Developing researchers’ careers with national Concordat

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The University of South Wales (USW) has become a signatory of Vitae's Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, marking its commitment to the career aspirations of academic colleagues.

Concordat.pngThe agreement, commonly known as the Researcher Development Concordat, aims to improve the employment and support for researchers and researcher careers in higher education in the UK.

It sets out three clear principles of environment and culture; employment; and professional and career development. The principles are underpinned by obligations for the four key stakeholder groups; funders, institutions, researchers and managers of researchers, to realise the aims of the Concordat.

The Concordat has been created for the benefit of the whole research community within the UK to improve the environment and culture within which research is conducted.

It will benefit those conducting and managing research, as well as the quality of the research itself.

As a signatory of the Concordat, USW demonstrates its continuing commitment to the professional and career development of researchers in a healthy and supportive environment, in a way that is recognised by major funders, other major research centres and institutions.

Martin-SteggallProfessor Martin Steggall, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at USW, said: “We at USW are proud to uphold the Concordat and its important principles of support in the development of research careers.

“The Concordat enables us to further focus on the career development of our researchers and provide them with ongoing support, developing the best opportunities that will help our researchers to flourish in today’s challenging academic landscape. By becoming part of the Concordat, we can continue to make a difference with our research, and change lives and our world for the better.”

Read the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers in full.