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The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

The Concordat is an agreement between the funders and employers of researchers in the UK. It sets out the expectations and responsibilities of each stakeholder in researcher careers - researchers themselves, their managers, employers and funders.

The Concordat consists of seven key principles for the support and management of research careers, covering

  • recruitment and selection
  • recognition and value
  • support and career development
  • researchers' responsibilities
  • diversity and equality
  • implementation and review

Implementation of the Concordat

Within Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), the Researcher Concordat Sub-Committee (RCSC) maintains oversight of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and the HR Excellence in Research Award. RCSC reports to the University Research and Innovation Committee (RIC) and includes senior and Early Career Researcher (ECR) staff representation from each of our four faculties along with representatives from central directorates - Human Resources (HR), the Research and Innovation Office (RIO), and the Learning Enhancement and Academic Development (LEAD) team.

Our current action plan and previous activity is below:

A refreshed action plan v3.0 (PDF, 230 KB) was produced in January 2017.

A four-year external review (PDF, 225 KB) was undertaken in January 2017.

Progress against action plan v2.0 (PDF, 152 KB) was mapped in January 2017.

A two-year internal review (PDF, 234 KB) was undertaken in December 2014.

A refreshed action plan (PDF, 134 KB) was produced in June 2014.

Our original response and action plan (PDF, 261 KB) was endorsed by the University's Executive Group in July 2012.

Annual reports of progress

The Researcher Concordat Sub-Committee will oversee the action plan, reporting to the University's Research and Innovation Committee.

A summary of the Researcher Concordat Sub-Committee's work (PDF, 118 KB) in 2015/16 is available for download.

A summary of the Researcher Concordat Sub-Committee's work (PDF, 17 KB) in 2014/15 is available for download.

A summary of the Researcher Concordat Sub-Committee's work (PDF, 269 KB) in 2013/14 is available for download.

A summary of the Researcher Concordat Sub-Committee's work (PDF, 290 KB) in 2012/13 is available for download.

The HR Excellence in Research Award

HR Excellence in Research Award

A UK-wide process, incorporating the QAA UK Quality Code for Higher Education, Chapter B11: Research Degrees and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, enables institutions to gain the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award, acknowledging alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment.

In January 2013 Vitae confirmed that Sheffield Hallam had gained the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission. In June 2017 Vitae confirmed that we had retained the award at step 5 (4 year external review).

Academic CPD

Researcher career development is part of the University's integrated approach to Academic CPD.

All researchers can access the Sheffield Hallam Researcher Development (SHaRD) Programme.

Click here for related links and further information.

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