The Concordat provides a single statement of the expectations and responsibilities of researchers, their managers, employers and funders. It is a national document with many signatories including Universities UK, HEFCE and the research councils UK.
Oversight of the implementation of the expectations and responsibilities is maintained through a formal committee, chaired by the Director of Research and Enterprise, and reports to the University Research Committee. The commitment to the Concordat is supported through participation in the HR Excellence in Research Award scheme.
The Concordat consists of a set of 7 principles set around 6 areas which as a university we seek to align our practice.
The focus of the Concordat is on 'employees engaged principally to undertake research, the majority of whom are necessarily supported by fixed-term project funding'.
At Huddersfield we believe these principles should extend, where appropriate to our research students. The Concordat is referenced in all the Research Councils’ Delivery Plans and there is an expectation that research intensive universities who employ researchers will be able to demonstrate alignment with the principles.
The Concordat sets out seven key principles for funders and employers of researchers in the UK: