HR Excellence in Research Award October 2017

HR Excellence in Research Award October 2017

We are pleased to announce that five further UK universities have retained the European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award at the four year stage.

The institutions retaining the Award are as follows:

Four year: Anglia Ruskin University, University of Bedfordshire, University of Kent, Portsmouth University, University of Sussex

The HR Excellence in Research Award is an important mechanism for implementing the principles of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and in retaining their Awards these UK institutions have demonstrated their long-term commitment to the career development of researchers. There are currently 100 UK institutions with the Award, a third more than in any other country in Europe.

The remaining 2017 deadline for submissions is Friday 27 October.

More information about the Award can be found here:
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Further information:

Sarah Nalden
Communications and Marketing Executive
T: 01223 460277

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 386 institutions in total with the Award (100 UK and 286 other European) institutions who have gained the recognition are listed on the EURAXESS website. Click here, if your organisation has the HR Excellence in Research Award. Email to feature the award logo on your website
  4. The UK HR Excellence in Research Panel includes: • Dr Margaret Ayers, Director of Human Resources, Queen Mary University of London and Universities Human Resources (UHR) representative; • 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
  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 or Janet Metcalfe, in the first instance. More information about the submission process can be found at:
  7. Vitae has previously 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

About Vitae

Vitae is the global leader in supporting the professional development of researchers, experienced in working with institutions as they strive for research excellence, innovation and impact.

We are a non-profit programme, part of CRAC: the Career Development Organisation with over 45 years' experience in enhancing the skills and careers of researchers. We strengthen our members' institutional provision for the professional development of their researchers through research and innovation, training and resources, events, consultancy and membership

Vitae has four aims:

– Influence the development and implementation of effective policy relating to researcher development

– Enhance higher education provision to train and develop researchers

– Empower researchers to make an impact on their careers

– Evidence the impact of professional and career development support for researchers

Our partners include governments, funders of research, academies, professional bodies, trusts and foundations, universities and research institutes.

CRAC provides research intelligence and innovation for all those who support career development for people of all ages and in all sectors. We work in partnership with government agencies, education organisations and providers and employers and professional bodies.

CRAC is a registered charity No 313164 established in 1964.