There are four 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 2013. Our submission was made in May, and the results announced at a press conference in August.
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:
As part of the requirements of the HR Excellence in Research Award, we were required to undertake an internal review in May 2015. For this we had to compile a three page summary report, assess our progress against our initial Gap Analysis and Action Plan, and provide a further Gap Analysis and Action Plan to take us to May 2017, at which time there will be a fuller external review. The following documents were submitted to Vitae as part of our internal review:
Vitae announced on 13 July 2015 that we had successfully completed the internal review:
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.
A Researcher Development Working Group of the Research Committee oversees and reviews the implementation of the Concordat within Anglia Ruskin University as part of a wider remit focussed on researcher development.
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.
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.
The Concordat on Open Research Data has been developed by a UK multi-stakeholder group including RCUK, Hefce, UUK and the Wellcome Trust. It will help to ensure that the research data gathered and generated by members of the UK research community is made openly available for use by others wherever possible in a manner consistent with relevant legal, ethical, disciplinary and regulatory frameworks and norms, and with due regard to the costs involved.
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