Review of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (“the Concordat”) is an agreement between funders and employers of research staff to improve the employment and support for researchers and research careers in UK higher education.

The Concordat was launched in 2008 and its implementation is overseen by the Concordat Strategy Group, whose members represent the major research funders, including the research councils as UK Research and Innovation, and universities. Vitae leads on the management of the Concordat. The Concordat and related information can be found on the Vitae website.

Following changes within the research system, as well as wider national and international developments, the Concordat Strategy Group had decided it was timely to carry out a ten-year review of the Concordat to ensure it fulfils its intended purpose from 2018 onwards.

The review was carried out by an independent expert review panel, with a secretariat provided by UK Research and Innovation. The review is funded by the following organisations:

  • UK Research and Innovation
  • Higher Education Funding Council for Wales
  • Scottish Funding Council
  • Department for Employment and Learning of Northern Ireland
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Wellcome Trust
  • The Royal Society

The terms of reference and membership for the Expert Review Panel are available within the report.

Community consultation

A consultation was run in order to gain input to this important review from the research community.  Any individuals or groups who wished to contribute their views were invited to do so, and over 350 responses were received from across the community, including:

  • researchers in academia and industry
  • researcher managers
  • principal investigators and research leaders
  • policy makers and funders
  • professional and trade associations.

A summary of the consultation responses is included in the review report.

Panel meetings

Minutes of the Expert Review Panel are available: