Researchers are being asked to weigh in on proposed changes to the agreement between all the UK’s main funders and employers that governs their working conditions.
Among the changes proposed in a revised version of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers is a plan to allow researchers to dedicate 20 per cent of their working hours to career development and independent research. Research Fortnight revealed this proposal earlier this month.
The Met Office’s former chief scientist Julia Slingo endorsed the concept at the Royal Society’s Research Culture conference on 29 October. She introduced this idea in the Met Office despite resistance from the organisation’s managers, and the system is now working very well, she said.