The Researcher Development Concordat | University of Oxford

The Researcher Development Concordat

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.

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.

The University will sign the Concordat on 22 April 2021.  Register via this link

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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