The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

The Concordat is an agreement between employers of researchers and research funders on the expectations for the professional development and employment conditions of researchers in the UK.


Concordat Action Planning  

Would you like to help improve the experience of researchers at Oxford? We are inviting expressions of interest in co-designing the University’s action plan to fulfil the Concordat for the Career Development of Researchers.

  • The process will involve fixed term researchers (three from each division) working together as a peer group (via online workshops), then discussing with line managers/PIs and professional support staff to agree a shared proposal - overview found here.
  • To express interest in joining, please write to us on by 10th September.  If you would like more detail than provided in the above overview, please join a short briefing on how we will work together in the peer group sessions with Rachel Bray and David Gavaghan on Wed 8th Sept, 11 am to 12 noon. Please email for a meeting link or any further questions.
  • Diversity in background and experience is a priority. Familiarity with the Concordat is not a pre-requisite!

The Concordat seeks to create the healthy and supportive culture needed to ensure our researchers are given every opportunity to thrive and realise their potential in the increasingly diverse, mobile and global environment in which we work.

The Concordat recognises explicitly that whilst talented researchers are vital for our universities and research institutes, the majority will move on and apply their skills in highly-valued careers across a wide range of employment sectors.

The Concordat has three defining Principles covering:

  1. Environment and Culture:
    Excellent research requires a supportive and inclusive research culture
  2. Employment
    Researchers are recruited, employed and managed under conditions that recognise their value and importance
  3. Professional and Career Development
    Professional and career development are integral to enabling researchers to develop their full potential

For each of these Principles, the Concordat outlines the key responsibilities of the four main stakeholder groups:

  1. Funders
    Providing funding for public or private research
  2. Institutions
    Universities and research institutes as employers of researchers
  3. Managers of researchers
    Having direct line management responsibility for researchers
  4. Researchers
    Employed primarily to conduct research

More information on the Concordat can be found here.

University Vice Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson signed the Concordat for Researcher Development on Thursday 22nd April 2021.

Please see the letter from our Vice Chancellor found here.

Signature of the Concordat will trigger a process to design an Action Plan for meeting the Concordat ready for publication on the University website in April 2022.

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