The Researcher Development Concordat Strategy Group (RDCSG) are delighted to announce the launch of the new website for the Concordat to Support the Careers of Researchers. This shared space aims to improve the effectiveness of the concordat by strengthening communication and engagement with the research and innovation community and to encourage collaborative change.


Today marks the launch of a new, dedicated website for the Concordat to Support the Careers of Researchers which will host updates, resources, news and stories for, and from, the research community. Whether you’re a researcher, researcher developer, research leader or leading on the concordat at your institution, there are resources and insights and opportunities for you on the new website.

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers is an essential tool to improve the employment conditions, environment, culture and professional development of the UK’s research and innovation landscape. The concordat supports action through collective effort. For the 110 institutions who’ve signed up to it so far, it creates real change. The concordat outlines objectives for four major stakeholder groups to fulfil: researchers, managers of researcher, institutions, and funders. Obligations include, to provide training in equality, diversity and inclusion, wellbeing and mental health provision, and the implementation of effective policies to address harassment and bullying. The concordat also covers vital interventions into recruitment and promotion practices, career development and leadership training for both researchers and research managers and an obligation for signatories to proactively improve career mobility for early career researchers.

The concordat is built on the foundation of collaborative effort across the sector and requires the involvement of many stakeholders at institutions, funding agencies and sector leaders. This website aims to connect our community better, increase the impact of the concordat, and ultimately improve the conditions, culture and mobility of the R&D ecosystem.

Resources, researcher stories and news updates will be shared on the site. We will also promote best practice methods on the Platform of Practice and through our social media channels. Please feel free to get in touch with Dana Gamble, Policy Researcher at Universities UK if you would like to discuss any online opportunities or if you have any feedback on the website.

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