Researcher Development Concordat

Committed to supporting the good management and support of researchers and their careers.


The Concordat is an agreement between the funders and employers of researchers in the UK, representing a significant development in national policy to support good management of researchers and their careers.

  • 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


Aberystwyth Researcher Concordat Group


The Aberystwyth Researcher Concordat Group is Chaired by the Director of RB&I. The group oversees the annual review of the Policy Statement and manages the implementation plan. Should you wish to pass any comments, or require further information, please contact the Director of Research, Business & Innovation: Gary Reed

MEMBERS 2017-18

Gary Reed, Director of Research, Business & Innovation, Chair of Concordat Group  
Prof Rayer Zwiggelaar, Head of the Graduate School
Prof Judy Broady-Preston, Institute Director IPD
Dr Ian Archer, Centre for Development of Staff and Academic Practice
Joy Arkley, HR Business Partner,
Dr Dafydd Roberts, Research Development Officer: Arts and Humanities  
Dr Neal Alexander, Institute of Arts and Humanities Researcher rep
Dr Patricia Hazel Shaw,  IMPACS Researcher rep
Heather Hinkin, Deputy Director: Human Resources 
Beverley Herring, Careers Adviser:Careers

Additional Support Information


Internal support includes:

Aberystwyth University Researcher Induction Handbook  - Researcher Induction Handbook.

Research, Business & Innovation- providing points of contact and resources for researchers, including the Research Grant Application Toolkit

Postdoc Network-is a platform for all non-permanent, post-doctoral research and teaching staff.  Informal meetings once a month

Research Good Practice sessions – A program of training for new researchers

Research Supervision.

Staff Development Programme - Information regarding broader training provision in the University.

Welsh Language Researcher Development Courses - Information about the Welsh medium research courses provided by the Coleg Cenedlaethol.


Welsh Crucible - Professional and leadership programme for future research leaders in Wales.

Athena Swan - Recognising advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all. Its charter extends beyond STEMM to include arts, humanities, business and law.

External support:

 Leadership Foundation.  Aberystwyth is a member of the Leadership Foundation and has free access to many of its reports and resources, and also receives a 25% discount on the full price of training and courses.  Some of their events are also free.  Please see here for more details.

Vitae- A programme, network and web resource that supports the development of researchers in the UK. Aberystwyth University is a member of the Vitae network.  Researchers and staff can now access the Vitae web resources by creating a login using your email address. 

UK and European Policies to

Support Researchers

  EU Charter for Researcher Staff

 Vitae's Researcher Development Statement and Framework


‌ Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research


Concordat to Support Research Integrity

Implementation and Review Documents:

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