The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers


6 July 2017: Progress update meeting on Departmental Concordat Action Plans
10am-12pm, H/G15 Heslington Hall

This valuable face to face event was for DRCs and those with responsibility for the implementation of the Concordat and facilitated the sharing of good practice between departments as it relates to the Concordat and Athena SWAN. Each department was given an opportunity to provide an update on progress made in the last twelve months against the departmental action plan. 


23 June 2017: 'Celebrating Research' - a conference for University of York research staff and postdocs
9am until 1pm (street food then available to purchase) in the Spring Lane Building lecture theatre

  • Learn more about research career destinations
  • Become a better researcher
  • Ask funders questions

A more detailed conference programme is available to view here. The conference was followed by our Falling Walls Lab: York 2017 which ran 2 until 4.30pm. 


Research Staff Development and Concordat Shared Practice Event 2016

The event took place on Thursday, 9 June 2016 from 12:00 to 16:00 at BS/104 (The Treehouse) Berrick Saul Building.

It was aimed at: Research staff/fellows/postdocs, PIs and those responsible for the implementation of the Concordat in departments (eg DRCs).

Details of the event are now available.


HR Excellence in Research Award retained

The University of York is one of ten UK universities to retain the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission.

Following an external evaluation administered by Vitae, which is supported by Research Councils UK (RCUK) and UK HE funding bodies, York has retained the award for a further four years.

The results were announced by Ellen Pearce, Director of Vitae at the ‘HR Excellence in Research Award: exploring strategies for evaluation, evidence and future directions’ event in London on 23 January 2015.

"The Award demonstrates a university's commitment to improving the working conditions and career development for research staff, which will in turn improve the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy."

Ellen Pearce


 Concordat logo

The Concordat provides a single statement of the expectations and responsibilities of researchers, their managers, employers and funders. It is a national document with many signatories including Universities UK, HEFCE and the research councils UK.

The Concordat consists of a set of seven principles set around six areas which as a university we seek to align our practice:

Recruitment and Selection (principle 1)
Recognition and Value (principle 2)
Support and Career Development (principles 3 & 4)
Researchers’Responsibilities (principle 5)
Diversity and Equality (principle 6)
Implementation and Review (principle 7)
The focus of the Concordat is on "employees engaged principally to undertake research, the majority of whom are necessarily supported by fixed-term project funding".

The Concordat is referenced in all the Research Councils’ Delivery Plans and there is an expectation that research intensive universities who employ researchers will be able to demonstrate alignment with the principles.

The Concordat is managed by Vitae, the national organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of researchers.

Research staff liaison officer

University of York Research Staff Liaison Officer (RSLO)

The Research Staff Liaison Officer role has been created to provide a link between research staff (postdocs, researchers, fellows) and the central support teams. In 2017/2018 this post is held by Dr Fatma Said, a Research Associate in Applied Linguistics.  Fatma will liaise with research staff, represent the research staff community and champion issues affecting research staff. 

The role's main responsibilities are to:

  • Facilitate communication and networking between research staff both within the Departments, across Faculties and the wider University community
  • Represent researchers from all Faculties and Departments on the Research Excellence training committee
  • Facilitate face to face shared practice opportunities for researchers to come together to discuss the issues facing them including the Research Staff conference
  • Contribute to the national review of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers
  • Provide input to the implementation of the University’s Concordat Action Plan

Fatma can be contacted at or on ext 2088.

Research staff associations

Departments with Research Staff Associations

DepartmentGroup nameContact

Post-doc Society

More information on Biology Post-Doc Society (PDF  , 171kb)

Liz Rylott,

Barbara Procacci,

Luisa Ciano,

Daniel Raines,

Environment ECR forum Joana Cruz,
CRD Researchers' meeting Lesley Stewart,
Health Sciences Contract Researchers' Forum Stephanie Prady,
Computer Science   Simon Hickinbotham,

ECR Forum

Christian Schuster,


Early Career Researchers Forum

Good Practice Example from the Department of Psychology (PDF  , 144kb)

Charlotte Murphy,

Bruce Keefe,

Holly Brown,

Robin Kramer,

Education   Lisa Kim,
Archaeology   Carol Lang,

Concordat Implementation Group

Forthcoming 2017/18 meeting dates:

12 March 2018, 13:30-15:00, H/G17 Heslington Hall
3 July 2018, 10:30-12:00, H/G09 Heslington Hall

 CIG membership and ToR (PDF  , 106kb)

What happened at the Shared Practice event 2016

CROS results 2015

 HR Excellence in research

The 'HR Excellence in Research' initiative recognises the commitment made to the implementation of the principles of the Concordat.

It also includes the work the University is doing in relation to Athena SWAN.

The three documents below outline the University's commitment to the continuous enhancement of researchers' experience at York and to the Concordat principles:

Concordat assessment updates