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‘Flexible’ knowledge exchange concordat out for consultation

A proposed knowledge exchange concordat will provide enough flexibility to enable universities to form their own action plans, the chair of a group tasked with developing the document has told Research Fortnight.

Trevor McMillan, vice-chancellor of Keele University and chair of a working group set up by the vice-chancellors’ group Universities UK and the university funder Research England, spoke to Research Fortnight after a draft of the concordat went out for consultation on 3 May.

Inspired by the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers—an agreement signed in 2008 between funders and employers to improve the employment and working conditions of researchers—the draft consists of eight guiding principles for higher education institutions as well as a series of enablers for each individual principle.

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