The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers sets out the expectations and responsibilities of researchers, their managers, employers and funders. By setting out clear expectations for researchers, research managers, research institutions, and funders of research, the Concordat aims to enhance the research workforce and thereby sustain research excellence in the UK, bringing benefits to the health, economy and well being of our nation.

QMU is committed to the principles of the Concordat and was was one of the first universities in the UK and Europe to be awarded the HR Excellence in Research Award in September 2010. We were also successful in retaining this award following re-assessment at the end of 2012.

UK-wide process enables UK higher education institutions to gain the European Commission's HR Excellence in Research Award, which acknowledges their alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment.  The UK process incorporates both the QAA Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes and 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 Award. The UK approach includes ongoing national evaluation and benchmarking.

The award recognises our successes in endorsing the principles of the Concordat and  QMU will continue to engage with its vision to ensure ongoing enhancement of the professional and career development of its research staff. In endorsing the Concordat, the University also endorses the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

If you have any comments, suggestions or would like to become more involved in our work in supporting the career development of researchers, please contact Kim Gilchrist, Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange Development. 

Further information on our work in support of the Concordat includes:

2010 Concordat for the Career Development of Researchers Action Plan (2010-2014)

2012 Self Assessment Report

2014 Achievements against Implementation Plan ( 2010-2014)

2014 Concordat for the Career Development of Researchers Action Plan (2014-2018)

Welcome to Research @ QMU Booklet

Support for Contract Researchers Booklet

Inspiring Female Researchers Exhibition

For further information on QMU’s commitment to researcher career development please see below.

Vitae - Realising the Potential of Researchers

QMU Institutional Membership of Vitae

Supported by Research Councils UK and the UK Funding Councils, Vitae is dedicated to realising the potential of researchers through transforming their professional and career development in local and global contexts. QMU is a member of Vitae, allowing QMU contract research staff access to a range of networks, resources and expertise for career development.

Equality and Diversity in Researcher Careers

QMU is committed to equality and diversity in researcher careers and is actively involved in a number of sector initiatives to promote and embed good practice in this area including the  Vitae Every Researcher Counts initiative.  Our Equality and Diversity Committee sets the strategic framework for equality in service provision and employment across the University.

RDF Planner

QMU has taken out an institutional subscription to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF).

Researchers can use the RDF Planner for professional development, to identify strengths, action plan, review achievements and create a portfolio of evidence. Through the RDF Planner QMU can direct researchers to suitable courses and development opportunities linked to the RDF.

The Centre for Academic Practice is committed to providing support for researcher development for staff and PhD students within the University. Workshops and events are offered throughout the year, with some specifically aimed at researchers.

Scottish Crucible

QMU actively encourages its Contract Research Staff to participate in the Scottish Crucible, a prestigious professional and personal research leadership programme supported by SFC and NESTA.

QMU and the Beltane Public Engagement Network (Beltane)

Through its membership of The Beltane Public Engagement Network (Beltane), which is a network for people interested in making academic research accessible to a wide variety of audiences, QMU supports contract researchers in maximizing the impact of their research.

Inspired by the proximity of Holyrood, the Beltane has a theme of enabling access to research relevant to public policy. With a Scottish Parliament which prides itself on accessibility, the QMU/Beltane partnership is  well placed to support people when they engage with the research which affects devolved issues.

Case Study

Research Assistant, Oliver Escobar,  QMU Centre for Dialogue and Public Engagement, Oliver Escobar was successful in securing  a Public Engagement Fellow from the Edinburgh Beltane (one of the UK Beacons for Public Engagement), where he was involved in developing courses, forums, and activities in the areas of dialogue, policy, and public engagement.

EURAXESS - Researchers in Motion

QMU is a partner in EURAXESS - Researchers in Motion  which is a unique pan-European initiative providing access to a complete range of information and support services to researchers wishing to pursue their research careers in Europe or stay connected to it.  We are committed to promoting opportunities for researcher mobility.

Case Study

In 2010 QMU secured two Leverhulme Trust Visiting Fellowships:  Dr Tony Buhr, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University, USA was awarded the fellowship for research with the  Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language (CASL) Research Centre;  and Dr Sarah Brouillette, Carleton University, Canada for research with Media and Film, Applied Communication and Culture.

Our local Euraxess Contact Point was able to provide practical support on day to day living in the UK from bank accounts to finding accommodation.

Research and Knowledge Exchange Development Unit

Show Contacts

Research and Knowledge Exchange Development Unit

Kim Stuart Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange Development Unit
0131 474 0000
Vivian Rutherford Research and Knowledge Exchange Officer
0131 474 0000