Human Resources

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 its 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.

In May 2017 the University made its submission to renew the Award under the four year external review process.

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 Helen Leech

What are the Concordat principles?

The Concordat sets standards for the career management and conditions of employment of researchers employed by HEIs on fixed-term or similar contracts and funded through research grants or analogous schemes. It has been used as a general reference point for good practice across the UK higher education sector.
The Concordat is based on 7 principles, which the University must demonstrate.

  • Principle 1: Recognition of the importance of recruiting, selecting and retaining researchers with the highest potential to achieve excellence in research.
  • Principle 2: Researchers are recognised and valued by their employing organisation as an essential part of their organisation’s human resources and a key component of their overall strategy to develop and deliver world-class research.
  • Principle 3: Researchers are equipped and supported to be adaptable and flexible in an increasingly diverse, mobile, global research environment.
  • Principle 4: The importance of researchers’ personal and career development, and lifelong learning, is clearly recognised and promoted at all stages of their career.
  • Principle 5: Individual researchers share the responsibility for and need to pro-actively engage in their own personal and career development, and lifelong learning.
  • Principle 6: Diversity and equality must be promoted in all aspects of the recruitment and career management of researchers.
  • Principle 7: The sector and all stakeholders will undertake regular and collective review of their progress in strengthening the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK.

Useful Links

The European Commission HR Excellence in Research award website

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Last Updated: 16/08/2018