An Agreement between the Funders and Employers of Researchers in the UK
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 fl exible 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
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
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.
The 7 Principles of the Concordat
A. Recruitment and Selection – Principle 1
B. Recognition and Value – Principle 2
C. Support and Career Development – Principles 3 & 4
D. Researchers’ Responsibilities – Principle 5
E. Diversity and Equality – Principle 6
Implementation and Review – Principle 7
Annex 1 Membership of the working group for
the revision of the Concordat
Annex 2 Relevant legislation and guidance
Annex 3 European Guidance and Codes of Practice
The Concordat to Support
the Career Development
I am delighted to introduce this
Concordat to Support the Career
Development of Researchers.
Supporting world-class research is
central to the remit of the Dep