Researcher Development Concordat primed to deliver on government’s people and culture strategy
Last updated on Tuesday 29 Mar 2022 at 4:33pm
We are working in tandem with signatories of the Researcher Development Concordat to help deliver on the UK Government’s People & Culture Strategy, and promote equality, diversity and inclusion, skills development, career mobility and networking opportunities for early-career researchers.
The concordat transferred its secretariat from Vitae to UUK in 2021 and we have since adopted a new governance structure to better support signatories and galvanise the UK research and innovation community. We are aiming to ensure the voices of the research community are heard at a national level with engagement opportunities for researchers at all career stages, industry leaders and senior university management. We will also regularly review and update the concordat to reflect policy developments and measure its impact on the higher education sector.
These efforts are bearing fruit, as shown in a new set of case studies published today by the Researcher Development Concordat Strategy Group. The report, published on the Researcher Development Concordat website, highlights the excellent activities introduced by concordat signatories. It includes examples of how research culture has been improved by establishing staff networks, forums, and communities of practice.
Professor Julia Buckingham, Chair of the Researcher Development Concordat Strategy Group said:
The government’s People & Culture Strategy has rightly identified areas where research culture in the UK could be improved to make best use of the nation’s talent. The Researcher Development Concordat is a powerful tool that can catalyse the delivery of this strategy, and evidence shows that institutional leaders are already making the kinds of changes we need to support the government’s ambitions.
Professor Julia Buckingham
Chair of the Researcher Development Concordat Strategy Group