100 UK universities achieve HR Excellence in Research Award recognition


We are pleased to announce that a further UK institution, Glasgow School of Art, has now achieved the European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award, bringing the UK total with the Award to 100.

We can also confirm retention of the Award by University of Essex following their two-year self-assessment and Bangor University, Oxford Brookes University, SOAS University of London, University of Southampton, Scottish Funding Council, University of St Andrews and University of Wolverhampton following their four-year reviews.

The HR Excellence in Research Award is an important mechanism for implementing the Concordat principles.

Clare Viney, CEO of CRAC (Vitae’s parent organisation) said:

“Having 100 institutions with the Award demonstrates the progress that the UK has made in implementing the Concordat principles and being a world leader in supporting the career and professional development of researchers. This has so far impacted tens of thousands of researchers in the UK.”

The last chance for UK organisations to submit for the Award in 2016 is Friday 28 October 2016.  There will be two submission deadlines in 2017 in March and October.

More information about the Award can be found here: www.vitae.ac.uk/hrexcellenceaward

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Further information

Beata Pedziwiatr

Communications Manager

T: 01223 460 277

E: beata.pedziwiatr@vitae.ac.uk

 Notes to editors

  1. A UK-wide process enables UK higher education institutions to gain the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award, which acknowledges their alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment. The UK process incorporates both the ‘QAA Quality Code for Higher Education - Chapter B11: Research Degrees’ and the ‘Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers’ to enable institutions that have published Concordat implementation plans to gain the HR Excellence in Research Award. The UK approach includes ongoing national evaluation and benchmarking.
  2. Vitae and its membership programme are managed by the Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) Limited, an independent registered charity
  3. There are 303 institutions in total with the Award (100 UK and 203 other European). Institutions who have gained the recognition are listed on the EURAXESS website http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/index.cfm/rights/index Check here, if your organisation has the HR Excellence in Research Award. Email jen.reynolds@vitae.ac.uk to feature the award logo on your website 
  4. The UK HR Excellence in Research Panel includes: Dr Irmela Brach, Policy Officer, European Commission, Dr Fay Couciero, member of the UK Research Staff Association, Dr Rob Daley, Academic Programme Leader, Heriot Watt University, Dr Andy Dixon, Director of Research, University of Chichester and member of the Concordat Strategy Group, Mr Guy Gregory, HR Director, University of Bristol and member of the Concordat Strategy Group, Professor Trevor McMillan, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost, Keele University and member of the Concordat Strategy Group, Dr Janet Metcalfe, Chair and Head, Vitae and on behalf of the Concordat Strategy Group
  5. The award acknowledges that institutions have completed a gap analysis of their existing policies and practice against the Concordat, developed a robust action plan for implementation, and taken into account the views of researchers.
  6. UK institutions wishing to gain the EC recognition should contact Jen Reynolds, jen.reynolds@vitae.ac.uk or Janet Metcalfe, janet.metcalfe@vitae.ac.uk in the first instance. More information about the submission process can be found at: www.vitae.ac.uk/hrexcellenceaward
  7. Vitae has just published ‘Concordat discussion paper 2016’ intended to prompt institutions and research institutes to consider how they are supporting all staff engaged in research, particularly early career staff: https://www.vitae.ac.uk/vitae-publications/guides-briefings-and-information/vitae-concordat-discussion-paper-2016.pdf/view

About Vitae www.vitae.ac.uk

We are an international programme led and managed by CRAC, a not-for-profit registered UK charity dedicated to active career learning and development. Working since 1968, when we ran our first project to support transitions of doctoral researchers to industry, Vitae has great expertise at enhancing the skills and career impact of researchers locally, within a global context.

We have launched our membership programme in January 2015. We now work all over the world in partnership with researchers, higher education institutions, research organisations, research funders and other organisations with a stake in realising the potential of researchers. Vitae member organisations are listed at: https://www.vitae.ac.uk/membership/vitae-members

The Concordat Strategy Group is responsible for promoting the implementation of the principles of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers in universities and research institutions across the UK.


For more information about Vitae activities, visit the website www.vitae.ac.uk

About CRAC: The Career Development Organisation www.crac.org.uk

CRAC: The Career Development Organisation is an independent, charitable organisation with a core aim to promote and encourage career development and active career-related learning. CRAC manages a number of innovative programmes within education and skills development sector. www.crac.org.uk