Review of the Concordat

The Independent Review of the Concordat has now been published. For ease, see the three-page executive summary. York was one of the top eight universities to send in more than seven responses (institutional, departmental or individual). There are 15 recommendations, the edited highlights of which are:

  • Increased support for researcher independence including autonomy in their own career and the freedom to innovate
  • 10 days professional training allowance to be subsumed within 20% allocated time for developing independent research and skills
  • Clear responsibilities and obligations for different stakeholder groups including research staff, PIs, employers and funders
  • Revised Terms of Reference of the Concordat Steering Group to ensure representation of all stakeholder groups (as above)
  • A review of the HR Excellence in Research Award (in the light of Brexit) and consideration of graded assessment such as bronze, silver and gold similar to Athena Swan
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion to be integrated throughout rather than as a separate principle
  • The terms of reference and membership of the Concordat Strategy Group will be reviewed

Concordat Consultation - Have Your Say!

The sector-wide consultation on these recommendations has now begun. The revised version of the Concordat, to be published in Spring 2019, will affect the way in which UK institutions and funders treat researchers and the demands they make of PIs. It is important that as an institution we respond to this consultation. There are various ways in which researchers can get involved:

The deadline for responses is 7 January 2019.