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Supporting the Concordat

The University of Wolverhampton is committed to the principles of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.

The Concordat sets out the expectations and responsibilities of researchers, their managers, employers and funders. It aims to increase the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK and to improve the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy.

The Concordat was established to ensure that today's researchers are nurtured and supported during their career development. By setting out clear expectations for researchers, research managers, research institutions, and funders of research, the Concordat aims to enhance the research workforce and thereby sustain research excellence in the UK, bringing benefits to the health, economy and well-being of our nation. Concordat

The Concordat consists of a set of key principles for the future support and management of research careers, and under each principle, an explanation of how it may be embedded into institutional practise.

Concordat to support the career development of researchersThe Concordat's key principles:

  • Recognition of the importance of recruiting, selecting and retaining researchers with the highest potential to achieve excellence in research.
  • Researchers are recognised and valued by their employing organisation as an essential part of their organisation's human resources and a key component of their overall strategy to develop and deliver world-class research.
  • Researchers are equipped and supported to be adaptable and flexible in an increasingly diverse, mobile, global research environment.
  • The importance of researchers' personal and career development, and lifelong learning, is clearly recognised and promoted at all stages of their career.
  • Individual researchers share the responsibility for and need to pro-actively engage in their own personal and career development, and lifelong learning.
  • Diversity and equality must be promoted in all aspects of the recruitment and career management of researchers.
  • The sector and all stakeholders will undertake regular and collective review of their progress in strengthening the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK.

5 steps forwardVitae Report: Five Steps Forward

Progress in implementing the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers 2008-2017

The 5 Steps Forward report launched at the Vitae Researcher Development Conference 2017, based on successive Careers in Research Online Surveys (CROS) and Principal Investigators & Research Leaders Surveys (PIRLS)

The Concordat Working Group

In order to introduce and maintain the standards within the Concordat, and to achieve the national benchmark standard, the University of Wolverhampton established a University Concordat Working Group including the Dean of Research, the Director of Doctoral College, and the Deputy Director of HR (Strategic Development).