Research Concordat

The Concordat to Support The Career Development of Researchers

The Concordat was created in 1996, revised in 2007 and it is signed by a number of bodies, including University Research Councils and Universities UK. The HR Excellence in Research Award demonstrates commitment to meeting the principles of the European Charter and Code.

A UK-wide process enables UK HEIs to gain the European Commission's 'HR Excellence in Research' badge, which acknowledges their alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Researchers.

The UK process incorporates the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers to enable institutions that have published Concordat implementation plans to gain the "HR excellence in Research" badge.

Researcher Development

To support the development of researchers at the University of Suffolk, the Graduate School runs a Researcher Development Programme (RDP), open to all staff and postgraduate research students. This programme is mapped against the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) and has developed since 2011 to engage more external speakers from a variety of institutions and other HEIs. This has raised the profile of research internally, enriched the staff and student experience and provided opportunities for networking with funding bodies and other organisations engaged in the support and development of research and researchers.


About the Concordat

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers is an agreement between funders and employers of research staff to improve the employment and support of researchers and research careers in the UK higher education.

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HR Excellence in Research Award

The 'HR Excellence in Research' award acknowledges alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Researchers.

How can I get involved

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Find out how you can get in involved in the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

Researcher Development Programme


The University of Suffolk supports the personal and professional development of our researchers through the Research and Enterprise Development Programme.


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Professor Emma Bond is Director of Research and Head of the Graduate School at the University of Suffolk.  She is Professor of Socio-Technical Research and also Director of the Suffolk Institute of Social and Economic Research (SISER).  Emma is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Educat...

Andreea has worked for the University of Suffolk since September 2010 as a Research Associate. She became a Senior Research Associate in 2013. Since August 2014, Andreea has acted as the University of Suffolk Research Development Manager. She has a Master degree in Quantitative Ec...