There are three Concordats supporting research:
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.
Anglia Ruskin University gained the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission in May 2013.
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:
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:
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:
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.
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