HR Excellence in Research Award retained

We have successfully retained our institutional HR Excellence in Research Award following an eight-year external review.


The award demonstrates our sustained commitment to researcher development and our implementation of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. Improving the working conditions and career development opportunities for research colleagues will in turn improve the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy. 

The external review required us to highlight key achievements and the progress made against our action plan in the last four years, and to outline our strategy for the next four years. This was followed by an interview with individuals responsible for developing and delivering the plan. The external panel reviewing Leeds’ submission noted: 

"They are a good example of what can be achieved by this initiative over a longer time period, particularly when it has proactive high-level support. The peer-review panel were particularly impressed with the vision and personal involvement of the people on the panel. They have a strong future action plan and an inspiring vision for where they want to take their early career researcher support." 

We have been particularly commended on our: 

  • Career Architect programme 
  • Plans to implement 10 days of protected development for all research staff. 

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Lisa Roberts said:

"This award reflects not only our institutional commitment to providing the best environment we can to support and develop our research colleagues, but it also reflects the leadership, dedication and enthusiasm of all those involved in shaping our vision and then delivering it. We have made great progress together over the last few years and I look forward to ensuring that Leeds remains one of the best places to develop your research career."

Louise Woodcock, Head of Academic Practice, said:

"We are delighted to achieve this recognition of the approaches being taken to develop and sustain a supportive working environment for researchers. The commendations reflect the good work built over a number of years and the commitment to continuing enhancement. We look forward to working with colleagues to progress priorities for the coming years."

For more information on the HR Excellence in Research Award or our Concordat Implementation Plan please visit the HR Excellence in Research webpage or contact Dr Emma Spary

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