Sheffield's commitment to researcher development

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

It is the University of Sheffield’s intention to put the development of our research staff and the culture in which they work, at the heart of our vision for world-leading, impactful research. We fully support the Principles of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and we intend to uphold our obligations and responsibilities as a signatory.

The Concordat, commonly known as the Researcher Development Concordat, is an agreement between funders and employers of researchers to improve the employment and support for researchers and researcher careers in higher education in the UK.

It sets out three clear Principles of:Image: Researcher Development Concordat

  • Environment and culture
  • Employment
  • Professional and career development.

These are underpinned by obligations for four key stakeholder groups:

  • Funders
  • Institutions
  • Researchers
  • Managers of researchers

HR Excellent in Research Award

The principles enshrined in Concordat have been welcomed and embraced by The University of Sheffield. This commitment to supporting and developing our researchers is most strongly endorsed through our success in achieving and retaining the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award. This process measures our performance against the principles stated in the UK Concordat. The award recognises an institution's progress towards a high quality research environment for research staff and postgraduate researchers.

Logo: HR Excellence in ResearchIn September 2012, we were awarded our first European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award and successfully retained this in July 2019. A copy of our detailed action plan submitted to the EU Commission in May 2019 can be found here:

For more information about the EU Commission's awarding process - click here

Further information about how The University of Sheffield has engaged with the HR Excellence in Research Award can be found here.