HR Excellence in Research Badge

The University of Liverpool is fully committed to the implementation of the principles of the Concordat to support the career development of researchers. The Concordat is an agreement between funders and employers of researchers in the UK. It sets out expectations and responsibilities of each stakeholder in research careers, researchers themselves, their managers (PIs), employers and funders. It also articulates key principles for the support and management of research careers and illustrates how each principle may be embedded into institutional practice.

In recognition of the University's commitment, it was awarded the HR Excellence in Research Badge by the European Commission in September 2011. Information about the University’s Concordat Steering Group which oversees the review and planning coordination of the University’s Concordat Action Plan can be found at the bottom of this page.

HR Excellence in Research Badge Reviews and Documentation

Six Year Award Review (2011-2017)

Updates and review of the University’s previous Concordat Implementation Plans are included in the documents below. In addition, a new action plan for the period 2017 – 2019 has been formulated based on the achievement of past implementation plans, and the University’s 2026 Strategic Plan incorporating the Research and Impact Strategy. The review of these documents is based on data collected from internal university processes. The coordination of this process has been led by the university’s Concordat Steering Group (CSG) with direct input from research staff, the university’s senior management and professional services representatives.

The Technician Commitment

In response to the 2017-2019 action plan, The University of Liverpool was proud to become a signatory of the Technician Commitment in October 2017. The Technician Commitment is a university and research institution initiative, led by a steering group of sector bodies, with support from the Science Council and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Technicians Make It Happen campaign. The Commitment aims to ensure visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technicians working in higher education and research, across all disciplines. 
- The Self-Assessment document outlines the work done around the commitments themes thus far.
- Moving forward a 24 Month Action Plan has been produced that will determine our focus for the ongoing period.

Four Year Award Review (2011-2015)

Updates and review of the previous two plans are included in the documents below. In addition, a new action plan for the period 2015 – 2017 has been added in these documents. The review of these documents is based on data collected from internal university processes and from CROS (2011; 2013; 2015) and PIRLS (2013; 2015) surveys. The coordination of this process has been led by the university’s Concordat Implementation Group (CIG) with direct input from all research staff associations, the university’s senior management and professional services representatives.

Two Year Award Review (2011–2013)

The University reviewed its original implementation plan. Below you will find the review report and the revised implementation plan:

Original Action Plan (2011)

A full gap analysis and demonstration of good practice in the support and development of Liverpool Research staff against the principles of the Concordat was carried out with key stakeholders including faculties, professional services divisions and research staff through focus groups and surveys (Careers in Research Online Survey, 2011).

‌Review and Planning Coordination

At the University of Liverpool, the implementation of the Concordat has been overseen by the Concordat Implementation Group (CIG). Following a restructuring of the University’s development functions and the appointment of a new PVC Research & Impact, the existing CIG formally transitioned into a new Concordat Steering Group (CSG) as of November 2017. The Steering Group is chaired by the PVC Research and Impact and incorporates a broad but focused membership representative of both the researcher community and those tasked with supporting their work and career development. The Concordat Steering Group will meet quarterly with the mandate to drive forward and monitor the successful implementation of the Concordat and the University’s Action Plan. The CSG reports to the Research and Impact Operational Group in terms of alignment to other R&I activities, and the Research and Impact Committee in relation to planning and resource allocation matters. The CSG Terms of Reference document can be accessed below:

Concordat Steering Group: Revised Terms of Reference

Further Information

Find out more about the Concordat on the Vitae website.

Information on Vitae's related Researcher Development Framework (RDF) can be found here.