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Researcher development

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

The Concordat is an agreement between the employers and funders of UK researchers. Its main focus is staff who are employed primarily to conduct research. The overarching aims of the agreement are to enhance the research base and to increase the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK.

In 2010, the University of Salford received the European Commission HR in Excellence Award in recognition of the University’s commitment to supporting researchers and their career development as outlined in the 2010 Concordat Implementation Plan and the resources below. In 2014 the University was one of the first tranche of organisations to receive this award for a second year period following a review of progress against the original 4 year plan, and an updated action plan for 2014-2018.

The University has recently submitted its 6 year Concordat review, detailing the progress that has been made particularly from 2014-2016. An updated 2016-2018 action plan is given below, which aligns with the University’s core strategy and the Research and Enterprise strategy, the aim of which is research excellence and researcher career and leadership development, delivered through a supportive and vibrant research culture which enables researchers at all levels to maximise the quality, impact and reach of their research.

Researcher development

The University offers opportunities to support researchers to get the most out of their research careers, aiming to continuously improve its provision for researcher career development. Our researchers experience a diverse range of career routes, and the University aims to improve research career development reflecting of this diversity and taking into account the various pathways for the career development of the Salford Researcher. We:

  • Provide training in line with the Researcher Development Framework (RDF) and Concordat
  • Promote researcher development issues to feed in to strategy at an institutional level
  • Provide training opportunities that enable ECRs to enhance their personal impact and that of their research
  • Offer a range of events and training to suit specific needs.

The University delivers many events for researchers across all subject areas:

  • Researcher almanac for events and training sessions Contributions to the Almanac are welcome from all staff and research students.
  • The Research Support blog which includes research policy, funder intelligence and also promotes research training events.
  • The Research Intranet which contains a range of guidance about research funding, assessment and project management (requires your user name and password)
  • An institutional subscription to Research Professional where every colleague at the University of Salford can set up an account which delivers weekly emails detailing funding opportunities in their subject area and tailor searches (requires your user name and password).
  • Internal Support Schemes which include a number of strategic funds available to research staff to support our continued development of excellent research with impact. The funds include the International Conference Fund, the Research Bidding Support Fund and the Open Access Fund and more
  • The Vice Chancellor’s Early Career Scholarships to support early career researchers of outstanding potential. Successful applicants will receive a bursary of £2,000 over two years to meet research expenses, a minimum research workload allocation of 20% (over two years) and support from a dedicated academic mentor.
  • The Vice Chancellor’s annual Research Excellence Awards made to an individual researcher, or a research team, one of which is to be an early career researcher who can demonstrate the excellence of their research.
  • Research Publication Completion Retreat for academic staff who are currently working on a research paper. Open to all disciplines and all career stages, from lecturer to professor levels. The main criterion for selection, however, is the potential of the paper to benefit from the collaboration of colleagues across the disciplines. Papers should, therefore, be appropriate for fellow academics from a broad range of fields to follow and comment on.

There are a number of UK/EU policies which guide the University in enhancing researcher development:

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