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Research Concordat

The University of Bradford has signed up to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. The Concordat aims to ensure that universities and other employers of researchers provide a supportive employment structure and career development opportunities. As a signatory to the Concordat we comply with the tenets as set out below.

A full version of the Concordat is available from the Vitae website.concordat

7 Principles of the Concordat

The seven principles of the Concordat are:

  1. Recruitment and selection
    Recognition of the importance of recruiting, selecting and retaining researchers with the highest potential to achieve excellence in research.
  2. Recognition and value
    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.
  3. Support and career development 1
    Researchers are equipped and supported to be adaptable and flexible in an increasingly diverse, mobile, global research environment. University of Bradford's People Development Unit.
  4. Support and career development 2
    The importance of researchers’ personal and career development, and lifelong learning, is clearly recognised and promoted at all stages of their career.
  5. Researchers’ responsibilities
    Individual researchers share the responsibility for and need to pro-actively engage in their own personal and career development, and lifelong learning. VITAE researcher development framework.
  6. Equality and diversity
    Diversity and equality must be promoted in all aspects of the recruitment and career management of researchers. University of Bradford Equality and Diversity Unit.
  7. Implementation and review
    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.

Implementation and Review

 As part of Principle 7 above we are currently working to achieve the Athena Swan charter status for women in Science.

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We are also lead University for the European-wide Genovate project which aims to ensure equal opportunities for women and men by encouraging a more gender-competent management in research, innovation and scientific decision-making bodies, with a particular focus on universities.

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