In June 2008 the Research Councils, other major funders, and employers of researchers including UniversitiesUK, agreed a Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. The Concordat details a set of key principles and best practice to support the career development of researchers.
Aston is committed to the Concordat's implementation, both because it helps the development of individual researchers and because we believe that implementing the Principles of the Concordat will contribute to sustaining the high quality research environment we already have at Aston. In 2009 we put in place an initial Action Plan to address areas where we thought we could improve, and in October 2010 we were awarded the HR Excellence in Research Award in recognition of our work.
In September 2012 we revisited the Concordat and re-mapped our provisions and practices against the key principles. The 2012 Mapping document and Action Plan demonstrated our progress and detailed how we would continue to strive for improvements. The 2012 Review Report summarised our key achievements over the two year period as well as giving details of our next steps. The Mapping document and Action Plan and the Review Report formed our submission for renewal of the HR Excellence in Research Award, and this was confirmation in January 2013.
We have now completed the four year review for the HR Excellence in Research Award. The 2012 Mapping document and Action Plan has been updated to show the progress we have made over the last two years. A 4-year Review Report summarises our key achievements over the 4-year period; it paints a very positive picture but highlights the required next steps in continuing our good work. The new Action Plan for the next three years sets out our actions for further progress against the Concordat’s Principles. Our aim is to see research staff who are even more engaged and active in their own career development, supported by managers and mentors who fully understand the needs of research staff, working in an environment where they can progress and thrive.
Research Committee is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Action Plan, and reviewing progress in implementing the Principles of the Concordat.