Research and innovation

Implementation of ‘The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers’

Research support

The University’s refreshed Strategic Plan (2011:2.2.3) states that ‘Investment in researchers and researcher development will be a high priority, including support for early career researchers.

Two key objectives are to: ‘Increase the University’s cohort of research active staff (including postdoctoral researchers), emphasising research leadership and establishing a work environment that is conducive to research and enterprise’ and to ‘provide a high quality physical research environment and infrastructure that stimulates innovation and supports world class research’.

This strategic direction provides an appropriate context in which to demonstrate how practice at the University is in line with the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. The award of EC HR Excellence in Research reflects institutional engagement with this agenda and is articulated in the action plans. A series of action plans have been generated beginning in 2012. An account of the review process undertaken at the end of each planning cycle is provided in the commentaries. The "Going forward" action plan targets 2016-17 detail future planned activities.

HR Excellence in Research

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

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