Implementation of the Concordat
The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers 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 consists of a set of key principles for the future support and management of research careers:
- Principle 1: Recruitment and Selection
- Principle 2: Recognition and Value
- Principles 3 & 4: Support and Career Development
- Principle 5: Researchers’ Responsibilities
- Principle 6: Diversity and Equality
- Principle 7: Implementation and Review
At Bath we are fully committed to implementing the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers in order to provide a productive and supportive working environment for researchers. As a recognition of this the University of Bath was awarded with the ‘HR excellence in research’ badge from the European Commission.
We have already undertaken a number of steps to ensure that its principles are embedded across the University. A key step was the gap analysis led by the Research Staff Working Group, in consultation with the Pro-Vice Chancellor (research), Human Resources, Academic Staff Development, the Research and Development Support Office and the Researcher Development Unit, to identify gaps in our practice.
Following the gap analysis an implementation strategy [pdf, 115KB] to support the implementation of the Concordat, which shows how the University will further enhance its support for researchers, was developed.
The responsibility for implementation of the strategy lies with the University Research Committee and will be managed by the Research Staff Working Group.