HR Excellence in Research Award (HRER)

Kent’s progress towards supporting and empowering its researchers is recognised by its attainment and retention of this prestigious European award.

Find out how the HRER process encourages best practice in researcher development and support.

The European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award (HRER) demonstrates commitment to implementing the Researcher Development Concordat, the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for Recruitment. Attainment of the award is increasingly expected by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and EU funders, and will continue to be viewed by research collaborators and job applicants as an indicator of good practice. 

The University of Kent first attained the HRER Award in May 2013. It applied to renew it under the four-year external review process in May 2017 and published a Six Year internal Review in November 2019. 

The University’s submission for the Eight Year external Review was published in November 2021 and consists of new documentation including Forwards- and Backwards-looking Action Plans mapped to the new Concordat Principles.  

The submission:

  • reports on progress to support researchers since the Six Year Review
  • reviews progress in relation to specific actions in a comprehensive Backwards Action Plan (2019-2021)
  • sets out Kent’s agenda for researcher development in an ambitious Forwards Action Plan (2021-2023).

Please refer to the individual documents which are listed below for detailed information about the wide-ranging work taking place across Kent to support staff who research. 

Guidance and Support

HR Excellence in Research Award: Eight Year Review Report (November 2021)

HR Excellence in Research Award: Eight Year Review Backwards Action Plan (November 2021)

HR Excellence in Research Award: Eight Year Review Forwards Action Plan (November 2021)

HR Excellence in Research Award: Six Year review (April 2020)

University of Kent HR Excellence in Research summary (2017)

University of Kent HR Excellence in Research progress (2013-2017)

University of Kent action plan for researcher development (2017-2021)

RDWG progress update (February 2015)

University of Kent HR Excellence in Research: updated action plan (2015-2017)

HR Excellence in Research: 2013-2015 review and progress report 

Executive summary (2013)

Engage with the HRER and Concordat process

The Researcher Development Advisory Group (RDAG), in conjunction with the GRC, co-ordinates and monitors implementation of Kent’s HRER and Concordat Action Plans, and welcomes your input into this valuable work. Please email your feedback or comments on our progress to implement actions in relevant plans or on any aspect of researcher development at Kent. 

Updates and help 

Contact the RDAG Secretary

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