Researchers14 is a group of Universities, which represent 65% of the research staff community in the UK.


Its representatives are a voluntary group of expert higher education professionals, uniquely focused on research staff and their development.


We define ‘research staff’ as employees (i.e. not research students) who are on fixed-term funding, whether external or internal, and who are employed to do research.


In focusing on research staff, the group provides a strategic view of the people and culture of this community, and the issues affecting them.


Researchers 14 shares good practice in research staff development to inform partners and influence practice, evolving and developing national strategic objectives.

Areas of Interest

Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

Researchers14 was instrumental in lobbying for a sector-wide review of the 2008 Concordat and submitted formal responses through the relevant consultation processes in 2017 and 2018.


Representatives from the Group are also part of the team writing the new draft Concordat.

The Group argued in favour of:

  • redrafting the principles

  • delineating clearly the responsibilities of the Individual Researcher, their Principle Investigator/Line Manager, the Employing University, and the Research Funders

  • and emphasising strongly the need to support research staff to develop independence.