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Forming a vital part of the academic community at the University of Plymouth, our Early Career Researcher community comprises of experienced researchers as well as researchers just starting their career. We recognise that networking, support and continuing professional development is integral to developing and sustaining a career in research.

If you have any enquiries or suggestions about this Early Career Research page, please email

Researcher Forum

The University Researcher Forum enables research staff, managers of researchers, academics and staff supporting researchers the valuable opportunity to join discussions, hear developments, share practice, connect and be consulted on important issues for researchers.


Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, commonly known as the Researcher Development Concordat, is an agreement between stakeholders to improve the employment and support for researchers and researcher careers in higher education in the UK.

It sets out three clear Principles of environment and culture, employment, and professional and career development. The principles are underpinned by obligations for the four key stakeholder groups, funders, institutions, researchers and managers of researchers, to realise the aims of the Concordat.

The University of Plymouth is committed to supporting researchers’ career and professional development and creating an environment in which they can flourish.

The Concordat enables the University to support a range of key initiatives including cross-institutional Researcher Forum and Early Career Researcher networks, representation, training, development and support for researchers.