Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

The University of South Wales is a research-engaged higher education institution. We see research and innovation as an integral part of our mission to help our region of South Wales play an increasingly important role in the global economy. 

Our Research Strategy 2018-2028 outlines our desire 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.

Our commitment to the creation of knowledge and its transfer will help us recruit, develop and retain the best staff in order to generate a seamless scholarly community, which encompasses all of our students and all of our staff: we are all learners together.

In 2013 the University of South Wales was awarded the HR Excellence in Research Award, which demonstrates our commitment to supporting the career development of our researchers. Since 2013, continuous progress has been made in the way we support and develop our research staff and improve the research environment in which they work, it is our mission to see that our research staff are even more engaged in their own career development.

Launched in June 2008, the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers is an agreement between the funders and employers of researchers in the UK around the ways in which the careers of researchers should be supported.

The seven principles of the Concordat are:


  • Recognition of the importance of recruiting, selecting and retaining researchers with the highest potential to achieve excellence in research

  • Researchers are recognised and valued by their employing organisation as an essential part of their organisation’s human resources and a key component of their overall strategy to develop and deliver world-class research

  • Researchers are equipped and supported to be adaptable and flexible in an increasingly diverse, mobile, global research environment

  • The importance of researchers’ personal and career development, and lifelong learning, is clearly recognised and promoted at all stages of their career

  • Individual researchers share the responsibility for and need to pro-actively engage in their own personal and career development, and lifelong learning

  • Diversity and equality must be promoted in all aspects of the recruitment and career management of researchers

  • The sector and all stakeholders will undertake regular and collective review of their progress in strengthening the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK


Four year review

Two year review

Original application

Further information:

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

www.vitae.ac.uk/Concordat