Researcher Development Concordat

The University fully supports the Concordat principles and is working collectively to implement them across the institution.

Learn more about how the Concordat can help to create the very best culture for our researchers to thrive.

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, commonly known as the ‘Researcher Development Concordat’, is an agreement between stakeholders including Kent to improve the employment and support for researchers in UK HE.  

The Concordat establishes a number of principles which are underpinned by obligations for four key stakeholder groups: funders, institutions, researchers and managers of researchers. These principles and obligations fall under three areas:

  • environment and culture 
  • employment 
  • professional and career development

The Graduate and Researcher College (GRC) is liaising closely with colleagues in a range of Professional Services Departments, the Divisions and the Researcher Development Advisory Group (RDAG) to embed these principles across Kent as part of the University’s strategy to strengthen the support available for all its academic and research staff.  

The University’s first Annual Report and Action Plan for the Concordat have now been published – and the latter was updated in December 2021. Please read the blogpost and view the documents below to learn about the work which is being undertaken to realise the aspirational aims of the Concordat.

Guidance and Support

Concordat Annual Report 2021

Concordat Action Plan (July 2021-June 2022) - updated 10 December 2021

Letter of Commitment to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers 

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (PDF)

Vitae Concordat information 

HR Excellence in Research Award (HRER) 

Researcher Development Advisory Group (RDAG) 

More to follow!

Additional information about the Concordat Principles will be available soon. 

Updates and Help

Contact the RDAG Secretary 

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