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 and the Divisions 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 GRC’s work to realise the aspirational aims of the Concordat includes coordinating the production of the University’s Concordat Action Plan due for submission in June 2021. This will incorporate actions from the 2017 HR Excellence in Research Award (HRER) Action Plan, as well as new initiatives mapped to the Concordat principles, and is being overseen by the Researcher Development Advisory Group (RDAG)

Guidance and Support

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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