The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

Our research successes have been due to the hard work and talent of our academics, postgraduate research students and dedicated colleagues in professional services. 

Continuous progress has been made in the way we support and develop our research staff and improve the research culture and environment in which they work.  

Commitment to supporting career development


The University of South Wales was awarded the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission in 2013 and has successfully retained the Award through a number of reviews. 

The Award reflects USW’s commitment to:

  • supporting the career development of its researchers
  • supporting the principles of the UK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers
  • implementing the Research Strategy 2018-2028 which outlines a commitment to provide a high-performance culture to attract, retain and develop talented research active staff and students engaged with business, industry and commerce and working on societal challenges.


In October 2021 the University continued this commitment by becoming a signatory to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. 

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.

The Concordat has three defining Principles covering:

  • Environment and Culture: Excellent research requires a supportive and inclusive research culture
  • Employment: Researchers are recruited, employed and managed under conditions that recognise their value and importance
  • Professional and Career Development: Professional and career development are integral to enabling researchers to develop their full potential


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As part of its commitment to the implementation of the Concordat, the University produces progress reviews and renewed implementation action plans.

USW Family


"I really can’t emphasise enough the impact of my journey at USW from undergraduate to research student on my career path.

"Throughout it all, I have had - and continue to have - access to excellent support and mentorship.

"This is central, not just to what I do now in terms of my role as a research fellow, but my ability, knowledge, and confidence to perform well."


Dr Sarah-Wallace WIHSC

Dr Sarah Wallace
Senior Research Fellow, Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care