Researcher Concordat

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers is an agreement between the funders and employers of researchers in the UK. It sets out the expectations and responsibilities of each stakeholder in researcher careers – researchers themselves, their managers, employers and funders.

The Concordat consists of seven key principles for the support and management of research careers, covering

  • recruitment and selection
  • recognition and value
  • support and career development
  • researchers’ responsibilities
  • diversity and equality
  • implementation and review

Implementation of the Concordat

Within Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), the Researcher Concordat Operations Group (RCOG) maintains oversight of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and the HR Excellence in Research Award. RCOG reports to the Chair of the University’s Creating Knowledge Board and the current membership is:

Name  Role on committee / area of knowledge represented  Job Title  College / Research Institute / Directorate 
Prof Doug Cleaver  Chair of RCOG  Professor of Materials Modelling and Doctoral School Director  RIS / BTE 
Dr Paul Stokes  BTE senior representative  Research Lead, Department of Management  BTE 
Prof Pat Schofield  HWLS senior representative  Professor of Pain and Ageing  HWLS 
Prof Paul Hickman  SSA senior representative  Departmental Research Lead, Psychology, Sociology & Politics  SSA 
Position vacant  CCRI ECR representative    CCRI 
Dr Jon Painter  HRI ECR representative  Senior Lecturer in Mental Health  HRI 
Dr Alice Bullas  HRI ECR representative  Research Fellow, Sport and Physical Activity  HRI 
Dr Xu Xu  IIRI ECR representative  Reader in Control Systems Engineering  IIRI 
Dr Katie Dunn  SERI ECR representative  Senior Lecturer in Marketing  SERI 
Dr Anita Gurney  Ex officio  Head of University Research Services  RIS 
Claire Walsh  Academic Development  Head of Academic Development and Inclusivity ADD 
Richard Hughes  Ex officio  HROD Manager – Cultural Development & Wellbeing  HROD 
Prof Ann Macaskill  Academic CPD / Researcher training and development  Head of Research Ethics  RIS 
Dr Nicola Palmer  Researcher training and development  Head of Doctoral Training  RIS 
Dr Elizabeth Scanlon  Secretary to RCOG  Researcher Training and Development Manager  RIS 
Dr Sarah Smith  Ex officio  Doctoral School Manager  RIS 

Our current action plan and previous activity can be found on the university website.