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Initiatives to Support ECRs

There are many initatives and organisations the University of Exeter has signed up to, to support ECRs. Below is a list of these:

Culture, Employment and Development in Academic Research Survey (CEDARS)

Developed in 2020, the Culture, Employment and Development in Academic Research Survey, commonly known as CEDARS, will replace the former Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) and Principal Investigators & Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS).

The University of Exeter ran the CEDARS survey for the first time in June - July 2020. 

HR Excellence in Research Award

Every two years the University conducts an internal review to assess the performance of the University in meeting its obligations under the Concordat and to gauge progress against actions arising from the previous evaluation. The outcomes of this are a report and 2 year action plan that is submitted to the HR Excellence in Research Award panel. The original strategy called the Concordat Implementation Plan (CIP) was produced in 2009. The last review was conducted in 2018.

Full details of the Universities action plan can be found here.  

Researcher Development Concordat

The Unviersity of Exeter has signed the Researcher Development Concordat which aims to ensure all UK researchers will be working in healthy and supportive research environments within a decade. It has three defining principles:

  • Environment and Culture
  • Employment
  • Professional and Career Development

You can view the Concordat here.

Full details of the University's involvement with the Concordat can be viewed here. 

Associations of Interest

UK Research Staff Assocaition (UKRSA)

The UKRSA is a group of research staff representatives from a broad range of UK universities, acting as a collective voice for research staff.

Established in 2010, they aim to support the careers of research staff and to promote interactions between researchers in different institutions. The mission of the association is to “empower research staff to take control of their career, and contribute to policy”.

The association is supported by Vitae.


Vitae is a membership organisation aiming to strengthen institutional provision for the professional development of their researchers.