Academic and Research Staff Strategy


Discover our plans for the next steps in researcher development

The University is committed to supporting all academic and research staff. It fully supports the principles of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and is working collectively to implement them across the institution. 

The GRC brings together expertise from five support services across the University to provide holistic researcher support for colleagues across all career stages. It is central to planning and progressing Kent’s commitment to developing all its staff who research and is working on a range of initiatives to establish even stronger support systems and practices for researchers. 

Researcher development activities are monitored by the Researcher Development Advisory Group (RDAG) which reports to the Research & Innovation Board (RIB). The group ensures the voice of researchers is heard in discussions about how best to support their development and monitors, maintains and renews Kent’s HR Excellence in Research Award (HRER) accreditation.

Growing our research talent

The University supports professional development from postgraduate to professor.  We encourage best practices in researcher development and support. We work to  create the best culture for researchers to thrive. Learn more about our work and read about our commitment to the HR Excellence in Research Award and Researcher Development Concordat.


We agree that researchers should be recognised and valued for their contributions in research and beyond, supported in their professional and career development, and equipped and empowered to succeed in their chosen careers

Letter of Commitment to the Concordat Professor Karen Cox

Enhancing research communities

Kent’s Signature Research Themes bring academic communities together through strong, innovative ideas. Whilst the Researcher Development Advisory Group (RDAG) further embeds researcher development at Kent.  

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