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Durham University

Research Staff

The Concordat

Established in 2008, the Concordat's overall aims are to ensure that the significant contributions of Research Staff are more widely recognised; that the quality, quantity and impact of research are improved for the benefit of the UK's society and economy; and that the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK is increased.

“The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers sets out the expectations and responsibilities of researchers, their managers, employers and funders”

It consists of :

  • A set of seven principles for the future support and management of research careers and, under each principle, an explanation of how it may best be embedded into institutional practice
  • A clear statement of the signatories' collective expectations for the support and management of researchers
  • A section emphasising the responsibility of researchers to take control of their career and to further it through informed decisions.

The seven key principles relate to the areas of:

  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Recognition and Value
  • Support and Career Development
  • Researchers' Responsibilities
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Implementation and Review

For further information, please visit the Concordat website. A hard copy of the Concordat can also be downloaded from this website. Alternatively, it can be accessed by following the link on the right of this page.

The Concordat aligns with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers