Supporting the career development of researchers

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 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.

Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

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.

Key principles of the Concordat

The Concordat sets out seven key principles for funders and employers of researchers in the UK:

  1. Recognition of the importance of recruiting, selecting and retaining researchers with the highest potential to achieve excellence in research
  2. Researchers are recognised and valued by their employing organisation as an essential part of their organisation's human resources and a key component of their overall strategy to develop and deliver world-class research
  3. Researchers are equipped and supported to be adaptable and flexible in an increasingly diverse, mobile, global research environment
  4. The importance of researchers' personal and career development, and lifelong learning, is clearly recognised and promoted at all stages of their career
  5. Individual researchers share the responsibility for and need to pro-actively engage in their own personal and career development, and lifelong learning
  6. Diversity and equality must be promoted in all aspects of the recruitment and career management of researchers
  7. The sector and all stakeholders will undertake regular and collective review of their progress in strengthening the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK

See also

HR Excellence in Research at Huddersfield