PSC10 - Supporting the career development of researchers - how can we implement a supportive research environment?

This session will introduce attendees to the “Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers” and its principles.

About the session

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers has been created for the benefit of the whole research community within the UK to improve the environment and culture within which research is conducted. This session will introduce attendees to the Concordat and its principles of Environment and Culture, Employment, and Professional and Career Development. Participants will then be asked to discuss how we can improve the research culture and the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers, with reference to the R&D People and Culture Strategy.

Who is it for?

  • Early Career Researchers (including Postdocs)
  • Mid-Career Researchers
  • Managers of Researchers
  • Research-related Professional Services Staff (including research support administrators, researcher developers and career development professionals)
  • Others eg: stakeholders from industry, funding agencies, policy influencers, editors etc. 


By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the objectives of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers
  • Reflect on how we can support researchers and improve research culture.

Get to know your facilitator

Daniel Wake

Daniel Wake, Policy Manager, Universities UK

Daniel is a Policy Manager at Universities UK, and leads on research policy. Universities UK is the collective voice of 140 universities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Daniel has previously worked for the British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG) and as a senior researcher for the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). Daniel studied politics at Loughborough University and at Lund University (Sweden) as part of the Erasmus programme.

Session video and presentation

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Further resources

Vitae Concordat

All NPDC21 listed resources including presentation slides and top tips are freely available. Please ensure you acknowledge the author(s) and/or source when using them.

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NPDC21 Top Tips

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Author: Daniel Wake, Policy Manager, Universities UK. Please cite the author(s) when sharing these top tips.

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