A10 - HR Excellence in Research Award: what does the future hold?

Day 1 at 15.20 - HR Excellence in Research Award: what does the future hold?
Day Day 1
Session A
Start time 15:20
Strand Research Staff
Code A10

Dr Irmela Brach - Policy Officer, ERA Policy and Reform Unit, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

Dr Iain Cameron - Head of Research Careers, Research Councils UK

Jen Reynolds - Vitae and CRAC Partnerships Manager, Vitae

 Workshop overview:

The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (also known as HRS4R) is the mechanism through which the European Commission (EC) seeks to ensure that concrete steps are put in place by institutions to enhance working conditions for researchers across Europe as set out in the European Charter and Code.  245 institutions now hold the Award across Europe, 94 of which are UK institutions. 

The European Commission has set up an Expert Group to explore how the HR Excellence in Research Award can be strengthened and be a more powerful instrument in implementing the HR Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R). This workshop will explore how participants are using the Award within their institutions, and potential strategies and approaches for the future direction of the Award.  It will explore questions such as: should the current process for submissions change and if so how? Should there be an additional award to account for interesting/exceptional achievements within the process? Should a stronger ‘quality’ element be introduced?

This session will cover:

  • Discussion to share experiences on the current process
  • Discussion to explore what should happen next 

Participants will:

  • Explore the benefits and challenges of the current process
  • Have the opportunity to feed their views into the future development of the HR Excellence Award 


Presentation of information, interaction and discussion.