Call for new peer reviewers for the UK process of the HR Excellence in Research Award

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Vitae are opening a call for new peer reviewers to undertake the external reviews associated with the HR Excellence in Research Award, UK process. Applications are encouraged from both UK and non-UK applicants to provide broad representation for future peer review teams.

Clear criteria for appointing peer reviewers are set out below. Applications will be reviewed by Vitae with support from the UK HR Excellence in Research Award Panel.

If you would like to apply to become a peer reviewerplease complete the application form and send it to us by 12pm GMT+1, Friday 7 October 2022. Please contact us with any queries you might have. 

On appointment, training and guidance will be given to new peer reviewers before they begin to undertake reviews. Training is expected to take place online in the last two weeks of November (dates to be confirmed). Current peer reviewers will be available to share their knowledge, experience and practice.

The peer review process

To support the UK external review process for the HR Excellence in Research Award, Vitae manages a pool of peer reviewers comprised of sector experts, from a range of job roles and institution types, who have taken a leading role in obtaining and retaining the HR Excellence in Research Award at their institution. They include non-UK European reviewers to ensure comparability with the European process, and all applicants should have the backing of their institution/organisation to undertake the peer review work within their job role.

For each cohort of institutions, the pool is called upon to carry out reviews. Teams of three peer reviewers are selected by Vitae based on availability, aiming for a balanced mix of roles and experience. With one reviewer acting as Lead, the team evaluates an institution’s submission based on specific criteria, mapped to the 2019 Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.

Following the team’s evaluation, Vitae schedules a teleconference call between the institution and the review team to clarify aspects of the report and to provide expertise and input. Subsequently, the peer review team submit their report and recommendation to the HR Excellence in Research Award UK Panel who ultimately decide whether an institution retains the Award.

The peer reviewer role

As a peer reviewer, you will be expected to:

  • attend training as required to undertake your role
  • review paperwork provided by institutions undergoing their external review
  • make judgements as to the extent to which an institution meets set criteria
  • participate in conference calls with the peer review team and institutions as required
  • provide written feedback on each institution being reviewed and highlight interesting or exemplary practice
  • act as Lead reviewer, where required, collating comments from the panel and providing a short summary narrative for the participating institution.

Each review typically takes a day and a maximum of two days per institution as follows:

  • between ½ day and ¾ day to review documentation and complete paperwork
  • up to ½ day to undertake institutional call activities
  • up to ½ day for follow up report and recommendations (for Lead reviewers only).

Reviewers will be asked to undertake a number of reviews per year, dependent on availability and scheduling. Cohorts of institutions for review are distributed throughout the year and we aim to evenly share the workload amongst reviewers.

In the selection of new peer reviewers, we will seek those with demonstrable experience and expertise in the following areas:

  • good knowledge of the European Charter and Code, HR Strategy for Researchers, the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and the development of researchers within the UK context
  • experience in designing, managing and/or implementing strategies around the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and the HR Excellence in Research Award
  • willingness to share their expertise as part of an enhancement-led peer review process
  • experience of participating as a peer reviewer, panel member or equivalent in similar review processes
  • able to work effectively online with the other members of the review team and Vitae
  • able to work to agreed procedures, deadlines and protocols, particularly with reference to confidentiality
  • able to write succinctly and coherently, and to summarise findings.

Your role as peer reviewer will need to be supported by your institution. Institutional support should be confirmed on application. Reviewers will initially be appointed for two years.

If you would like to apply to become a peer reviewer, please complete the application form by 12pm GMT+1, Friday 7 October 2022. Please contact us with any queries you might have.

Further information relating to the role can be found here:

-       HR Excellence in Research Award

-       Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

-       Background information

-       European Charter and Code for the Recruitment of Researchers

-       HR Strategy for Researchers