Update on the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

Following the publication of the consultation report on the recommendations of the Independent Review of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, Vitae has produced a handy set of summary slides

The slides provide a bitesize summary of the consultation outcomes, including next steps, for researchers and those supporting them at RGU, to keep up to date with progress around the revision of the Concordat. Click on the images to enlarge or view the slideshow.

Concordat Consultation events

To further inform the revision of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, and in parallel with the online consultation, members of the Concordat Strategy Group are hosting a series of sector consultation events.

The Concordat consultation events provide a timely opportunity to discuss the review recommendations in further detail. Summaries of the discussions will be captured to feed into the consultation analysis. Therefore the events will help inform the new revisions to the Concordat and ensure the UK maintains its leading position in research and innovation.

There events are being held Bristol, London and Edinburgh during December. They are open to all who support researchers in the UK, including researchers, researcher developers, principal investigators, pro-vice chancellors, funders and other stakeholders. There is no fee to attend, but places are limited and we will be aiming to achieve a balance of organisations and roles.

Please register your interest using one of the links below. Places will be confirmed via email.

Register your interest to attend in Bristol on 4 December 13:30 – 16:00, hosted by Research England

Register your interest to attend in London on 12 December 9:30 – 12:00, hosted by Universities UK

Register your interest to attend in Edinburgh on 14 December 9:30 – 12:00, hosted by Scottish Funding Council

Date TBC – specific researcher event in partnership with UKRSA

Have you responded to the consultation of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers?

The consultation presents a ten-year opportunity to shape the revisions that are needed to ensure the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers remains fit for the future. The Concordat can make a real difference in improving the environment and career development for researchers and is important in helping develop the pipeline of talent and ensuring the UK maintains its leading position in research and innovation. Organisations and individuals, including all staff engaged in research, as well as those managing or supporting research and researchers, should consider responding to the consultation.

Complete the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/concordat2018

Supporting documentation

Independent Review of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers: https://www.ukri.org/skills/policy-and-frameworks/review-of-the-concordat-to-support-the-career-development-of-researchers/

Concordat Strategy Group Response to the Independent Review: https://www.ukri.org/files/skills/csg-concordat-review-response-september-2018-pdf/

Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers: https://www.vitae.ac.uk/concordat-text (2008 version)

Background to the Concordat on the Vitae website: https://www.vitae.ac.uk/policy/ concordat-background

Download a copy of the consultation survey questions: https://www.crac.org.uk/launch-of-online-consultation-for-concordat-to-support-the-career-development-of-researchers

Consultation survey privacy notice: https://www.crac.org.uk/Concordat-consultation- privacy-notice

These documents can also be found on the CRAC website: https://www.crac.org.uk/launch-of-online-consultation-for-concordat-to-support-the-career-development-of-researchers

Webinar – Putting data on maps

A free webinar, organised by the UK Data Service, provides an introduction to using mapping libraries in R to create simple geographical visualisations of your data.  The data can be represented on the map in a variety of ways, using pop-ups or colour shading. However before you can do this you need to be able to create the map with appropriate geographical boundaries and to be able to associate your data with the available geographical information of the map. We will look at different data formats such as using longitude and latitude values as well as using shape files. We will use R libraries which generate static maps (essentially an image file) such as ggmap and those which produce more dynamic maps which can be displayed in a web browser such as leaflet.  This webinar is intended for researchers who are familiar with using statistics packages like R or Stata and who would like an introduction to mapping data containing geographical information using the packages available in R.  Date: 4 April 2017, 15.00 – 16.00  Level: Introductory.  Experience/knowledge required: Familiar with using statistics packages like R or Stata.   Target audience: Researchers interested in mapping data


10 Tips for Writing a Truly Terrible Journal Article


Webinar 1 March at 2-3 pm GMT / 3-4 pm CET / 9-10 am EST

Learning how not to write an article is as important as learning how to write it! In this webinar Bert Blocken highlights 10 tips of what to avoid when writing your article. What to avoid includes taking the lazy route of plagiarism, overestimating your contribution and ignoring comments from editors and reviewers. Many of these “tips to avoid” may appear obvious but are pitfalls that even the most seasoned of authors can fall into. The webinar will demonstrate how a poorly written article can ruin the career of a researcher.

The presenter Prof. dr. ir. Bert Blocken is a Civil Engineer, holding a PhD in Building Physics. He is Full Professor in the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands and part-time Full Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at KU Leuven in Belgium. Bert has published 128 articles in international peer-reviewed journals and is among the 150 most-cited researchers worldwide both in the field of Civil Engineering and in the field of Energy Science & Engineering. Further, Bert is an Editor of Building & Environment and Associate Editor of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics. He has acted as a reviewer for more than 70 different journals.

Follow this link to register.

Training Events: Using Data

The UK Data Service has a number of webinars over the next 4 weeks which may be of interest to research students or staff.


Systematic Review Course, 26-29 June 2017, University of Cardiff


This is an intensive four-day course introducing the skills necessary to complete a systematic review. The course will cover:

  • introduction to systematic reviewing and developing a protocol
  • literature searching and selection of studies
  • critical appraisal of quantitative and qualitative data
  • extracting data – developing/adapting forms
  • meta-analysis or narrative synthesis
  • reporting and dissemination of qualitative data.

More information and links to register interest available here.


Vitae Live YouTube Q&A: Successful career planning for researchers, 18 January @ 14.00.

vitae-youtube-q-and-a-january-2017Do you regularly review, plan and develop your career? Perhaps you’re in the final year of your PhD, just starting out in research or considering another fixed-term post? Whatever your situation, planning and managing your career is worth making time for.

If you don’t know where to start, join us on the 18 January at 2pm (UK Time) to explore career options for researchers and make sure your professional development planning becomes a successful life-changing habit rather than something you only consider once every few years.

Career opportunities for researchers cover a wide range of sectors including higher education; manufacturing; finance; business and IT; health; and public administration. Recent trends demonstrate that most researchers will go on to pursue a career beyond academic research or teaching. So how do you decide which career to embrace? How do you find out which career would suit your strengths, values and interests? Finally, how do you plan to make that happen?

Join Vitae on the 18 January 2017 to explore the following questions:

How do you realise what strengths and talents you have?
What kinds of career paths do researchers follow?
How do you make a career development plan?
Which qualifications and experience are required for various careers?