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HR Excellence in Research Award

We are committed to empowering and supporting all researchers to conduct research at the highest level and to supporting early career researchers to build and sustain their careers.

Research excellence is a key component of our new strategic plan, The Way Forward 2018-2023. Our work has been recognised and accredited with the HR Excellence in Research award.

In 2010, we became one of the first universities in the UK to apply for, and receive, the HR Excellence in Research award. The award was successfully retained in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 following internal and external review processes. The next review is due in 2020.

Career development

The framework for how research careers in the UK should be managed and supported is set out by the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. It is based on the principle that improving development opportunities and career management for researchers will lead to improvements in research performance.

Imple­mentation of the Concordat is used by the European Commission as evidence of an institution’s commitment to the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

Progress

Over the last ten years, continuous progress has been made in the ways in which we support and develop our research staff and in improving the research environment in which they work, demonstrating our commitment to the seven principles of the Concordat

An overview of the University’s progress is available in the following documents:

Concordat implementation – progress review 2018-2020

Concordat implementation – progress review 2018-2020

25 September 2020

This review shows our progress between 2018 and 2020 against our 2018 action plan.

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HR Excellence in Research – 10-year review

HR Excellence in Research – 10-year review

25 September 2020

The evaluation of progress was conducted by the University Researcher Pathways Working Groups chaired by the Dean of Research Environment and Culture.

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Concordat Action Plan 2020-2022

Concordat Action Plan 2020-2022

25 September 2020

This is our action plan for implementing the Concordat principles during 2020-2022. Further actions will be added following our gap analysis against the revised concordat.

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Previous Concordat action plans

Previous reviews under the HR Excellence in Research scheme

Further information

Further information and guidance can be found on the Vitae website.