Research excellence at the University of Kent


Kent recognised by European Commission for researcher development

The University of Kent has been recognised with the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award for its commitment to recruit, develop and retain high calibre research staff.

The award focuses on the University’s implementation of specific actions which deliver commitments to research excellence, set out by the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment. The award will be increasingly expected by the Research Council UK (RCUK) and EU funders, as well as research collaborators and job applicants.

Professor John Baldock, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research at the University, said: ‘Research and the publication of new knowledge are at the heart of what the University does.

‘We provide a strong, supportive system to help staff develop their research careers. I am very pleased this has been recognised by the Award. The framework it offers will help safeguard future provision for those at the start of their careers.’

The award also recognises how Kent is engaging with research staff across all three faculties to identify key areas for improvement.

The University will show a continued commitment to researcher development via a cross Faculty Working Group, chaired by the University’s Director of Research Services and its Head of Organisational Development.

Kent is one of seven UK universities recognised with the award in 2013. The awards were announced by Vitae – the UK organisation which champions researcher excellence in higher education - at the ‘HR strategies for researchers: future directions and good practice across Europe’ event in London this month.

For further information about the initiative run by the University of Kent, click here or contact Simon Black in HR.


Story published at 3:28pm 24 May 2013

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Last Updated: 09/05/2013