The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers is an agreement between the funders and employers of researchers in the UK to improve the employment and support for researchers and researcher careers. It sets out the obligations of each stakeholder in researcher careers: researchers themselves, their managers, institutions and funders.
The Concordat was revised in September 2019 and consists of three key principles, covering
- environment and culture
- professional and career development
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 Colleges and Research Institutes along with representatives from central directorates: Human Resources & Organisational Development (HR & OD), Research and Innovation Services (RIS), and Academic Development 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. We are awaiting the outcome of our eight-year review (expected March 2021).
Contact: Elizabeth Scanlon, Research and Innovation Services.