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:
Following a competitive process, an Expert Review Panel has been assembled, including representatives from across the researcher community. The panel comprises:
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.
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:
Further updates on the Review will be published here when available.
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