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During session 2 on the first day of the National Postdoc Meeting all participants will be broken up into smaller groups for a workshop on the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.

The current Concordat is based on 7 principles:

  1. Recognition of the importance of recruiting, selecting and retaining researchers with the highest potential to achieve excellence in research.
  2. 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. Researchers are equipped and supported to be adaptable and flexible in an increasingly diverse, mobile, global research environment.
  4. The importance of researchers’ personal and career development, and lifelong learning, is clearly recognised and promoted at all stages of their career.
  5. Individual researchers share the responsibility for and need to pro-actively engage in their own personal and career development, and lifelong learning.
  6. Diversity and equality must be promoted in all aspects of the recruitment and career management of researchers.
  7. 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.

Each group will work with one part or aspect of the Concordat and discuss the following questions:

  1. Experiences of implementation
  2. Ideas for development, adaptation and revision
  3. Ideas for evaluation

Outcomes from each group will be recorded and discussed by all participants during Session 4 on the second day of the meeting. Following the meeting these will be synthesised and form the basis of a report of conclusions and propositions from the Meeting to be circulated among the participants and submitted to the RCUK Concordat review panel. Conclusions will also be summarised and presented to the Panel on Institutional Perspectives directly following the National Postdoc Meeting.


Can't come to the meeting yourself but would still like to contribute to the conclusions? Please email to get in touch with the working group!

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