The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, launched in June 2008, is an agreement between funders and employers of researchers in the UK and represents a significant development in national policy to support good management of researchers and their careers. The Concordat outlined a set of seven key principles for the future support and management of research careers. It sets out the expectations and responsibilities of researchers, their managers, employers and funders in supporting research careers. The principles embodied within the Concordat have been widely accepted across the sector and are endorsed by the major funders of public research.
LJMU is recognised for its commitment to supporting the personal, professional and career development of its researchers and was awarded the EU HR Excellence in Research Award in 2012. We have successfully retained the award following biennial review processes in 2014, 2016 and 2018.
The Concordat Task Group
The University’s Concordat Task Group (CTG) oversees and advises on relevant University strategic initiatives relating to researcher support and development. The CTG is Chaired by Professor Robin Leatherbarrow, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Scholarship, Research and Knowledge Transfer. Members of the CTG are drawn from the researcher community (staff and PGR), People and Organisational Development, the Doctoral Academy, senior leadership from each Faculty, and Research and Innovation Services.
The following documents show the evolution of the activities of the CTG and its Action Plan for 2018-20:
- LJMU HR Excellence in Research Award Six-year institutional review (September 2018)
- LJMU Concordat Implementation Plan 2016-2018 with progress updated (September 2018)
- LJMU HR Excellence in Research Award Four-year institutional review (August 2016)
- LJMU review of the Concordat Implementation Plan 2014-2016 (August 2016)
- LJMU Concordat Implementation Summary and Action Plan 2010
For further information on the work of the Concordat Task Group please contact Dr Diana Leighton.