Bangor University Concordat Action Plan
Bangor University is committed to implementing the Principles of the Concordat to support its researchers and achieve the priorities outlined in the University’s Strategy 2015–2020.
The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers
The 2008 Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers is an agreement between the funders and employers of researchers in the UK which sets out the expectations and responsibilities of researchers, their managers, employers and funders in relation to principles of researcher’s career development.
How is the Research Concordat implemented at Bangor?
The Researcher Development and Concordat Group is responsible for reviewing the on-going progress of the University’s Concordat Action Plan and reviews the feedback from CROS and PIRLS surveys. The Group also has an advisory role for many researcher development activities in the University such as the content of the University’s Researcher Development Programmes. The Strategic Concordat Group was established in 2017 and is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the University’s Research Concordat Plan and taking a strategic view on how best to support researchers in the University, particularly in the context of the University’s overall strategic objectives. The membership of the Strategic Concordat Group includes; the PVC for Research and Enterprise, Director of Research, Impact and Innovation, Dean of the Doctoral School, HR Director, Deputy Director HR (Development), Athena SWAN and Research Concordat Manager and a UCU representative.
The European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award
UK Universities demonstrate that they meet the requirements of the European Commission’s Charter and Code on Management of Researchers by applying for the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award. Bangor University first successfully applied for the HR Excellence in Research award in 2012. The University undergoes regular internal (every 2 years) and external (every 4 years) reviews as required by the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award. Therefore, every two years the University must publish its Concordat Action Plan that outlines future actions to support researchers
HR Excellence in Research Award Submission 2018
An internal evaluation of the University’s HR Excellence in Research Award was undertaken in 2018 to assess the performance of the University in meeting its obligations under the Concordat and to gauge progress against actions arising from the 4-year review and Action Plan agreed in 2016.
The 6-year internal review was undertaken by the Researcher Development and Research Concordat Group and the Strategic Concordat Group. To support this consultation the University held the CROS survey in 2017 and held focus groups with research staff to inform the four year external review and the further development of the University’s Four Year Concordat Action Plan. The findings and resulting Action Plan were discussed and agreed by the Researcher Development and Concordat Group and the Task Groups noted above.