017 
Second meeting of the Expert Review Panel   14 December 2017 
Third meeting of the Expert Review Panel   19 February 2018 
Preparation of draft report   February – April 2018 
Report approved by Concordat Strategy Group  June 2018 
Publication of report   September 2018 

Subject to recommendations from the Expert Review Panel, it is anticipated there may be an open consultation in October/November 2017 to request input in areas such as:

  • The impact of the Concordat on institutional cultures for researcher support – to identify best practice and understand the extent of the impact across the UK
  • Any information about the management and implementation of the Concordat that we do not currently hold
  • Opinions on the future role of the Concordat.

Further Information

Further updates on the Review will be published here when available.

Please direct all enquiries to: concordat@rcuk.ac.uk

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