C9 - HR Excellence in Research Award: Sharing practice - strategies for effective on-going review

Day 2 at 11:00 - A key element of the HR Excellence in Research process is on-going review and evaluation, both internal and external. Only a few of the organisations with the HR Excellence in Research Award have undertaken the internal review process so far. This workshop was an opportunity to share strategies and approaches for effective review mechanisms which would lead to enhancements in practice.

UK institutions, as part of the internal review process two years after receiving the Award, set out short reports which included:

how the internal evaluation was undertaken
key achievements and the progress against the strategy, indicators and actions identified in the original action plan
next steps and the focus of the strategy for the next two years, including success measures.

One of the outcomes of the Policy Forum in January 2013, with regard to the HR Excellence in Research Award, was that the external four year review process should be:

a discrete UK process, building on existing sources of data where possible and involving the Commission
through a peer review process.

In early August 2013 Vitae held a meeting to consult with UK HEIs to design the detail of the external review process, and to ensure that the process is useful for UK HEIs. During the workshop an outline of this process was provided. Strand - Research staff.
Day Day 2
Session C
Start time 11.00
Strand Research staff
Code C9
Presenters Mrs Jen Reynolds - Partnerships Manager, Vitae
Dr Ann Hartley - Head of Staff Development, Aston University
Ms Ellen Pearce - Director, Vitae, CEO, CRAC
Ms Louisa Lawes - Head of Researcher Development, University of Edinburgh


The session covered:

  • processes: how to submit for the Award and what is involved for the 2 year internal review
  • a view from institution(s) on their approach to undertaking the 2 year review
  • an outline of the process for the 4 year external review
  • discussion to share practice around review.


  • learned about the process for undertaking the two year review
  • heard case studies from institutions about their strategies for effective review of progress, including indicators and success measures
  • identified actions or recommendations for effective review
  • had the opportunity to comment on the external review process
  • had the opportunity to share practice with Award holders.


Presentation of information, interaction and discussion.