HR Excellence in Research Award retained

The University has successfully retained the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission.


The Award demonstrates a university’s commitment to improving the working conditions and career development for research staff, which will in turn improve the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy.

The panel that reviews submissions commented: “Overall, the panel were pleased with the progress that institutions were reporting and welcomed their new implementation plans to enhance the experiences of research staff, particularly their career and professional development.”

Two years after gaining the Award, we undertook an internal review to assess progress against our strategy and implementation plan. We also set out the University’s priorities for the future and how we will measure success in another 2 years time. These were reviewed by a panel of experts to confirm that we retain the Award. The 2012 UK panel consisted of:

  • Denis Clarke, Assistant Policy Officer, European Commission
  • Ellen Pearce, Director, Vitae and UK member of EC HR Institutional Strategy Group
  • Guy Gregory, Director, Personnel and Staff Development, Director, University of Bristol; Chair of South West region, UHR; and Member of the Concordat Strategy Group
  • Lee Parry, Research Associate, Cardiff University and member of the UK Research Staff Association
  • Trevor McMillan, Pro Vice Chancellor (Research), Peel Professor of Cancer Biology, University of Lancaster

Based on our two-year progress report, updated and new action plans, the panel found our self-assessment and Concordat implementation plan updates to be fully in line with step four of the 'Human Resources Strategy for Researchers incorporating the Charter and Code'.

More details about the University’s support for research staff can be found here.

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