HR Excellence in Research Award - June 2020

HR Excellence in Research Award - June 2020


We are pleased to announce that 12 UK universities have achieved the Award or retained after their 6 and 8 year reviews.

The institutions retaining the Award after their 6 year review are:

Glasgow Caledonian University
University of Kent
Manchester Metropolitan University

The institutions retaining the Award after their 8 year review are:

Bath Spa University
Queen’s University Belfast
University of Birmingham
University of Brighton
University of Hull
University of Liverpool
University of Nottingham
University of Oxford
University of Surrey

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 Vitae UK member institutions with the Award.

The remaining deadline for new submissions in 2020 for UK institutions who wish to gain the Award is: Friday 23 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 410 institutions in total with the Award (100 UK and 310 other European) institutions who have gained the recognition are listed on the EURAXESS website Check 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:

• Mr Philippe Martins, Policy Officer, European Commission
• Dr Rob Daley, Director of Researcher Development, Heriot Watt University
• Dr Andy Dixon, Deputy Director (Research and Innovation, Environment and Strategy), Research and Innovation Services, University of Portsmouth
• Mrs Sue Midha, Director of Human Resources, Cardiff University and Chair of UHR Wales
• Dr Alison Tidy, member of the UK Research Staff Association

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 nearly 50 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

– 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.