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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 helping them build and sustain their careers.

Research excellence is a key component of our strategic plan, The Way Forward 2018-2023.

In 2010, we became one of the first universities in the UK to apply for, and receive, the HR Excellence in Research Award. We have retained the award since then following biennial review. Our next review is due in 2022.

Commitment to supporting career development

The framework for how research careers in the UK should be managed and supported is set out by the 2019 Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, of which Cardiff University is a signatory. Building on the widespread improvements made across the sector since the 2008 Concordat it is based on the principle that we must work together to create a supportive and healthy research culture in which our researchers can thrive.

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. In the period 2010-2020 our work in this area was informed by the 2008 Concordat and from 2020 onwards our progress will be monitored against the 2019 Concordat.


Over the last twelve years we have made continuous progress in the ways in which we support and develop our research staff.

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

Researcher Development Concordat Action Plan, Revised September 2021

Our 2020-2022 action plan for implementing the Concordat.

HR Excellence in Research – 10-year review (Revised 2021)

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

Concordat implementation – progress review 2018-2020

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

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.