University launches Concordat

A new Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers is launched by the University of Aberdeen today (October 13).

The Concordat was first established in 1996 by the UK Research Councils, the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals (CVCP, now Universities UK), the Standing Committee of Principals (SCOP) and several other bodies, to set standards for the career management and employment of researchers in Higher Education Institutions. 

It has been revised to take account of progress and legislative changes to provide a set of principles for the support and management of research careers and the responsibility of researchers to develop their own careers as members of their teams.

The revised Concordat was launched today by Professor Dominic Houlihan, Vice Principal for Research and Commercialisation at the University of Aberdeen and Mrs Caroline Inglis, HR Director, University of Aberdeen, along with Professor David Gani from Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council and Dr Amy Cartwright, Scotland and Northern Island Hub Manager, at an event hosted in the Linklater Rooms, King’s College.

The principles of the Concordat are included in the University’s Strategy for Research Excellence and the University has implemented a range of training and development activities for Principal Investigators and individual researchers to meet the requirements of the Concordat.