Universities UK, UKRI and the Wellcome Trust have commissioned Basis Social to gather evidence on the adoption and impact of various 'concordats' and agreements currently in place in the research sector.
Concordats are agreed sets of expectations for the conditions under which research and innovation happen. They cover a wide range of issues that support researchers and have been developed in response to different challenges and opportunities.
Although the concordats and agreements ('initiatives') help the research community in several ways, they can overlap in scope, and their adoption and impact is inconsistent. There is also no overall assessment of their collective effect on research conditions in the UK, including culture, infrastructure, skills, policies and procedures.
This project aims to inform conversations about how the initiatives can best promote a more inclusive and welcoming research culture while minimising bureaucracy.
The initiatives in scope for the review are:
- Concordat for Research Integrity
- Concordat on Open Research Data
- Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers
- Technician Commitment
- Concordat on Openness on Animal Research
- Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research
- Concordat for the Advancement of Knowledge Exchange in Higher Education
- Guidance for Safeguarding in International Development Research
- San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)
- Leiden Manifesto on Research Metrics
- Athena Swan Charter
- Race Equality Charter
The project will take views from a range of stakeholders and includes a challenge group, comprised of members from across the research system. For further information, see the project's terms of reference.
Challenge group membership (at May 2021)
Note: further members may join the group in due course.
- Tanita Casci Head of Research Policy, University of Glasgow
- Maria Delgado Director of Research, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
- Helen Featherstone Head of Public Engagement, University of Bath
- Ian Gilmore Head of Science, National Physical Laboratory
- Helen Gleeson Cavendish Professor of Physics University of Leeds
- Kay Guccione Senior Lecturer (Academic Development) Glasgow Caledonian University
- Tracey Henshaw Assistant Director, The Leverhulme Trust
- Molly Morgan Jones Director of Policy, British Academy
- Chris Muryn Head of Research Infrastructure and Facilities, Faculty of Science and Engineering (Institutes), University of Manchester
- Sarah Parks Senior Analyst at UKRI
- Candy Rowe Professor of Animal Behaviour and Cognition, Dean of Research Culture and Strategy, Newcastle University
- Emily Sena Stroke Association Kirby Laing Foundation Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh
- Anjali Shah Co-Chair of the UK Research Staff Association & Epidemiologist / Biostatistician /Research Manager, University of Oxford
- Jennifer Stergiou Director of Research and Innovation Service, Northumbria University Joanna Thorn Research Fellow, Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol, and Co-chair of the University of Bristol Research Staff Representatives Committee
- Karin Wahl Jorgensen Professor and Dean of Research Environment and Culture at Cardiff University / Deon Prifysgol Amgylchedd Ymchwil a Diwylliant, Cyfarwyddwr Ymchwil, Ganolfan Newyddiaduraeth Gymunedol Prifysgol Caerdydd
- Sam Westwood Lecturer in Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wolverhampton Anthony Whitney BEIS / Representative of the UK Government Bureaucracy Review
What happens next
The project will gather evidence on the initiatives, but not evaluate them. The evidence will also inform discussions and planning related to the UK government's review of research bureaucracy and People and Culture Strategy, and the broader aims of the UK's Research and Development Roadmap.