Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

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:

  • Researchers
  • Managers of Researchers
  • Institutions
  • Funders

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   

HR Excellence in Research Action Plan 2023 - 2026

HR Excellence in Research Two Year Report - 2023 (PDF)

 

First submission – 2020  

University of Lincoln Context for Action Plan

HR Excellence in Research Action Plan 2020 - 2022

 

Annual reports

University of Lincoln Concordat Annual Report 2021 (PDF)

University of Lincoln Concordat Annual Report 2022 (PDF)

 

HR Excellence in Research logo

 

Contact Details

 

 Professor Andrew Hunter, DVC Research and Innovation

Email: ahunter@lincoln.ac.uk

Lauren Blackwell, Researcher Development Officer

Email: lblackwell@lincoln.ac.uk

 Helen Rice, People Change and Policy Manager

Email: hrice@lincoln.ac.uk