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Researcher Development Working Group



The University of Kent attained the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award in May 2013. The Researcher Development Working Group (RDWG) was set up following the submission and is the focus for progress against the excellence action plan. This includes:

  • Translating the action plan into good practice development in Faculties, with a particular focus on fixed term contract researchers
  • Communicating the importance to the University of supporting & developing contract research staff

The University’s Excellence in Research application underlined our commitment to, and compliance with, the principles of the Researcher Development Concordat . The Concordat sets standards for the career management and conditions of employment of researchers employed by HEIs on fixed-term or similar contracts and funded through research grants or analogous schemes. It has been used as a general reference point for good practice across the UK higher education sector. The University’s Kent HR Excellence in Research - Six Year Review, November 2019, summarises existing evidence of compliance and sets out the further actions required.  

RDWG exists to facilitate a strong, supportive system that helps staff to develop their research careers and to engage with research staff across all three faculties to identify key areas for continuous improvement.

Please contact Helen Leech in Research Services ( if you would like further information about researcher development at Kent:

Hot links for Researchers:

Graduate School Researcher Development

Research Services

Early Career Researcher network blog


Pathfinders for Researcher Development and Support

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF)

Vitae - Researcher Development Framework

Further information please contact Learning and Organisational Development at



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Last Updated: 27/01/2020