The concordat has three defining principles covering Environment and Culture, Employment, and Professional and Career Development.

For each of these principles, the concordat outlines the key responsibilities of the four main stakeholder groups; researchers, managers of researchers, institutions, and funders. These responsibilities are cast as obligations, given the pressing need to improve standards and to ensure a consistency of experience for our researchers across the UK.

Some of these obligations will take time to implement, while some may need to be adapted or, occasionally, might not be appropriate for particular signatories given the nature and mission of their organisations. It is also recognised that some of the areas of most concern to researchers, such as the prevalence of fixed-term contracts and enforced mobility, will require long term systemic changes, which can only be realised through collective action across stakeholders.

Read the full concordat here

Find out what your commitments are by each stakeholder group:




Managers of Researchers