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Research Concordats

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There are three Concordats supporting research:

  • Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers
  • Concordat to Support Research Integrity
  • Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research

 

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

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.

 

HR Excellence in Research Award

Anglia Ruskin University gained the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission in May 2013.

Anglia Ruskin University achieves HR Excellence in Research Award: Vitae news item

The 'HR Excellence in Research' award is given to an organisation which has a robust and public implementation strategy for improving the career development and management of its researchers. On behalf of the European Commission, Vitae operates a UK-wide process, incorporating the QAA UK Quality Code for Higher Education, Chapter B11: Research Degrees and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, which enables institutions to gain the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award, acknowledging alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment. The UK approach includes ongoing national evaluation and benchmarking.

The following documents were submitted for the HR Excellence in Research Award:

 

About the Concordat

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers will ensure 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.

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 practice.

The Concordat's key principles:

  1. Recognition of the importance of recruiting, selecting and retaining researchers with the highest potential to achieve excellence in research.
  2. 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.
  3. Researchers are equipped and supported to be adaptable and flexible in an increasingly diverse, mobile, global research environment.
  4. The importance of researchers' personal and career development, and lifelong learning, is clearly recognised and promoted at all stages of their career.
  5. Individual researchers share the responsibility for and need to pro-actively engage in their own personal and career development and lifelong learning.
  6. Diversity and equality must be promoted in all aspects of the recruitment and career management of researchers.
  7. 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.

Vitae have produced a Briefing for Managers of Reseachers which explains the requirements of the Concordat.

The Researcher Development Working Group of the Research Committee has been formed to oversee and review the implementation of the Concordat within Anglia Ruskin University. The members of this Group are:

  • Dr Tony West (Chair), Director, RDCS
  • Dr Alan White, Director of Research, RDCS
  • Dr Tim Brooks, Research Policy and REF Manager, RDCS
  • Fleur Dulude, HR Manager (Learning and Development), HRS
  • Professor Eugene Giddens, Director of Research, ALSS
  • Julie Scott, Research Training and Ethics Manager, RDCS
  • Jill Smit, Research Policy Co-ordinator, RDCS

 

Concordat to Support Research Integrity

This Concordat sets out five commitments that provide assurances to government, the wider public and the international community that research in the UK continues to be underpinned by the highest standards of rigour and integrity.  The Concordat itself is available from the Universities UK website. Compliance with the Concordat to Support Research Integrity is now a condition of HEFCE's grant for research.

 

Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research

The Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research outlines the expectations and responsibilities of research funders with respect to public engagement, to help embed public engagement in universities and research institutes. This will enhance the future of research and benefit the UK society and economy.  It is available at:http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/per/Pages/Concordat.aspx. Anglia Ruskin University is a signatory to the Manifesto on Public Engagement, organised by the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) as a means for institutions to demonstrate their support for the Concordat.