Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Researchers Concordat

Signed by Universities UK and Research Councils UK (RCUK), the UK Higher Education Funding Councils, the Wellcome Trust and several other funders of research, the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers is a document to support researchers like you.

What is the Concordat?

The Concordat sets out, in three clear principles: Environment and Culture, Employment and Professional and Career Development, the responsibilities of researchers, managers of researchers, institutions and funders.  It aims to increase the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK and to improve the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of the UK society and its economy.

When was it launched?

The original concordat was launched in summer 2008 and since then there has been many developments within the research environment.  In 2018, an independent review was undertaken and a revised concordat was published in September 2019.  On 4th February 2020, The University of Edinburgh became signatories to the Concordat. By signing this document, the University is demonstrating its continued commitment and ongoing support of research staff careers, but also to working in partnership with other institutions and funders to explore more systematic changes.

The current Concordat can be downloaded from the research concordat website:

The Researcher Development Concordat website

What are we doing about it at Edinburgh?

To implement the Concordat Principles the University will convene a Concordat Implementation Group whose immediate priority is write a two-year action plan, which will set out how we will embed our Concordat actions in core practices and consider them alongside other University initiatives.

In 2008, we launched the University of Edinburgh Code of Practice for the Management and Career Development of Research Staff and updated it in 2015. It provides guidance for staff at Edinburgh on implementing a number of the Concordat principles.

Code of Practice for the Management and Career Development of Research Staff

Based on the revised Concordat, we are working on once again updating this document.

 We also continue to work on our HR Excellence in Research Award action plan, from our successful 8-year external review submission in 2018.

HR excellence in research award

Do you have something to add?

If you are a researcher, research manager, or any other staff group with an interest in the Concordat, and you would like to give us feedback on what you think we should be doing, do get in touch with us.

Research staff and principal investigator (PI) support

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