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Research Staff Development Concordat

DMU's commitment to Researcher Training and Development.

The Concordat

Created to support the career development of Researchers.

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HR Excellence in Research

The HR Excellence in Research is a UK-wide process, incorporating the QAA UK Quality Code for Higher Education, Chapter B11: Research Degrees, and the Concordat to support the Career Development of Researchers, enables institutions to gain the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award, acknowledging alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment.

You can view our action plan for consolidating and improving our researcher development strategy here.


Supporting the career development of researchers

Supporting the career development of researchers


The Concordat, developed and supported by UK Research and Innovation and Universities UK and supported by Vitae, is an agreement between the funders and employers of researchers in the UK. 

According to Vitae, "The Concordat aims to increase the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK and to improve the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy.  It articulates key principles for the support and management of research”.

De Montfort University (DMU) is fully committed to implementing The Concordat. In line with DMU's Research Strategy, the Research Services Directorate and Doctoral College work with faculties to support our researchers in their research and career development. We seek to align our activities to the seven key principles of The Concordat which cover all areas of research activity. 

For further information on the university’s Research Concordat plan, please contact Meera Warrier.


Activities and Programmes

The university has a number of activities and programmes which are aimed towards implementing The Concordat, these include:

  • Specific researcher training development programmes and events
  • Participation in the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) and Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS)
  • Central support for researchers in regards to research skills, entrepreneurship training, career management and allied activities.

Our support programmes and activities are reviewed annually and, following evaluation and feedback from our researchers, updated to reflect the needs of our staff.

Click here for further information from Vitae.