Implementing the Concordat at Plymouth

Direct responsibility for implementing the Concordat across University of Plymouth is placed with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) and the Doctoral College.


Since July 2008 we have undertaken the following Concordat implementation activities:

  • Sent the Concordat to research staff and line managers of research staff (including Principal Investigators):
    Concordat Letter July 2008.
  • Profiled the Concordat on institution’s internal and external web pages.
  • Profiled and added links to the Organisational Development programme for staff and the Doctoral College’s skills development programme for Research Students.
  • Embedded the Researcher Development Framework through the Doctoral College and Organisational Development programmes and through the Research Staff Forum.
  • Established the Research Staff Forum to promote Concordat-related discussion and development.
  • Administered Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019. Delivered CROS results to Research Staff Forum.
  • Hosted a leadership event for Principal Investigators in February 2011.
  • Established the Early Career Researchers Forum including representation on the Research and Innovation Committee.
  • Commenced discussion with Teaching and Learning Directorate on linking Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) development opportunities for Research Staff.
  • Hosted a Concordat implementation visit from Universities UK in February 2011.


In early 2011 a working group at the University conducted an internal analysis of our Concordat related work. This analysis focussed our attentions on the Concordat principles and the European Charter for Researchers. 

On 5 September 2011, we successfully achieved the European HR Excellence in Research Award based on an assessment by a European wide panel.


In March 2012, we established an HR Excellence in Research Steering Group to continue our work supporting the Concordat and our Researchers at Plymouth. In August 2013 the HR Excellence in Research Steering Group conducted our two yearly internal assessment for our Award.

Our two-year internal report and Action Plan are available at the following links:

On 27 September 2013, our HR Excellence in Research award was renewed through an internal (UK) process. 


Our four-year external report, action plan and case study are available at the following links:


Our six-year internal report, updated action plan 2017, and action plan 2017-2019 are available at the following links:
On 22 September 2017, our HR Excellence in Research award was renewed through an internal (UK) process.


Our current eight-year external report, updated action plan 2019, current action plan 2019-21 and case study are available at the following links:
We review our work with Researchers through the HR Excellence in Research Steering Group. We additionally consult with Researchers through the Researcher Forum which meets throughout the year. We very much welcome comments and ideas for development and support for our Researchers and any updates can be emailed to

Concordat stakeholder groups

Vitae has developed a series of briefings for higher education professionals involved in implementing the principles of the 2008 ‘Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers'. The series contains targeted briefings for senior managers, human resources specialists, staff developers, careers specialists, managers of researchers and research staff. These should be read in conjunction with the Concordat itself.

For further information see the Concordat briefings to engage stakeholder groups.