New information about the Concordat principles at Kent

The Graduate and Researcher College (GRC) is pleased to publish expanded information about the principles of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, which is available via our Concordat web page and new KentNet page (Kent staff login required).

The content includes a description of each Concordat principle, which is accompanied by:

  • details of recent developments
  • highlights of current work
  • practical information and links for each one.

Dr Alison Charles, Researcher Developer (Academic), said:

“Our newly released information about each Concordat principle is one example of the wide-ranging work, which is being undertaken to realise the aspirational aims of the Researcher Development Concordat. We trust this new content will further demonstrate how we are responding to the challenge of the Concordat at Kent.”

To learn more about the Researcher Development Concordat, including how we are interpreting it at Kent, please join our Concordat webinar on 15 February 2022, from 2-3pm. This will include a discussion and Q&A about how we might implement the Concordat principles, including 10 days’ professional development pro rata per year for staff who research. All staff interested in researcher development are welcome – access the Microsoft Teams link via SharePoint (Kent staff login required).

This new Concordat material is being supplemented by guidance to support your professional and career development, and details will be communicated to academic and research staff shortly. Please email with any queries in the meantime.








GRC PhD Top-Up Fund

Examples of activities that might be supported include: specialised training, the presentation of papers at national or international conferences, fieldwork or data collection costs, or visits to archives. It is not designed to cover day to day costs or research consumables.

If you would like to apply, please complete the application form.

To be eligible to apply, you must have used up all other funding available, including divisional/school PGR allocation, any scholarship RTSG funding and/or additional Covid RTSG support (offered by divisions recently). Please complete the form in discussion with you supervisor before passing it onto the PGR divisional Professional Service team for confirmation that all available funding has been utilised. Once the PGR team has provided this confirmation, it will be passed directly onto the Dean of GRC for final review/approval.

Summer Vacation Research Competition 2022 Q&A Session

Are you considering applying for the Summer Vacation Research Competition 2022 but unsure where to start? Or do you have a great idea but also practical concerns? Then come along to the Summer Vacation Research Competition 2022 Q&A Session, which will be held online on Thursday, 03 February 2022 from 1-2pm.

Participating in this competition, which is now in its fifth year, is a great way to boost your career and the initiative is being generously supported by the Careers and Employability Service, the Centre for the Study of Higher Education, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Research & Innovation, the Divisions, the Graduate and Researcher College, Research and Innovation Services, and the Signature Research Theme Leads. Use this virtual get-together to hear about the skills you will develop through managing your own project and intern. You’ll also discover what makes a successful submission and pick up some practical tips for your application.

Dr Jennifer Leigh, the competition’s co-founder with Dr Helen Leech, said:

“Please join us for an informal chat about how the competition works and the various ways in which participation can support your professional development. With contributions from event organisers and previous competition winners, it’s a great way to learn more about this fantastic opportunity.”

No need to book. To join the session, please access the Teams link via SharePoint (Kent staff login required).

We look forward to answering your questions at the session or please email in the meantime. (The closing date for 2022 postdoc applications is 11 February 2022.)