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:
Since signing up to the Concordat in June 2020, the Graduate and Researcher College (GRC) has been liaising closely with colleagues in a range of Professional Services Departments, the Divisions and the Researcher Development Advisory Group (RDAG) to embed these three principles across Kent in a range of ways.
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This Concordat Principle “recognises that a proactive and collaborative approach is required between all stakeholders, to create and develop positive environments and cultures in which all researchers can flourish and achieve their full potential.”
It acknowledges that “healthy working environments attract and develop a more diverse workforce, impact positively on individual and institutional performance, and enhance staff engagement.”
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This Concordat Principle “recognises the importance of fair, transparent and merit-based recruitment, progression and promotion, effective performance management, and a good work-life balance.”
It acknowledges that:
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This Concordat Principle “recognises the importance of continuous professional and career development, particularly as researchers pursue a wide range of careers.”
It acknowledges that “researchers must be equipped and supported to be adaptable and flexible in an increasingly diverse global research environment and employment market.”
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current priorities and detailed progress relating to all three principles in
our Concordat documentation, which includes the University’s latest
Concordat Annual Report. Please view the documents below.