The University of Lincoln became a signatory of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (otherwise known as the Researcher Development Concordat) in February 2020. A copy of the letter publicly committing to the principles and signatory responsibilities of the Concordat can be found on the Researcher Development Concordat website.
The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers is an agreement between funders and employers of research staff to improve the employment and support for research careers in UK higher education. The Concordat not only helps to improve environment and culture within which research is conducted, but also recognises the role of research and innovation in delivering the UK’s industrial and economic strategies. The Concordat sets out clear standards that research staff can expect from the institution that employs them, as well as their responsibilities as researchers.
Stakeholders in the Concordat include:
- Managers of Researchers
The Concordat is structured around three core principles, which are underpinned by obligations for the four groups of stakeholders:
- Environment and Culture – a supportive and inclusive research culture positively impacts on individual and institutional performance, and helps attract a diverse workforce.
- Employment – good employment conditions positively impact on research excellence, researcher wellbeing, and promotes research careers.
- Professional and Career Development – enabling researchers to develop to their full potential.
HR Excellence in Research Award
The University of Lincoln is delighted to confirm that following an external review in January 2023, we have been successful in retaining the European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award for a further three years.
The award is an important mechanism for implementing the principles of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, and in retaining this award the University has demonstrated our long-term commitment to supporting researchers’ career development as well as improving research culture and working conditions.
The next review for the HR Excellence in Research Award will take place in January 2026.
The University of Lincoln’s HR Excellence in Research Award action plan and two-year report can be read below.
2 year review – January 2023
First submission – 2020
Researcher Development Concordat
The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, commonly known as the Researcher Development Concordat, is an agreement between stakeholders to improve the employment and support for researchers and researcher careers in higher education in the UK.