HR Excellence in Research
The University of Kent first attained the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award in May 2013. The Award demonstrates commitment to implementing the UK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment . Attainment of the award is increasingly expected by Research Councils UK (RCUK) and EU funders, and will continue to be viewed by research collaborators and job applicants as an indicator of good practice.
From 2013 – 2015 the University implemented our HR Excellence in Research action plan, developed in consultation with research staff. Following the two-year internal review – the University retained the award in July 2015. The review was overseen by Vitae , which champions researcher development in the UK.
As part of its two-year review, the University was required to highlight key achievements and progress since 2013, as well as confirm strategy, success measures and next steps for 2015-2017.
Simon Kerridge, Director of Research Services and Co-Chair of the University’s Researcher Development Working Group, said "renewal of the HR Excellence in Research Award, alongside our strong REF result for research intensity, demonstrates the university's commitment to supporting excellence in research and the career development of researchers at Kent."
The Researcher Development Working Group co-ordinates and monitors implementation of Kent’s Action Plan. If you would like to send feedback or comments to RDWG, please email Laura Pheils. L.Pheils@kent.ac.uk.
What is the Award?
A UK-wide process, incorporating the QAA Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, enables institutions to gain the European Commission’s ‘HR excellence in research’ badge, acknowledging alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment.
The University has to demonstrate how it is implementing the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. The Concordat was created in 1996, revised in 2007 and is signed by a number of bodies, including University Research Councils and Universities UK.