The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers 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 Operations Group (RCOG) maintains oversight of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and the HR Excellence in Research Award.
RCOG reports to the Chair of the University's Creating Knowledge Board and includes senior and Early Career Researcher (ECR) staff representation from each of our four faculties along with representatives from central directorates: Human Resources & Organisational Development (HR & OD), the Research and Innovation Office (RIO), and the Learning Enhancement and Academic Development (LEAD) team.
Our current action plan and previous activity is below.
The 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 March 2019 the UK HR Excellence in Research Panel confirmed that we had retained the award at the six-year review point.