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Researcher development

Our research strategy addresses the research ambitions and aspirations of a world-class modern University. At its core, the strategy is inclusive, supportive and ambitious, recognising and responding to the different challenges and opportunities in the research environment.

Supporting the career development of researchers

We are firmly committed to supporting and implementing the principles of the Concordat, which has been designed to support the career development of researchers and sets out the expectations and responsibilities of researchers, their managers, employers and funders. The Concordat aims to increase the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK and to improve the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy.

By complying with the requirements of the Concordat, we will ensure our researchers are nurtured and supported during their career development. By setting out clear expectations for researchers, research managers, research institutions, and funders of research, we aims to enhance and sustain research excellence at UCLan, thereby contributing to the health, economy and wellbeing of the nation.

Our personal development framework for research

Above all, we aim to boost the quality, scope and capacity of our research activities; invigorating everything we do with genuine evidence-based claims to be world-class, focusing especially on the enhancement of each member of staff’s abilities. This will be achieved by developing highly skilled researchers, promoting the value of building a research career upon a sound developmental foundation.

The development approach is based upon the Vitae's Researcher Development Framework (RDF). Further details are available at Vitae's website.

We are adopting Vitae’s RDF of the five progressive stages of career development for a researcher together with the Research Development Statement (RDS) which sets out the knowledge, behaviour and attributes of effective and highly skilled researchers appropriate of a wide range of careers.

HR Excellence in Research award

We have been awarded the European HR Excellence in Research award. The award acknowledges our alignment to 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 award. The process involves the national evaluation and benchmarking of these plans.


For more details on the provision, the Portal, or any aspect of research training and development at UCLan, please contact Dr Alexis Holden, Director of Research Services or the Researcher Development Unit, tel: +44 (0)1772 893486.