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Implementation of the UK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers:  Challenges and Innovations for Research Support Staff

Dr Rebekah Smith McGloinResearch Capability Development ManagerSlide2

Overview

Introduction to the UK Concordat Main areas of focusKey challenges in implementation (UK HE sector)

Key challenges for

Coventry

Group discussionMajor initiatives that Coventry has implementedGovernance structures Development programmes, funding schemesNew Academic FrameworkWorks-in-progressGroup discussion and action-planningSlide3

Introduction to the UK Concordat

The UK 

Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers 

is 

an agreement between funders and employers of research staff to improve the employment and support for researchers and research careers in UK higher education. It sets out clear standards that research staff can expect from the institution that employs them, as well as their responsibilities as researchers.It is one of three research-related concordatsThe other two govern (1) research integrity and ethics (2012) and (2) public engagement with research (2011).http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/policy-and-analysis/reports/Pages/research-concordat.aspxhttp://www.rcuk.ac.uk/documents/scisoc/concordatforengagingthepublicwithresearch-pdf/Slide4

Research integrity

Engaging the public with research

Career development of researchers*

Three Pillars Supporting ResearchSlide5

Concordat and HRS4R in the UK

A specific process managed by Vitae allows UK organisations to gain the HRS4R Award by demonstrating implementation of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers principles.Slide6

UK Concordat: 7 Areas of Focus

Principle

1: Recruitment and Selection

Measures

of success include changes in the make-up of the University population, including increases in the numbers of women and Black and Minority Ethnic Groups. Principle 2: Recognition and Value Constructive appraisals, annual opportunity for progression

Principles

3 & 4: Support and Career Development

Mentoring, development

programmesSlide7

Principle 5: Researchers’ Responsibilities Researchers actively participating in committees, leading initiatives

Principle 6: Diversity and Equality Positive working environment, equality in participation, progression

Principle

7: Implementation and Review

Governance, monitoring, evaluation

UK Concordat: 7 Areas of FocusSlide8

Key challenges in UK universities

Engagement of senior managementAward fatigue – Athena Swan (gender equality), Disability

Confident

,

Stonewall Accreditation (sexuality)Access to data (systems and processes)Researcher engagementFinancial – short-term research contractsSlide9

Key challenges in UK universities

Engagement of senior managementAward fatigue – Athena Swan (gender equality), Disability

Confident

,

Stonewall Accreditation (sexuality), Race Equality CharterAccess to data (systems and processes)Researcher engagementFinancial – short-term research contractsSlide10

Data challenges

Do your systems collect data on the following?

Research staff on fixed-term contract

Application and recruitment data to research posts by gender, ethnicity, sexuality, disability

Progression data (same terms)Attendance at training data (same terms)What other data would you like to collect that your institution is not currently collecting?Slide11

Working across departmentsShort-term contractsChanging policy landscape – new academic framework implementationSymbolic compliance

Key

challenges @Coventry UniversitySlide12

Group discussion

What is the biggest challenge for your institution in aligning with HR Charter and Code? (15 mins table discussion)

Write

the biggest challenge per table on the piece of sticky

flipchart.Please move around the room to read the challenges and add post-it note solutions to the flipchart (15 mins)  

In

my institution we…

At the moment my institution is…

What worked really well was…

What didn’t work at all

was…Slide13

Flipchart challenges and solutions can be read over coffeeSlide14

Major initiatives: Governance

Governance structures - researcher representation

- engagement

from senior

leadershipRESEARCH COMMITTEE

Research Sub-Committee for the Implementation of the concordat

Research Degree Sub-Committee

Concordat Working Group

Academic

Board

Board of Governors Slide15

Research Sub-Committee for the Implementation of the concordat

Concordat Working Group

Membership

Chair: APVC

ResearchDirector, Organisation

Development

Research Capability

Manager

Research Staff

x2

Early/Mid-Career Researcher Program

Manager

HR representative

Careers representative

PhD

Staff

Member

Professor

Secretary

E&D Manager

HR

Business

Partner

Head of PGRSU

Representative

of Research

Office

E&I

Representative

Careers

Representative

ECR/MCR

Programme

Manager

Doctoral

Training

Programme

Manager

4 x Associate Deans Research

1

x

Early Career Researcher

1

x

Mid-Career ResearcherSlide16

Doctoral Training

Centres

Staff Doctorate Scheme

Supervisor training

Early Career Cohort ProgrammeMiddle Career Cohort

Programme

Working with the Professoriate

RESEARCHER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMESSlide17

Funding schemes

Research sabbatical schemeVisiting professor scheme

Pump-prime funding

scheme

Research equipment schemeSlide18

New Academic Framework

Enable progression for researchers from research assistant to research associateNeed to meet criteria for progression and must have a PhDImplementation has been difficultWelcomed by staff but superseded by national policy (Stern Review)Slide19

Careers provision for researchers

Move to reduce short-term research contracts and further develop end-of-contract supportDoctoral CollegeWork in progressSlide20

Group Discussion

What is your university’s flagship initiative to support implementation of the HR Charter and Code? What is the next big thing?What would you tackle in a perfect world?How can you facilitate change in your institution?

What ways can you work together, across institutions to implement change

?

Nominate a scribe and a reporter for your discussions40Slide21

Report back and round-up

20

What will you do when you

get back

to the office…?

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