UKRI publishes plan to support researcher careers
1 September 2020
Training and development
The research councils commit to supporting the new Concordat
UKRI’s action plan explains how the organisation intends to implement the revised Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.
The action plan covers the principles of the concordat: environment and culture, employment, and professional and career development. It outlines key obligations for researchers, managers, employers and funders.
UKRI’s action plan includes the establishment of a researcher external advisory panel to strengthen the research voice within UKRI; updating the terms and conditions of its grants and details of the support it expects from the organisations UKRI funds, for researchers, managers and associated staff.
The action plan sets out UKRI’s intention to
- Increase the emphasis on careers and research culture in the consultation on future Research Excellence Framework (REF) processes.
- Develop a consistent set of expectations and comparable grant terms and conditions across the funding landscape on the roles of researchers and to build a collective vision for their development.
- Update assessment processes to ensure UKRI grant holders have considered the professional and career development of their staff.